The M.F.A. Program in Directing is a 60-hour course of study (often more hours are taken) over a three year period. We make an effort to create internships for directors, and offer research and travel funds on a competitive basis.
Our faculty is committed to preparing directors through specific classes in technique and process, using demanding texts of the classical and contemporary theatre. More than 75% of classes taken are in directing and other practical technique or performance courses. Directors are trained to enter the professional theatre with skills to work in the major genres of theatre, realism, non-realism, and the classics.
We offer a foundation for creating learned, skilled, and dynamic directors. Our students gain exposure to theoretical and historical knowledge, working with a faculty of theatre professionals. They develop analytical, interpretive, and directorial skills in the studio, and enjoy a practical and mentored experience of the directing process through the realization of three creative projects.
Director candidates benefit from the guidance of eleven teacher/artists who are full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty, interacting with most of the performance faculty either in the classroom or on various creative projects. Guest directors and instructors periodically enhance training and bring current professional perspectives and experiences to our directors.
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