BA in Directing

BA in Directing


The BA in Directing at Pace School of Performing Arts is a selective and one-of-kind program that develops a student’s skills in narrative storytelling and dramatic action throughout various forms of theatrical expression. As part of the International Performance Ensemble (I.P.E.), the training process is project-oriented and provides students multiple opportunities to collaborate closely with actors, designers, playwrights, dramaturges, and technicians. Directing students develop a distinctive voice and perspective through hands-on experience for work in both commercial and not-for-profit theatre as well as creating and touring with projects around the world.

A New Approach

Students in the BA Directing major are trained in fundamental principles of the director's role in the life of a production, including understanding and creating stage composition and preparation of the script for production – from analysis and concept through rehearsal techniques and realization. The goal is to acquire the tools on creating a structure for storytelling, help young directors find their voice, easily recognize and analyze the basic elements of dramatic action in performances, and provide a clear understanding of director’s choices when dealing with a specific style. Students take classes in directing, acting, design, theater history, script analysis, stage and crew management, lighting design, voice, movement, and much more. A director’s vision is developed through exploration of craft and process across a wide range of theory and practice. In addition to studying and applying the techniques of great American and European theater masters, students are encouraged to experiment the concept and execution of directing as an interdisciplinary form through the multiplicity of styles, genres, spaces and technologies.

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A Working Faculty

Our faculty is comprised of New York-based and world-renowned professionals who work in the business and also possess the desire to educate young artists. Your professors can be: award-winning directors, major motion picture actors, Broadway company members, casting directors, artistic directors, or founding members of their own companies.

Showcase Your Talent

At the Pace School of Performing Arts (PPA) we believe that live performance is a key element in the training and development of young artists. PPA provides students the opportunity to perform in more than 50 productions a year (including plays, musicals, film shoots and dance concerts) in one of our many performance spaces. In addition, BA Acting students, along with BA Directors, have the unique opportunity to create original works beginning in freshman year and travel abroad with these devised theater works in their sophomore or junior year. BA Acting students also workshop original work numerous times in preparation for their NYC and international premieres.

A Chance To Connect

Every successful career is based as much on what you know as who you know. Our campus is rooted in New York City’s theater community, and you start to build relationships the day you arrive at Pace Performing Arts, not the day you graduate. With faculty approval and guidance, students are permitted to work on professional productions while still enrolled at school.

Become One of Us

All applicants must first read the complete interview requirements and then upload the required materials on Acceptd. If a callback has been issued, an interview must be scheduled on campus, over the phone, or via Skype (details below). All applicants must prepare to discuss his/her vision on ONE of the following plays:

  • Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
  • The Seagull by Chekhov
  • A Doll’s House by Ibsen

The discussion will focus on your approach to the production, your staging and design ideas, and the way you will be working with the actors during rehearsals. Your emphasis should clearly impart your artistic vision and focus less on the plot of the play. You may also want to discuss the type of theater in which the production will take place and the specific audience who will be seeing it. Candidates living abroad are interviewed in person when circumstances allow; otherwise, they are interviewed by phone or Skype. Students interviewing at one of our on-campus or regional auditions may also be asked to participate in a movement workshop with the other BA Acting (International Performance Ensemble) candidates. Audition results are mailed from the School of Performing Arts after all audition dates have passed – usually in mid-March. Only students who have been admitted to Pace for academic study will receive audition result letters.