The Art And Craft of Directing

For stage and screen

“Directing is the best job in the world”

- Sidney Lumet

Two terms. Weekly online specialist training course

For directors, writers and original content creators.

With John Osborne Hughes

  • Term One - Tuesdays, 19th September - 5th December 2023 (No class on 24th and 31st October for half term)

  • Term Two - Tuesdays, 16th January - 26th March 2024 (No class on 27th February for half term)

The course is designed to provide you with the fundamental knowledge and skills to kick start your journey into the wonderful world of directing, for both stage and screen.

The job of a director is make all the key creative decisions and to bring together the elements of the production into a cohesive totality. Whilst the writer is the author of the play or screenplay, the director is the author of the production as a whole.

The director is also responsible for managing rehearsals and working with the actors to help then create the characters and polish their performances.

Rather than just focussing on directing skills, the course is designed to produce auters; artists that develop their unique artistic vision and create and write their own material.

Working with the support of the group, each student will be guided to write and direct a 4 to 10 minute drama scene or, for the more ambitious, a short film.

For a minimal extra cost, the projects can then be filmed and edited for use as a showreel, utilising the relationship we have with graduates from the Brit School film production course.

Total of
For individual course
Total of
Of Teaching
Total of
20 Sessions
2.5 Hours Each
Each session starts with a meditation and a reading to help focus your attention.
The courses are presented as recordings for you to follow at your own pace.
We recommend you take written notes as it is the most effective way for information to go from short to long term memory.

What will I learn?

  • The qualities of a great director.
  • Developing your own style and creative vision
  • Developing ideas for plays and films
  • Plot structure
  • The hero’s journey
  • Analysing the script
  • Casting
  • Working with actors
  • Designing shots
  • Zen and the art of effective leadership
  • Key relationships with producer, production designer, DoP
  • Introduction to editing
  • Producing skills
  • Creating and managing budgets and schedules
  • Low to no budget filmmaking
  • Finding resources and finance

The course will also include specialist master classes, from leading industry professionals.

This training builds on the knowledge of The Spiritual Psychology of Acting and is only open to students who have studied or are currently studying the acting course.

Places for this course are very limited. Book now to secure your place.

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Investment & Payment Breakdown

Buy Term One
25th April - 4th July 2023
Buy Term Two
19th September - 5th December 2023
Buy both terms together and save 10%

"John is an excellent teacher and creates a safe environment for experienced and new performers to grow and develop their craft. I am grateful to have learnt from the best!”"

Caroline Cookson
Credits include: Michael McIntyre's Big Show, The Railway Children Return
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