NTI-Advanced Directing Semester
Fall and Spring Semesters
16 Credit Hours
Create Theater 10 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week
Advanced Directors are immersed in the practice and theory of stage directing. Integrated with the NTI Semester, you learn about all facets of theater with the specific intent of preparing you to excel as a director. Studying with master teachers will help you understand the history of directing as well as challenge you to dream about the future of your craft. Skills are acquired through observerships, special theater trips, and two weeks studying abroad in London. With weekly opportunities to direct, this program strengthens your passion for directing, expands artistic boundaries, and emphasizes collaboration. It teaches you how to think about the big picture and how to convey that vision to an audience.
Study in London
Two weeks studying abroad in London, England, offers exposure to the culture, historical beauty, and theatrical richness of London. As an ensemble, you train daily in Lecoq techniques, mask work, improvisation, and clowning with the internationally renowned theater company Complicite. Additionally, you participate in NTI’s singular series of tours, workshops, and master classes with the U.K’s foremost theater artists.
Weekly Theater Labs challenge you to put what you’re learning in class on its feet. When given just 15 hours to stage a scene, you learn to trust your creative instincts. Under the mentorship of a professional director, you gain practical experience with a wealth of classical and contemporary texts.
Playwrights Week is dedicated to the staging of original one-act plays written, directed, designed, performed, and produced by your ensemble. This collaborative week supports and amplifies the voices of the next generation of American theater writers under the mentorship of several professional playwrights.
Theater Trips to New York City as well as to prominent regional theaters such as Yale Repertory Theatre and the A.R.T. are frequently taken. These excursions often feature exclusive opportunities to learn more about the artistic process with cast and creative teams.
During Company Project, your ensemble collaboratively produces a full-length work guided by a prompt. You have two weeks to devise a new piece of theater unique to your ensemble. Through public performances, you showcase what you have learned and what has inspired you throughout the semester.