Theatre Directing

Certificate Program


The NIPAI's 1-Year Theatre Directing Program gives students the all-around directing experience necessary to make their own performances and shows. The year is divided into two semesters, depending on the start date.  Students in the program receive over 500 hours of hands-on distant instruction and actual hands on experience. 

The curriculum integrates intensive study in all the major directing disciplines, including classical approach to directing, physical theatre, rehearsal techniques, ensemble building, producing, composition, Stanislavskian Acting Methodology, Meyerhold and Biomechanics, Michael Chekhov. All students write, direct, perform and work in multidisciplinary context.

The program enables you to acquire an informed experience, knowledge and understanding of the work of the professional director with key collaborators such as actors, writers and designers. This program is for people who have the passion to plunge into theatre directing.

As in all NIPAI programs, the one-year course emphasizes hands-on learning. Theatre Directing classes are not theoretical explorations; they are practical workshops designed to put students in the director's chair as quickly as possible.

All students pursuing a certificate program at The New International Performing Arts Institute must be proficient in English and earn a bachelor's degree (at a minimum) or an acceptable equivalent. Applicants must also submit a Creative Portfolio, more details on Entry Requirements see here.

Program Duration: 1 year 
InClass Sessions: 4 study weeks
Distant Learning: 30 study weeks
Program Format: Online & InClass 
Next Intake:
Autumn 2022 



This is a unique and renowned course designed specifically for those who are already practicing as or who wish to establish themselves as professional theatre directors.


  • gaining access on up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge

  • obtaining knowledge of a wide range of directing methodologies and practices - as well as some movement and voice;


  • studying with a combination of actual and virtual seminars

  • accessibility to knowledge from all over the world



As our students are busy with their professional lives and need flexibility, we offer a variable study duration. Students can apply for the Theatre Directing Course at any time during the year and can start the program with either the practical session or distant tasks and online seminars.


Students who wish to delve deeper into a specific topic can choose to attend an additional practical session from the elective projects that is in line with their interests.


We designed a special assessment system for students of NIPAI. It allows students to feel free from conventional examinations. Instead of common grading system we established a score system. After each completed task the  student receives points, after certain number of collected points, the student moves to the next level and is allowed to proceed to next semester.
This system is specifically designed to avoid subjective assessments by lecturers.