The Catholic University of America

M.F.A. Program in Directing

In the graduate directing program we emphasize a collaborative approach to theater within an interdisciplinary context. We strive to give directing students the ability to work across a wide variety of genres, with a distinct voice and passion, as thinking, caring, professional theater artists.

Over the course of their three years of study at CUA directing students will be challenged to evolve their dramatic imaginations. They will explore the role of the director as interpreter and auteur.

They will learn about style, develop the ability to work with classical texts, engage in new play development, have exposure to non-western theatrical styles, participate in varying modes of play creation, explore the interaction between music and theater, confront issues of language and translation, engage in intercultural theater projects, explore scenography and develop their choreographic sense.  They will be exposed to various modes of performance oriented theater including site-specific theater, performance poetry, collage, meta-theater, and forms of deconstruction.  The Directing program will work to situate directing students in internships on the local, national and international level during their course of study in order to aid the transition into the profession upon their graduation.

First Year

  • Elements of Directing I&II
  • Dramatic Structures I&II
  • Performance Studio I&II
  • Movement I&II
  • Voice I&II
  • Acting I
  • Design
  • Dramaturgy

Second Year

  • Directing III and IV
  • Directing Thesis Workshop
  • Master Class
  • Foreign Language
  • Shakespeare in the Theatre
  • Theatre Theory
  • Twentieth Century Theatres

Third Year

  • Theatre Seminar
  • Thesis Guidance
  • Internship

 

How to Apply

Eleanor Holdridge
Head of the MFA Directing program


Sasha Bratt
3rd Year Student