Master of Fine Arts, Directing for the Theatre

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The Department of Theatre of the University of Ottawa offers the only bilingual Master of Fine Arts in Theatre (MFA) (Directing) in directing for the theatre in the country.


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Founded in the fall of 2004, this innovative program allows students to benefit from the approaches to directing found in Canada's two principal theatrical cultures.

During their two-year course of study, our MFA students complete a rigorous practical and theoretical training as directors of repertoire. Our program also aims to cultivate our students' sense of aesthetic diversity, exposing them to contrasting approaches to the director's art, from traditional, text-based production to devised and postdramatic performance.

Graduate-level directing courses are given by Department of Theatre faculty members who are award-winning, practicing artists, including Joël Beddows, Daniel Mroz, Kevin Orr and Anne-Marie Ouellette.

Graduate-level courses in dramaturgy and theory of performance are given by practicing dramaturges and scholars such as Louise Frappier, Yana Meerzon, Kathryn Prince and Sylvain Schryburt.

In addition, MFA students have the opportunity to work alongside acclaimed professional directors. MFA students have served as assistant directors to such artists as Richard Rose, Diana Leblanc and Peter Hinton and have taken master classes with internationally renowned directors as Denis Marleau, David William, Alexandre Marine, and Jean-Marie Papapietro, among others. Furthermore, student directors are provided with the services of professional actors from the Ottawa/Gatineau area during their studio work.

In order to ensure our students high-quality instruction we keep our admission standards high and our student to teacher ration low. The MFA in directing accepts two students per year, and there are only four candidates in the program at any given time.

Due to the demanding nature of this degree, the MFA in directing can only be undertaken as a full-time course of study.

Generous bursaries and teaching assistantships are provided for students with appropriate academic and professional achievements.

Interested candidates are invited to contact Professor Anne-Marie Ouellet, Director of BFA and MFA programs.

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