Acting for Theatre, Film & Television

SCHOOL OF ARTS AND COMMUNICATION

B.F.A. in Acting for Theatre, Film & Television


An Immersive New Program Designed for the 21st Century ActorThe New Group Logo

The BFA in Acting for Theatre, Film and Television at LIU Brooklyn is designed for students interested in thorough conservatory studio training in acting on stage in live performance, and on camera in film and television. This exciting program offers students a comprehensible sequence of study that has a viable, professional application, and prepares them for the modern acting industry.

Studio Partnership

The program offers acting, voice & speech and movement classes in partnership with The New Group, renowned theater company in New York City. Students take acting, speech and movement classes from company faculty of accomplished professionals and seasoned actors. By studying under the studio model at a professional theater company, our students immerse themselves in the art of acting, network with industry experts, attend performances, and participate in master classes and talkbacks with actors performing in The New Group’s works.

The New Group

The New Group, led by founding Artistic Director Scott Elliott and Executive Director Adam Bernstein, is an award-winning, artist-driven company committed to developing and producing powerful, contemporary theater for over twenty years. While constantly evolving, The New Group strives to maintain an ensemble approach to all their work and an articulated style of emotional immediacy in the acting and productions. In this way, we seek a theater that is adventurous, stimulating and most importantly "now", a true forum for the present culture. For more than twenty years, Scott Elliott has fostered an environment where a community of artists can experiment, take risks and learn from each other away from the pressures of commercial theater, leading to the production of over 75 powerful, contemporary theater pieces featuring some of today's most compelling performers. The New Group has received over 100 awards and nominations for excellence including the 2004 Tony Award for best musical (Avenue Q). The New Group and Scott Elliott were honored with a 2010-2011 Drama Desk Special Award "for presenting contemporary new voices, and for uncompromisingly raw and powerful productions." In 2016, our productions of The Spoils and Buried Child, both directed by Scott Elliott, played critically-acclaimed sold-out runs on the West End at Trafalgar Studios in London. 

Artists who have performed and/or worked with The New Group in recent years include F. Murray Abraham, Matthew Broderick, Jesse Eisenberg, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Sutton Foster, Ethan Hawke, Holly Hunter, Cynthia Nixon, Amy Madigan, Megan Mullally, Kunal Nayaar, Rhea Perlman, Bill Pullman, Chloë Sevigny, Wallace Shawn and Dianne Wiest, to name a few. 

Learn more at TheNewGroup.org

The Actor as a Creative Entrepreneur

In addition to robust acting training, our students are prepared to be creators and producers of new work. The program covers the important facets of on-stage and behind the stage theatre, and on-camera performance and production. In the final year, students work with a mentor to create final projects in their chosen fields of theatre, film, television, or any combination thereof. This project is the culmination of the BFA program and prepares students for the field of their choice in the professional realm.

Preparing the Working Actor

Starting in the first semester, students learn how to navigate the business side of the performance industry and market themselves as actors. They will learn how to prepare headshots, resumes, reels, develop their own personal website and online presence through social media. Students will learn how to connect with industry professionals such as agents, managers, and casting directors. The four-year course of study ends with a showcase where students perform monologues and scenes in front of a panel of invited industry agents, managers, and casting directors.

In the Heart of Brooklyn

Surrounding the LIU Brooklyn campus is a flourishing and continuously expanding arts and cultural community, including:

  • Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
  • Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA)
  • Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX)
  • Brooklyn Information and Culture (BRIC)
  • Steiner Studios (Brooklyn’s Film and Television production and support facility)
  • The Independent Film Industry
  • Mark Morris Dance Center

The program is designed to connect students with the growing downtown Brooklyn arts, film, and theatre scene, and with Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, regional theatre companies as well as the Manhattan film, video, and webcast industries.


Admissions Requirements

In order to apply to the BFA in Acting program, an audition is required. Students should prepare two short contrasting monologues in English and bring a headshot and resume.

International students and domestic students who are unable to audition on site may submit a video audition. All audition materials must be in English.

Essay:

Students should prepare a one-page essay on why they wish to pursue a degree in Acting, and what their personal artistic goals are.

Curriculum

First Year:

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

Studio I: Acting Voice and Movement

6

Studio II: Acting Voice and Movement

6

The Contemporary Performance Industry

3

On-Camera Performance I

3

Production Lab I

1

Production Lab II

1

Gen Ed/Core

6

Theater History and Play Analysis

3

 

 

Gen Ed/Core

3

Total

16

 

16

 

Second Year:

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

Studio III: Acting Voice and Movement

6

Studio IV: Acting Voice and Movement

6

Video Workshop OR TV Production I

3

On-Camera Performance II

3

Production Lab III

1

Production Lab IV

1

Gen Ed/Core

6

Gen Ed/Core

6

 

 

 

 

Total

16

 

16

Third Year:

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

Studio V: Acting Voice and Movement

6

Studio VI: Acting Voice and Movement

3

On Camera Performance III

3

Writing the Screenplay, Playwriting I OR Story

3

Production Lab IV

1

On Camera Performance IV

3

Gen Ed/Core

6

Directing for Theater OR Directing the Moving Image

3

 

 

Production Lab VI

1

 

 

Gen Ed/Core

3

Total

16

 

16

Fourth Year:

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

Capstone I

2

Capstone II

3

Business of Theatre, Film and Television

3

Performance in the 21st Century Theater and Media

3

Film and Television Studies

3

Production Lab VIII

1

Production Lab VII

1

Internship

3

Gen Ed/Core

3

Showcase

2

Total

12

 

12

Total: 120 Credits

CONTACT

Richard L. Conolly
College of Liberals Arts & Sciences

Scott Krawczyk, Dean