The Directing Concentration prepares students to enter graduate directing programs or pursue professional careers. The coursework provides the exceptional training to students interested in the art of directing. Through a range of broad coursework and experiential learning, students develop the skills needed for creative communication, artistic leadership, and compelling storytelling.

If you have questions about the Directing Concentration, please contact Assistant Chair Peter Reynolds at

Course of Study

Students in the Directing Concentration must complete the following curriculum in addition to the department requirements.

Theater Foundation Courses (47 credit hours)

Directing Core Courses (33 credit hours)

Creativity in Lighting

Fundamentals of Voice & Movement (or) Basic Movement

Acting II (or) Musical Theater Voice & Acting

Combat & Stunts for the Actor

Stage Management I

Modern Directions

Introduction to the Director’s Art

Advanced Directing


Scene Design I (or) Costume Design I

Director Brandon MCShaffrey speak with the cast of Hair.

Notes on this concentration:

The Directing Concentration curriculum culminates in a senior project. Students must propose a project to the assistant chair for approval. All projects must have a faculty advisor.

Prerequisite course are required for admission into some higher-level courses.

The 9 credit-hour required elective concentration for Directing Concentration students must be in one of the following areas: Music, Dance, Visual Art, or a behavioral science such as Psychology or Anthropology.

For a suggested four-year course of study in the Directing Concentration, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Those who wish to pursue the Directing Concentration should contact Assistant Chair Peter Reynolds at


For students who transfer from other departments, schools and universities, there are several alternative routes to fulfill the Directing Concentration that can be discussed with your theater advisor and/or the head of the Directing Program.

Graduate Success

Graduates of the undergraduate directing program have gone on to direct local amateur productions and assistant-direct professional productions in Philadelphia. Some graduates have also pursued careers as talent agents and casting directors. Alumni have also found success in graduate programs in the US and abroad.

For more success stories, check out Alumni News

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