The Theatre School MFA in Directing Theses

Date of Award

Spring 6-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Theatre Arts

First Advisor

Elizabeth Portes

Second Advisor

Damon Kiely


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.