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 dramaturgically with a playwright on a developing script, and learning to use classic texts for language, style, and stage composition.
Year One: Discovery
You work on 10-minute plays—both published and new—to develop skills in clarity of relationships, conflict, and dramatic action.
Year Two: Structure
Emphasis is on the study of classic texts (from Chekhov to Albee) culminating in a one-act performance festival at the end of the year.
Year Three: Production
Applying the tools learned in the first two years, your work is focused entirely on performance and production.