Theatre Arts

M.F.A. in Theatre: Directing

M.F.A. Theatre

You have a new choice when it comes to earning your M.F.A. in Theatre! Traditional graduate programs require two or three years of classroom study, with a focus on training to compete with fellow students. At LIU Post, you focus on collaboration and ensemble, creating a group thesis production with a company that you’ve helped to form. You’ll direct your 1st Year Show and your thesis at a theatre in New York City, earning your first professional credits! You’ll learn all the skills you need to develop as a director, preparing you to not only obtain work after graduation, but to create work as well. A focus on physical theatre training, using Suzuki, Viewpoints and other contemporary techniques, with cutting-edge productions opportunities, makes LIU Post ‘s M.F.A. in Theatre the alternative program of choice!

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A New and Unique Alternative Experiential Program for Graduate Theatre Students!

  • Located 25 miles from New York City.
  • 2-year, 60 credit program.
  • Create a company and direct a show in a New York City theatre.
  • Training in collaborative theatre making.
  • Faculty of working theatre professionals & scholars.
  • Focus on the creation of new work with a dedicated company of actors and playwrights.
  • Small class size.
  • Cutting-edge approach to production.
  • Opportunities to assist and network with New York professional directors.


To apply for the M.F.A. in Directing, applicants must complete three steps:

  1. Apply to LIU Post by following this link:
  2. Submit a portfolio via the Accepted website ( This portfolio should contain production books of previous work directed by the candidate, as well as video of directed productions if available. Student work is acceptable, including production books of shows that were never produced or only presented in a classroom setting. The production book should contain a complete script analysis, with theme and character descriptions, blocking notes, any research done in connection with the script, and a discussion of your point-of-view about directing the play.
  3. Interview with the Program Director. Interviews are held during graduate audition events held by the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA) and the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), and on campus. For specific dates and locations, please visit this link:
Course of Study

Courses Credits
YEAR ONE - Fall Semester : (9 credits)
THE 521 Acting: Realism (Stanislavski) 3
THE 531 Directing 3
THE 582 Production Practicum (Realism) 3
Spring Semester : (12 credits)
THE 532 Directing II: Classical 3
THE 500 Observership: Beg. Suzuki 3
THE 550 Stage Combat 3
THE 580 Production Practicum 3
Summer 1 : (6 credits)
THE 542 Movement Intensive: Le Coq & Mask 3
THE 590 History/Theory I 3
Summer 2 : (6 credits)
THE 502 Movement Intensive: Le Coq & Mask 3
THE 548 History/Theory I 3
YEAR TWO - Fall Semester : (9 credits)
THE 590 Post Modern Theatre:
(Viewpoints, acting, movement, voice, speech)
THE 581 Production Practicum: Devising 3
Spring Semester : (9 credits)
THE 707 Thesis Research 3
THE 552 Professional Skills/Portfolio 3
THE 511 Theatrical Entrepreneurship 3
Summer 1 & 2 : (9 credits)
THE 708 Thesis Production 3

Students will spend the spring creating a theatre company and making plans for a thesis project to be produced in New York City in the summer. Intensive research and writing under the guidance of faculty who will team-teach the company. Thesis projects may be original work, devised work, adaptations, or revivals, which are acted, directed and designed, and produced by the company.


The ability to speak, read, and understand English fluently is an important factor in admissions decisions. All applicants for whom English is not the native language (regardless of citizenship) must demonstrate English Language Proficiency with a TOEFL score that meets the minimum requirement, with the exception of:

  1. Those who have attended an English language school for four years; AND
  2. Have/will complete a 4-year undergraduate degree at an English language institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Minimum TOEFL iBT scores for the M.F.A. in Theatre are:
Reading: 25
Listening: 25
Speaking: 25
Writing: 25

Candidates should be aware that other graduate programs at LIU Post might have different TOEFL score standards.

M.F.A. applicants who will have studied full-time for at least six years at English-speaking institutions prior to enrolling at LIU Post, including four years at an undergraduate institution, may request a waiver of the TOEFL score. Years spent in full-time ESL or ELL programs do not count towards the six-year minimum requirement. To apply for a waiver of the TOEFL:

  • Submit a letter explaining your academic background and enclose official transcripts totaling six years of study in English (include all college and high school transcripts as needed). It is acceptable for the applicant to be in the sixth year of study if currently enrolled in an English-speaking institution. Transcripts should show strong grades in academic classes.
  • The letter and all transcripts must be included in the same envelope; transcripts that are received separately from the letter will not be reviewed and the waiver request will be considered incomplete.
  • Incomplete or late requests will not be considered, without exception.
  • Applicants who are not granted a waiver will be required to submit an official TOEFL score, as noted above.

** Application to the program is for entry in the fall semester only.

Contact Us

LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, N.Y. 11548-1300
Phone: 516-299-2900
Fax: 516-299-2137

Dr. Cara Gargano, Department Chair; Professor of Theatre and Dance
Department of Theatre, Film, Dance & Arts Management
LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, N.Y. 11548
Phone: 516-299-2353
Fax: 516-299-3824

Jon Fraser, Director of Graduate Studies
Professor of Theatre & Film
Department of Theatre, Film, Dance and Arts Management
LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, New York 11548
(516) 299-4280

Rosanne Reddy
Department Secretary
Phone: 516-299-2353
Fax: 516-299-3824

Graduate Admissions Office

Kathy Riley
Associate Director, Graduate Admissions

Kaitlyn McNamara
Associate Director, Graduate Admissions


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