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    • MFA in Directing

      Theater, film, and television demand bold, creatively inspired, and technically skilled directors to bring stories to life. The School of Drama's three-year MFA program in Directing offers rigorous, collaborative training, and a rich array of projects for directors who wish to enter the profession as unique, adaptive, and highly valued artists.

      The School of Drama’s MFA programs are not accepting applications for the 2020–2021 academic year. The School is in the process of developing a new MFA aimed at transforming advanced performing arts training for dramatic artists. For the most up-to-date news on the MFA at the School of Drama, please contact

      • Degree Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
      • Credits 106 credits
      • Format Full-time
      • Duration 3 years
      • Start Term Fall

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      At the School of Drama, directors engage in the imaginative exploration of classic texts and the development of new plays, performance pieces, and films. Interrogating a wide range of styles, genres, and approaches to making theater, directors hone and synthesize their technical and creative skills. Coursework includes story analysis, interpretation, collaborating with writers and actors, acting, theater history, creative technology, production and design, and adaptation. Directors present their work in studios, in nontraditional venues, and in mainstage productions.

      With New York City as its backdrop, the directing program offers the opportunity to work with some of the most exciting and acclaimed guest artists in the world. Directing students graduate with deep artistic relationships to writers and actors and significant connections to the professional community.

       Because we believe that the best theater emerges from an intelligent and passionate fusion of writing, directing, and acting, we are committed to the art and skills of collaboration and are the only MFA program that integrates an ongoing class with actors, writers, and directors through all six semesters.

      Program Details

      The program is highly collaborative. Directing students work with the actors and playwrights in their program to generate new work, as well as receive training in writing for stage, television, and film. Please see the academic catalog for the current detailed program curriculum. 

      Over the course of the three-year program, students complete coursework, training, and opportunities in the following areas:

      • Rigorous, comprehensive training in directing for theatre and emerging media
      • Dedicated collaborative studio work with MFA playwrights and actors led by professional artists and theatre companies
      • Collaboration in the development of new work for stage and film
      • Collaboration with Design and Technology students from Parsons School of Design
      • Mentorship by industry professionals, workshops with working directors and designers, and relationships with highly regarded theatre companies


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