The playwright is the author of the text. The director is the author of the production in conjunction with the actors. The New School for Drama demands that directors read theater history and study acting, movement, script analysis, and hands-on directing. The directing track is designed to build necessary skills in play analysis, defining and executing the given circumstances, and shaping a production around the director’s idea of the story of the play. A large part of the work is interpretive exercises, which are as integral to the storytelling process as motivating actors in a rehearsal, collaborating with a playwright on a developing script, and learning to use classic texts for language, style, and stage composition.