MFA in Theatre

Acting | Playwriting | Directing | Dramaturgy | Film 

Southampton & Manhattan

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Study with acclaimed professionals in an interdisciplinary environment.  We provide advanced training for talented artists who wish to create new work.   

Past & Present Faculty Include:
Jon Robin Baitz • Annie Baker • Marsha Norman • Austin Pendleton • Adam Bock • Leslie Ayvazian • Mercedes Ruehl
Christine Vachon • Nick Mangano • Craig Lucas • Stephen Hamilton • Joe Mantello • Ellen McLaughlin • Tony Walton 
John Patrick Shanley • Jules Feiffer • Emily Mann • Terrence McNally • Rinde Eckert • Kathleen Marshall  
Stephen Adly Guirgis • David Adjmi • Alan Alda • Julie Andrews • Joanna Merlin 
The MFA in Theatre is process-oriented and project-driven. We foster each student’s unique voice, and provide a laboratory setting for students to develop collaborations, create new forms of storytelling, and produce their own work. We encourage crossover between theatre and film, and between the different theatre disciplines.

Faculty member Stephen Hamilton directs All My Sons starring Alec Baldwin and Laurie Metcalf

 Program Director Nick Mangano directs Steve Reich's Three Tales for LA Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall

 Playwright and actor Halley Feiffer joins our roster of Visiting Artists

Announcing the 2nd Annual Southampton International Theatre Workshops & Festival 2015 

“ extraordinary well of creative activity... An electric atmosphere!” – Mercedes Ruehl
“I count myself lucky to be listed among the other artists who teach here (they're all amazing and accomplished)...” – Annie Baker
"...delightful, motivated students and devoted teachers." – Marsha Norman
"The program is generous and solid - and the people running it CARE about the students." Stephen Adly Guirgis
"A new and exciting kind of collaboration is happening at Stony Brook Southampton.” – Joanna Merlin     
"It's a rare and beautiful thing to balance rigor and creative freedom, and they do it at Southampton, and do it with élan." - David Adjmi 

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Director's Message
Nick Mangano: Director, MFA in Theatre / International Theatre Workshops & Festival
I am pleased to tell you about an exciting new MFA program in Theatre at Stony Brook University-Southampton. We offer an MFA with tracks in Acting, Playwriting, Directing, and Dramaturgy, and are just a train ride away from Manhattan. Southampton Arts also offers graduate programs in Creative Writing and provides an idyllic setting for interdisciplinary collaborations.
Located in one of the most beautiful ocean side towns on the East Coast, Southampton Arts draws upon the rich artistic community of Long Island’s East End as well as Manhattan, where you can also study at our downtown facility. You can train throughout the year, including during our summer Southampton International Theatre Workshops. We welcome talented students of varied backgrounds and experiences. We have a student body who hail from around the world, including Brazil, South Korea, Iran and the United States. reaad more »