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For candidates who only wish to be considered for our directing program at Playwrights Horizons Theater School for their primary training




One contemporary monologue

  • We define “contemporary” as anything written from around 1900 to now

  • Monologue must be under 2 minutes in length

  • Monologue must be from a published play (no film/TV scripts; no original material)

  • Please choose material that is within your age range (roles you would be cast in now)

  • Props and costumes are not permitted

  • We want to hear your natural voice. Please do not add an accent to your monologues


You will have an opportunity to converse with your evaluator immediately after presenting your monologue. This is a chance for us to get to know you a little bit. We've watched your work as an artist and now we want to learn about you as a person.


A discussion with your evaluator about your interest in and ideas about directing, along with your accomplishments and experience in the field thus far

  • You will present a director’s notebook or portfolio of preparatory materials for a production

  • It may be a production you have already directed or would like to direct in the future

  • Include notes on overall concept, design elements, characters, blocking, photos, drawings, etc.

  • Include evidence or explanation of additional directing experience you may have

  • You will keep your directing portfolio after the artistic review


In addition to uploading them digitally, you are required to bring both a photograph and a résumé to the artistic review. A snapshot is preferable, as long as you are recognizable in the photo. Please use the proper format for a performing arts résumé (more information here). Your evaluator will not accept additional material beyond the photo and résumé.

You may bring your portfolio in either paper or digital format. You will not submit your portfolio to us and may take it home with you once you have finished your artistic review.


Once accepted, directing students are placed in the Playwrights Horizons Theater School to complete two years of foundational artistic training. They have the option to remain in the directing program at Playwrights Horizons for up to four years. Please visit the studio's website to learn more about our Directing program.


You will reserve either a morning or afternoon session for your artistic review. You should expect to be with us for the entire session. Sessions are approximately 3.5 hours. All candidates arrive at the same time to check in. For the most part, check-in for morning sessions begins at 9:00 and afternoon sessions at 2:00.

Directing candidates sometimes worry that they don't have enough experience to qualify for the program. In fact, directing experience is of secondary importance; far more important is the candidate's interest in all art forms. The best candidates often like to read (and write) fiction, or paint, or are musicians. Many are film buffs as well as avid theatregoers. It is the desire and interest to make art that we will be interested in talking to you about in your artistic review.

— Advice from a Directing Evaluator