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A Practical Approach to Directing (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 high school graduates and beyond.

To apply to A Practical Approach to Directing, on the application please select "New Haven, Online, Drama" and in course selection DIR S997.

Date: 2020 Program Dates: Thursday, July 16, 2020 through Saturday, July 25, 2020

Tuition: $1,850.00

Application Opens: January 15, 2020

Application Deadline: April 10, 2020 

Decisions Released: Decisions will be released by May 1, 2020

Summer 2020 application is now open.


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.
  • Physicality: 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 10 days, focusing on practical tools which aid the director in developing a production.  The program 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 program 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.

Directing Faculty

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.

All applicants will also need to submit:

  • Resume
  • Letter of recommendation (from a drama or theater professional or instructor)
  • Brief personal statement (entered on the course selection page of the application)

Pre-arrival Information

On-campus housing and meals are available upon request for an additional fee. Directing students will be placed in single rooms located in Rosenfeld Hall. Linens (bed linens and towels) will be provided. 

For more information regarding residential housing, please visit our residential life page.

Please plan to arrive on campus before 1:00 pm on July 16th to check-in. Room assignments (if applicable), keys / access cards, and meal cards (if needed) will be distributed upon arrival. Yale ID cards (if a picture was not previously submitted) may be obtained at the ID center, 56 Locke Street. Course registration will be completed online prior to your arrival. 

Check-in: July 16, 2020
Check-out: Saturday 25, 2020
Total nights: 9

A housing office is located in Morse College, it is staffed by Yale students and is open seven days a week, 8:30 am to 8:30 pm. 

Checkout will take place after the wrap-up meeting on the final day of the program.

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. 

On-campus meal plans are available for an additional fee. Information on meal plan options will be sent to accepted students.