Academics

Theatre Arts Administration, B.A.

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

Program Overview

Through this program, you will take classes in both College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Business. 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.

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. 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.

General Course Information

This program ensures you receive skills necessary in the administration of theatre. At the same time, required 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 arts. 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.

Career Paths

With either degree track, you have options to explore theatre in not-for-profit, commercial, educational, or arts organizations.

These unique degree tracks will prepare you for a career in the arts, business or a combination of both.

Career opportunities include:

  • Arts education manager
  • Special events manager
  • Artistic director
  • Managing director
  • Chief financial officer
  • Production manager
  • Fundraiser
  • Marketing coordinator
  • Stage manager
  • Facilities manager
  • Grants manager

You may also choose to continue studying at the graduate level. Concentrations at the graduate level include theatre arts administration, business administration, stage management, communication and more.

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.

Career Possibilities

Fundraiser

Art Education Manager

Marketing Coordinator

Special Events Manager

Stage Manager

Artistic Director

Facility Manager

Chief Financial Officer

Grants Manager

Public Relations Specialist

Production Manager

Television Anchor

Radio Broadcaster