Concordia Experience


Decapolis Theatre Ministry

Decapolis Theater Ministry devises, writes, rehearses and performs a new full-length script every year for the purpose of ministry. The first few months of every school year are set aside for brainstorming, devising, writing, re-writing and eventually landing on a production-ready script. The group then spends the next few months in rehearsal, creating the world of the piece while adjusting the script and story as needed or desired.  


Decapolis Theater Ministry exists to bring Truth, Beauty and Love to our community through artful, exceptional and honest storytelling. The Decapolis was a 10-city area that no self-respecting Rabbi would dare enter; a region deemed too pagan and dark to tread in. It was to this place that Jesus, unashamed and unafraid, went to minister to the masses, bringing the good news of God’s love for His people. Decapolis Theater Ministry seeks to share this same unabashed fearlessness with and through Jesus Christ by telling the candid, unadulterated stories of faith, redemption and love that move us all. Decapolis Theater Ministry is a branch of the Theater Arts Program at Concordia University Chicago.


Decapolis productions are presented in late Spring on Concordia University Chicago’s campus in the Bergmann Theater, as well as at various churches, festivals, and gatherings, both locally and nationally. Decapolis’ production of “If You Knew Who I Am” had a successful three-day run on campus and was then brought to the LCMS National Youth Gathering in San Antonio, TX, where they performed five times to extremely enthusiastic audiences.

Meeting Times and Places: Decapolis Theatre Ministry meets in the Bergmann Theater from 4-6 p.m. every Monday.