Training In Focus: Directing for Theatre

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Do you want to master the skills it takes to direct for theatre? There’s nothing quite as spectacular and emotive as live performance. From Beckett to Behan to George Bernard Shaw, Ireland as a nation has a rich history when it comes to theatre. If this is an area you can see yourself working in, Maynooth University has you covered with this intensive Directing for Theatre training programme.

It costs €1250, which you can pay in installments and takes place on their Kildare Campus. Also, this Certificate in Directing for Theatre is an accredited Level 7 course. Taught by creative professionals, it focuses on methods, tips, techniques, application of theory, and practice, which means it’s a perfect first step towards a career you love.

Directing for Theatre Course Content

The topics you will cover on the programme include:

  • Working with actors
  • Introduction to Stanislavski
  • Introduction to Viewpoints
  • Actioning and working with text
  • Devising new material for performance
  • Introduction to Physical Composition and Movement Theory
  • Site-Specific and Site-Responsive Theatre
  • Introduction to Directing in Applied Theatre contexts
  • Introduction to Directing Theatre-of-the-Oppressed
  • Physical Comedy
  • Auditioning and Rehearsal

Course Tutors

Meanwhile, all this information is delivered by top talent. The programme itself is coordinated by Peter Hussey (Artistic Director of Crooked House). However, additional regular tutors are Annie Ryan (Artistic Director of The Corn Exchange), Jo Mangan (Artistic Director of Performance Corporation) and Louise Lowe (Artistic Director of Anu Productions).

The course assessments presently include management of a journal, a directing project, a critical piece and a short auditioning assignment. The course will take place for 100 hours part-time over one year; that’s two Saturdays per month, from October to May.


‘The Directing for Theatre course is very wide-ranging and covers a wide variety of directing styles… Each time I come from a class I feel I have gained a huge amount of new techniques… I came to this course as someone who works in the amateur drama world purely for the love of it. Up to now, I have relied entirely on 40 + years of experience and instinct when either directing or acting in a production. This year I took the decision to look at getting some qualifications in the field…one of the most important things I have learned on this course is that we have at all times to protect our actors, especially emotionally. With the help and guidance of Peter Hussey and my classmates, I feel I will be able to negotiate this very difficult territory…’
Miriam O’Brien Student 2017-2018

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