The Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University offers a Fast Track Master of Arts degree in Theatre Directing to serve the needs of highly motivated theatre educators. The program stresses practical training for the educator in tandem with special workshops and lectures with professionals in the field. The MA in Directing is a three-year, summer-only degree program, that concludes with a thesis production completed at your home school. The Fast Track Program focuses on refining directorial and performance skills, develop new approaches in production preparation, and working collaboratively with other teachers/students who are dedicated to creating theatre with young adults. The Fast Track faculty includes Theatre Conservatory professors and working professionals from the Chicago theatre community. The Fast Track Program is designed for early to mid-career high school and middle school theatre teachers and directors with at least 3 years of teaching experience, directed 5-10 plays, and teaches two theatre classes or has an undergraduate degree in theatre. Depending on the application pool each year, exceptions may be made. This program is not intended for recent graduates looking to become directors.
Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, CCPA is just steps away from Chicago's bustling theatre district which includes the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre, and Chicago Shakespeare.
The program focuses on refining directorial and performance skills, developing new approaches in teaching, design, and production preparation, and working collaboratively with other teachers/students who are dedicated to creating theatre with young adults. The curriculum is designed specifically for the classroom theatre teacher and director/acting coach utilizing the expertise and experience of the individual students. All students take the same classes each summer.
The Fast Track faculty includes Theatre Conservatory professors and working professionals from the Chicago theatre community.
Earn your degree in three summers in the heart of Chicago, steps away from the bustling theatre district while working with Chicago theatre community professionals. Students complete their thesis production at their own school. Students register for this course, Thesis Production (3 hours), in the fall or spring following the third summer. Thesis Production is an additional tuition cost beyond summer tuition at the rate of 3 credit hours.
The number of students admitted each year is based on the number of graduates from the previous summer, creating a balanced learning environment with a max of 30 students. The Fast Track Theatre Directing program is designed for the theatre teacher who has taught 5-15 years. Selection is based on the applicant's theatre background, directing experience, and teaching experience.
Each summer the entire MA Fast Track student body takes three courses together, totaling 10 credit hours and typically following a 9:00am to 5:50pm schedule. "Theatre Nights" are usually on Thursdays. Tickets for selected theatre productions are included in your tuition.
Why an MA in Theatre Directing?
2022 June 20 to July 28
2023 June 19 to July 27
2024 June 24 to August 1
Either spring or fall semester in the year following the completion of the above:
THAR 494 Thesis Production (3 hrs)
The Directing Fast Track program at Roosevelt University changed the life of our family for the better. Not only did it enhance my teaching and expertise when I taught theatre for grades 7-12, but it afforded me the opportunity to teach and direct at the college level. What I loved about experiencing the program was learning from working professionals in their respective fields and gleaning valuable insights, tips, and creativity from my peers.
All applicants must submit a Roosevelt University application and all required supplemental items by the priority deadline of February 1 to be considered for admission. For more information, please see our admission requirements page. Applications for entry continue to be accepted and reviewed (if space is still available) until February 15.
Once the initial Roosevelt University application has been submitted, the next step is to complete the CCPA supplementary application through GetAcceptd.com. This is also where you will go to pay the $100 application fee.
In completing your secondary application on GetAcceptd.com you must submit the following:
Once all application materials have been received, applicants will be contacted to set up an interview.
The Fast Track tuition is charged by the credit hour, which is found under the Graduate Section at https://www.roosevelt.edu/tuition-aid/tuition. Tuition for the 10 credits taken each summer is due by the first week of class. As the credit hour rate is lower than that of other CCPA programs, no additional university scholarship funding is available for students in the program. However, students can apply for loans through the Financial Aid Office. Some “Fast Trackers” have been able to secure support and grants from their teaching institution/local areas as well as scholarships from other private organizations.