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Earn a Certificate in Opera Direction

Work with esteemed professional stage director Chuck Hudson in this unique, two-level certificate program offered by Ithaca College to enhance your skills and advance your career goals as an Opera Stage Director.
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Frustrated with the lack of programs specifically tailored to train Opera Directors? Tired of learning this important craft as “additional” information when studying the direction of a play? The Ithaca College Opera Direction Certificate provides you with a focused way to develop your opera direction technical skills and aims to support you in becoming a confident, successful opera stage director. 

Ithaca College is thrilled to be working with Stage Director and Master Teacher Chuck Hudson to bring you a top-level curriculum leading to a non-credit bearing professional certification. The certificate is earned by completing a hybrid program involving two levels:

  • Level one is completed during the spring as a virtual, online course in stage direction. The course occurs on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, and involves both synchronous and asynchronous interaction. It requires approximately two hours of work per week for 14 weeks between January and May. This session will operate the weeks of January 24 - May 6, 2022 with no coursework the week of March 12 - 20 for spring break.
  • Level two is completed as a 10-day in-person summer residential workshop on the Ithaca College campus located in beautiful Ithaca, NY. Participants must complete Level One before participating in Level Two, and both Levels must be completed to earn the non-credit bearing professional certificate. During the workshop, Mr. Hudson works one-on-one with directors to implement their creative visions and practice their directing skills with accomplished opera singers and rehearsal pianists. This workshop will occur from May 18 through 28, 2022 in Ithaca, NY. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.

Questions? Please Contact:

Dawn Pierce

Artistic & Faculty Director
James J Whalen Center for Music 2306
Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY 14850