One year (full-time)
An intensive, practical course for prospective theatre directors.
Mountview’s Theatre Directing students have gone on to work for the UK’s leading theatre companies, in the West End and on Broadway. Graduates have a reputation for clarity, imaginative engagement and leadership and include Michael Longhurst – Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, Maria Aberg (Dr Faustus RSC, Little Shop of Horrors Regent’s Park), Joe Murphy (Woyzeck Old Vic) and Iqbal Khan (Antony and Cleopatra RSC).
Teaching is led by Peter James CBE, co-founder of Liverpool Everyman, former Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, Lyric Hammersmith and Principal Emeritus of LAMDA. Peter is supported by resident and freelance staff and leading professional theatre practitioners from various disciplines.
The core principle is to develop the unique voice of each student director. The course takes place five days per week over 41 weeks split into three terms. It blends lectures, seminars and workshops with practical work as a director – both assisting professional directors and leading on theatre projects. What makes Mountview’s course stand out is that in the third term you will direct your own public showcase production working with a producer, designer and cast.
All modules are compulsory. There is continuous assessment and you will have regular tutorials with the course leader supporting module elements and working towards your self-developed MA public directing project. This project is backed up with a written dissertation or a practical equivalent.