Mission and History

Mission Statement

artThe Department of Theatre Arts provides a rich, fertile environment, with great teachers who will nurture, mentor, and provide opportunities for our students, helping them to reach their creative potential. Our liberal arts curriculum in our undergraduate theatre program will allow our students to view the world through a theatrical lens while developing academic and creative tools that will help them succeed in any endeavor. 

The Department of Theatre Arts is dedicated to exploring and supporting work that is relevant, and stays true to the spirit of collaboration and experimentation. Students attending Stony Brook University take a range of practical courses in acting, directing, playwriting, dramaturgy, design, and technical theatre. In addition students can elect to take courses in improvisation, voice, movement, mask work, puppetry and Eastern acting styles, and innovative offerings in prevention through the arts and community based-performance. Classes in new technologies and social media for the stage and other performance venues are offered as well.


Stony Brook University’s location within commuting distance to New York City provides students with opportunities offered through Theatre in New York courses, as well as professional internships. For those who prefer to stay closer to home, the Department of Theatre Arts curates the Staller [Off] Center new performance series, bringing to campus some of the most compelling and experimental works in the country. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of study abroad, exploring the arts in international settings.





What your faculty did this summer:

Izumi Ashizawa remounted "Mysterious Lake" at Long Island Children's Museum, was in on-going rehearsals for "Le Chemine des Reves" in Montreal, and served a guest tutor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

Elizabeth Bojsza taught a workshop in Community Performance for the Pre-College Institute, and look forward to leading a similar workshop at the Stage The Change conference in November 

Mallory Catlett is working on: Circling the Center by Nene Humpphey to be performed on October 12, 13, and 14 in NYC and DECODER 2017 with text by William Burroughs to be performed December 3rd at La Mama in NYC.

Amy Cook finished her manuscript on casting and an essay on Shakespeare, language and cognition.

Steve Marsh worked with scientists across the country leading Improvisation workshops and Media training for the Alda Center in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Philadelphia, Denver, at UC Santa Barbara, Cornell University and Cold Spring Harbor Labs. 

Deb Mayo acted in "After," a yet- to- be released web series written by and starring one of our graduates, Joshua Schubart. 

Ken Weitzman was  a writer-in-residence at the New Harmony Project where he developed two new plays and then co-lead a two-week workshop with playwright Naomi Iizuka at the Sewanee Writers Conference at the University of the South.


Department of Theatre Arts • Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5450
Undergraduate Office: 631-632-7300 • Graduate Office: 631-632-7586 • Fax: 631-632-7261
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