Saturday, May 20th, 2017, 10am-6pm

Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 10am-6pm


Six directors will work with professional actors on classical and heightened language, (particularly Moliere), in a weekend master class under the tutelage of master director Bartlett Sher, who will offer insight, technique, and feedback for directors to render compelling staging and performances.


bartlett-sher2005-colorBartlett Sher is Resident Director of Lincoln Center Theater, where he has directed the Tony Award winning revivals of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I (Tony Award nomination for Best Director) and South Pacific (Tony Award – Best Director),  Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy and Awake and Sing! (Tony Award nominations for both productions);  Blood and Gifts by J.T. Rogers, the new musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown by Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbek, August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony Award nomination), and The Light in the Piazza by Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel (Tony Award nomination). He has directed operas for the Metropolitan Opera (Romeo et Juliette, Otello, Two Boys, L’Elisir d’Amore, Le Comte Ory, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Roméo et Juliette for Salzburg Opera in 2008, and Seattle Opera/New York City Opera (Mourning Becomes Electra, 2003-2004). From 2000-2010, Mr. Sher was Artistic Director of Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, where his credits include the world premieres of Prayer for My Enemy and Singing Forest by Craig Lucas and Nickel and Dimed, Joan Holden’s adaptation of the nonfiction bestseller by Barbara Ehrenreich, and plays by Chekhov, Shakespeare, Goldoni and Tony Kushner, among other credits. His New York credits include the Theatre for a New Audience productions of Cymbeline, which premiered in England and was the first American Shakespeare production at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and for which he received the 2001 Callaway Award; and the American premiere of Harley Granville-Barker’s Waste, winner of the 2000 Best Play Obie. He is a graduate of Holy Cross College and received his graduate training as the only American in a class of international theatre artists at the University of Leeds in England. Mr. Sher currently serves on the Board of Theatre Communications Group and has held positions as Associate Artistic Director at Hartford Stage and Company Director at The Guthrie Theater under his mentor, Garland Wright.   His Broadway productions include the musical The Bridges of Madison County and the current revival of Fiddler on the Roof.  His  critically-acclaimed production of J.T. Rogers Oslo, which premiered at LCT’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater this past summer will reopen this spring at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.



Directors Gathering will provide each participating director with:

  • 2 professional actors who will rehearse with you in advance of the Master Class, and arrive at the Master Class weekend off-book.
  • 6 hours of rehearsal space in two-weeks leading-up to Master Class dates.

All 6 participating directors:

  • Must be completely available from 10am to 6pm on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 and Sunday, May 21st, 2017.
  • Must commit to rehearsing with their actors for at least 6 hours in advance of the Master Class. These rehearsals will be the director’s responsibility to schedule in collaboration with Tom Snyder, (DG) Director of Operations.
  • Will be charged a $150 fee for participation in the Master Class.



Application is open to any self-identified theatre director living in the Philadelphia metro area who can provide at least three non-academic solo directing credits.

Directors interested in participating should submit a single .pdf document containing the following:

  • A one-page directing resume.
  • A response to these questions (no more than 300 words): How will the specific content of this Master Class serve your directorial practice? What do you bring to the room that will be of value to your fellow participants?
  • A response to these questions (no more than 300 words): What can classical pieces offer modern audiences? What do you perceive to be the unique challenges of performing classical, heightened texts?
  • If you are applying for both the Sher and Diamond Master Classes, a list of your first and second preferences.


Applications should be emailed to:

and are due at midnight on the evening of Sunday, October 30th.

Finalists will be invited to brief interviews on Sunday, 11/13 and Sunday, 11/20, and participants will be informed at the end of November.


Please contact Jack Tamburri, Director of Programming for Directors Gathering at with any questions.