If you have dreamed about exploring your passion for theater in college, the stages at Hofstra University can provide you with many unique and exciting opportunities to develop your craft onstage and behind the scenes. Many graduates from Hofstra’s drama program have gone on to success in film, television, on Broadway and off Broadway.
The Hofstra Drama faculty supports the idea that theater artists should approach their craft with the broad understanding that can be acquired in a liberal arts setting. The drama program has embedded its performance and production program in a curriculum that requires a complement of general education courses including English composition, math and natural sciences, social sciences, languages and literature.
No audition is required to major in drama performance at Hofstra University. All performance or generalist students begin as B.A. candidates and have the option to apply for the B.F.A. program in their sophomore year. In the first year the B.A. and the B.F.A. programs are the same, and courses such as Introduction to the Theater, Play Analysis, Technical Production, and Acting or Theater Design Fundamentals are applicable to either degree.
Students interested in the B.F.A. in Production (design, directing, stage management, technical direction) must submit a resume and portfolio for review once they have been admitted to the university. The Department of Drama and Dance holds an annual spring portfolio review to determine acceptance into the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Production and to award grant-in-aid scholarships to the most deserving students. While this is the preferred method for those interested in the B.F.A. (and the only way to be considered for a grant-in-aid scholarship in the first-year), it is also possible to meet with production faculty for a portfolio review at another time in the spring. In addition, if attendance at Hofstra for a portfolio review is not possible, we will accept an online portfolio and a scheduled phone interview. Please contact Angela Visco, drama department secretary, at Angela.Visco[at]hofstra.edu to reserve time at our spring review or to schedule another appointment.