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    The MFA Directing program accepts a select group of artists who demonstrate the potential to become professional directors and collaborative theater creators. Students bring a broad range of experiences, interests, backgrounds, and points of view but share a desire to push beyond their own assumptions about what theater is and can be. The directors' artistic imagination and agility are constantly challenged as they engage with classic, modern, and developing plays as well as devised work and film and technology. Directing students graduate with deep artistic relationships to writers and actors and significant connections to the professional community.

    Over the course of the program, directors develop and refine their own voice through classes, work with guest artists, professional mentorship, and numerous presentations and productions. Production opportunities include a series of new works and extant one-act studio performances, a classical adaptation studio performance, an original adaptation, two fully produced full-length mainstage productions, and a short film.

    Core directing courses address text analysis, interpretation, working with writers and actors, and managing studio and mainstage productions; they are supplemented by classes in acting, theater history, creative technology, production and design, and adaptation.