Drama & Dance

Grants & Scholarships

Drama | Dance


The Department offers six Talent Scholarships to incoming Drama students. Your audition/portfolio review will serve as your evaluation for these awards. Other than applying to one of the following programs, there is no further action required on your part.

How To Apply

BFA in Theater Arts (Performance)
The BFA in Theater Arts (Performance) is for the student preparing for a career as an actor. Students have specialized courses in Voice and Speech, Movement and Stage Combat, and Classical and Contemporary acting styles including on-camera techniques. Graduating BFA actors are featured in a New York City industry showcase for invited agents, managers, and casting directors.

Apply for the BFA in Theater Arts (Performance)

BFA in Theater Arts (Production)
The BFA in Theater Arts (Production) is for the student preparing for a career as a director, designer (scenic, costume, lighting, or sound), stage manager or technical director. Students take general design and production courses as a foundation for specialized courses in their area of focus.

Students will design, direct, or serve in a major role in at least two departmental productions, which will form the basis of their professional-level portfolio.

Apply for the BFA in Theater Arts (Production)



For students entering Hofstra for the 2024-2025 academic year, there will be two “in person” auditions: Sunday, February 11, 2024, and Saturday, March 2, 2024, on Hofstra's South Campus at Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, Room 209. Please contact the Department of Drama and Dance secretary in January to reserve your place: 516-463-5444 or Wanda.Williams-Pringle@hofstra.edu.

These in-person auditions and video submissions will be used for admission into the BFA program, placement in the technique classes for both the BA and BFA, and to determine “Grant-in-Aid” awards. The Dance Program administers a limited number of “Grant-in-Aid” awards that may range from $500 to $5,000 per year and are renewable. They are based primarily on the student’s potential as a dancer and their contribution to the program. Additional grants are also available for outstanding continuing students. Departmental scholarships are in addition to any other university scholarships, grants or loans for which the student might qualify.

  • Students who wish to declare Dance as their major must first apply to Hofstra University.

  • Students interested in pursuing the BA degree may register with Dance as their major as soon as they are notified that they have been accepted academically.

  • If interested in pursuing a double major, students should declare Dance first so they may be placed in the majors only courses (and should also let us know what the second major will be).

  • Students wishing to pursue the BS degree in Dance Education should apply as BA dance students and they will switch to the BS degree in their Junior year.

  • We highly encourage all students to audition for the Dance program so that they may be placed in the correct level of technique classes and also so that they may try for some "Grant-in-Aid" dance scholarship money. Students interested in the BFA degree must audition.

Guidelines and more information on the Dance audition process are available here.