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Theatre Directing

Diploma Course


Program of Theatre Directing Diploma Course is developed to give you a professional and very special education, we emphasize only on the needs of directors. How to become a professional director, how to work with actors, with composers, with set designer, with costume designers, with choreographers, with producers and with theatre staff.

This course aims to give students professional specific education, special view, knowledge and tools that artistic directors should have in contemporary performance making.

The course equips students with both the practical skills and the theoretical knowledge necessary to be a professional director and create one’s own performances.
The core of every program​ in NIPAI is learning by doing, thus every student of Theatre Directing Diploma Course will complete their own Study Project - Graduation Performance in the theatre organization, working with actors and the crew.

The key learning objective of the program focuses on theoretical and practical tasks to help students explore:

  • how to read and analyze a play, how to formulate a plot and super-objective of the performance;

  • what theatre director should know to be prepared for the first meeting with actors;

  • how to lead actors from first meeting to performance;

  • how to work with your colleagues in theatre (composer, stage designer, others);

  • what tools should directors have to prepare actor for role;

  • how to choose and apply method of rehearsing and technique of acting;

  • postproduction of performance.

All students pursuing a Diploma Course 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 in Entry Requirements.

Program Duration: 18 months
InClass Sessions: 4 study weeks 
Distant Learning: 30 study weeks
Program Format: Online & InClass 
Study Project: Graduation Performance
Next Intakes: April 



Guided by a holistic understanding and practice of performance making, the program enables students to develop competent skills by teaching a variety of tools, techniques and methods of professional Theatre Directing.


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

  • theory and practice of modern professional theatre director


  • get training through the multifaceted combination of practical sessions, distant-learning seminars, mentorship, etc.;

  • studying with a combination of actual and virtual seminars

  • accessibility to knowledge from all over the world


  • development of own performance, which is a substantial part of the study, in line with individual interests

Performance Project _ Artistic Leader S.



As our students are busy with their professional lives and need flexibility, we offer variable study duration. Students can apply for 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 a 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.

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