Graduate Directing Program

The focus of the M.F.A. Program in Directing is to develop the director as a master storyteller. The program is designed to build a skilled, creative visionary and highly collaborative artistic leader, who is able to mold an existing text or new work into a theatrically compelling and unifying event that both enlightens and entertains an audience.

Please Note: The next eligible entrance date is Fall 2015, and applications can be submitted beginning in September 2014.

A complete application should include an application letter, a statement of goals, three letters of recommendation, a resume, and a copy of undergraduate transcripts. To receive most favorable consideration, we should receive your application no later than January 15, 2015. Once we have reviewed applications, we will contact select applicants for an interview.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Head of Graduate Directing, Edward Sobel (

To request more information or submit questions about the admissions process, please email Paury Flowers (

Course of Study

The completion of 60 credits is necessary for the MFA in Directing. The degree can be completed over the course of three years, excluding summers. Graduate assistantships are available.

Course work includes:

Projects include:

A written thesis is required for completion of the degree.

Learn more about the curriculum in the Graduate Bulletin.

Requirements & Application Information

The MFA Directing program recruits applicants through the National Unified Auditions and Interviews (NUAIs) conducted by University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA) in New York and Chicago. Those interested in the program should apply in the fall for NUAIs.

To be considered for admission to the program, the following must be submitted by January 15, 2015:

Application Process

  1. Apply for an audition through the University/Resident Theatre Assocation (
  2. Apply to Temple University Online.
  3. Applications are thoroughly screened, and top candidates are invited to audition at Temple University or one of U/RTA's NUAI locations.

Mail additional application materials to:

Graduate Admissions
Division of Theater, Film and Media Arts
1715 N. Broad Street
118 Rock Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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