M.F.A. in Directing

An Introduction to BRIAN MERTES

Brian Mertes on TELLING STORIES 

Each year Brown/Trinity Rep admits two emerging directors who bring their curiosity, imagination, and humanity to engage in a rigorous course of study and practice geared towards sharpening their individual voices as artists, developing a personal articulation of intention, purpose, and vision.

As contemporary creative leaders, directors must be well versed in the practical aspects of rehearsal and production, and inspire and synthesize the work of their colleagues in all areas. They must possess a broad-based critical foundation, historical and political context, and capacity to envision beyond the present.

The resources of Trinity Rep, Brown University, and Providence, Rhode Island provide a dynamic, fertile laboratory setting for the study of directing.

Deborah Salem Smith on WORKING AS A PLAYWRIGHT

Brown/Trinity Rep M.F.A. directing students will be in residence for three years. Although it is Brown/Trinity Rep’s goal that all students complete the program, admission to the second year is by invitation only.

The program is defined thematically in the following manner:

  • YEAR ONE: Text Analysis, Dramatic Action, Story — Contemporary and Modern Drama
  • YEAR TWO: Heightened Language — Articulation and Vision
  • YEAR THREE: Synthesis and Expanded Forms

Each year, a course of study is developed based on four basic components:

  • Participation in studio course work in directing, acting, design, and playwriting
  • Participation in academic course work in theatrical theory, history, non-Western theatre, and areas of specific interest to the student
  • Directing projects including new plays, contemporary/ modern work, and classics
  • Professional engagement with Trinity Rep as an Assistant Director

Directors will:

  • enroll in Brown/Trinity Rep classes in directing, acting, design, and dramaturgy
  • register for academic courses designed to introduce a variety of theoretical concerns and methodological approaches
  • participate in collaborative courses, which will combine students and faculty from programs in Playwriting, Acting, and Directing
  • assist on two Trinity Rep productions
  • direct a workshop production of a contemporary/modern play
  • direct three productions with moderate technical support, including one new play and one classical verse play
  • direct a thesis project with full design support and extensive technical support
  • receive substantial financial funding to support their work after graduation (current support is $10,000 per director)