The New Play Directing Certificate provides practical experience in playmaking. It offers graduate-level instruction from leading theatre professionals. The program develops strong candidates for employment in professional, regional, or academic theatres.
Highly respected directors, performers, playwrights, and theatre professionals teach in the program. It’s associated with the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University, an internationally recognized graduate program in playwriting.
New Play Directing
Students complete this certificate program in two six-week summer sessions.
In their first summer, directors learn:
- The basics of how new plays are conceived and written
- How to analyze a script for production
- How to collaborate with playwrights and performers on new plays
Directors in their second summer:
- Take a viewpoints and composition course along with playwrights and actors
- Learn how to form and manage their own company devoted to new play production
- Learn how to design production elements in a variety of stages on a variety of budgets
- Learn how to build on methods of collaboration
The program works with Roanoke’s Mill Mountain Theatre and a growing network of theatres around the country that specialize in new play development.
New Works Initiative
A fund that offsets the costs related to producing work by Hollins’ student playwrights. Students in the New Play Directing Certificate program can apply for production assistance whenever they are directing work generated by Hollins playwrights
A 21st Century Sensibility
“We’re creating a Provincetown Playhouse for a new generation.”
– Bob Moss, core faculty for the New Play Directing Certificate
A Solid Track Record
“Hollins directors get work done.”
– Todd Ristau, program director, Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University