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Theatre Department

At North Central College you can shine onstage or learn the ropes backstage. We nurture talents and interests in performance, dance, music, management and technical theatre. Our students act, sing and dance. Students also direct shows, design lighting and even produce plays and musicals they have written.

Major in Theatre or Musical Theatre 
The centerpiece of North Central College's program is the Theatre Practicum. Theatre majors, minors and Musical Theatre majors are required to participate in multiple faculty-directed, main-stage plays. Your training in our state-of-the-art facilities will prepare you for professional and personal pursuits in performance and technical theatre.

We encourage theatre majors to specialize. You may concentrate your studies in such areas as performance, technical theatre, directing, or Playwriting through our array of course offerings or independent study options.

As a musical theatre major, you can continuously hone your craft while taking traditional performance classes. You may study voice or dance technique in upper-level courses while taking classes in contemporary acting styles, the business of theatre and acting on camera.

You don't have to be a theatre major to be a theatre student!
All students are invited to participate in North Central's theatre program. Anyone can audition for a show—first-year students are as likely to land roles as seniors; History majors are as likely to be scholarship recipients as theatre majors. Our faculty thrives on developing talent in anyone who brings a passion and our program is rich in diversity and openness.

Mission Statement 
The Department of Theatre is a community of artists/scholars/citizens dedicated to provoking and sustaining interest in theatre, as a source of insight into the human condition; through both skills and inquiry-based learning in our classrooms, and public performances on our stages. 

The Theatre program at North Central College is designed to engage students in a wide array of theory, technique, scholarship, and aesthetics that constitute the Theatre Arts. The programs serves: 1) majors and minors preparing for careers in theatre, and allied careers where knowledge of theatre production is required; 2) students who take academic courses to meet general education requirements or who find courses in theatre, musical theatre, and dance to be attractive components of a liberal arts education; and 3) those who participate in campus musical and non-musical productions as a way of enriching their lives. 

The department offers a broad spectrum of courses in acting, dance, design, direction, music, and production. The co-curricular program, supervised by the faculty, offers students opportunities for creative expression and skills practice through both the fully mounted main stage season and several student-directed productions.

Our Majors

  • B.A. Theatre- Acting Track
  • B.A. Theatre- Directing and Dramaturgy Track
  • B.A. Theatrical Design and Technology 
  • B.A. Musical Theatre

Our Minors

  • Theatre 
  • Dance 

Theatre, Acting Track, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Theatre.

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • THEA 100 - Script Analysis

    THEA 100 - Script Analysis

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduces analytical methods for examining scripts of all forms and genres. Students learn to identify, describe and interpret various components of a script and to apply a critical vocabulary to evaluate how meaning is produced in dramatic texts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 141 - Stagecraft

    THEA 141 - Stagecraft

    2.00 credit hours

    Fundamentals of scenic construction and scenic painting. Students gain knowledge of basic construction and painting techniques for stage scenery. Tool use and shop equipment are introduced along with the safety regulations that are essential and mandatory for running an effective scenic shop.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent Enrollment in THEA 144.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 144 - Makeup

    THEA 144 - Makeup

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduces the principles and techniques of theatrical makeup, design and application. Equally appropriate for beginning design students and actors who have no prior design experience.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in THEA 141.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 150 - Acting Fundamentals

    THEA 150 - Acting Fundamentals

    4.00 credit hours

    Designed for dedicated theatre students with previous acting experience, this course consists of exercises in voice, movement, improvisation and character study. Provides students with necessary theory and performance skills required to pursue further specialized acting training.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 250 - Acting Realism

    THEA 250 - Acting Realism

    4.00 credit hours

    Advanced and intensive scene work focusing on contemporary trends in realism. Approaches to building character are integrated with voice, movement and textual improvisation. Builds on the foundational work of THEA 150.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 150.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 304 - Theatre History and Literature I

    THEA 304 - Theatre History and Literature I

    4.00 credit hours

    A study of the theatre and its literature from its ancient beginnings through the English Restoration. Students examine theatrical events, figures and dramatic works in their aesthetic, cultural and historical contexts and synthesize analytical writing and research skills with appropriate knowledge of course material.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 100 and Sophomore standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 305 - Theatre History and Literature II

