Directing | Webster University


Directors are storytellers. They bring the words of the playwright to life through the inventiveness of the actor in the world of the designer. As a young director begins their journey towards a career in the theater, it's important that they learn not only the craft of directing but that they gain insight into the stories they want to tell.

Directing students at Webster are exposed to a wide variety of coursework both in the department and across the campus. Classes in Theatre include Voice, Movement and Acting; Visual History, Fundamentals of Design and Lighting; History of Theatre, Stage Management and Directing. In the senior year of study, students spend the fall semester at Webster's London campus. Upon their return, they will direct a capstone project in their final semester.

Unique to Webster's Directing Program is the department's affiliation with the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. In the junior year, directing students assist on a production at St. Louis' LORT Theatre.

After visiting this site and the Conservatory website, please don't hesitate to contact us. If you'd like to talk to a current or former directing student, email them from the Directors Work page. They are happy to share their experiences with prospective students.

Student named Brooke Viegut who is a Directing major

“Webster has allowed me to direct, choreograph, sound design, prop, and produce a number of different projects all while focusing on my directing degree. I have also had the opportunity to assistant direct on a number of shows throughout the St. Louis area and beyond. I assisted on my first opera because of Webster, did my first professional show through Webster. and most recently assisted on one of the most difficult, involved projects I've ever worked on at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis through Webster's partnership with them. Webster has allowed me to jumpstart my career while still in school through a lot of hands-on experience. Not one of these opportunities has been the same. but each one has been wonderful and taught me more and more about the business. Webster is preparing me for an exciting career in theater."

--Brooke Viegut, Junior BA Directing

Directing Academic Programs

To read about specific program requirements, learning outcomes and how to apply, click on a program from the following list:

Additional Information


Doug Finlayson
Head of Directing