Directing

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

Students o set of Troilus & Cressida

DIRECTING ARTISTIC REVIEW

ACTING EVALUATION

MONOLOGUE

One contemporary monologue

  • We define “contemporary” as anything written from around 1900 to now.
  • Each monologue must be under 90 seconds in length.
  • All monologues must be from published plays (no musicals; no film/TV scripts; no original material).
  • Please choose material that is within your age range (roles you would be cast in now).
  • The gender of the character need not be a determining factor when choosing a monologue.
  • Props and costumes are not permitted.
  • We want to hear your natural voice. Please do not add an accent to your monologues.

We encourage you to explore the great depth and breadth of material in the field of theater to find engaging and challenging material.

CONVERSATION

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.

DIRECTING PORTFOLIO REVIEW

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 preparatory materials for a production that you have NOT directed but would like to. The materials should include the following:

 

  • A 250-word statement about why this play is of great interest to you right now
  • Two images of what it feels like inside the world of the play, along with a single sentence that captures in words the same feeling evoked by the images
  • Two images of what the world of the play looks like (e.g., When and where are we?)
  • Two images that capture the quality of light in the world of the play
  • One sound that captures the quality of sound in the world of the play. (This can be a verbal description of a recording.)
  • One image for each of the major characters, along with one sentence describing the most important thing about each of these characters
  • Make a list of the most important things that change over the course of the play. Which of these changes is the most important?
  • A 250-word statement about what you think the audience will walk out feeling and thinking about after seeing the production

 

WHAT TO BRING

You are required to bring both a photograph and a résumé to the artistic review, in addition to uploading them digitally. A snapshot is preferable, as long as you are recognizable in the photo. Please use the industry standard for a performing arts résumé (example 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.

ABOUT THE DIRECTING PROGRAM

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.

SESSION TIMES

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