Program in Theatre Arts College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Program in Theatre Arts College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Program in Theatre Arts

The Department of Theatre Arts at Stony Brook University, (State University of New York) offers a 30-credit Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in theater. The goals of the M.A. program is to study the dramatic tradition and history of the performing arts, to develop an understanding of the vital relationship between theater theory and onstage practice, and to immerse students into a complete understanding of contemporary theatre practice. The program maintains a dramaturgical and entrepreneurial approach to the theatre arts and new play development as students become qualified to matriculate in programs of study at the M.F.A. or Ph.D. level.

Stony Brook Theatre Arts dynamic faculty includes working actors, directors, dramaturgs, performance artists, devisors, literary managers, playwrights, designers, theatre historians and theorists. Stony Brook seeks to find and nurture dramaturgical collaborators who are skilled in numerous practical sides of the theater. Students and faculty members work as colleagues in the heart of the production process--not as critics working from the outside.

Stony Brook University's department of Theatre Arts is the home of theatrical innovation for the twenty-first century. In this program, there is very little time to ponder the death of the theater when every moment is filled with the discovery, invention, and creation of new venues and theatrical opportunities. This is a place where artists can grow and learn to channel their own voices and nurture the voices of others in the spirit and practice of the collaborative arts.

Research Facilities

The Department of Theatre Arts is located in the Staller Center for the Arts, one of Suffolk County's premier cultural institutions. The department operates two large (170 seats each) and one small (sixty seats) black box theaters in the Staller Center. Additional theater spaces are also available on campus. The Stony Brook Cabaret is run by the graduate students in the M.A. program. Students may develop, devise, write, direct, or commission new and unusual work in this theatrical laboratory. Each year, four to eight productions are presented in spaces on and off campus.

Student Group

There are typically 10 to 15 graduate students in the program, most of whom are full-time students seeking the M.F.A. degree. About 70 percent of the students are women. While most come from the United States, there is a significant number of international students from such countries as Austria, Bosnia, Chile, Germany, Korea, the People's Republic of China, and Russia. The faculty looks for students who are intellectually and emotionally mature and who have a strong desire to engage in the practice of theater.

Student Outcomes

Dramaturgy at Stony Brook is a dynamic process that is different for each individual. Graduates have not only pursued careers as dramaturgs and literary managers, but also in other areas of the theater, the arts, and the media; many have also taken teaching positions at the university level. Professional dramaturgs often become directors, producers, administrators, drama critics, teachers, or playwrights, and many combine two or three different careers. For students with a wide range of interests in theater practice, the Stony Brook program offers numerous opportunities to pursue individual development within a professional orientation.

The flagship of the State University system within easy reach of New York City

Located on 1,000 acres on the magnificent north shore of Long Island, Stony Brook University is just 50 miles east of New York City. Students have access to the rich cultural activities, museums, libraries, and entertainment in New York City via the university's on-campus Long Island Railroad station.

Stony Brook students enjoy various recreational activities throughout the year, particularly outdoor activities at the nearby West Meadow Beach and the campus hiking and biking trails. Stony Brook University features a wide variety of student services and facilities, including a medical center, residence halls, fitness centers, and 8 campus libraries.

Location & Contact

Program in Theatre Arts

College of Arts and Sciences
Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Dr. John Lutterbie


Phone: 631-632-7245
Fax: 631-632-7258

Lisa Perez


Phone: 631-632-7270
Fax: 632-7258

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Theater Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


100% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 7
    • Accepted 6
    • Acceptance Rate 100
    • Enrolled 3
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$4,685
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students8
    • Female Percentage88%
    • Male Percentage12%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students8
    • Part-time Percentage38%
    • Full-time Percentage62%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian75%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown25%