The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Arts with a concentration in Acting provides personalized and intensive classroom instruction and stage experience to prepare students for acting careers. Students receive a rigorous grounding in history, literature, theories and methodologies of classical and contemporary theatre arts, and work with professional actors and playwrights. Students also have a variety of opportunities to perform in main stage productions directed by renowned New York City directors. The 129-credit program is highly selective, admitting 16 to 22 students each year.
The acting concentration draws from the Suzuki, Stanislavsky, Chekhov and Linklater techniques. The core program, taught by professional theatre artists, emphasizes development of a riveting stage presence based on dynamic physicality, emotional authenticity and a commanding voice. Students receive individual and ensemble training in television and film acting, singing and dancing from artists of national and international renown. The program culminates at the end of the senior year, when students showcase their talent before agents, managers and directors in New York City.
This exciting program is coordinated with the Post Theatre Company, where students gain hands-on participation in all aspects of a working theatre company. Students gain a wider perspective through internships on and off campus, and travel to festivals in the United States and abroad.
Students have access to excellent facilities to gain practical experience and showcase their talents.
The B.F.A. in Theatre Arts: Acting can lead to rewarding careers in stage and screen acting as well as related fields such as playwriting, directing, stage management, costume design, lighting design, make-up artistry, set design and much more. The Acting concentration particularly prepares graduates for careers as actors or to pursue graduate study for careers as acting teachers and coaches.
Beyond working with acclaimed actors and instructors on and off campus, students at LIU Post gain outstanding direction and leads through LIU Post’s offices of Cooperative Education and Career Services. Career counselors in the LIU Post Division for Student Success meet with students one-to-one to discuss career options in theatre arts, including those best suited to graduates of the Acting concentration.
Students must have an interview or audition for admission to the B.F.A. in Theatre Arts: Acting program. Applicants will be notified of departmental admissions decisions by the early spring. Mid-year transfer students are contacted individually. All B.F.A. candidates must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in the major.
Auditions for the season productions are open to all theatre majors are held in the Little Theatre on Mainstage unless otherwise posted. Check the callboard in the Theatre, Film & Dance building for audition requirements and sign-up sheets.
|In addition to all major requirements, students pursuing the B.F.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||3 credits (excluded courses based on chosen sub-plan)|
|History/Philosophy||6 credits (in one area)|
|Laboratory Science||4 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.|
|Required Introductory Theatre Arts Courses|
|THE 104||Technical Theater Practices 1||3.00|
|THE 105||Technical Theater Practices 2||3.00|
|Required Theatrical History and Literature Courses|
|THE 101||Introduction to Drama||3.00|
|THE 141||Classical Theatre History||3.00|
|THE 142||Modern Theatre History||3.00|
|Required Theatre Production Laboratory Courses
Four 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 536||Production Laboratory||1.00|
|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|
|Acting Concentration Requirements|
|Required Acting Courses|
|THE 121||Basic Acting I||3.00|
|THE 122||Basic Acting II||3.00|
|THE 123||Intermediate Acting I||3.00|
|THE 124||Intermediate Acting II||3.00|
|THE 125||Advanced Acting I||3.00|
|THE 126||Advanced Acting II||3.00|
|THE 152||Professional Skills: The Business of Acting||3.00|
|THE 192||Senior Acting Seminar||3.00|
|Required Additional Theatre History and Literature Courses|
|THE 143||Shakespeare in Performance||3.00|
|Required Additional Theatre Arts and Techniques Courses|
|THE 131||Directing I||3.00|
|THE 145||Playwriting I||3.00|
|THE 151||Beginning Suzuki Technique||3.00|
|THE 166||Beginning Speech||3.00|
|THE 167||Beginning Voice||3.00|
|THE 542||Advanced Suzuki||3.00|
|Any 3 additional THE course (9 credits)
Required Voice Music Lessons
|Two credits taken from any of the following:|
|MUS 88A||Studio Lessons: Voice||1.00|
|MUS 88B||Studio Lessons: Voice||2.00|
|Required Fine Arts Core Course One of the following:|
|ART 1||Introduction to Visual Arts||3.00|
|ART 5||Introduction to Basic Drawing||3.00|
|ART 17||Introduction to Basic Design (2-Dimensional)||3.00|
|ART 18||Introduction to Basic Design (3-Dimensional)||3.00|
|ART 101||Interpreting Art in the 21st Century||3.00|
|CIN 11||History of World Cinema||3.00|
|CMA 9||Introduction to the Media Arts||3.00|
|DNC 1||Beginning Movement 1||3.00|
|DNC 108||History of Dance||3.00|
|MUS 1||Introduction to Musical Concepts||3.00|
|MUS 2||Elementary Musicianship||3.00|
|Elective Dance Courses
Any two DNC courses (6 credits)
3.00 Major GPA is required
College of Arts, Communications & Design
Christine Kerr, Ph.D.
Acting Dean and Professor
Moreen Mitchell, J.D.