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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 undergraduate students and beyond. To apply to A Practical Approach to Directing, on the application please select "Yale Summer Session", "Session B" and in course selection DIR S997.

Date: 2019 Program Dates: July 18 - 27, 2019

Application Opens: January 3, 2019

Application Deadline: April 15, 2019 - We are no longer accepting applications for 2019

Decisions Released: Decisions will be released by May 1, 2019

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.

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 a resume and a letter of recommendation. 

Pre-arrival Information

On-campus housing and meals are available upon request for an additional fee. Directing Workshop students will be placed in single rooms located in one of the new residential colleges (Benjamin Franklin or Pauli Murray). Linens 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 Thursday July 18th 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: Thursday, July 18
Check-out: Saturday, July 27 by 11:00 am
Total nights: 9

Tuition: $1,100.00
Housing: $825.00

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. 

Guests must check out by 11:00am on Saturday, July 27. 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. 

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

Summer 2019 application is now open.