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

June 14 - 16

The Second Annual Columbia University School of the Arts International Play Reading Festival

Flexible Performance Space
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 St.
New York, NY 10027 Time: 12:00 PM

Organized by Carol Becker and David Henry Hwang, Theatre This marquee festival presents readings of three plays by living international playwrights that were not originally written in English, alongside conversations with the playwrights and translators. Featuring: The Sickness of Stone, written by Blanca Domenech, Spain, You Shall Love, written by Pablo Manzi, Chile, Snow, written by Blandine Savetier and Waddah Saab, France and Turkey 


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