The Theatre School MFA in Directing Theses

Date of Award

Spring 6-13-2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Theatre Arts


ESPN columnist Gregg Easterbrook argues that "cold coaches," ones who expose themselves to the same elements their players are facing by wearing light jackets instead of warm parkas, are more likely to lead their teams to victory. The same is true for great stage directors; if we, as artistic leaders, expect our colleagues to open themselves up and be vulnerable in process, we must lead by example.

This essay includes other insights into the director's process, including working with actors, designers, and assistant directors, as well as working on specific types of plays (Shakespeare, Chekhov, musicals, American realism, etc.); it should be used the same way a football coach might flip through a colleague's playbook. I have crafted an approach to the work based on my particular strengths and rooted in my training, which is largely realistic, relationship driven work produced in Chicago storefront theaters.