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Master's in Theatre Directing (MA)

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, CCPA is just steps away from Chicago's bustling theatre district and the Tony award-winning Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre — and our students have graced the stages of them all. An outstanding internship program provides CCPA's students with placements at some of Chicago's best theatres, and upperclassmen in good standing are allowed to audition for productions outside of CCPA, adding valuable professional credits to their resumes prior to graduation.

The MA in Directing is a summer adult degree completion program for current teachers and theatre directors. This program is not intended for recent graduates looking to become directors.

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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Summer
Program Type: Master's

Our faculty is comprised of full-time professors as well as many active theatre professionals who lend their unique talents and expertise to the Conservatory. At CCPA, our students learn from and work alongside Chicago's very best, and a low student/faculty ratio results in focused study tailored to each student's needs.

Expectations & Requirements

Sample Courses

Summer 2017:

  • THAR 402: Dramaturgy and Production Preparation
  • THAR 407: Voice and Body Training
  • THAR 448: Stage Directing - Musical Theatre and Contemporary Plays

Summer 2018:

  • THAR 400: Problems in Theatrical Production - Lighting and Makeup
  • THAR 408: Period Styles
  • THAR 449: Directing - Shakespeare & More

Summer 2019:

  • THAR 401: Problems in Theatrical Production - Sound, Costumes, and Scenic Design
  • THAR 406: Stage Movement and Combat
  • THAR 411: Stage Direction - Literary Adaption
Either spring or fall semester in the year following completion of coursework:
  • THAR 494: Thesis Production
All applicants must submit a performing arts application and all required supplemental items NO LATER THAN JANUARY 15 to be considered for admission. For more information, please see our admission requirements page.

In completing your secondary application on Acceptd, you must submit the following:
  • A list of all productions you have directed, including location, year, and technical involvement
  • A list of all undergraduate and post-graduate theatre courses you have taken, including year
  • A teaching resume, including schools, years, and courses taught
  • A related experience resume, including performance experience and workshops given or attended
  • A recent photograph of you teaching a class, conducting a workshop, coaching a scene, or working with your students