Directing 1
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Drama
Department: Directing
Course Number: TDRM 5151
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Directing
How do you put yourself in a position to direct something great? What are some tools for clear and dynamic scene work? The foundation for an effective rehearsal process is rigorous preparation. With planning, comes freedom. Wild hunches, intuitive explorations and dead-ends can become necessary and welcome steps towards staging that transforms and excites. Text analysis, directing exercises and assigned readings will inform scene work that places a strong emphasis on ‘present’ behavior, clear story-telling and visceral intention. A director’s approach is by definition a product of her training, experiences and temperament. This semester places an emphasis on exposing students to an arsenal of directing tools with the expectation that they may fuel the director’s development of his or her own approach. As the student goes on to tackle one acts and full-length plays, they will be primed with process tools that will help them exploit the full measure of the design process and other collaborative situations.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Students who wish to enroll in a graduate theater course at The New School for Drama must be accepted into the graduate theater program as a full-time student.


Open to School of Drama students.


Open to Graduate students.


Open to New York City students.


Open to Directing students.