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A Practical Approach to Directing I (DIR S997)

This 10 day intensive, multi-disciplinary workshop allows students to study and practice essential tools of directing with a faculty of accomplished professionals. It is open to anyone interested in working on technique as a director. Previous training in directing is not required.  This course is open to undergraduate students and beyond.

Date: Dates:  July 13 - 22, 2017

Application Deadline: May 1

The Specifics

The course is comprised of six classes related to the pillars of directing:

  • Directing Practice: The work of the director ranging from approaching the text, to articulating an active point of view for a production, and to working with actors in rehearsal.
  • Design: Explores means for developing the physical environment of a production based on a director's response to a text and its requirements.
  • Text Analysis: Identifies the elements that make up the world of the text and examines their potential influences on a production.
  • Voice: Draws on performers' training in vocal production--as well some simple techniques--to help vocally command a rehearsal room.
  • Movement: Experiments with and strategies for approaching stage composition, physical life, and emotional gesture.
  • Stage Management: Introduces the principals of organizing all aspects of a production, communicating them clearly, and realizing them in performance.

Each class meets multiple times over the course of the week, focusing on practical tools which aid the director in developing a production.  The week culminates in a lab where students present projects in rehearsal.

Note: Students must be available from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday through Friday as well as Saturday afternoons and evenings and Sunday morning and afternoon. This intense course requires a full commitment of the student's time, and attendance at each class is mandatory. The faculty reserves the right to add, extend, or adjust scheduled hours to accommodate the progress of the class.

About our Faculty

Past faculty members have included Evan Yionoulis, Jane Ann Crum, Frank Torok, Wilson Chin, Debra Booth, Joby Earle, Stephanie Hayes, and Mark Brokaw. Faculty are graduates of Yale School of Drama, and the course takes place in the School's facilities.

Application Requirements

Applicants who speak English as a second language may be asked to submit evidence of their ability to read, write, and rehearse in English.

Pre-arrival Information

Please plan to come to the Yale Summer Session office at 55 Whitney Avenue, Suite 420 before 2:00 pm on Thursday July 13th to register for the course. You may also visit the ID center after registration to obtain your Yale student ID card.

The fully air-conditioned Baker Hall (“Swing Dorm”) has approximately 70 suites available in the summer. Each suite contains two single bedrooms, a furnished living room, a full bathroom, and a kitchenette including a two-burner range, refrigerator, microwave, and sink. Whenever possible, directing students will be housed together. Sheets, blankets, pillows and bath towels are provided. Trash removal is performed daily. Also in the building are several activity spaces, including lounges, a formal common room, computer rooms, seminar rooms, a TV room and laundry facilities. Please visit the link below for more information:

Check-in: Thursday, July 13th
Check-out: Saturday, July 22nd by 11:00 am
Total nights: 9
Cost: $855.00

A housing office located in the building is staffed by Yale students and is open seven days a week, 8:30 am to 8:30 pm. Room assignments, keys and access cards, and meal cards (if needed) will be distributed from the Housing Office. Yale ID cards may be obtained at the ID center, 246 Church Street.

Guests may enter Baker Hall through the gate on 100 Tower Parkway. The office is on the first floor, room 119. At the gate, you may request entry by pressing the buzzer, or by calling the Housing Office using the blue call box located by the gate and dialing 2-3800.

Guests must check out by 11:00 am on their scheduled departure date. All keys and access devices should be returned to the housing office upon checking out. There is a $50 fine for lost keys and access devices.

When you submitted your YSS application, if you selected “Yes” in response to the question “Do you plan to live on campus?” then we have reserved a room for you.