Department of

Drama & Dance

Deepen your appreciation for the performing arts and gain practical experience on stage and behind the scenes to pursue careers in the theater, dance, and beyond. Hofstra’s proximity to New York City enriches the curriculum and provides access to innumerable professional performances, auditions, internships, and extracurricular workshops.

Recognized As:

One of the "Top Acting Schools in New York" by

One of the Top 10 Best Drama Schools in New York by Acting in London

Drama Program

Studying Drama will prepare you for a career in: Acting, directing, design and production in the competitive worlds of theater, film and television. Many graduates have gone on to success in film, television, on Broadway and off-Broadway. Hofstra's proximity to New York City enriches the curriculum and provides incomparable opportunities for internships and other experiential learning projects within these arenas.

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Isaian and Kiana
Private Lives
Shakespeare female actors

Dance Program

Studying Dance will offer you a well-rounded education in all forms and styles of dance and choreography. Our dance program’s focus is modern/contemporary dance with a strong ballet component, supported by a variety of dance genres, including: African, Irish, tap, jazz and others. Our program to attract nationally and internationally known faculty, as well as guest artists from New York City. Students are encouraged to visit the city often for performances, classes and auditions.

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female dancer
Four female dancers

Performance Tickets

The department presents six plays and two dance concerts per academic year, including the annual Shakespeare Festival, a large-scale musical, and the Student Rep. Learn what’s in the works and how you can see our professional quality productions.

Our Performance Schedule

male and female dancers
group of female dancers
Shakespeare Two Gentlemen of Verona

Contact Us

Office Information

Room 102 Emily Lowe Hall

Phone: 516-463-5444
Fax: 516-463-4001

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Department Chair

Professor Ilona Pierce
Room 104 Emily Lowe Hall

Dance concert photos by Johan Elbers