Gordon was one of the first women to graduate from the School with an M.F.A. in Directing.
The Directing department admits talented and disciplined individuals with demonstrated potential to become professional directors. Directing students bring to Yale School of Drama a wide range of sensibilities, but share some crucial qualities. They are generators of ideas and projects, are not afraid to take risks, and take responsibility for the philosophical and political implications of their work. They have lively imaginations, an appetite for hard questions, and a robust curiosity about the world beyond their own cultural borders. We seek students who wish to challenge themselves in a rigorous, interdisciplinary learning environment. In seminars, labs, and production work, emphasis is placed on developing the director’s craft, artistic imagination, critical intelligence, and empathic leadership. Our goal is to train directors as collaborative artistic leaders, whose work will advance human understanding through the infinitely expressive interplay of image, action, and word unique to our art form.