Theatre Arts

B.A. in Theatre Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts is an academic degree designed to help you place theatre within the wider context of humanistic studies. The 129-credit curriculum covers the broad-based study of theatre history and literature, acting, dance, design, directing, playwriting, dramaturgy, management and technical production. Classes are small and faculty members provide a supportive environment for you to develop as an individual artist.

LIU Post theatre arts majors are active participants in the Post Theatre Company, which produces plays and musicals for the public and campus community. Students have access to a number of performance spaces to showcase their talents. Our beautiful suburban campus is only 50 minutes away from the theatre capital of the world – New York City. There are many opportunities to collaborate with professional playwrights, directors and producers.


Admission Requirements
  • Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 grade point average or 82 to 85) and an average SAT of 1000 (Math & Critical Reading combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above.
  • Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college GPA of 2.5 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.
Additional Admission Requirements

Students must have an interview or audition for admission to the B.A. in Theatre Arts program. Applicants will be notified of departmental admissions decisions by the early spring. Mid-year transfer students are contacted individually. All B.A. candidates must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in the major.

  • Apply to LIU Post at
  • Call 516-299-2353 to schedule an audition slot. Total audition time is 3 minutes.
  • Prepare two short contrasting monologues from a play.
  • If you are pursuing a music concentration, prepare one short monologue and 16 bars of a song.
  • Submit a headshot and résumé at the time of audition


Auditions for the season productions are open to all theatre majors and minors and are held in the Little Theatre on Mainstage unless otherwise posted. Check the callboard in the Theatre, Film & Dance building for audition requirements and signup sheets.

Submitting an Application for Admission

All applicants can apply for admission to LIU Post at My LIU or by using the Apply Now button in the upper right-hand corner of this page. For more information on the application process, visit the Admissions Office home page.

Core Requirements
In addition to all major requirements, students pursuing the B.A. in Theatre Arts must satisfy all core curriculum requirements as follows:
POST 101 1 credit
First-Year Composition 6 credits
Economics/Political Science 6 credits
Fine Arts 6 credits (DNC 1 and THE 142)
History/Philosophy 9 credits
Laboratory Science 8 credits
Language/Literature 6 credits
Mathematics 3 - 4 credits
Social Sciences 6 credits
Competencies Computer, Library, Oral
For a more detailed listing of these requirements, see the core curriculum section of this bulletin.

Major Requirements
Required Introductory Theatre Arts Course
THE 104 Technical Theater Practices 1 3.00
THE 105 Technical Theater Practices 2 3.00
THE 121 Basic Acting I 3.00
THE 122 Basic Acting II 3.00
THE 151 Beginning Suzuki Technique 3.00
Required Theatrical History & Literature Courses
THE 101 Introduction to Drama 3.00
THE 141 Classical Theatre History 3.00
THE 142 Modern Theatre History 3.00
THE 143 Shakespeare in Performance 3.00
Required Theatre Production Laboratory Courses
Two credits from any of the following:
THE 239 Production Laboratory 1.00
THE 240 Production Laboratory 1.00
THE 534 Production Laboratory 1.00
THE 535 Production Laboratory 1.00
THE 536 Production Laboratory 1.00
THE 537 Production Laboratory 1.00
Required Dance Course
DNC 1 Beginning Movement 1 3.00
Required Theatre Contract Courses
THE 204 Department Contract 1 0.00
THE 205 Department Contract 2 0.00
Six courses from the following:
THE 201 Department Contract 3 0.00
THE 202 Department Contract 4 0.00
Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 129 (128 for transfer students)
Minimum Liberal Arts Credits: 96
Minimum Major Credits: 36
Minimum Overall GPA: 2.50
Minimum Major GPA: 3.00

POST Theatre Company

The company encourages students to explore the future of their art through opportunities to work with emerging directors and designers from New York and the international scene.



College of Arts, Communications & Design
Steven Breese, Dean

Moreen Mitchell, J.D.
Assistant Dean