This class will examine all forms of directorial assignments, with a focus on directing for the stage. Assignments will be tailored to your skills and level of experience.

Beginning directors: The work will focus primarily on a director’s role as leading interpreter of an existing text. Emphasis is placed on working with the actors on the script, breaking down the scenes into act-able actions and beats. We will also address the practical aspects of collaborating with designers, making casting choices and structuring the rehearsal period.

Advanced students (those who identify primarily as directors): We will examine the director as the architect of the production. There will be significant script work, and we will investigate alternative ways of approaching a text that differ from the classic first read-through around-the-table style.