Fake Food by Gwendolyn Rooker, SFSU One Act Festival
Welcome to the Playwriting Program at San Francisco State University.

This is the home page for a program that lives and thrives in one of the most truly public universities in the world. Like this storied institution itself, the playwriting program is short on resources, but long on experience, daring, and verve. In Spring 1998, when the A.S.K. Theatre Projects journal "Parabasis" surveyed ten playwriting programs in the country, there we were, along with the likes of Yale, Brown, Julliard, and NYU --definitely the most grassroots, the most working class, the most upstart of them all.

Surviving and thriving is the hallmark of this program, which has grown in the last ten years from a program centered on the classroom to one that continues to value intense classroom experiences while building active and spirited "on its feet" components powered by the communal efforts of faculty, students, and alumni. These components include: Students from the program regularly enter the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Region 8 Ten Minute Play Contest. Three times in the past six years the finalist advanced from the region to the National Festival at the Kennedy Center has been a student of our program.

At the 2004 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 3 out of the 10 playwrights chosen to present their work at this nationally renowned fest were graduates of our program. And two of the 6 honorable mentions also studied at SFSU.

And out in the world, the program is making an impact that continues to grow. In the past few years plays by students and alumni of the program have been seen in New York, Chicago, Singapore, Los Angeles, and a number of well-known Bay Area theatre venues. All of our most recent information is listed on our Venues page.

For more on the program, see our About the Program pages. Are you a current student? Find information on production opportunities, campus organizations, Bureaucracy survival, and more. Plus be sure to check out profiles of program Alumni, and see what the greater theater world is up to.

"And oddly enough, everything starts with a word." Pablo Neruda