With the advent of emerging technologies and a new population of generative artists entering the field, the artistic landscape of the American theater is rapidly changing. What are the implications concerning the role of the director? This course examines the origin of the stage director and how the craft has evolved since the last century. We will begin with several hands-on components that explore the fundamentals of stage directing including text analysis, theatrical composition, the development and presentation of a production concept, collaboration with actors and designers, and the art of public presentation. We will then investigate various methods for collaborating and generating new work with artists from various disciplines. Throughout the course particular attention will be given to the relationship between form and content, modes of spectatorship, and the political and philosophical implications of staging choices. Students will attend and analyze productions in New York City, develop and present production concepts, direct scenes from plays, and keep a journal responding to readings.