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

January 31

Woman in Language

Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W 129th St
New York, NY 10027 Time: 7:00 PM

The third installment of the Woman in Language series will explore the embattled relationship between women and wisdom. The questions will be posed by Columbia MFA Theatre students.


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March 3 - 13

This Season's production...Twelfth Night; Or What You Will.

The Theatre @ Schapiro 12:00 AM

Join the MFA Acting Class of 2020 on the island of Illyria where shipwrecked twins, bitter rivals, and a lots of love triangles come together in this serious (and funny) masterpiece. Directed by Logan Reed.


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