Director's Message

nick manganoNick Mangano: Director, MFA in Theatre / International Theatre Workshops

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, Dramaturgy and Film, and reside within an expanding graduate arts campus just a train ride away from Manhattan. Southampton Arts also offers 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. 

We have an exceptional faculty and seek associations with professional companies to help you 'get your work done'. We have partnered with legendary film producer Christine Vachon and her company Killer Films to offer innovative training in film, and we have an association with MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Association, to enhance our acting program. Academy Award-winning actress Mercedes Ruehl, and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker have recently joined our core faculty. 

So, what do Jon Robin Baitz, Annie Baker, Emily Mann, John Patrick Shanley, Marsha Norman, Austin Pendleton, Kathleen Marshall, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Rinde Eckert, Mercedes Ruehl, Jules Feiffer, Julie Andrews, and Tennessee Williams have in common? Southampton Arts. True, Williams, unlike the others, is not a faculty member. But he lived on campus for a time in our historic windmill, a Southampton treasure built in the early 1700’s, where he wrote an experimental play based on his friend, painter Jackson Pollack. On July 13, 2013, the windmill was declared a Literary Landmark because of the Williams connection. His memory inspires our mission to foster the unique voices of emerging theatre and film artists, and to encourage new forms of storytelling.

With the escalating costs of education, I am happy to say that we offer not only excellent training with a world class faculty, but also one of the most affordable MFA programs in the country. 

And then there’s the beach.

I believe we are truly unique and hope you will consider us as you embark on your graduate career.

Welcome to Southampton Graduate Arts.