Many college and university theatre departments do not offer an opportunity to study Directing until the graduate level, but at MMC our Directing concentration is a vital part of our program.

Our Directing students study the history of directing and learn to analyze texts, make conceptual choices and guide actors in the rehearsal process. Experiences as assistant directors for faculty and guest directed productions offer the opportunity to learn and gain practical knowledge.   

Most importantly, our student directors discover an artistic voice through direct work with actors not only in the classroom, but also in Directing Projects presented each semester in our Box Theatre as part of the Directing curriculum. 

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Hear from our Alumni

  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3319-tom-wojtunik-02"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/0,51,400,451/23131_Tom_Wojtunik.rev.1571859519.jpg" alt="Tom Wojtunik '02" class="lw_image" width="215" height="215" data-max-w="400" data-max-h="400"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “<em>I started at MMC as a B.F.A. Acting major, but soon</em><em>realized that I was really a Director at heart.  The</em><em>flexibility of the Theatre program … allowed me to study D</em><em>irecting AND Acting, as well as Musical Theatre and </em><em>new play development, giving me the tools to begin my</em><em>directing career right out of school.</em>”</p><p> –Tom Wojtunik ’02 (Former Artistic Director, Astoria Performing Arts Center)</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3319-tom-wojtunik-02">Tom Wojtunik ’02</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> 2002, B.F.A. in Acting and Directing</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3325-leigh-berenis-13"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/215/height/215/crop/1/src_region/0,0,150,200/23154_Leigh_Berenis.rev.1572301939.jpg" alt="Leigh Berenis '13" class="lw_image" width="215" height="215" data-max-w="150" data-max-h="200"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “<em>Life after graduating from Marymount Manhattan was definitely difficult. You leave a safe environment with an amazing support network of friends, professors, and mentors, and suddenly are in the real world. MMC allowed me to become a well-rounded theater artist. I was able to take courses in every aspect of theater, plus the liberal arts, and without that, I would not be running two theater companies today. The skills I learned at MMC have given me the confidence that’s necessary to succeed in theater.</em>”</p><p> – Leigh Berenis ’13 (Executive Director, Saratoga Children’s Theatre and Spa City Theatre)</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3325-leigh-berenis-13">Leigh Berenis ’13</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> 2013, B.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Directing</p></div>