SVPA: Theatre, Film, Dance & Arts Management

SCHOOL OF VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS

Theatre, Film, Dance, and Arts Management


The Department of Theatre, Film, Dance and Arts Management provides intense, demanding, and rigorous training for actors, directors, playwrights, set and costume designers, filmmakers, screenwriters, cinematographers, editors, and lighting and sound technicians, dancers, choreographers, musical theatre performers, educators, stage managers, producers, talent managers and agents.

A broad-based liberal arts education will give you a deep understanding of the human experience with skills to write and speak about the arts. Within our diverse department, you'll benefit from interchange of creative ideas across disciplines and learn from faculty members are talented and accomplished professionals in their respective field, laying the artistic and intellectual groundwork for your professional success.

LIU Post’s proximity to New York City gives you frequent opportunities to work with professional artists and to hone your skills at renowned theaters, concert halls, and film studios.

B.F.A. in Arts Management

A blockbuster exhibit opens in a museum. A world famous singer packs a concert hall for a magical night of music. A local arts council offers instruction in the arts to children. Arts managers make all these things happen. In government agencies and service organizations, in galleries, museums, theatre and dance companies, in orchestras, performing arts centers, and many other organizations, arts managers connect artists with audiences – enriching society by enabling creativity and making it possible for artists and performers to realize their dreams.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Arts Management provides competency in the fine arts with a solid foundation in business. The 129-credit program develops skills in critical thinking, leadership, management, planning and finance. Specialized courses apply these aptitudes to arts institutions. A concentration is established in one area of the arts (visual arts, music, theatre or dance). Each area of arts concentration includes history and theory classes as well as applied work. The additional arts management coursework includes classes in accounting, economics, management, marketing, law, and public relations, communications, public speaking and computer graphics.

The program of study culminates with an internship in a professional arts organization. Internships are available both on and off campus. Students have been placed at DreamWorks Theatrical Productions, Stomp, SONY Music, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Parsons Dance, Nassau Coliseum, Island Def Jam Recordings, Heckscher Museum, and other venues in the New York City metropolitan area. Independent study options and work at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and Hillwood Art Museum also are available in selected aspects of a student's concentration.

Qualities That Set Our Program Apart
  • Exceptional arts education combined with training in business and economics
  • Real-world experience through New York metro area internships
  • Gifted faculty members with extensive professional credits
  • Small classes and a culture of creativity

B.F.A. in Dance Studies

Few art forms are as expressive and personal as dance – and few have the same power to inspire, delight, and communicate across cultures. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Studies at LIU Post is an excellent foundation for a career in dance performance, dance education or dance criticism. A pre-professional, process-based and performance-oriented program, this 129-credit degree explores the wide variety of roles for dance professionals and surveys the world’s great dance traditions, from African and Asian dance to modern, jazz, ballet and tap. Combining advanced education in dance and theatrical production with opportunities to develop specific skills through training and sustained practice, all in the context of a strong liberal arts program, the B.F.A. in Dance Studies teaches the art form and not just technique.

Students are encouraged to choreograph after the third semester. Coordinated with the Post Theatre Company and the Post Concert Dance Company, the degree offers extensive performance and choreography opportunities and requires substantial participation in the work of both companies. Audition and interview required.

Qualities That Set Our Program Apart
  • Acclaimed faculty with years of professional experience
  • Technical instruction augmented by attendance at performances in New York City
  • On-campus Post Concert Dance Company
  • Junior and Senior dancers Showcase Performance at the Symphony Space Theatre on Broadway
  • Opportunities to work with New York Choreographers
  • Opportunities to perform great dance works through our Legacy Project
  • Master classes with major touring companies

B.F.A. in Film

As a Film major, you will learn to communicate and interpret the world around you through courses in all levels of production, editing, screenwriting, cinematography, sound, producing, and film history.

Beginning in your first semester, you will get hands-on experience working with traditional and digital film equipment and exploring all forms of narrative and documentary storytelling. The comprehensive, widely respected film curriculum prepares students for creative, critical, and technical work in the worlds of film, television, and digital media. In addition, you will study a well-rounded liberal arts foundation that will help develop proficiency in areas of human development: self-discipline, self-motivation, creative thinking, critical analysis, collaboration as part of a group, and leadership in a group.

