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Director Alison Humphrey (MFA 2013) gives notes during rehearsal for A Midsummer Night's Dream on the stage of the Faire Fecan Theatre.

Director Alison Humphrey (MFA 2013) gives notes during rehearsal for A Midsummer Night's Dream on the stage of the Faire Fecan Theatre.

York's program in Directing offers students an opportunity to hone their directing skills with in depth study and practical application to plays staged in studio and on our mainstage. In addition to their core course work which includes seminars on Directing, Design, and a practicum where students work with grad and undergrad actors, Directors have the opportunity to study core Acting concepts in Voice, Movement, Acting, and Text. In the first year of study, Directors direct a collective creation project, a Shakespeare project, and two or three unmounted productions. In the second year of study, in addition to ongoing studio projects, students also direct a fully-mounted Theatre @ York production for their MFA thesis.

Directing Curriculum

Each director’s program is assigned by the Director of the Graduate Program in Theatre based on individual needs. Curriculum components include:

  • an examination on a comprehensive reading list of 100 plays
  • directing seminar
  • performance teaching seminar
  • graduate research seminar
  • classes in acting, voice, text, and movement
  • classes in the design/production area
  • directing collective creation projects
  • directing Shakespeare projects
  • directing playwrights’ workshops
  • directing unmounted one-act productions in the first and second year
  • directing a fully mounted production in the second year (thesis project)
  • other courses at the graduate and undergraduate level as assigned by the program director
  • supervised training in conducting evaluations of incoming undergraduate students and in running auditions