Theatre Schools Offering Screenwriting Programs

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In 2017, we reviewed 60 theatre schools offering screenwriting and playwriting degree programs. The most screenwriting schools and colleges are located in California (11 schools), New York (6 schools), Pennsylvania (5 schools), Illinois (4 schools), and Georgia (3 schools).

The best screenwriting and playwriting program in the United States is offered by New York University. That school offers an excellent screenwriting and playwriting program evaluated with five stars for curriculum and four-star rating for teaching.

Below, there is Theatre-Schools.com ranking of the Best 50 screenwriting and playwriting schools. To compare all screenwriting and playwriting schools, please narrow your search by state or desired degree. You might also want to see our recent ranking of the top literature schools and colleges in the United States.


Top 50 screenwriting & playwriting schools:

New York University - Theatre School Ranking
1. New York University

New York City, New York

University of Southern California - Theatre School Ranking
Northwestern University - Theatre School Ranking
3. Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Carnegie Mellon University - Theatre School Ranking
4. Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The New School - Theatre School Ranking
5. The New School

New York City, New York

University of California San Diego - Theatre School Ranking
Chapman University - Theatre School Ranking
7. Chapman University

Orange, California

DePaul University - Theatre School Ranking
8. DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois

California State University Northridge - Theatre School Ranking
Savannah College of Art and Design - Theatre School Ranking
SUNY at Purchase College - Theatre School Ranking
Yale University - Theatre School Ranking
12. Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

California State University Fullerton - Theatre School Ranking
Ohio University - Theatre School Ranking
The Juilliard School - Theatre School Ranking
15. The Juilliard School

New York City, New York

Pepperdine University - Theatre School Ranking
16. Pepperdine University

Malibu, California

Boston University - Theatre School Ranking
17. Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Florida State University - Theatre School Ranking
18. Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

CUNY Hunter College - Theatre School Ranking
19. CUNY Hunter College

New York City, New York

University of Washington Seattle - Theatre School Ranking
University of Maryland College Park - Theatre School Ranking
Brown University - Theatre School Ranking
22. Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

California Institute of The Arts - Theatre School Ranking
Loyola Marymount University - Theatre School Ranking
24. Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, California

Drexel University - Theatre School Ranking
25. Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Metropolitan State University - Theatre School Ranking
Hollins University - Theatre School Ranking
27. Hollins University

Roanoke, Virginia

West Virginia University - Theatre School Ranking
28. West Virginia University

Morgantown, West Virginia

Catholic University of America - Theatre School Ranking
29. Catholic University of America

Washington, District of Columbia

Universidad Del Sagrado Corazon - Theatre School Ranking
Elon University - Theatre School Ranking
31. Elon University

Elon, North Carolina

Columbia College Chicago - Theatre School Ranking
Emory University - Theatre School Ranking
33. Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia

University of New Mexico - Theatre School Ranking
34. University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Brigham Young University Provo - Theatre School Ranking
University of Iowa - Theatre School Ranking
36. University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

Point Park University - Theatre School Ranking
37. Point Park University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The University of The Arts - Theatre School Ranking
38. The University of the Arts

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Western Michigan University - Theatre School Ranking
Bowdoin College - Theatre School Ranking
40. Bowdoin College

Brunswick, Maine

Marymount Manhattan College - Theatre School Ranking
41. Marymount Manhattan College

New York City, New York

Bennington College - Theatre School Ranking
42. Bennington College

Bennington, Vermont

Academy of Art University - Theatre School Ranking
43. Academy of Art University

San Francisco, California

Central Washington University - Theatre School Ranking
44. Central Washington University

Ellensburg, Washington

National University - Theatre School Ranking
45. National University

La Jolla, California

Washington & Jefferson College - Theatre School Ranking
46. Washington & Jefferson College

Washington, Pennsylvania

Palm Beach Atlantic University - Theatre School Ranking
47. Palm Beach Atlantic University

West Palm Beach, Florida

Pacific Union College - Theatre School Ranking
48. Pacific Union College

Angwin, California

Judson University - Theatre School Ranking
49. Judson University

Elgin, Illinois

Averett University - Theatre School Ranking
50. Averett University

Danville, Virginia

Screenwriting & playwriting schools by state:

Schools by StateNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Alabama1 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in ArizonaNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Arkansas11 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in CaliforniaNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Colorado1 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in ConnecticutNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Delaware2 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Florida3 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in GeorgiaNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Idaho4 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in IllinoisNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Indiana2 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in IowaNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in KansasNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in KentuckyNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Louisiana1 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Maine1 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Maryland2 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Massachusetts1 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Michigan2 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in MinnesotaNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in MississippiNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in MissouriNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in MontanaNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in NebraskaNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in NevadaNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in New HampshireNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in New Jersey1 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in New Mexico6 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in New York1 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in North CarolinaNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in North Dakota3 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in OhioNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in OklahomaNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Oregon5 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Pennsylvania1 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Rhode IslandNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in South CarolinaNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in South DakotaNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in TennesseeNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Texas1 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Utah3 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Vermont2 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Virginia2 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Washington1 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in District of Columbia1 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in West VirginiaNo Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Wisconsin1 Screenwriting and Playwriting Schools in Wyoming

Screenwriting & playwriting schools by diploma:

Certificates: 6 schools
Associate's Degrees: 3 schools
Bachelor's Degrees: 35 schools
Master's Degrees: 29 schools
Doctoral Degrees: 2 schools

Screenwriting & playwriting schools by region:

Northeast: 19 schools
Midwest: 12 schools
South: 12 schools
West: 17 schools

Other theatre programs:

General Drama: 1,031 schools
Acting and Performing: 435 schools
Design and Technology: 280 schools
Management and Directing: 83 schools
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