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Master's in Theatre Directing (MA)

(Summer Only)
Chicago College of Performing Arts

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.

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

Roosevelt University's Wabash tower and Auditorium building in Chicago

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 2018 (June 25-Aug 2):

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

Summer 2019 (June 24-Aug 1):

  • THAR 401: Problems in Theatrical Production - Sound, Costumes, and Scenic Design
  • THAR 406: Stage Movement and Combat
  • THAR 411: Stage Direction - Literary Adaption

Summer 2020 June 22-July 30):

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

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

  • THAR 494: Thesis Production


Cynthia Bringer

"The things I learned, but more importantly the people I met, have made me a better person."

Cynthia Bringer - Theatre Directing, MA '13
Anthony Ciccotelli

I am grateful for all I was taught and learned at Roosevelt.

Anthony Ciccotelli - Theatre Directing '15

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.

Once your application is submitted, you will receive an automated email titled, “Next Steps – Performing Arts Application."  Follow the instructions in this email for completing your secondary application on  You will also be prompted to pay your application fee through

In completing your secondary application on, 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