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Curriculum

MFA Directing 

The Theatre School's MFA Directing degree is a three-year program that allows directors to develop and explore their artistic vision and then apply their ideas through constant collaboration with other artists - actors, designers, and dramaturgs. Coursework is focuses on preparation - research, theory, and analysis - as well as practical application through scene study, workshops, and quarterly full-length directing assignments.

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
First YearHours
Directing I Sequence  
PRF 581 DIRECTING I 3
PRF 582 DIRECTING I 3
PRF 583 DIRECTING I 3
Directing Seminar  
PRF 691 DIRECTING SEMINAR 3
PRF 692 DIRECTING SEMINAR 3
PRF 693 DIRECTING SEMINAR 3
Acting I Sequence  
PRF 511 GRADUATE ACTING I 4
PRF 512 GRADUATE ACTING I 4
PRF 513 GRADUATE ACTING I 4
Improvisation  
PRF 552 MFA I IMPROVISATION 2
Dramaturgy I Sequence  
THE 534 DRAMATURGY I 4
THE 535 DRAMATURGY I 4
Directing Theories Sequence  
PRF 591 DIRECTING THEORIES 3
PRF 592 DIRECTING THEORIES 3
Theatrical Collaboration Sequence  
DES 641 THEATRICAL COLLABORATION 3
DES 642 THEATRICAL COLLABORATION 3
Select one Theatre Elective chosen in consulation with advisor 4
Select two of the following: 10
PRF 561
REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE I  
PRF 562
REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE I  
PRF 563
REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE I  
Second Year
Directing II Sequence  
PRF 681 DIRECTING II 3
PRF 682 DIRECTING II 3
PRF 683 DIRECTING II 3
Topics in Scene Study Sequence  
PRF 617 DIRECTING: SCENE STUDY 3
PRF 618 DIRECTING: SCENE STUDY 3
Directing Seminar  
PRF 691 DIRECTING SEMINAR 3
PRF 692 DIRECTING SEMINAR 3
PRF 693 DIRECTING SEMINAR 3
Acting II, Classical Sequence  
PRF 611 GRADUATE ACTING II: CLASSICAL 5
PRF 612 GRADUATE ACTING II: CLASSICAL 5
PRF 613 GRADUATE ACTING II: CLASSICAL 5
Graduate Seminar  
THE 601 GRADUATE SEMINAR 3
THE 602 GRADUATE SEMINAR 3
THE 603 GRADUATE SEMINAR 3
Voice and Speech  
PRF 631 GRADUATE VOICE AND SPEECH II 2
Rehearsal and Perfomance Sequence  
PRF 661 REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE II 5
PRF 662 REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE II 5
PRF 663 REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE II 5
Third Year
Thesis Project  
PRF 781 THESIS PROJECT IN DIRECTING 9
PRF 782 THESIS PROJECT IN DIRECTING 9
PRF 783 THESIS PROJECT IN DIRECTING 9
Directing Seminar  
PRF 691 DIRECTING SEMINAR 3
PRF 692 DIRECTING SEMINAR 3
PRF 693 DIRECTING SEMINAR 3
Select two of the following: 10
PRF 761
REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE III  
PRF 762
REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE III  
PRF 763
REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE III  
PRF 690 INTERNSHIP 2-12

Additional Course Requirement

In either the second or third year Directing majors must also take:

Course Title Quarter Hours
PRF 619THE DIRECTOR AND THE NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT PROCESS3
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