Located within one of America’s most celebrated theatre hubs, Concordia University Chicago’s Theatre Department offers students unique access to professional training that focuses on the Chicago storefront method of theatre. This ensemble-based model requires participants to be comprehensive practitioners that are conversant in all aspects of theatre. As such, all theatre students work as part of an intimate company that produces off campus at Madison Street Theatre in nearby Oak Park.
Our comprehensive training provides classes in all aspects of production (acting, directing, playwriting and design), as well as those courses necessary to provide a foundation for the advanced study of theatre (including History of Theater, Contemporary Drama, Scene Analysis and Shakespeare). We create artists who are ready to work in the theater the moment they graduate from CUC.
We are firmly committed to immersing our students in the most recent developments in the professional theater, as well as providing a firm grounding in the classics. We get our students working off-campus as soon as possible to prepare them for the unique challenges facing theater today.
At Concordia University Chicago, you learn by doing. You will be required to take entry level acting, directing and stagecraft. From there, you select areas of focus that allow you to take leadership roles in our acclaimed A.C.T. (Artists of Concordia Theatre) Board, where students lead one of eight departments.
Moreover, our students have the opportunity to take internships in the greater Chicagoland area. Your learning experience will be greatly enhanced by nationally recognized faculty who consistently work in Chicago’s professional theater community and abroad.
At CUC, our classes are small and encourage hands-on learning. Our faculty members get to know you and will help you directly, whether with class assignments or career decisions. You are treated as a junior colleague and collaborator, not as just another face in the crowd.
General Course Information
Our courses allow you to study the many aspects of theatre to really determine your areas of interest. If you major in theatre at Concordia-Chicago, you will take required courses in theatre production, acting, directing, technical theatre and theatre history, among others.
You may choose elective courses focusing on Shakespeare, directing, script analysis, stage combat, scenic design, and costume design. These courses will allow you to pursue topics of personal interest and broaden your theatre experience.
For details about required courses and course descriptions, please visit our online catalog.
Students of Concordia University Chicago’s Theatre program are armed with tools necessary for employment in the profession, for graduate level research in the discipline or for work as a theatre educator. However you choose to use your Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, you will leave CUC with the practical skills of a working professional and the applicable knowledge of a theatre scholar. Since we emphasize both the practical and the academics of this art form, you are not limited in your choice of career options. Those graduating with this degree have an abundance of options available to them.
Career paths for graduates include:
- Actor n Director
- Scenic Designer
- Costume Designer
- Properties Designer
- Lighting Designer
- Production Manager
- Stage Manager
- Managing Director
- Casting Director
- Acting Coach
- Drama Critic
On-campus opportunities allow students to act and/or assist with all levels of theatrical production. Majors are expected to be involved in the mainstage season produced by A.C.T. Besides the mainstage season, A.C.T. produces musicals, student-directed one acts, student-directed new works and cabarets performed both at Madison Street Theatre and Bergmann Theatre. Another on-campus Theatre opportunity is Decapolis Theatre Ministry, a drama ministry team that performs at CUC and at area churches.
Located near Chicagoland’s professional theatre scene, many of our classes require students to attend productions in and around Chicago. Moreover, the wealth of award- winning theatre companies provides ample opportunity to students during and after their studies at Concordia- Chicago. Our students have gained internships and employment with Chicago theatre companies including Lookingglass, Kokandy Productions, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Stage Left, Stage 773, Chicago Dramatists, Theatre Y and Second City, to name a few.