MFA in Directing

The Master of Fine Arts in Directing program will train you for a professional career in the theatre at the highest level of artistry. Here you will have the ability to hone your craft and your unique vision while working side by side with gifted designers and our award-winning faculty. Our program gives you: 

  • Foundational knowledge from which to build a solid career, including theatre's texts, styles, history, and cultural functions as well as the ability to analyze scripts effectively
  • A developed and articulated point of view that sets your productions apart and which are informed by a text's political, social, cultural, and historical implications
  • Constructive and practical leadership skills as you manage an artistic and collaborative team
  • The ability to communicate your vision—fluency in the language of acting, playwriting, and design, including the creation of a strong visual vocabulary that conveys meaning through powerful theatrical images

As you collaborate with actors and designers in classroom and production activities, you will also be learning advanced directing theory and practice from working directors at such prestigious theatres as Steppenwolf and Lookingglass. You will be exposed to an expansive range of artists, scholars, and critical perspectives, while being supported in close tutorial relationships with a core faculty.

Our facilities include two black-box theatres, two main stages, and a complete scene shop. We also provide you with a rich curriculum that includes varied production opportunities such as professional internships and exposure to the multifaceted theatre community in Chicago.