Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
A director needs more than inspiration to guide their work. During grad school, I learned, abandoned, modified and re-embraced many tools for directing in order to develop my own process. In this paper, I examine the revelations and challenges that arose from my coursework and the plays I directed at The Theatre School: Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker, The Lady From the Sea by Henrik Ibsen, The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, Tender by Nikki Bloom, We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, from the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 by Jackie Sibblies Drury, and The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls by Meg Miroshnik. I came to grad school to learn THE RIGHT WAY TO DIRECT PLAYS.This thesis documents my discovery that there is no such thing.
Kraft, Erin, "The Right Way to Direct a Play" (2017). The Theatre School MFA in Directing Theses. 4.