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The Directing track prepares students to be accomplished storytellers and collaborators through a curriculum that emphasizes multidisciplinary training and experiential learning.
In addition to taking a full-year foundational Collaboration course in which students explore collaborative processes and hone critical thinking and communication skills, directors study acting, design, theatre history, text analysis, devised theatre-making, and various approaches to directing play scripts.
Every directing course focuses on making work. Introduction to Directing is a project-based class that introduces key theatrical storytelling tools and encourages students to explore their passions, preoccupations, sources of inspiration, and aesthetic tastes – the foundation of directorial voice and vision. As a capstone project, each student conceives and stages an original 5-10 minute story that is shared with an invited audience at the end of the semester. Page to Stage enables students to develop and bring to life a production approach. This class culminates in an evening of staged scenes for an invited audience. In the upper level Directing Production Workshop classes, students stage full productions for public performance as part of the studio season. Directing majors are guaranteed two full productions, with the possibility of also staging a new play by a Fordham playwriting student. Additionally, this program allows the option of a semester abroad; internships are also available and encouraged.
Directing students have many opportunities to collaborate with theatre professionals, both within and outside the classroom. Our faculty is comprised of working artists who bring a wide range of experience and a depth of vision to their coursework. Guest directors serve as mentors on all student directed projects, meeting one-on-one with the mentee, attending rehearsal and giving feedback, seeing a performance, and participating in critique of the work. Outside of the classroom, directing students assist guest directors on mainstage and studio productions. Over the years we have had some of the country’s most exciting up-and-coming as well as established directors work with our students, often forging strong relationships that help bridge their transition from school to career. See the Visiting Artists page for a list of some of these names.
Our directing students pursue a wide variety of career paths. Many of our graduates go on to be directors, writers, or producers of theatre, film, television, and web series. Several create their own theatre and film companies. Some migrate to careers in design, education, publicity, and arts management. We train our students to be well-rounded, articulate, creative thinkers whose strong collaborative, entrepreneurial, and leadership skills open doors wide to a world of professional opportunities. Go to the Alumni page to see what some of our recent grads are doing.