Graduate Programs

MA in Theatre Arts

Contact information:
Steve Marsh:

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. By “fostering a dramaturgical approach” to theatre, the department of Theatre Arts recognizes the contribution of the dramaturg in institutional American theatre.  He or she must be well informed in historical, critical, and comparative studies, and sensitive to every aspect of theatre practice. Training in dramaturgy is useful even to students who later decide to pursue other careers in the theatre or other media, or in teaching. Professional dramaturgs often become directors, producers, administrators, drama critics, teachers, or playwrights, and many combine two or three different careers.  Therefore, 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.



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"


Jeanette Yew

& Jian Jung

named as grant recipients:

The Play Company // Ludic Proxy
To Enhance Designs

Department of Theatre Arts • Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4340
Undergraduate Office: 631-632-7300 • Graduate Office: 631-632-7270 • Fax: 631-632-7261