Level One Spring Virtual Session

Spend 14 weeks strengthening your stage direction skills completing virtual coursework.


Participants must be 18 years of age to enroll in the Level One Spring Virtual Session and must continue on and complete the Level Two Summer Residential Workshop to obtain the professional certificate. 

Virtual Session Curriculum

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Your pathway to a professional certificate will begin with virtual coursework, where you will gain the foundational skills necessary as an Opera Stage Director. This is an online workshop that will cover the essential practical skills required for each stage of the Directing Process specifically tailored to Stage Direction for Opera, including:

Pre-Production and Preparation

Such as analyzing a score for character and action, developing an individual directorial vision based on a theme, collaborating with designers to fulfill your vision, and creating an efficient rehearsal schedule.

Staging Rehearsals

Such as working with the Stage Management Team and Music Staff, various types of staging rehearsals, directing singers versus telling them what to do, giving and taking criticism, navigating production paperwork and company expectations, and production meetings.

The Transition into the Theatre for Technical Rehearsals and Performance

Such as Tech Rehearsals / Dress Rehearsals / Orchestra Rehearsals, Lighting Sessions, Spike Setting, Shift Rehearsals, working with singers’ needs during tech, supratitles and projections, Fight Calls and Dance Calls, and In-House Production Meetings.

Postproduction Review

A personal post-mortem to review what worked and what did not to prepare for a future production of the same work.

Course Dates

The Level One spring virtual session will operate the weeks of January 24 - May 6, 2022 with no coursework the week of March 12 - 20 for spring break. The time commitment is approximately 2 hours per week, on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00 pm EST. Additional independent work will be required between weekly sessions.

Program Fees

More details on the program fees and application process are available on this page.

Summer Residential Workshop and Apply!

You must complete Level One to participate in the Level Two Summer Residential Workshop, which will provide the opportunity for you to integrate the skills you learned in your virtual coursework with accomplished singers and pianists. Both levels must be completed within a two-year period to obtain the non-credit bearing professional certificate.