Theatre Arts

M.F.A. in Theatre: Playwriting

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. Your work will be showcased at a New York City theatre, earning your first professional credits! You’ll learn all the skills you need to develop as playwright, including how to work with actors and directors in the creation of new work. The environment encourages experimental and innovated writing, for both commercial and non-commercial theatre and film, preparing you to write for a living and living to write. Our approach makes LIU Post ‘s M.F.A. in Theatre the alternative playwriting 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.
  • Showcase your work in a New York City theatre venue.
  • Training in collaborative theatre making.
  • Faculty of working theatre professionals & scholars.
  • Develop your new work with a dedicated company of actors and directors.
  • Small class size.
  • Cutting-edge approach to production.


An audition and interview are required for admission to the program. Auditions for the MFA in Acting are conducted at the University Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA) Satellite auditions, and at the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) graduate auditions. Students who are unable to attend these auditions may submit a video audition via the Acceptd website: www.getacceptd/liu. For specific dates and locations, and other audition information, please visit the link below.

Course of Study

Courses Credits
YEAR ONE - Fall Semester : (9 credits)
THE 521 Acting: Realism (Stanislavski) 3
THE 531 Directing 3
THE 545 Playwriting I 3
Spring Semester : (12 credits)
THE 546 Playwritng II 3
THE 509 Screenwriting 3
THE 550 Stage Combat 3
THE 580 Production Practicum 3
Summer 1 : (6 credits)
THE 547 Playwriting II 3
THE 590 History/Theory I 3
Summer 2 : (6 credits)
THE 502 History/Theory II 3
THE 548 New Play Development 3
YEAR TWO - Fall Semester : (9 credits)
THE 548 Collaborative Playwriting 3
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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