    THEA 305 - Theatre History and Literature II

    4.00 credit hours

    Investigates influential texts, performances and theatrical movements following the English Restoration through to the present day, with critical attention to how accounts of history are created and remembered. Students examine theatrical events, figures and dramatic works in their aesthetic, cultural and historical contexts and synthesize analytical writing and research skills with appropriate knowledge of course material.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 100 and Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 459 - Business of Theatre

    THEA 459 - Business of Theatre

    4.00 credit hours

    Exploration of the requirements for the business portion of theatre; from building a theatrical resume, to selecting a head shot, to registering with an agent. Students learn to manage their creative work according to the professional expectations of the collective entertainment industries.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 250 and Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Acting Courses

Two of the following:

  • THEA 251 - Introduction to Voice and Movement

    THEA 251 - Introduction to Voice and Movement

    4.00 credit hours

    Focuses on voice and movement techniques and the actor's use of body and mind to create character and achieve a higher level of expressiveness in the art of theatre. Centers on training the actor to strengthen and free the voice and body, enliven the imagination and enable the actor to create a character's vocal and physical life. Students expand their comprehension of space and rhythm as it relates to body and character.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 350 - Acting Shakespeare

    THEA 350 - Acting Shakespeare

    4.00 credit hours

    An intensive study of Shakespeare for the actor. Building on foundational acting skills, students integrate text analysis, scene and character study, style and metric form for interpreting and staging Shakespearian characters.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 250.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 365 - Acting on Camera

    THEA 365 - Acting on Camera

    4.00 credit hours

    This course explores the acting methods used for film and television. Students are trained in camera techniques used for commercial, industrial, film and television auditions. Students work in front of the camera each week utilizing actual copy from popular shows, commercials and movies. Students leave this course audition ready. The course includes extensive scene memorization, class discussions, performance critique writing and journal self-assessment writing.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 250 and Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 450 - Period Styles

    THEA 450 - Period Styles

    4.00 credit hours

    An integration of body, mind and voice techniques for the purpose of developing a way to conventionalized period acting. For the intermediate and advanced student actor, this course places primary emphasis on the development of characterization techniques, participation in physical and vocal acting exercises and practical performance application through stylistic scene and monologue work. Period/Styles covered in this course may include Ancient Greek, Commedia, Restoration Comedy and Absurdism.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 250.

    Schedule Of Classes

Theatre Practicum

Six semesters of the following:

  • THEA 115 - Practicum

    THEA 115 - Practicum

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized theatre production. This course -- designed for actors and crew members working on a theatre production -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 116 - Practicum

    THEA 116 - Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized theatre production. This course -- designed for stage managers, designers, and those with larger production responsibilities -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 117 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    THEA 117 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized musical theatre production. This course -- designed for actors and crew members working on a theatre production -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 118 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    THEA 118 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized musical theatre production. This course -- designed for stage managers, designers, and those with larger production responsibilities -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

Note:

*Theatre Practicum may be taken for zero credit hours, or for credit in partial satisfaction of elective credits, up to College limits. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the major.

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Theatre, Directing and Dramaturgy Track, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Theatre.

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • THEA 100 - Script Analysis

    THEA 100 - Script Analysis

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduces analytical methods for examining scripts of all forms and genres. Students learn to identify, describe and interpret various components of a script and to apply a critical vocabulary to evaluate how meaning is produced in dramatic texts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 150 - Acting Fundamentals

    THEA 150 - Acting Fundamentals

    4.00 credit hours

    Designed for dedicated theatre students with previous acting experience, this course consists of exercises in voice, movement, improvisation and character study. Provides students with necessary theory and performance skills required to pursue further specialized acting training.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 235 - Introduction to Dramaturgy

    THEA 235 - Introduction to Dramaturgy

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduces students to the history and development of dramaturgy, including literary management, new play dramaturgy and production dramaturgy. Students become conversant with elements of storytelling for the stage by applying script work and critical inquiry to the creative processes involved in theatre-making.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 304 - Theatre History and Literature I

