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    • In the studio, rehearsal room and behind the camera, School of Drama's select group of directing students explore the craft and vocabulary of directing for stage and screen in one of the most vibrant, creative, and diverse artistic cities in the world. Under the guidance of master professionals and alongside a cohort of fellow theatre artists, directors investigate a wide range of forms, styles and influences to discover and refine their unique artistic vision.

      The directing programs at the School of Drama provide young artists the tools, hands-on experience, and qualities required of the modern director: courageous creativity, dramaturgical thinking, artistic sensitivity, interpersonal skills, and leadership.

      BFA students hone their craft and artistic vision by taking foundational courses in directing, as well as in acting, playwriting, and creative technologies, deepening their understanding of the theatrical disciplines and making them more well-rounded dramatic artists. Intermediate and advanced courses, along with Creative Cafe opportunities, offer the insights and experiences that allow students to pursue their unique directorial vision across a range of styles and forms, from classics to contemporary, experimental and devised.  In their senior year, directing students develop their own theatrical work as part of the Directed Research project.

      The MFA program in directing is a selective, rigorous, and immersive experience, designed to take students from promising artists to emerging professionals. Working with outstanding faculty, guest artists and professional mentors, MFA directors are challenged to sharpen their vision, deepen their analysis and expand their experiential knowledge of making theater.  As members of an ensemble of actors and writers, graduate directing students gain hands-on understanding of developing new work, creating an organic and efficient rehearsal process and navigating a full production. With innovative courses in design, creative technology and film, directing students are able apply their skills beyond the traditional boundaries of the stage, creating work across forms and media, making them uniquely prepared for a 21st century career.

  • Degree Programs

    Learn more about the interdisciplinary degrees offered in the School of Drama:

  • These working directors bring years of industry experience into the classroom to develop an inspired and robust curriculum:

  • Performance & Learning Opportunities

    Go beyond the edge of the stage. Discover new ways to unleash your talent and potential. Through our performance opportunities, you have the chance to bring your art to life while gaining hands-on experience through creative experimentation.

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    Collaborative Partnerships

    Create bold, innovative theater under the guidance of industry leaders.

    Take devised collaborative theater production to new heights. Through the School of Drama's partnerships with companies like the Tectonic Theater Project, you'll have the opportunity to stage theater productions in new ways. Collaborate directly with teaching artists from these companies and our faculty as you develop skills outside of your discipline and learn how to employ every element of theater — including lights, props, costumes, and text — in creating narratives.

    Creative Café

    Where entrepreneurial drive and creative expression collide.

    Have a creative vision you want to bring to life? Creative Café is the spot. Creative Café offers BFA students the opportunity to propose and produce self-directed projects with resources from the School of Drama. Work under the close guidance of a faculty advisor, getting hands-on producing experience as you manage a project from start to finish. Develop the skills you will need as a professional artist while collaborating with undergraduate and graduate students from across the New School community to bring your studio performance to life. A creative and entrepreneurial spirit is required.

    MFA Cinema Project Workshop

    Narrative short filmmaking through interdisciplinary collaboration.

    Collaborate with fellow graduate students from the College of Performing Arts on the development, production, and completion of an original short film. The Cinema Project Workshop pairs MFA Drama writers, directors, and actors with producers, cinematographers, editors, and sound designers from the School of Media Studies. During the fall semester, you'll master the theories and principles of filmmaking through a series of short projects. In the spring, you'll join a student production team to bring an original screenplay, featuring scores by Mannes and Jazz composers, to life.

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