MFA Directing students are trained according to
the principles of Stanislavski, Vakhtangov, and
the Method, which address all elements of stage
directing, from the first reading to opening night.
Through theory and practice, directing students
study the relationships of the director to the
play, the playwright, the actor, the designers, and
the audience in order to create a fully realized
production, no matter how diverse the style.
Directing students study acting throughout their
three years to support their directing skills and
their work with actors.
The MFA in Directing is a three-year
program. Specialized courses include:
■ Storytelling and the Use of Space
■ Creative Collaboration
■ Playwrights and Directors Unit
MFA in Directing
Upon graduation, students receive the title of Working Finalist at
The Actors Studio and are invited to attend sessions there for one
year and audition for membership. They are also invited to the
exclusive Playwrights and Directors Workshop.