Our faculty are all working professionals in diverse areas of the field, including writers, directors, cinematographers documentarians and critics – award-winning professionals with top-level experience and credentials. Because of our small class sizes, students work collaboratively and develop strong bonds, often working together well beyond graduation. As a student, you will have the chance to master the new digital media technologies, and develop your editing and production design skills in our state-of-the-art studios.

Just 25 miles east of New York City, students have access to the No. 1 most filmed location in the world and plentiful industry connections and opportunities. Many students are able to combine internships with course work during the semester. Others do internships during the summer breaks. Check out our latest student-produced films online.

B.A. in Theatre Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts is an academic degree designed to help you place theatre within the wider context of humanistic studies. The 129-credit curriculum covers the broad-based study of theatre history and literature, acting, dance, design, directing, playwriting, dramaturgy, management and technical production. Classes are small and faculty members provide a supportive environment for you to develop as an individual artist.

LIU Post theatre arts majors are active participants in the Post Theatre Company, which produces plays and musicals for the public and campus community. Students have access to a number of performance spaces to showcase their talents. Our beautiful suburban campus is only 50 minutes away from the theatre capital of the world – New York City. There are many opportunities to collaborate with professional playwrights, directors and producers.

B.F.A. in Theatre Arts: Acting

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Arts with a concentration in Acting provides personalized and intensive classroom instruction and stage experience to prepare students for acting careers. Students receive a rigorous grounding in history, literature, theories and methodologies of classical and contemporary theatre arts, and work with professional actors and playwrights. Students also have a variety of opportunities to perform in main stage productions directed by renowned New York City directors. The 129-credit program is highly selective, admitting 16 to 22 students each year.

The acting concentration draws from the Suzuki, Stanislavsky, Chekhov and Linklater techniques. The core program, taught by professional theatre artists, emphasizes development of a riveting stage presence based on dynamic physicality, emotional authenticity and a commanding voice. Students receive individual and ensemble training in television and film acting, singing and dancing from artists of national and international renown. The program culminates at the end of the senior year, when students showcase their talent before agents, managers and directors in New York City.

This exciting program is coordinated with the Post Theatre Company, where students gain hands-on participation in all aspects of a working theatre company. Students gain a wider perspective through internships on and off campus, and travel to festivals in the United States and abroad.

Students have access to excellent facilities to gain practical experience and showcase their talents.

Qualities That Set Our Program Apart
  • Physical acting training based on the Suzuki Technique with an emphasis on building technique through movement, voice and speech training
  • Opportunities to collaborate with professional playwrights in developing new plays for stages worldwide
  • Main stage productions directed by professional New York City directors, public performances and collaborations with renowned New York City-based artist that offer networking opportunities and access to potential employers
  • Extensive internship offerings
  • A stellar roster of alumni working on Broadway and Off-Broadway, in American regional theatres, on national tours and in international venues and in films and TV programs including “ER” and “Six Feet Under.”

About the Field

The B.F.A. in Theatre Arts: Acting can lead to rewarding careers in stage and screen acting as well as related fields such as playwriting, directing, stage management, costume design, lighting design, make-up artistry, set design and much more. The Acting concentration particularly prepares graduates for careers as actors or to pursue graduate study for careers as acting teachers and coaches.

Beyond working with acclaimed actors and instructors on and off campus, students at LIU Post gain outstanding direction and leads through LIU Post’s offices of Cooperative Education and Career Services. Career counselors in the LIU Post Division for Student Success meet with students one-to-one to discuss career options in theatre arts, including those best suited to graduates of the Acting concentration.

B.F.A. in Theatre Arts: Design and Production

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Design and Production is a pre-professional degree that combines a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of theatre with concentrations in costume, scenic, lighting or sound design; technical production; and stage management.

The B.F.A. gives you the artistic, intellectual and technical groundwork necessary for a professional life in the theatre and for further specialization through graduate studies. The 129-credit curriculum includes pre-professional training, study of theatre history and literature, and a wide range of liberal arts courses. This is a process-based, hands-on degree. With strong personal mentoring in your area of specialization, you will make practical application of your training through substantial participation in productions of the Post Theatre Company.

Students gain hands-on experience at professional facilities on campus, including the Little Theatre and the Costume and Scene Shops.

Qualities that Set Our Program Apart
  • Work with design and production professionals from your first day on campus
  • A small program focused on your individual development and success
  • Opportunities to participate in stage productions early in your study
  • Internships and work opportunities both on and off campus
  • Work directly with designers and directors from New York City as fully participating members of a production team

B.F.A. in Theatre Arts: Directing and Playwriting

After successful completion of their sophomore year, students in the B.F.A. in Theatre Arts: Acting program or the B.A. in Theatre Arts program, with the appropriate prerequisites, may elect to apply to pursue a concentration in either Directing or Playwriting. Transfer students who wish to apply for this option may be required to take additional preparatory coursework.

