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

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.

Fast Track Program Coordinator: Kristen Mackie (kmackie@roosevelt.edu)

What Differentiates Us

Program

Program

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.

Students

Students

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.

Summer Classes

Summer Classes

Each summer the entire MA Fast Track student body takes three courses together, totaling 10 credit hours and typically following a 9am to 4pm schedule. "Theatre Nights" are usually on Thursdays. Tickets for selected theatre productions are included in your tuition.

Expectations & Requirements

Sample Courses

Summer 2019 (June 24-Aug 1):

  • THAR 401: Problems in Theatrical Production II- Set Design, Costume Design, and Sound Design
  • THAR 406: Stage Movement and Combat
  • THAR 411: Stage Direction - Literary Adaptation

Summer 2020 (June 22-July 30):

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

Summer 2021 June 21-July 29):

  • THAR 400: Problems of Theatrical Production I - Lighting, Makeup, and Props
  • THAR 408: Period Styles
  • THAR 449: Directing II - Shakespeare and Period Plays

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

  • THAR 494: Thesis Production

Testimonials

Elizabeth Henley
"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."
Elizabeth Henley
Jonathan Meier
"…this ‘Old Dog’ learned plenty of ‘New Tricks’ in the Fast Track program. Since completing the program I have taken on several plays I never would have directed without the knowledge I gained in this fantastic program."
Jonathan Meier
Admission

All applicants must submit a Roosevelt University application and all required supplemental items by the priority deadline of January 15, 2019  to be considered for admission. For more information, please see our admission requirements page.

Once you have submitted your initial Roosevelt University application, 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:

  • 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
  • An essay on why you wish to obtain a master's degree in directing: How will a CCPA Fast Track education assist you in achieving future educational objectives and goals? How do you hope the program will impact your work as a director?
  • A mini-portfolio containing pictures from a production (six photos maximum) and a reflection (two page maximum) on the applicant's involvement, approach and process involved in mounting the production

The current Fast Track tuition rate for 2018-2019 is $835 per credit hour. The $8,350 is due by the first week of class. Students can apply for loans through the Financial Aid Office. Some "Fast Trackers" have been able to secure support and grants from their local areas.