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.

A king on stage

Notable Alumni

Diane Paulus '97Jagged Little PillWaitress, 1776, Finding Neverland
Rachel Chavkin '08HadestownNatashaPierre, & the Great Comet of 1812Lempika
Saheem Ali '08Romeo y JulietaMerry Wives, Fat Ham, Buena Vista Social Club
Carl Cofield '14AntigoneHenry IV Part 2Seize the King
Tyne Rafaeli '14Usual GirlsPower Strip 
Jay Scheib '02Bat out of Hell in the West EndParsifal at Bayreuth
Nana Dakin '18White Pearl at the Royal Court Theater
Shayok Misha Chowdhury '16Public Obscenities