Theatre Arts

B.F.A. in Theater Arts (Directing and Playwriting)



After successful completion of their sophomore year, students in the B.F.A. in Theatre Arts: Acting program or the B.A. in Theatre Arts program, with the appropriate prerequisites, may elect to apply to pursue a concentration in either Directing or Playwriting. Transfer students who wish to apply for this option may be required to take additional preparatory coursework.

Audition

Each program requires students to complete a senior thesis project. For Directing majors, the thesis will involve directing a play; for Playwriting majors, a full-length play will be written and receive either a staged reading or production. Directing and Playwriting students may collaborate on their thesis project.

Courses in Directing explore stage management, theatrical direction, casting, rehearsals, choreography, scenes, lighting and costume design.

Courses in Playwriting focus on the theory and practice of writing for the stage, including the development of one-act plays and screenwriting for the cinema.


Admission Requirements
  • Freshmen are admitted under the admission requirements for the B.F.A. in Theatre Arts: Acting. An interview or audition is required. Students apply through the Department of Theatre, Film, Dance & Arts Management for the Directing or Playwriting program at the end of their sophomore year at LIU Post.
  • Transfer students who wish to apply for the concentration in Directing or Playwriting may be required to take additional preparatory coursework. An interview will be required for admission to either option.

For more information contact the Department of Theatre, Film, Dance & Arts Management at 516-299-2353 or the Academic & Career Counseling Office at 516-299-2746.


Core Requirements
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
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 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

Directing 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
Required Theatrical Arts & Writing Courses
THE 2 Current Theatre in New York 3.00
THE 103 Design Concepts for Visual Artists 3.00
THE 110 Stage Management 3.00
THE 130 Makeup & Mask 3.00
THE 131 Directing I 3.00
THE 132 Directing II 3.00
THE 145 Playwriting I 3.00
THE 149 History of Style 3.00
THE 151 Beginning Suzuki Technique 3.00
THE 166 Beginning Speech 3.00
THE 167 Beginning Voice 3.00
THE 188 Thesis 3.00
THE 189 Advanced Individual Study in Theatre 1.00
One of the following:
THE 113 Scene Design I 3.00
THE 115 Lighting Design 3.00
THE 171 Costume Design 3.00
Six credits from the following:
DNC 111 Composition and Choreography 3.00
DNC 112 Composition and Choreography II 3.00
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

Playwriting 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
Required Theatrical Arts & Writing Courses
CIN 9 Screenwriting I 3.00
CIN 10 Screenwriting II 3.00
THE 2 Current Theatre in New York 3.00
THE 103 Design Concepts for Visual Artists 3.00
THE 130 Makeup & Mask 3.00
THE 131 Directing I 3.00
THE 145 Playwriting I 3.00
THE 146 Playwriting II 3.00
THE 149 History of Style 3.00
THE 151 Beginning Suzuki Technique 3.00
THE 166 Beginning Speech 3.00
THE 167 Beginning Voice 3.00
THE 188 Thesis 3.00
THE 189 Advanced Individual Study in Theatre 1.00
Two of the following:
ENG 15 Modern Drama 3.00
ENG 21 Shakespeare: Comedies and Histories, Non- Dramatic Poetry 3.00
ENG 22 Shakespeare: Tragedies and Romances 3.00
ENG 49 English Drama 3.00
ENG 50 Great Plays 3.00
ENG 155 O'Neill, Miller, Williams: Forces in Modern American Drama 3.00
ENG 164 American Drama 3.00
THE 132 Directing II 3.00
THE 148 The History of American Musical Comedy 3.00
Any additional THE (Theatre) courses (3 credit)
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
Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 129 (128 for transfer students)
Minimum Liberal Arts Credits: 36
Minimum Major Credits: 84
Minimum Overall GPA: 2.50
Minimum Major GPA: 3.00

CONTACT

College of Arts, Communications & Design
Christine Kerr, Ph.D.
Acting Dean and Professor
Christine.Kerr@liu.edu

Moreen Mitchell, J.D.
Assistant Dean
Moreen.Mitchell@liu.edu