    THEA 304 - Theatre History and Literature I

    4.00 credit hours

    A study of the theatre and its literature from its ancient beginnings through the English Restoration. Students examine theatrical events, figures and dramatic works in their aesthetic, cultural and historical contexts and synthesize analytical writing and research skills with appropriate knowledge of course material.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 100 and Sophomore standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 305 - Theatre History and Literature II

    THEA 305 - Theatre History and Literature II

    4.00 credit hours

    Investigates influential texts, performances and theatrical movements following the English Restoration through to the present day, with critical attention to how accounts of history are created and remembered. Students examine theatrical events, figures and dramatic works in their aesthetic, cultural and historical contexts and synthesize analytical writing and research skills with appropriate knowledge of course material.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 100 and Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 330 - Directing

    THEA 330 - Directing

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the art of directing plays for the theatre. It utilizes background information and experience with acting, stagecraft and dramatic literature to provide the groundwork for discussion of various approaches to, and techniques of, play production. The course culminates in the public performance of student-directed short scenes and one acts.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 100 or THEA 150.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 496 - Student Directed Series

    THEA 496 - Student Directed Series

    4.00 credit hours

    The culmination of a competitive process from which students are chosen to mount their proposed play as part of the North Central College Theatre Department season. Students are responsible for the concept and execution of a fully staged theatrical piece, running their production from preparation and auditions through final performance.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • THEA 140 - Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

    THEA 140 - Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Through the study and practice of common theatrical design elements, students learn to analyze, collaborate, and implement theatrical designs. Students explore basic theories and design principles including script analysis, research methodology, conceptual development, color theory, balance and proportion, visual composition, and other elements of design.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 245 - Stage Management

    THEA 245 - Stage Management

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduces the administrative skills sets of stage management, while exploring the relationship between the artistry and execution of producing plays and musicals. Students learn production protocols, create a prompt book and explore the forms and formats needed to maintain professional standards while working with directors, actors and the technical crew.

    Schedule Of Classes

Advanced Electives

Four credit hours from the following:

  • THEA 405 - Advanced Topics in History, Literature and Critical Theory

    THEA 405 - Advanced Topics in History, Literature and Critical Theory

    2.00-4.00 credit hours

    Occasional seminar topic allowing for advanced study in the history, literature or critical theory of drama and theatre. This advanced seminar investigates artists and artistic work in order to analyze how representation in theatre and drama may advance, reflect, or interact with larger historical or societal movements. Special topics may include in depth exploration of a single period or aesthetic trend in theatre history, a reading emphasis on an individual playwright or genre, or engagement with current trends in critical and cultural theory for the theatre. Students learn to define, articulate and defend a well-supported point of view in response to given performances and scripts.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One of the following: THEA 304, THEA 305, THEA 307 or THEA 308.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 433 - Collaboration

    THEA 433 - Collaboration

    4.00 credit hours

    Designed to give students a clearer, more mature understanding of the way in which members of a production team can work together to create a theatrical production. Designers, directors, performers and writers have the opportunity to work together while developing processes for utilizing each other's strengths to create imaginative and powerful works of theater. While students present and critique these final performances, the focus of this course is the process by which those performances came to be. The aim is that students leave this course with developed leadership skills, cooperative working relationships and more sophisticated creative processes.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 330.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 434 - Devised, Radical and Community-Based

    THEA 434 - Devised, Radical and Community-Based

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of three overlapping subfields in theatre and performance studies: devised theatre, radical theatre and community-based theatre. The course conceptually explores how community-based engagement necessitates radical theatre aesthetics that do not rely on traditionally authored plays. Students learn radical theatre aesthetics and techniques by examining case studies of groundbreaking companies and artists. Finally, students apply their theoretical comprehension of radical theatres by selecting a community and envisioning a radical theatre project to serve its needs.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 330.

