Artists of Concordia Theatre

Performance is at the core of Concordia's Theatre training. The department's production wing, Artists of Concordia Theatre (A.C.T.),  is proud to present the best of modern American theatre, as well as acclaimed interpretations of classic works. Our vibrant production schedule represents the best of Chicago Theatre. Dedicated to the works that shape our understanding of performance, our seasons include:


Gallery of Past Productions 



Madison Street Theatre, 1010 W Madison St, Oak Park, IL

Artists of Concordia Theatre (ACT) are ecstatic to move their entire 2013-2014 season to Madison Street Theatre. As we embark on a new chapter in a new space, we have created a season of new works, acclaimed artists, and creative exploration that will reflect our future as theatrical innovators.

We are proud to begin our journey by announcing a new and exciting program dedicated to the crea-tion and production of new plays. Beginning in the Fall of 2013, Chicago Dramatists, one of the country’s premiere theatres of new works, will partner with Concordia University Chicago’s ACT to workshop and develop scripts as part of the university season. This partnership heralds a new era for Concordia University Chicago’s Theatre Program as it seeks to train its students in the storefront mod-el that focuses on new works and creating a laboratory for developing theatre professionals.


American Home

 by Stephanie Alison Walker

Directed by Meghan Beals McCarthy

October 3-5, 10-12 @ 7:30pm, October 6 & 13 @ 2pm

Workshop Premiere by Chicago Dramatists Network Playwright, Stephanie Alison Walker. American Home is about Americans forced to renegotiate the American Dream, the extremes people go to when faced with losing everything, and the resilience of the American spirit. This new work will be directed by Meghan Beals McCarthy, acclaimed director, dramaturg, and Associate Artistic Director of Chicago Dramatists.



by Aristophanes

Directed by Melissa Lorraine

November 14-17, 21-24

Women band together for peace in this comedic Grecian classic. In order to stop the Peloponnesian War, women unite and leverage their most powerful weapon, themselves. This reimagined classic will be directed by Melissa Lorraine, Artistic Director of Theatre Y. Melissa Lorraine is an international artist who has performed in Hungry, Romania, Slovakia, Israel, Canada, and over 100 venues in the United States.


Roustabout: The Great Circus Train Wreck! 

by Jay Torrence

Directed by Halena Kays


February 13-15, 20-22 @ 7:30

February 16 and 23 @ 2pm 

The creative team who brought Chicago’s acclaimed Burning Blubeard bring their talents to the Artists of Concordia Theatre. Halena Kays, Artistic Director of the award winning Chicago theatre company, The Hypocrites will direct this unique play written by Jay Torrence, Ensemble Member with the Neo-Futurists, Chicago’s highly regarded experimental theatre. Roustabout: The Great Circus Train Wreck! follows the 1918 collision of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus train with a US Army train weaving the story of war, humanism, and redemption together with the Neo-Futurists unique meta theatrical touch that director Keys wields so successfully.



Next to Normal

by Brian Yorkey

Music by Tom Kitt

Directed by Jason A. Narvy

April 3-6, 10-13

According to the New York Times this Pulitzer prize winning play is “a feel-everything musical, which asks you, with operatic force, to discover the liberation in knowing where it hurts.” Artists of Concordia Theatre Artistic Director Jason A. Narvy directs this powerful musical that explores one family’s struggles with addiction, death, and mental disease.


Main Stage Pricing:

  • $15 General Admission

  • $10 CUC Alumni

  • $10 Students with Student ID

  • $10 Patrons Over the age of 55

  • $5 Concordia University Chicago Students with Student ID, Thursday nights FREE for CUC students!

Opportunities to act, direct, design, stage managing, etc. are available for any of our productions during the academic year. Several of our theatre courses offer acting or directing opportunities as well. With Concordia University located so near the richness of Chicago theatre, a host of opportunities exist for our students to examine theatre on many different levels.

 For more info regarding Concordia University’s Theatre Program, call The Theatre Office at: (708)-488-4313