The directing program is a rigorous, three-year, full-time commitment for M.F.A. candidates; normally, two to three students are admitted each year. Students are closely mentored by faculty consisting of working professionals.
Students who are selected for the program direct plays by established writers, as well as new plays by M.F.A. playwriting candidates. Collaboration is enhanced through work with M.F.A. and B.F.A. scenic, lighting, and costume designers, stage managers, and the resident company of M.F.A. and B.F.A. actors.
The professional director must be a visionary, an artist, a craftsman, and a leader. We emphasize classroom theory and classroom directing. Candidates direct at least one production each semester for the general public as part of the Jameson Project. The program offers breadth and depth to those aspiring to a career as a professional director.
The Jameson Project is noted for its role as a developmental stage and is at the forefront of innovative and challenging work. The project affords students the opportunity to develop their skills before a public audience in eight-to-10 productions a year. M.F.A. students are responsible for all facets of the operation. Past Jameson productions include Serenading Louis, Woyzeck, In the Blood, Other People and How I Learned to Drive. World-premiere one-act plays are produced and performed in this venue each year.