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Fast Track Master of Arts Degree in Theatre Directing

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. In three intensive 6-week summer sessions over a three-year period, students complete 30 credit hours of required coursework. Students then complete their thesis productions for an additional three credit hours at their own schools. An appropriate representation of the faculty of the Theatre Conservatory comes to each candidate's school to a jury for the thesis production.

The MA in Directing is a summer-only degree program for current high school and middle school directors/educators who have at least 3 years of teaching experience, directed 5-10 plays, and teach two theatre classes or have an undergraduate degree in theatre.


Why Roosevelt for Your Master's

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Learn From Local Theatre Professionals

The Fast Track faculty includes Theatre Conservatory professors and working professionals from the Chicago theatre community.

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Practical Experiences On Real Stages

The program stresses practical training for the secondary educator in tandem with special workshops and lectures with professionals in the field.

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Develop Your Network

Students develop camaraderie by working together the entire summer.


“The Directing Fast Track program at Roosevelt University changed the life of our family for the better. 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