2018 Theatre Directors

I am delighted to introduce you to six talented young directors who are completing their third and final year of graduate training in Directing in the Theatre Program of the Columbia University School of the Arts. In their final year, the directors create a fully produced show in the new Lenfest Center for the Arts' Flexible Performance Space. These thesis productions represent an opportunity for you to experience their final projects at Columbia before they embark into the greater theatre world.

Anne Bogart, Head of Directing

Theatre Director 2018

NJ Agwuna is a freelance theater and film director hailing from central Maryland. Performing from a young age, NJ began studying theatre at REP Stage Summer Institute, where she not only learned the art of acting, but was also inspired to pursue the adventurous life of directing. full profile 

Theatre Director 2018

Nana Dakin is a Thai-American director of new plays, classics and devised performance. Having grown up in multiple countries, Nana’s work is driven by a great curiosity and empathy for diverse cultural and sociopolitical realities. full profile 

Theatre Director 2018

Mark H. – A native of Washington, DC, Mark’s Columbia University directing credits include: King Lear, The Cherry Orchard, The Henry Dumas Project, A Haunting, And You Try to Become a Bird. full profile 

Theatre Director 2018

Kim Kerfoot is a South African director and co-founder of the award-winning Instant Arts Collective, which has produced seven plays at theatres in South Africa and abroad, as well as at six national and international festivals. full profile 

Theatre Director 2018

Isabelle is a New York-based director originally from London. Working with diverse source materials, her artistic goal is to unearth how gender and the body are constructed, performed, and politicised, both historically and theatrically. full profile 

Theatre Director 2018

Arthur Makaryan is the recipient of the 2017-18 Opera Directing Fellowship at the Juilliard School. He holds masters' degrees from La Sorbonne University in Paris and the Yerevan State Institute of Theater and Cinematography. He has assisted directors throughout Europe and the United States. full profile