Directing program at the University of Alabama is an intense, three-year program with a dual focus on production and preparation for academia. Each year, the MFA candidates take part in a yearlong graduate seminar that emphasizes exploration, presentation and mentorship. Through guided exploration of key concepts in professional contemporary directing, consistent opportunities to present (and assess) each MFA candidate’s developing vision, as well as ongoing mentorship tailored to each MFA candidate’s degree goals and career goal, students graduate with a rigorous and broad understanding of the craft of directing as well as insight into their individual aesthetic.

Starting in their second year of the program, MFA candidates direct two full-length productions each academic year  (one in the fall and one in the spring) in the Allen Bales, a 149 seat, thrust stage theatre. First year candidates typically serve as the assistant director to faculty and guests directors.

Beyond the graduate seminar, assistant directing and directing work, candidates work with the program director to design their own individualized course of study. Graduate level department courses include history, literature, criticism, performance and various aspects of design. MFA candidates are expected to gain proficiency in all aspects of theatre making.

MFA candidates also teach undergraduate survey theatre classes, the use of theatre in different classroom settings, as well as develop and facilitate workshops based on their own areas of interest and expertise. Each MFA graduates with at least four semesters of college teaching experience.

Admission to the program and assistantships are awarded based upon a portfolio review, interview and acceptance into The University of Alabama Graduate School.  The program typically accepts one new MFA candidate a year.

For more information about the program and admission requirements, please contact Annie G. Levy, Director of MFA Directing, at

Graduate Directing Curriculum & Application Instructions