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Master of Arts in Directing

Summer Fast-Track Program

The MA Directing Fast Track program is designed for the early- to mid-career high school theatre teacher who has taught 5-15 years, directed 10-20 plays, has an undergraduate degree in theatre, and teaches at least two curricular theatre classes. The program focuses on refining directorial and performance skills, developing new approaches in teaching, design and production preparation and working collaboratively with other students who are dedicated to creating theatre with young adults. Depending on the application pool each year, exceptions may be made.

The Schedule

In three intensive six-week sessions over three summers, you can complete all your required coursework and then do your thesis production at your own school. The required coursework on the Chicago campus is 30 hours followed by 3 semester hours for the thesis project. The six week sessions will meet Monday through Thursday. The weekends are free to sample Chicago theatre and our vibrant city.

MA Directing Courseload

Who Can Apply

Enrollment is open to high school theatre teachers who are interested in completing a Master of Arts degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing. The number of students admitted is based on the number of graduates the previous year.   

How to Apply

  1. Download the 2016 Fast Track Application.

  2. Submit the Application and all supplemental materials by January 15, 2016 to Jerry Proffit, Fast Track Administrator. Students must also meet RU's graduate admission requirements.

  3. Await our decision. Decisions will be completed by February 1, 2016.

  4. If accepted, you must apply to the university via the online application.

  5. Submit your non-refundable $200 deposit. This will be applied to your first tuition bill.


Each summer you register for 10 hours. The 2016 graduate tuition will be $8,260 (10 sem. Hrs @ $826). The total tuition of $8,260 is due during the first week of class. A payment plan can be arranged with the Student Accounts office (312-341-3570). You can arrange a loan through the financial aid office (1-866-421-0935). Some Fast Trackers have been able to secure support and grants from their local areas.

Projected Course of Study

Ten semester hours required each summer
2016 June 20 to July 31
  • THAR 401 Problems in Theatrical Production (4 hrs) - Sound, Costumes, and Scenic Design
  • THAR 406 Stage Movement and Combat (3 hrs)
  • THAR 411 Stage Direction: Literary Adaption (3 hrs)

2017 June 19 to July 27

  • THAR 402 Dramaturgy and Production Preparation (4 hrs)
  • THAR 407 Voice and Body Training (3 hrs)
  • THAR 448 Stage Directing 1 (3 hrs) - Musical theatre and contemporary plays

2018 June 25 to August 2

  • THAR 400 Problems in Theatrical Production (4 hrs) - Lighting & Makeup
  • THAR 408 Period Styles (3 hrs)
  • THAR 449 Directing (3 hrs) - Shakespeare & More

Either spring or fall semester in the year following completion of the above:

  • THAR 494 Thesis Production (3 hrs)


The Roosevelt University building is in the south Loop of Chicago facing Buckingham Fountain and Lake Michigan. Across the street in Grant Park is the Taste of Chicago and many summer music festivals. Great restaurants, the Art Institute, the Symphony Center, major department stores and the Harold Washington Library are within a few blocks. The city is noted for its world class architecture.


We strive to bring in the best professional artist/teachers available. The faculty includes members of the Roosevelt Theatre Conservatory who are all professionally involved in outside theatres. Other faculty consists of professional theatre artists from the Chicago theatre community.

Focus of the classes

The curriculum is designed specifically for the classroom theatre teacher and director/acting coach. Classes are structured to provide students opportunities to share their expertise and experience. You will leave at the end of the six weeks with many new approaches for your directing, classes, rehearsals, and production work. You will be working with 30 teacher/directors from all over the country who bring their own expertise to share and will return home in August empowered and enthusiastic to begin the fall semester.

Typical Week Schedule

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: Group meeting 9:00; First Class 9:15-11:45; Lunch 11:45-12:45; Second Class 12:45-3:15; Third class (Mon. and Tues. only) 3:45-6:00. Tickets for one theatre production a week, seen on either Wednesday or Thursday night, are included in the tuition. Thursday: 9:00 group meeting; 10:00-1:00 Class; 1:00-2:00 lunch; 2:00-5:00 class. If July 4 is on a regular class day. classes will be rescheduled for Friday of that week.

Chicago as a Theatre City

There are over 40 Equity theatres and 100 non-Equity theatres. Even in the summer you'll find a wide variety of interesting and high quality theatre--more than our 6 trips will cover and more than you can see if you go frequently on your own.


The University Center, one block from the classroom building, offers a range of choices from single rooms to 2 bedroom, 2 bath units. Some students rent corporate apartments in the area or sublet apartments available in nearby neighborhoods.

For more information, please contact:  

Jerry Proffit
Fast Track Administrator