This course is a hands-on, practical approach to directing guided by the belief that "directors learn to direct by directing." Our central focus is on the collaboration between actor and director. The pace will be rapid and the workload significant: weekly, students will either present a piece that they have directed or perform in a work directed by their peers. Rehearsals will take place outside of class. To ground our work, will begin by focusing on text analysis, and on articulating the structure, rhythm, and energy of theatrical language. We will then turn our attention to staging, including composition, movement, and the relationship between a play and its theatrical (or site-specific) space. Throughout, students will explore, take risks, experience the joy and difficulty of collaboration, and challenge each other to make vital work.