Enjoy a fully immersive experience, in one of America’s most celebrated theater hubs, that will expand your confidence, capabilities and knowledge while preparing you for a stage-centered future.

Access professional training that empowers your inner artist and unlocks a world of career prospects through the Chicago storefront method of theater.


  • Actor 
  • Stage manager 
  • Technical director
  • Set designer
  • Scenic designer
  • Program manager
  • Theatre manager
  • Playwright
  • Director
  • Acting coach
  • Costume designer
  • Casting director   
  • Communications specialist
  • Drama critic

Theater (BA)

Develop your strengths on the stage and behind the scenes, in a comprehensive program that trains you in all aspects of theater production, and with access to Chicago’s world-renowned theater community.

You’ll study entry-level acting, directing and stagecraft, to help you determine an area of focus for your career. Our small classes encourage hands-on learning, and our faculty members foster a collaborative spirit that puts you in a position of influence. 

Our instructors are nationally recognized participants in the professional theater community, both in Chicago and around the world. You will learn from and partner with them, enhancing your education and contributing to our excellent in-house productions. 

Benefits of the CUC theater program:

  • Small class sizes
  • Access to the nationally renowned Chicago theater community
  • Faculty who are seasoned and celebrated in their field
  • Access to experience-enhancing internships

The Collective

Our in-house theater community, The Collective, gives our students, faculty and friends the chance to take in some of the best of modern American theater, as well as acclaimed interpretations of classic work.

Our vibrant production schedule is dedicated to presenting works that shape your understanding of performance. The program includes:

  • Four main-stage productions a year
  • Spring musicals 
  • New works by nationally recognized playwrights 
  • Student-directed one-act plays
  • Chicago’s “storefront theater” model of performance

For more information about Concordia-Chicago’s theater program, call the theater office at 708-488-4313.

View the Current Season

Pursue topics of personal interest and broaden your theater experience, with a focus on Shakespearean works and script analysis, as well as stage direction, stage combat, and set and costume design. 

Meet our Faculty and Staff

Learn more about the experienced theater professionals dedicated to your success.