One to two candidates are admitted each year from an intensely competitive group of applicants.
The M.F.A. in Directing is a three-year degree program comprised of 60 hours that include both required courses in the Department of Theatre and Dance, such as directing, playwriting, design, Performance as Public Practice and acting, as well as elective courses which may be selected from offerings both within and outside of the department, such as Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities, art, film, music, English, history, philosophy and business management.
Elective courses allow the student to shape a program of study tailored to the individual's particular interests and needs. The program of study may be fashioned accordingly:
The first year is dedicated to fundamental skills development, which includes script analysis, working with actors, and staging and composition; as well as collaboration with designers, writers and dramaturgs. The second year is about the development of interpretive skills in relation to both new and previously developed work. The final year anticipates a professional theatre internship and M.F.A. thesis.