Each program requires students to complete a senior thesis project. For Directing majors, the thesis will involve directing a play; for Playwriting majors, a full-length play will be written and receive either a staged reading or production. Directing and Playwriting students may collaborate on their thesis project.

Courses in Directing explore stage management, theatrical direction, casting, rehearsals, choreography, scenes, lighting and costume design.

Courses in Playwriting focus on the theory and practice of writing for the stage, including the development of one-act plays and screenwriting for the cinema.

B.F.A. in Theatre Arts: Musical Theatre

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre provides personalized and intensive classroom instruction and stage experience to prepare students for performance careers in Musical Theatre. Students receive a rigorous grounding in history, literature, theories and methodologies of classical and contemporary theatre arts, and work with professional musicians, actors and playwrights. Students also have a variety of opportunities to perform in main stage productions directed by renowned New York City directors. The 129-credit program is highly selective, admitting 16 to 22 students each year.

The musical theatre concentration draws from the Suzuki, Stanislavsky, Chekhov and Linklater techniques a with concentrated study in techniques and approaches to musical theatre. The core program, taught by professional theatre artists, emphasizes development of a riveting stage presence based on dynamic physicality, emotional authenticity and a commanding voice. Students receive individual and ensemble training in television and film acting, singing and dancing from artists of national and international renown. The program culminates at the end of the senior year, when students showcase their talent before agents, managers and directors in New York City.

This exciting program is coordinated with the Post Theatre Company, where students gain hands-on participation in all aspects of a working theatre company. Students gain a wider perspective through internships on and off campus, and have the opportunity to travel to festivals in the United States and abroad.

Students have access to excellent facilities to gain practical experience and showcase their talents.

Qualities That Set Our Program Apart
  • Physical acting training based on the Suzuki Method with an emphasis on building technique through movement, dance, voice, and speech training
  • Producing contemporary works in musical theatre with the Post Theatre Company; past productions include Bat Boy, Urinetown, Rocky Horror, Into the Woods
  • Main stage productions directed by professional New York City directors, public performances and collaborations with renowned New York City-based artists that offer networking opportunities and access to potential employers
  • Extensive internship offerings
  • A stellar roster of alumni working on Broadway and Off-Broadway, in American regional theatres, on national tours and in international venues and in films and TV programs including Memphis, Aida, "ER" and "Six Feet Under."
  • Training in all areas of the industry - stage, film, television, and more.
About the Field

The B.F.A. in Theatre Arts: Musical Theatre can lead to rewarding careers in musical theatre performance as well as stage and screen acting and work in related fields such as playwriting, directing, stage management, costume design, lighting design, make-up artistry, set design and much more. The Musical Theatre concentration particularly prepares graduates for careers as lead performers in musicals and cabaret or to pursue graduate study for careers as acting teachers and coaches.

Beyond working with acclaimed performers and instructors on and off campus, students at LIU Post gain outstanding direction and leads through LIU Post’s offices of Cooperative Education and Career Services. Career counselors in the LIU Post Division for Student Success meet with students one-to-one to discuss career options in theatre arts, including those best suited to graduates of the Musical Theatre concentration.

M.A. in Theatre

The 36-credit Master of Arts in Theatre emphasizes contemporary theory, pedagogy and practice. It is designed to nurture and create theatre artists who may work as actors, directors, designers, educators or other creative participants in today’s theatre, and to meet the needs of students who plan to go on to the Ph.D. or M.F.A. in Theatre.

The flexible curriculum allows the student to study a variety of methodologies both experientially and through observation, and to design a course of study suited to individual needs. In addition to the core curriculum, you will be able to specialize within your area of interest through small seminars, tutorials and hands-on experience. A two-semester thesis project is required for graduation, and is individually designed for each student with a faculty mentor. This final project facilitates your passage from academia to the profession.

Candidates in the master’s program are active participants in the Post Theatre Company, which produces plays and musicals for the public and campus community. Students have access to a number of performance spaces to showcase their talents. Our beautiful suburban campus is only 50 minutes away from the theatre capital of the world – New York City. There are many opportunities to collaborate with professional playwrights, directors and producers.

