The Directing Concentration

The MFA Directing program is based on the idea that one’s vision as a director is developed through practice, encouragement, critical feedback, collaboration…and more practice. In addition to exposure to the theories and practices of the great theatre directors of the past, students are encouraged to experiment with both the formal structures and physical ideas of directing, and apply theories from intersecting art forms such as music, painting, and dance to their work on the stage.

Directors are asked to move constantly between practical considerations of staging and collaboration to the deeper issues behind the existence and nature of theatre. The training is project-based and has directors working daily with actors, playwrights, dramaturgs, and managers. There are opportunities to direct the great classical texts, to collaborate with playwrights on new work, and to make original performance events from fresh collaborations with artists of many disciplines.

The Seven, directed by Carl Cofield '14

Upcoming Events

October 10

Directing Thesis: Big Love

Flexible Performance Space
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 St.
New York, NY 10027 8:00 PM

Fifty brides flee their fifty grooms and seek refuge in a villa on the coast of Italy in this modern re-making of one of the western world's oldest plays, The Danaids by Aeschylus. And, in this villa on the Italian coast, the fifty grooms catch up with the brides, and mayhem ensues: the grooms arriving by helicopter in their flight suits, women throwing themselves over and over again to the ground, pop songs and romantic dances, and, finally, unable to escape their forced marriages, 49 of the brides murder 49 of the grooms-and one bride falls in love.


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October 11

Directing Thesis: Cabaret

Flexible Performance Space
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 St.
New York, NY 10027 8:00 PM

Cabaret explores the tumultuous life of 1930s Berlin as Germany slowly yields to an emerging nationalism. A classic musical that still resonates today, this production embraces the concept of Queer Utopia to construct a space of community and resistance in the face of catastrophic forces. For Oscar Wilde once said, "A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at.


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