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.*

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.

*Course travel fee applies.

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