North Central College - Naperville, IL

SEA Conference features four keynotes, workshops by successful artists

North Central College hosts the 14th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference Feb. 21-22 to help aspiring artists become successful entrepreneurs.

North Central College’s 14th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference Feb. 21-22 will help aspiring artists learn to become successful entrepreneurs.

The SEA Conference provides educational resources to help aspiring artists gain entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain careers as independent artists. The conference features performances, workshops, panel discussions and other activities tailored to actors, filmmakers, musicians, painters, sculptors, writers and other artists.

Kelli LaValle '13

Kelli LaValle earned the leading role in a national commercial for Perkins Restaurants. She also was asked to perform at a private gala for The Music Theatre Company in Highland Park, IL, after organizers saw her perform at the senior showcase.

North Central College students perform “Somebody/Nobody” Jan. 16-19

North Central College students stage four performances of the comedy “Somebody/Nobody” Jan. 16-19.

North Central College students stage four performances of the comedy “Somebody/Nobody” Jan. 16-19.

North Central College students perform “Into the Woods” Nov. 7-10

North Central College students stage four performances of the musical “Into the Woods” Nov. 7-10.

North Central College students stage four performances of the musical “Into the Woods” Nov. 7-10.

The performances will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

North Central College students perform “Macbeth” Oct. 24-27

North Central College students stage four performances of Shakespeare's “Macbeth” Oct. 24-27.

North Central College students stage four performances of Shakespeare's “Macbeth” Oct. 24-27.

The performances will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday Oct. 24 and 26, 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 in the College’s Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Tickets are $10/adults and $8/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

North Central College students perform “Speech and Debate” Oct. 10-12

From left, Rae Lindenberg, Brian Warren and Mark Yacullo
North Central College students stage three performances of the dark and biting contemporary comedy “Speech and Debate” Oct. 10-12.

North Central College students stage three performances of the dark and biting contemporary comedy “Speech and Debate” Oct. 10-12.

The performances will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday Oct. 10-12 in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $5/adults and $3/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. The play contains strong language and mature content.

North Central College begins academic year with record number of students

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

Total enrollment stands at 3,048 undergraduate and graduate students, eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the second straight year. The College welcomed 852 new full-time undergraduate students. Enrollment this fall includes a record number of international students and increased representation of out-of-state students and veterans.

Elizabeth Bracken joins North Central’s theatre faculty in fall 2013

Elizabeth Bracken, assistant professor of theatre
North Central College welcomes Assistant Professor of Theatre Elizabeth Bracken as new tenure-track faculty member for 2013-2014 academic year.

North Central College has appointed five new tenure-track faculty members for the 2013-2014 academic year, which begins Sept. 16. Among those new faculty are Assistant Professor of Theatre Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bracken.  

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

Emma Van Ommeren

Emma loves to perform. Since North Central presents three shows each term, the fun never stops.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute here,” she says. “My advice is to try everything in the theatre department so you know what you’re good at and what you can get better at. And don’t be picky—audition for everything! If you love to perform, why waste an opportunity to do so?”

The College’s off-campus opportunities are another reason Emma is happy she chose North Central. Through connections with theatre faculty, she’s been able to audition for some of the largest casting agencies in Chicago. And as a junior, she participated in Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

“It was considered an internship, but I really was a part of the cast. The professional actors made sure to make me feel that way, too,” she says. “I took away a lot of useful information for my professional life.”

Emma was selected to perform in North Central’s annual Senior Showcase and—as a result—was booked by a professional casting agency.

“At North Central I’ve learned that if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, the faculty will do everything they can to help you succeed,” she says.

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