Undergraduate Directing Concentration
The Directing Concentration prepares students to enter graduate directing programs or pursue professional careers. The coursework provides the exceptional training to students interested in the art of directing. Through a range of broad coursework and experiential learning, students develop the skills needed for creative communication, artistic leadership, and compelling storytelling.
If you have questions about the Directing Concentration, please contact Assistant Chair Peter Reynolds (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Course of Study
Students in the Directing Concentration must complete the following curriculum in addition to the department requirements.
- Theater Foundation Courses (47 credit hours)
- Directing Core Courses
- Creativity in Lighting
- Fundamentals of Voice & Movement (or) Basic Movement
- Acting II (or) Musical Theater Voice & acting
- Combat & Stunts for the Actor
- Stage Management I
- Modern Directions
- Introduction to the Director's Art
- Advanced Directing
- Scene Design I (or) Costume Design I
Notes on this Concentration:
- The Directing Concentration curriculum culminates in a senior project. Students must propose a project to the Assistant Chair for approval. All projects must have a faculty advisor.
- Prerequisite course are required for admission into some higher-level courses.
- The 9 credit-hour Required Elective Concentration for Directing Concentration students must be in one of the following areas: Music, Dance, Visual Art, or a behavioral science such as Psychology or Anthropology.
For a suggested four-year course of study in the Directing Concentration, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin.
Those who wish to pursue the Directing Concentration should contact Assistant Chair Peter Reynolds (email@example.com).
For students who transfer from other departments, schools and universities, there are several alternative routes to fulfill the Directing Concentration that can be discussed with your Theater advisor and/or the Head of the Undergraduate Acting Program.
The success of the Acting Program can be measured in the accomplishments of our graduates. Recent graduates have attended MFA programs at Yale University, U.C. San Diego, A.R.T./Harvard, U.C. Irvine, USC, Penn State, UCLA, NYU, CalArts, University of Washington, University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC), The Circle in the Square and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
For more success stories, check out the Alumni Profiles.