Undergraduate Programs in


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.

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Recognized as

One of the "Top Acting Schools in New York" by DailyActor.com

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


Degrees & Programs

Legally Blonde

BA in Drama

The BA in Drama is ideal for students seeking a robust liberal arts education with a focus on drama. With the BA, you have the freedom to double major, pursue academic-year internships, or take advantage of exciting study abroad programs.

Students interested in this program apply directly to the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

No audition is required.

The Cherry Orchard

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.

Production Class

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.

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. 

Integral to our season is the annual Hofstra Shakespeare Festival.

Recent productions include

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Amateurs
State Fair
The Revolutionisrts
Legally Blonde
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Wolves


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. 

Our Facilities

You will design and perform in the campus' two recently renovated theaters, learn and work in state-of-the-art teaching spaces, and have access to on-campus costume and scene shops.

Beyond the Classroom

Get involved, gain experience, have fun, and advance your education.

Grants and Scholarships

Each year, we offer six Talent Scholarships to incoming students, but all continuing drama majors may apply for one of our 50 Activity Grants.

Talent Scholarships and Activity Grants are applied to tuition and serve as a subsidy to students heavily involved in departmental rehearsal and performance or production activities that make outside employment inadvisable.


Student Clubs and Organizations

Students run nearly 300 clubs and organizations on campus, and there are several focused on Theater and the Dramatic Arts, which offer many supplementary opportunities.

At Hofstra, you will find clubs dedicated to Improvisation, Musical Theater, Technical Innovation, and many other topics.



Drama students are encouraged to pursue 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
Fat Melon Productions
New York Fringe Festival
New York Neo-Futurists
Pentacle (NYC arts management organization)
Pulse Ensemble Theatre
Rabbit Hole Ensemble Theatre
Richard Frankel Productions
Walt Disney World, Williamstown Theatre Festival
and Yale Repertory Company

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.

Student APerformers

Where our alumni are working:

Aladdin on Broadway
Bay Street Theater
The Chain Theatre
Cirque du Soleil
Irondale Center Theatre
Lookingglass Theater Company
Mint Theatre Company
NBC News
New York Neo-Futurists
Playwrights Horizons
The Public Theatre (New York)
Radio City Music Hall
Seattle Childen's Theatre
Soho Playhouse
Upright Citizens Brigade
Wicked on Broadway

Where our alumni are pursing advanced studies:

Atlantic Theater Company
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
Carnegie-Mellon University
Columbia University
CUNY City College
CUNY Hunter College
Florida Atlantic University
Hofstra University
Kent State University
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Pennsylvania
Yale School of Drama

Department Chair

Professor Ilona Pierce
Room 104 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