Earn your degree and bring your dreams to the stage.
Learn about the many facets of staging a production through immersive professional training, with direct access to Chicago’s lively theater scene.
- Steppenwolf Theatre Company
- Lookingglass Theatre Company
- Kokandy Productions
- Illinois Shakespeare Festival
- Stage Left Theatre
- Stage 773
- Chicago Dramatists
- Theatre Y
- Second City
Theater Program and Degree Overview
Experience our hands-on, ensemble-based learning model.
The Concordia-Chicago theater program centers on the Chicago storefront method, an approach where each student is an active participant in all aspects of the production. You’ll receive comprehensive training in each area of the discipline (acting, directing, playwriting and design) while also studying its classical foundations (the history of theater, contemporary drama, scene analysis and Shakespeare).
If you’re pursuing a theater degree, you’ll take required courses such as entry-level acting, directing and stagecraft. From there, you’ll select an area of focus and take on a role inside our acclaimed student-led company, The Collective. Our nationally recognized faculty—who are active members of Chicago’s professional theater community—will help guide you through each stage of learning, from the practical application of your coursework to making career decisions.
If you’re not seeking a theater degree, our liberal arts courses offer you exposure to the many aspects of theater, including Shakespeare, directing, script analysis, stage combat, scene design and costume design. Visit our online catalog to view required and elective course descriptions.
Chicago Theater: Beyond the Classroom
Extend your education in one of the country’s finest theater districts.
If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts, you’ll have unique access to Chicago’s award-winning theater district—just a short drive from campus—during and after completing your studies at Concordia-Chicago. Many theater department faculty are active and working in the city’s theater scene, and some classes require students to attend productions in and around Chicago.
You'll also have access to professional theater's such as Madison Street Theatre, in nearby Oak Park, IL or the intimate Bergmann Theatre on campus.
Internships and jobs at local theater companies (Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Stage Left and Second City, among others) are common for current and graduating theater majors.