Theatre Arts Administration, B.A.

The Theatre Arts Administration program at Concordia University Chicago offers you the opportunity to explore both the performance and the business side of theatre through two different degree tracks. You will take classes in CUC’s College of Arts and Sciences and College of Business.

Concordia-Chicago Theatre Arts Administration Degree Overview

Our program is designed for those with interest in the production and managerial aspects of theatre. Both degree tracks require you to take comprehensive business and theatre courses.

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts Administration is suited for those interested in working as a theatre artist while gaining an understanding of theatre as a business. Our Bachelor of Science in Management with Emphasis in Theatre Arts is offered for those looking to explore the administrative side of theatre while incorporating the arts into their studies. 

Theatre Arts Administration Course Information

This program ensures you receive skills necessary in the administration of theatre. At the same time, required liberal arts courses will emphasize the performing and technical aspects of theatre through history, foundations, acting and directing.

You will also study the business side of theatre. Courses will cover accounting, economics, management, marketing, finance and other related topics. The bachelor of science track requires students to take not-for-profit courses that emphasize accounting, finance, board governance and more.

For details about required courses and course descriptions, please visit our online catalog.

Theatre Arts Administration Major Opportunities

There are many opportunities to explore a variety of theatre as the metropolitan Chicago region is home to thousands of theater venues including:

  • Goodman Theatre
  • The Apollo Theatre
  • Second City
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Arie Crown Theatre
  • Beverly Arts Center
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
  • Drury Lane
  • Village Players Theatre
  • Oriental Theatre

At CUC, students are encouraged to take an internship in theatre, which allows you to gain hands-on experience while earning credit towards your degree.

Our theatre group Artists of Concordia Theatre (A.C.T.) offers you the opportunity to perform on stage and/or participate backstage in four major productions each academic year. A.C.T. also offers summer theatre workshops for children—the perfect opportunity to gain instructional experience. Our drama ministry team, Fish Out of the Water, performs for on-campus chapel services, area churches, and churches around the country.  To get connected to the business community and learn about business opportunities you can join CUC's Business Club.

Chicago is home to not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, community businesses, arts districts and Fortune 500 Companies. There are endless opportunities to gain real-world experience.