Approaches to Theatre Training: The Director’s Path

Shadi Ghaderi presents her work to Dmitri Krymov and Tatyana Khaikin in a Yale School of Drama Class. (Photo by Elizabeth Diamond)

The loneliest theatre discipline is also perhaps the one that requires the most collaborative skill set: directing. Directors must analyze text and shepherd a vision from the page to the stage, all while corralling the cast and creative team from the rehearsal hall to opening night. But the greatest skill they must master is shaping a career in an uncertain and changing theatre landscape that has put more resources into developing writers and audiences than in training and retaining directorial talent. This special issue takes a multi-generational look at the prospects for directors in the American theatre and the programs that train them.

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