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10-Day Directing Workshop

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A Practical Approach to Directing (DIR S997)

2022 Course Dates: Thursday, July 14, 2022 - Saturday, July 23, 2022.

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 their technique as a director. Previous training in directing is not required. This course is open to high school graduates and beyond.

To apply for "A Practical Approach to Directing", in the online application, please select "New Haven, Online, Drama" in "Program Choice", complete the "Education" type from the dropdown and then add the directing course in the "Course Selection" DIR S997.

Pin: The application deadline to apply is April 15, 2022. 


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.

Typical Daily Schedule

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 the 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
  • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from a drama or theater professional/instructor)
  • Brief personal statement (entered on the course selection page of the application)

Pre-arrival Information

Accepted students will recieve registration and course information prior to the start of the program.


Item Cost
10-Day Directing Program $1,150.00*

 All tuition and fees must be paid in full three weeks before the program begins.

*Tuition does not include housing or meal costs. 

On Campus Housing & Meals

Directing students may stay on campus for an additional fee. Student housing provides students with single dorm rooms and shared dormatory showers/restrooms. 

Students may purchase meals through Yale Dining or at area eateries for an additional cost.

Summer 2022 Directing Housing & Meal Options Cost
On campus housing (9 nights) $819
Purchased per meal through Yale Dining $460