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.
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.
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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.
Download the 2015 Fast Track Application.
Submit the Application and all supplemental materials by January 15, 2015 to Jerry Proffit, Fast Track Administrator. Students must also meet RU's graduate admission requirements.
Await our decision. Decisions will be completed by February 1, 2015.
If accepted, you must apply to the university via the online application.
Submit your non-refundable $200 deposit. This will be applied to your first tuition bill.
Each summer you register for 10 hours. The 2015 graduate tuition will be $8,180 (10 sem. Hrs @ $818). The total tuition of $8,180 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 (312-341-3565). Some Fast Trackers have been able to secure support and grants from their local areas.
2016 June 20 to July 31
2017 June 19 to July 27
Either spring or fall semester in the year following completion of the above:
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.
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 over 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.
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: 9:30 group meeting; 10:00-1:00 Class; 1:00-2:00 lunch; 2:00-5:00 class. There is no class on Friday.
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:
Fast Track Administrator
430 S. Michigan Ave.Chicago, IL 60605(312) 341-3500
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1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd.Schaumburg, IL 60173(847) 619-7300
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