Graduate Program

MA in Theatre Arts

Contact information:
Amy Cook:

The MA in Theatre Arts at Stony Brook University fosters a dramaturgical approach to the creation of new and non-traditional works for the theatre. Its interdisciplinary, collaborative curriculum encourages our graduate students to produce, write and adapt their own work, serve as dramaturgs for department productions, and to apply the historical and theoretical knowledge they attain in course work to the practice of innovative theatre making and new play development. Among the world class faculty are directors, actors, playwrights, theorists, dramaturgs and designers all of whom work closely with graduate students. We have recently developed an Art and Technology Laboratory in conjunction with the departments of Music and Art. Our graduates can get training in computer graphics, interactive media studies, and digital performance.  The Staller Center for the Arts is Long Island’s hub of creative activity, and provides a wonderful inter-arts working atmosphere for students of Theatre, Art and Music. Students are also introduced to the art of devising new work in collaboration with faculty and students from Art and Music.

The goals of the M.A. program are (1) to study the dramatic tradition and the history of the performing arts, (2) to develop an understanding of the vital relationship between theatre theory and onstage practice, and (3) to prepare students qualified to matriculate in programs of study at the M.F.A. or Ph.D. level. The Stony Brook program offers opportunities for students with a wide range of interests in theatre practice and dramatic criticism to pursue individual development with an applied orientation.  The 2-year program culminates in the creation of a Thesis.

Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible, especially if they plan to apply for financial aid.  Admission information for the MA in Theatre Arts can be found by visiting the Stony Brook Graduate School website.

Courses currently being offered in Fall 2015 include:

THR 500 Introduction to Grad Studies (Amy Cook). This course will involve participation in THR 380, Creative Process, and research on As You Like It.
THR 635 Theories of Performance (John Lutterbie).
THR 638 Directing I: Principles of Directing (Izumi Ashizawa).
There are also graduate courses taught by our affiliate faculty.





Ken Weitzman

selected for
The Lark Play Development Center's
"Meeting of the Minds"
annually serves six New York writers
over a ten-month residency

Ken Weitzman's

Play Halftime with Don
selected for
PlayLabs at the Playwrights' Center
one of the nation's most in-depth
play development programs
 National Playwrights Festival
 Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center

210 Amlent Avenue
Karl Hinze
& Becky Goldberg

New Musical co-created by
SBU Musical Comp. alumnus
& SBU Theatre MFA alumna
 received its first production:
New York
Musical Theatre Festival
July 9th, 2015

Margarita Espada

honored to receive the 
Human Rights
Community Award

for the work of her company,
Teatro Experimental Yerbabruja,
as a tool for social change

Steve Marsh

chosen to serve on the
Drama Desk Awards
nominating committee
2015 Drama Desk Awards

Nominations: April 23
Ceremony: May 31

Izumi Ashizawa

Best of 2014
"Best Directors of a Play
in Professional Theatres"
See images of
Izumi's show Kwaiden

Mallory Catlett

named as recipient of the
Foundation for
Contemporary Arts

2015 Grants to Artists
"Performance Art/Theatre"


Sohie Vanier '05

Best Actress
for her performance in
 UnChained Theatre Festival



Department of Theatre Arts • Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5450
Undergraduate Office: 631-632-7300 • Graduate Office: 631-632-7270 • Fax: 631-632-7261
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