Director

What does a Director do?

The DIRECTOR provides the guiding creative vision for all members of the production. The DIRECTOR takes the lead in putting together the entire creative team and managing the overall staging and artistic vision of a production.

Skills

Ability to create a collaborative environment |Attention to Detail | Clear communication | Lead a process | Work with a creative idea/vision in mind | Unify different artistic perspectives

Pathways

Degree in direction and/or performance | Assistant Director | Shadowing | Fellowships | Apprenticeships | Initiate artistic projects

How to become a Director

Many colleges and universities offer degrees and concentrations in direction as well as opportunities to direct student productions. Broadway directors often begin as assistant directors, transitioning to the director role as they gain experience working with other directors, playwrights, performers, and crew. Those just starting out may want to explore and take advantage of assistant opportunities, as well as any fellowships, apprenticeships, and peer-produced opportunities available in their region for training and experience. Some begin by creating their own work in an effort to bring others in to see their product.

Spotlight on Broadway’s “Julie Taymor Director”

Spotlight on Broadway’s “Jerry Zaks Director”

Playbill’s “Directors’ Roundtable: The 2018 Tony-Nominated Directors of a Musical”

CNN Official Interview: Theater is life: Kenny Leon

Artist to Artist: George C. Wolfe and Joe Mantello on Success and Failure as Directors