M.F.A. in Theatre, with tracks in:

ACTING
PLAYWRITING
DIRECTING

Click here for more information about the new M.F.A. in Theatre Program.

M.A. in Theatre: Acting

You have a new choice when it comes to earning your M.F.A. in Theatre! Traditional graduate programs require two or three years of classroom study, with a focus on training to compete with fellow students. At LIU Post, you focus on collaboration and ensemble, creating a group thesis production with a company that you’ve helped to form. You’ll perform your 1st Year Show and your thesis in a New York City theatre venue, earning your first professional credits! You’ll learn all the skills you need to develop as an actor, designer, director, producer, or playwright, preparing you to not only obtain work after graduation, but to create work as well. A focus on physical theatre training, using Suzuki, Viewpoints and other contemporary techniques, with cutting-edge productions opportunities, makes LIU Post ‘s M.F.A. in Theatre the alternative program of choice!

Download M.F.A. in Theatre Arts: Acting PDF

A New and Unique Alternative Experiential Program for Graduate Theatre Students!
  • Located 25 miles from New York City.
  • 2-year, 60 credit program.
  • Create a company and a show as a group thesis in New York City.
  • Team-taught ensemble building program.
  • Faculty of working theatre professionals & scholars.
  • Physical theatre training, featuring Suzuki technique.
  • Small class size.
  • International performance opportunities.
  • Cutting-edge approach to production.
  • Opportunities to work with New York professional directors.
APPLY NOW ONLINE:

www.liu.edu/post/admissions/graduate

AUDITION INFORMATION

www.liu.edu/post/audition

*Pending Approval.  Program is expected to begin Sept. 1, 2015.

M.A. in Theatre: Directing

You have a new choice when it comes to earning your M.F.A. in Theatre! Traditional graduate programs require two or three years of classroom study, with a focus on training to compete with fellow students. At LIU Post, you focus on collaboration and ensemble, creating a group thesis production with a company that you’ve helped to form. You’ll direct your 1st Year Show and your thesis at a theatre in New York City, earning your first professional credits! You’ll learn a ll the skills you need to develop as a director, preparing you to not only obtain work after graduation, but to create work as well. A focus on physical theatre training, using Suzuki, Viewpoints and other contemporary techniques, with cutting-edge productions opportunities, makes LIU Post ‘s M.F.A. in Theatre the alternative program of choice!

Download M.F.A. in Theatre Arts: Directing PDF

A New and Unique Alternative Experiential Program for Graduate Theatre Students!
  • Located 25 miles from New York City.
  • 2-year, 60 credit program.
  • Create a company and direct a show in a New York City theatre.
  • Training in collaborative theatre making.
  • Faculty of working theatre professionals & scholars.
  • Focus on the creation of new work with a dedicated company of actors and playwrights.
  • Small class size.
  • Cutting-edge approach to production.
  • Opportunities to assist and network with New York professional directors.
APPLY NOW ONLINE:

www.liu.edu/post/admissions/graduate

AUDITION INFORMATION

www.liu.edu/post/audition

*Pending Approval.  Program is expected to begin Sept. 1, 2015.

M.A. in Theatre: Playwriting

You have a new choice when it comes to earning your M.F.A. in Theatre! Traditional graduate programs require two or three years of classroom study, with a focus on training to compete with fellow students. At LIU Post, you focus on collaboration and ensemble, creating a group thesis production with a company that you’ve helped to form. Your work will be showcased at a New York City theatre, earning your first professional credits! You’ll learn all the skills you need to develop as playwright, including how to work with actors and directors in the creation of new work. The environment encourages experimental and innovated writing, for both commercial and non-commercial theatre and film, preparing you to write for a living and living to write. Our approach makes LIU Post ‘s M.F.A. in Theatre the alternative playwriting program of choice!

Download M.F.A. in Theatre Arts: Playwriting PDF


A New and Unique Alternative Experiential Program for Graduate Theatre Students!
  • Located 25 miles from New York City.
  • 2-year, 60 credit program.
  • Showcase your work in a New York City theatre venue.
  • Training in collaborative theatre making.
  • Faculty of working theatre professionals & scholars.
  • Develop your new work with a dedicated company of actors and directors.
  • Small class size.
  • Cutting-edge approach to production.
APPLY NOW ONLINE:

www.liu.edu/post/admissions/graduate

AUDITION INFORMATION

www.liu.edu/post/audition

*Pending Approval.  Program is expected to begin Sept. 1, 2015.

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