MFA in Directing

The focus of the MFA Program in Directing is to develop the director as a master storyteller. The program is Arcadia (2015)designed to build a skilled, creative visionary and highly collaborative artistic leader, who is able to mold an existing text or new work into a theatrically compelling and unifying event that both enlightens and entertains an audience.

Course of Study

The completion of 60 credits is necessary for the MFA in Directing. The degree can be completed over the course of three years, excluding summers. Graduate assistantships are available.

Course Work Includes:

Directing Practicum

Seminar in Dramatic Literature I & II

Visual History I & II

Teaching in Higher Education


Acting & Movement IV (Le Coq)

Playwrights and Directors

Film Scene Analysis for Writers and Directors

Alice Gatling in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (2014)

Projects include:

M.F.A. PlayFest project (staged reading of new play)

Shakespeare Project

Serialized Media Project

Thesis Production (a fully supported mainstage production)

A written thesis is required for completion of the degree.

Learn more about the curriculum in the Graduate Bulletin.

Admissions Information

The next eligible entrance date is Fall 2018, and applications can be submitted beginning in September 2017. A complete application should include an application letter, a statement of goals, three letters of recommendation, a resume, and a copy of undergraduate transcripts. Information on application requirements and the interview process can be found under Theater Admissions.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Head of Graduate Directing, Professor Edward Sobel at

If you have questions about the admission process, please contact Paury Flowers at

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