Prepare for a career in acting, directing, design, production, or stage management. Hofstra’s drama program will give you hands-on experience as you deepen your understanding and appreciation of the art of theater.

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

One of "9 Great New York Acting Schools and Universities" by Backstage

Hofstra Drama Students...

  • Develop fundamental practical skills that prepare them for employment or graduate study in theater
  • Perform in, or design and produce professional-level productions
  • Learn to critically analyze a broad range of works from the history of dramatic literature and the performing arts
  • Get practical experience applying historical styles and cutting-edge techniques to the production of plays
  • Have access to many performing spaces, including the Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse, an 1,105-seat proscenium theater, and the Joan and Donald Schaeffer Black Box Theater, a state-of-the-art facility that features fully flexible seating and industry-standard multimedia capabilities. 

Degrees & Programs

The drama program offers a BA for students who want a well-rounded education in theater and the freedom to pursue other academic interests, and BFAs in Performance and Theater Arts for students who want to fully immerse themselves in their areas of study.

The department also offers a minor in Drama. The interdisciplinary minor in Musical Theater is by audition and includes a selection of classes from the dance program and the Department of Music. 


Legally Blonde

BA in Drama

The BA in Drama is ideal for students who want a well-rounded education in all aspects of theater, onstage or behind the scenes. With the BA, you have the freedom to double major, pursue academic-year internships, or take advantage of exciting study abroad programs.

The Cherry Orchard

BFA in Performance

Students who want to fully immerse themselves in the study of performance apply for the Major in Theater Arts in the fall of their sophomore year. This preprofessional track offers a wide variety of performance skills classes not available to BA students. Graduating BFA actors are featured in a New York City industry showcase for invited agents, managers, and casting directors.


Professor David Henderson

BFA in Production

This degree is for students who want to specialize in an area of design (scenic, costume, lighting, or sound) directing, stage management, or technical direction. The BFA program requires students to submit a résumé and portfolio upon admission to Hofstra. By the time they graduate, BFA in Production students will have served in major roles in at least two departmental productions and will have developed a professional-level portfolio of their work. 


Performance Opportunities

Every year the department produces a full season of professional-level productions, as well as a twice-yearly student repertory of student-directed plays. 

One of the highlights of the academic year is the annual Hofstra Shakespeare Festival, America’s longest continuously running Shakespeare Festival. On alternate years, the Festival is performed on the Hofstra Globe Stage. Inaugurated in spring 2017, it is the most authentic replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in the United States. 

More about the Student Experience

Theater Clubs

Student theater clubs multiply the performance and production opportunities. Masquerade Musical Theatre Co. produces two quality musical productions a year. Spectrum Players was launched in 1959 by one of Hofstra’s most famous alumni, Francis Ford Coppola. Each semester Spectrum Players produces a main stage show, a traveling children's show, and a night of experimental works. And not to be forgotten, Tequila Mockingbird is Hofstra’s first improv troupe.


As with all academic departments and programs on campus, drama students are encouraged to complete one or more internships during their time at Hofstra. Recent examples of internships completed by drama students include ABC Television, Airmid Theater Company, Atlantic Records, Beyond the Box Productions, Boneau/Bryan-BrownFat Melon Productions, HBO, New York Fringe Festival, Pentacle (NYC arts management organization), Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Rabbit Hole Ensemble Theatre, Richard Frankel Productions, Walt Disney World, and Yale Repertory Company.


In the Classroom

Learn from the Experts

Drama faculty have outstanding credentials in performance, direction, and production. Students praise the nurturing and professional atmosphere of the department. 

The Outlook

Our graduates are working on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theaters, in film, and on television. They include Oscar, Emmy, and Tony award-winning and nominated actors and artists. More about alumni outcomes

Musical Theater class

Examples of where recent drama alumni are working:

  • The Chain Theatre

  • Cirque du Soleil

  • Irondale Center Theatre

  • Lookingglass Theater Company

  • Mint Theatre Company

  • NBC News

  • The Public Theatre (New York)

  • Seattle Children’s Theatre

  • Soho Playhouse

  • Upright Citizens Brigade

Costume Shop

Where our alumni are pursuing advanced studies:

  • California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

  • Columbia University

  • CUNY City College

  • CUNY Hunter College

  • Hofstra University

  • Kent State University

  • University of California, Los Angeles

  • University of Pennsylvania

  • Yale School of Drama

Grants & Scholarships

The Drama program offers grants and scholarships to incoming and continuing students.

The Nerd

Department Chair

Professor Rachel List
Phone: 516-463-5661
Room 111 Emily Lowe Hall 

Department Office

Room 102 Emily Lowe Hall
Phone: 516-463-5444

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

Angela Visco, Department Secretary