MFA in Theatre



all_my_sonsFaculty member STEPHEN HAMILTON directs All My Sons 
starring ALEC BALDWIN and LAURIE METCALF at Guild Hall







Program Director NICK MANGANO directs Steve Reich's Three Tales for LA Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall

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Three Tales, a documentary digital video opera, by Steve Reich and Beryl Korot. (Images by Beryl Korot)  

Three Tales recalls three well known events from the early, middle and late 20th century, Hindenburg, Bikini, Dolly. Each of these reflects on the growth and implications of technology during the 20th century from early air transport to the current ethical debate on the future of our species.

LA Philharmonic, Disney Hall, May 29, 2015
Carnegie Hall, November 1, 2016 


HALLEY FEIFFER joins our faculty this summer to lead a workshop in Playwriting

Halley Feiffer is a playwright and actorhalley_feiffer. Full-length plays include How To Make Friends and then Kill Them (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, directed by Kip Fagan), Sidney and Laura, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City and Valerie Sweet. Her plays have been developed by Second Stage Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, LAByrinth Theater Company, the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and elsewhere. She is currently working on commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club, MTC / Sloan and Jen Hoguet Productions. She co-wrote and starred in the 2013 film He’s Way More Famous Than You and the upcoming webseries “What’s Your Emergency,” both directed by Michael Urie. She won the Theatre World Award for her performance in the Broadway revival of The House of Blue Leaves and was recently seen in the revival of Jon Robin Baitz’ The Substance of Fire at Second Stage, directed by Trip Cullman. She is thrilled to be back at the Atlantic, where she appeared last fall in Ethan Coen’s Women or Nothing, directed by David Cromer. She currently writes for the upcoming Starz series “The One Percent.”


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



Faculty member ANNIE BAKER wins the PULITZER PRIZE for Drama!



New Southampton Arts MFA Acting program is approved by SUNY 

Southampton Arts has added an Acting program to our MFA in Theatre, which also offers tracks in Playwriting, Directing, Dramaturgy and Film.  With the inclusion of actors, we can now fully realize our mission to develop and present original student work for live performance and the screen. Core faculty member Mercedes Ruehl will teach in this newest addition to our graduate program. We are accepting applications for our first Acting class in the fall of 2014, and will join the URTA National Unified Auditions to recruit.


Actress MERCEDES RUEHL joins our core faculty 

We are thrilled to announce that Academy, Tony and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King, Lost in Yonkers, Married to the Mob, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?) has joined our core faculty. You all know Mercedes' terrific work as an actor, but you may not know that she is also a talented, passionate teacher who cares deeply about training the next generation of theatre artists. It is our honor to welcome her on board to help us develop a graduate acting program.




Campus Windmill declared a Literary Landmark to commemorate Tennessee Williams 


During the summer of 1957, Tennessee Williams lived on campus in our historic windmill. Here he wrote an experimental play, The Day on Which a Man Dies, in response to the death of his friend, Abstract Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock.

The windmill was originally built in the early 1700’s and was located in Southampton Village. In the 1890’s, it was acquired by a prominent banker, Arthur B. Claflin, and moved to its current location, where it served as a playhouse for Claflin’s daughter. After World War II, the Claflin estate became the Tucker Mill Inn, and the windmill playhouse was refitted and rented out as a guesthouse.

To commemorate its most famous resident, one of our most influential American dramatists, the windmill has been designated a Literary Landmark by the American Library Association (United for Libraries).  A dedication ceremony took place on July 13, 2013. It featured a premiere reading of a play, At Stanley's Place, by celebrated author and Southampton Arts faculty member Frederic Tuten. The full-day celebration also included presentations by director Nick Mangano, novelist Roger Rosenblatt, poet Grace Schulman, and a performance of Tennessee: A Portrait featuring Mercedes Ruehl and Harris Yulin.










  Photo: Celebration of the life and work of David Rakoff, March 4, 2013. (L-R) Nick Mangano, Stephen Hamilton, Jules Feiffer, Mercedes Ruehl.