Major in Directing?

<p>I have a student who is very interested in directing as her major. Does anyone have any information on schools with a strong program in directing? I assume this is done through a BA or BFA Theatre, are there any other degree programs that would offer a major in directing (theatre,not film)?</p>

<p>SMU has a BFA Theatre Studies degree - 1st two years curriculum is the same as Acting Tract students then lst two years they continue acting classes but focus on directing, playwriting or stage management.</p>

<p>UArts has a BFA in Theatre Production and Management which includes a focus on directing. The senior year is basically a year for internships with professional theatre companies. Is well worth checking out. Go to the UArts website/academics/college of performing arts/school of theatre arts to find the link for the actual program. There are hyperlinks for the curriculum and faculty.</p>

<p>Playwrights Horizons at Tisch is an excellent program for those who have an interest in directing for theatre. It's an integrated program that offers directing courses as part of the curriculum for freshman and sophomore years, then a focus on directing can be chosen for the last two years with a detailed course of study. You can see the curriculum here:</p>

<p>[url=<a href="http://www.phtschool.org/curriculum.html%5DCurriculum%5B/url"&gt;http://www.phtschool.org/curriculum.html]Curriculum[/url&lt;/a&gt;]&lt;/p>

<p>The faculty there is pretty much beyond compare in the directing world. Having the opportunity to be taught by the likes of Ruben Polendo, Mary Robinson, and Lisa Peterson is a wonderful experience for theatre kids who want to direct.</p>

<p>I've always had an interest in directing, I just didn't know they offered actual majors for it. I assumed most people just went through a BA in theatre to get it. Does anyone know any good schools for directing in Florida? (I live in Florida and probably will not be able to leave the state :) )</p>

<p>Webster has a Directing BFA. Here's a link to the description of the program
[url=<a href="http://www.webster.edu/depts/finearts/theatre/Assets/conservepages/programsimages/directing.html%5DDirecting%5B/url"&gt;http://www.webster.edu/depts/finearts/theatre/Assets/conservepages/programsimages/directing.html]Directing[/url&lt;/a&gt;]&lt;/p>

<p>I believe the program is quite comprehensive, and does concentrate on directing for theatre, rather than film.</p>

<p>I recall directing being offered at Univ of Texas Austin</p>

<p>Here is a link to a discussion on the Arts Major Board... <a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/arts-majors/536378-undergrad-theatre-directing.html#post1060695205%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/arts-majors/536378-undergrad-theatre-directing.html#post1060695205&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Best of luck to your student! :)</p>

<p>I second the recommendation for Playwrights Horizons, via Tisch. I know great directors who've come from that program. I often get tempted to take those classes myself! Their teachers are really fantastic.</p>

<p>Otterbein College in Ohio has a directing concentration that is through the BA in Theater program.</p>

<p>The North Carolina School of the Arts has a directing track for juniors and seniors after the first two years' training has been completed.</p>

<p>You might look at UCLA and USC in So.Cal. Having Hollywood right in their back yard there are some good schools here for that exact emphasis.</p>

<p>britbrat, do UCLA and USC have directing programs which focus on theatre and not film?</p>

<p>Sorry, I meant to say USC and Chapman University. Here are a couple of links. You might have to search it out because it is tucked into the website.</p>

<p>USC</a> Catalogue: The Schools: USC School of Theatre: Degree Requirements: Master of Fine Arts</p>

<p>Chapman</a> University - CoPA - Department of Theatre</p>

<p>Maybe I'm missing something but it appears that the focus on directing at USC is only in the MFA program. Chapman does seem to have an area of general study in their BA program for kids interested in directing but the course selection for actual directing classes seems very limited. As it is with BFA drama programs, a close look at and comparison of curriculum is essential for all applicants.</p>

<p>I only gave those options for further reseach being that an actual undergraduate degree in theatre directing is quite difficult to find. As we found with my son's degree search, there are often "unconventional" paths that can be taken to accomplish the goal if you "dig" deep enough. :)</p>

<p>Sorry if that was misleading in any way.</p>

<p>My MFA is in directing,and I am currently working on a possible Directing track when I now teach. At the undergraduate level I would suggest looking for a program (whether the school has a directing track or not) where students have the opportunity to take at least one directing course, design courses, theatre literature and history, literature, art history, acting and have the opportunity to assist faculty and guest directors as well as direct their own projects.</p>

<p>This can be don't both at a school with a degree in directing and at a school with a degree in Theatre.</p>

<p>There are not a lot of undergraduate degrees in directing, so it may be necessary to round out a list with schools that have LOTS of undergraduate directing opportunities.</p>

<p>GOOD LUCK! :)</p>

<p>Drew University has many directing opportunities. Degree is BA.</p>

<p>typos.... that would be "Where" I now teach...</p>

<p>and "this can be DONE" </p>

<p>hmmmmm....</p>

<p>I may be wrong, but I believe CMU has a directing track, as well as Boston University.</p>