    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity, Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 479 - Senior Musical

    THEA 479 - Senior Musical

    4.00 credit hours

    Graduating seniors work with a mentoring faculty instructor to select a show, divide responsibilities for production and present a fully mounted production on the stage. The course is intended as a culminating and capstone experience for students pursuing musical theatre degrees.

    Schedule Of Classes

Theatre Practicum

Six semesters of the following:

  • THEA 115 - Practicum

    THEA 115 - Practicum

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized theatre production. This course -- designed for actors and crew members working on a theatre production -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 116 - Practicum

    THEA 116 - Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized theatre production. This course -- designed for stage managers, designers, and those with larger production responsibilities -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 117 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    THEA 117 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized musical theatre production. This course -- designed for actors and crew members working on a theatre production -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 118 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    THEA 118 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized musical theatre production. This course -- designed for stage managers, designers, and those with larger production responsibilities -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

Note:

*Theatre Practicum may be taken for zero credit hours, or for credit in partial satisfaction of elective credits, up to College limits. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the major.

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Theatrical Design and Technology, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Theatre.

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • THEA 100 - Script Analysis

    THEA 100 - Script Analysis

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduces analytical methods for examining scripts of all forms and genres. Students learn to identify, describe and interpret various components of a script and to apply a critical vocabulary to evaluate how meaning is produced in dramatic texts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 140 - Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

    THEA 140 - Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Through the study and practice of common theatrical design elements, students learn to analyze, collaborate, and implement theatrical designs. Students explore basic theories and design principles including script analysis, research methodology, conceptual development, color theory, balance and proportion, visual composition, and other elements of design.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 141 - Stagecraft

    THEA 141 - Stagecraft

    2.00 credit hours

    Fundamentals of scenic construction and scenic painting. Students gain knowledge of basic construction and painting techniques for stage scenery. Tool use and shop equipment are introduced along with the safety regulations that are essential and mandatory for running an effective scenic shop.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent Enrollment in THEA 144.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 144 - Makeup

    THEA 144 - Makeup

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduces the principles and techniques of theatrical makeup, design and application. Equally appropriate for beginning design students and actors who have no prior design experience.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in THEA 141.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 304 - Theatre History and Literature I

    THEA 304 - Theatre History and Literature I

    4.00 credit hours

    A study of the theatre and its literature from its ancient beginnings through the English Restoration. Students examine theatrical events, figures and dramatic works in their aesthetic, cultural and historical contexts and synthesize analytical writing and research skills with appropriate knowledge of course material.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 100 and Sophomore standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 305 - Theatre History and Literature II

    THEA 305 - Theatre History and Literature II

    4.00 credit hours

    Investigates influential texts, performances and theatrical movements following the English Restoration through to the present day, with critical attention to how accounts of history are created and remembered. Students examine theatrical events, figures and dramatic works in their aesthetic, cultural and historical contexts and synthesize analytical writing and research skills with appropriate knowledge of course material.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 100 and Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 449 - Portfolio Development

    THEA 449 - Portfolio Development

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of the components of a professional portfolio and resume for students interested in theatre design, technology and management. Students develop portfolios of their own work as well as learn about the professional opportunities and career paths that are typically taken by theatre professionals.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Acting Courses

One of the following:

  • THEA 101 - Introduction to Acting

    THEA 101 - Introduction to Acting

    4.00 credit hours

    Designed for students with previous acting experience including high school and/or community theatre. This course consists of exercises in voice, movement, improvisation and text study. The course seeks to give the student an awareness of what acting is in both theory and performance. Presentation of scenes and attendance at productions are required.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 150 - Acting Fundamentals

    THEA 150 - Acting Fundamentals

    4.00 credit hours

    Designed for dedicated theatre students with previous acting experience, this course consists of exercises in voice, movement, improvisation and character study. Provides students with necessary theory and performance skills required to pursue further specialized acting training.

