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Fordham / Primary Stages MFA in Playwriting

Congratulations to Eljon Wardally and Jenny Rachel Weiner, our 2014 Fordham / Primary Stages MFA in Playwriting graduates!




The Fordham/Primary Stages MFA in Playwriting offers writers the opportunity to develop and produce their work in a rigorous university setting while fostering relationships with a preeminent Off Broadway theatre company. This two-year program provides two full productions with professional directors, networking in the New York industry, plus guidance from a broad range of professionals in theatre, television, and film.




What makes the Fordham/Primary Stages MFA in Playwriting unique?

  • Professional mentors from both the Fordham MFA faculty and from the Primary Stages creative and management teams
  • Full access to the productions, events, and community at Primary Stages
  • Two fully staged productions and two readings over the course of the program,with cast and crew pulled from Fordham’s excellent undergraduate Theatre Program
  • The opportunity to network professionally and explore the craft in an academic setting


For more information, please contact Elliot Fox, program Co-Director, at


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Fordham/Primary Stages: Double Bill 


at Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023

April 2, 3, 4, and 5 at 7:30pm
The White Box Studio Theatre 


Fit for a King
By Melisa Annis
Directed by Kel Haney

Not quite living the dream, Margo - a washed up English actress - is worried about her cantankerous, gin-swilling husband John. Out of ideas, she turns to an old friend, hoping he’ll be the tonic he needs.


All the People You've Been
By Matthew Capodicasa
Directed by Jesse Jou

Emily has a problem. Her big sister, Amanda, is totally, completely, devastatingly depressed. And nothing seems to help. Until Emily buys her a necklace. A necklace that, when Amanda wears it, turns out to be something more than it appears. Or someone more than it appears.





Fordham/Primary Stages: NINA


at Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023


By Jenny Rachel Weiner
Directed by Sarah Krohn

Meet Nina. She's from Florida, she grew up in the 90's, and she talks to her Mom six times a day. Shaken by the news that her best friend/back-up-husband is marrying her polar opposite, Nina is catapulted back to the traumatic time of her Bat Mitzvah, when she first realized how scary it is to grow up.


April 28, April 29, April 30, and May 1 at 7:30pm
The Veronica Lally Kehoe Theatre  




Fordham/Primary Stages: BISHOP


at Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023


By Eljon Wardally
Directed by Seret Scott

October, 1983 near Fort Rupert, Grenada. Prime Minister Maurice Bishop risks a coup that would divide his nation while political activist Sherry Ann and her husband Conroy struggle to keep the war outside from dividing their home.


May 12, 13, 14, and 15 at 7:30pm
The Veronica Lally Kehoe Theatre 

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