The MFA Directing program is professionally oriented and is geared for those looking to enhance their directing practice.

Program Overview

Masters students for the directing program will dive deeply into the intellectual and practical world of theatre. In their first year, students will investigate a variety of preparation and rehearsal techniques as well as the demands of various theatrical performance styles. In their second year, MFA students will direct two productions, where one of these shows is the student’s thesis production. Additionally, MFA candidates must record and analyze their directorial process and defend their analysis and artistic choices.

Degree Requirements

Students in the MFA Directing program spend a year investigating a variety of preparation and rehearsal techniques and the demands of various theatrical performance styles. In their second year they direct two full-length productions, one of which is their thesis production.


Applications are now open. Apply by: Jan 15, 2024.

The directing master’s program only selects a handful of students each year. For those interested, please follow these application instructions:

  • Submit your UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies application
  • A copy of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended and are currently enrolled in. If your transcripts are in a language other than English you must also provide a certified translation
  • A statement of purpose (500 words) that details:
    • Your proposed area of study and its potential contribution to the wider field in which it is situated
    • Your academic preparation for the MFA program
    • How UBC’s MFA Directing program fits your needs and interests
  • Upload ancillary materials to support your application such as production photographs, theatre reviews and/or media features.
  • Three letters of recommendation via UBC’s eReference system
  • A resume of your academic training as well as theatrical training and experience

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