DIR 101 | Principles of Directing


Enrollment: In stock

Instructor: Susann Suprenant


Principles of Directing is an introduction to the theory and technique of directing for the stage.  The course is designed for both beginning directors as well as actors, designers, technicians and teachers to develop a better understanding of the processes and responsibilities of the director. 


COURSE START DATE:  July 1, 2017

Instructor:  Susann Suprenant

Course Length:  20+ hours (estimated)

Difficulty Level:  All experience levels

Prerequisites:  None

Program Type:  Certificate with Verifiable Credential


  • To explore the artistry of directing for the stage
  • To develop the ability to analyze a text for dramatic action
  • To practice skills necessary to effectively work with actors
  • To consider reflective practices for professional growth


This course is comprised of five modules each containing 3-4 lessons. Module I must be completed before beginning subsequent modules. Modules II – IV can be completed in any order but must all be completed before beginning Module IV.

  • Module I: The Director as Artist
  • Module II: The Director as Storyteller
  • Module III: The Director as Interpreter
  • Module IV: The Director as Collaborator
  • Module V: Directing as Self-Reflective Practice
Susan Suprenant


Susann Suprenant, Ph.D. ​has been directing, teaching, and facilitating movement-based, ensemble-created performance for the past 30 years. In addition to directing professional and university productions, Susann has taught a range of university/college theatre and humanities courses as well as movement training for pre-professional students. Susann has been in Omaha since 2000 when she began as Head of Directing for the Theatre Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha. She developed the Education and Community Involvement programs for Omaha Performing Arts, facilitated the founding and education programs for the Great Plains Theatre Conference, served as the Dean of Communications and Humanities at Metropolitan Community College, Omaha through 2013, and co-founded and served as Artistic Director for the performance company ætherplough through 2016. She has recently returned to San Francisco and is working as a vocal and movement coach while finishing a four-year training in the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education (expected 2017). She holds a B.A. in Communications from San Francisco State University, an M.A. in English from University of Nevada, Reno and a Ph.D. in Theatre from University of Oregon.

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