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Dedicated to artistic experimentation and innovation, the selective, rigorous Directing MFA Program prepares already experienced directors to put forward a personal vision for the theater and redefine the boundaries of performance.
Studies in the Program, tailored to each student’s artistic interests, are first and foremost rooted in intensive practical experience. In addition to addressing the full spectrum of the dramatic canon, the Directing Program is unique in that it recognizes the growing importance of work generated by directors. It also pays significant attention to film aesthetics and practice, and their applications in emerging media.
With a clear and abiding emphasis on practical experience, students are directing as frequently as possible—in classes, studios, labs and productions at one of the Theater School’s five theaters. The Program comprehensively addresses the full spectrum of the dramatic canon while it also recognizes the growing importance of work generated by directors.
Please note: Only two students are accepted into the Program each year, with significant directing experience a prerequisite for admission.
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