    Schedule Of Classes

Theatre Design Courses

Two of the following:

  • THEA 241 - Introduction to Scenic Design

    THEA 241 - Introduction to Scenic Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the artistic and technical skillsets required of a theatrical scenic designer. Students learn how to identify location requirements of a play, create a dynamic environment and craft required props. Students develop these skillsets through a series of theoretical projects as they simultaneously begin to develop their own design aesthetic.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 140.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 242 - Introduction to Lighting Design

    THEA 242 - Introduction to Lighting Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the artistic and technical skillsets required of a theatrical lighting designer. Students identify seasonal and time of day requirements of a play, employ advanced color theory and craft a flexible but dynamic light plot. Students develop these skillsets through a series of theoretical projects as they simultaneously begin to develop their own design aesthetic.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 140.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 243 - Introduction to Costume Design

    THEA 243 - Introduction to Costume Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the artistic and technical skillsets required of a theatrical costume designer. Students learn to identify the period requirements of a play, create fully developed costume renderings and craft a costume tracking chart. Students develop these skillsets through a series of theoretical projects as they simultaneously begin to develop their own design aesthetic.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 140.

    Schedule Of Classes

Theatre Technology Courses

One of the following:

  • THEA 245 - Stage Management

    THEA 245 - Stage Management

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduces the administrative skills sets of stage management, while exploring the relationship between the artistry and execution of producing plays and musicals. Students learn production protocols, create a prompt book and explore the forms and formats needed to maintain professional standards while working with directors, actors and the technical crew.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 345 - Drafting, Rendering and Model-Making

    THEA 345 - Drafting, Rendering and Model-Making

    4.00 credit hours

    Develops the skills required for the communication of designs for a theatrical environment. The course focuses on hand drafting, the creation of 2D drawings that give detailed information regarding the layout and look of a scenic design. Model making techniques are also emphasized so that students learn to provide 3D information for a stage design. Rendering techniques are also mastered through concepts such as linear perspective, shade and shadow and watercolor rendering.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 140.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 445 - Advanced Topics in Design and Technology

    THEA 445 - Advanced Topics in Design and Technology

    4.00 credit hours

    Occasional seminar topic allowing for advanced study of theatre design or technology. Special topics may include in depth exploration of a single technology or design medium like projection design, draping or mask-making, theatre automation or computer assisted design, among others. Topics may also explore interdisciplinary approaches to design for live performance or contemporary trends in design and technology.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 345.

    Schedule Of Classes

Theatre Practicum

Six semesters of the following:

  • THEA 115 - Practicum

    THEA 115 - Practicum

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized theatre production. This course -- designed for actors and crew members working on a theatre production -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 116 - Practicum

    THEA 116 - Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized theatre production. This course -- designed for stage managers, designers, and those with larger production responsibilities -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 117 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    THEA 117 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized musical theatre production. This course -- designed for actors and crew members working on a theatre production -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 118 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    THEA 118 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized musical theatre production. This course -- designed for stage managers, designers, and those with larger production responsibilities -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

Note:

*Theatre Practicum may be taken for zero credit hours, or for credit in partial satisfaction of elective credits, up to College limits. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the major.

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Musical Theatre, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Theatre.

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • THEA 100 - Script Analysis

    THEA 100 - Script Analysis

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduces analytical methods for examining scripts of all forms and genres. Students learn to identify, describe and interpret various components of a script and to apply a critical vocabulary to evaluate how meaning is produced in dramatic texts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 141 - Stagecraft

    THEA 141 - Stagecraft

    2.00 credit hours

    Fundamentals of scenic construction and scenic painting. Students gain knowledge of basic construction and painting techniques for stage scenery. Tool use and shop equipment are introduced along with the safety regulations that are essential and mandatory for running an effective scenic shop.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent Enrollment in THEA 144.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 144 - Makeup

    THEA 144 - Makeup

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduces the principles and techniques of theatrical makeup, design and application. Equally appropriate for beginning design students and actors who have no prior design experience.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in THEA 141.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 150 - Acting Fundamentals

    THEA 150 - Acting Fundamentals

    4.00 credit hours

    Designed for dedicated theatre students with previous acting experience, this course consists of exercises in voice, movement, improvisation and character study. Provides students with necessary theory and performance skills required to pursue further specialized acting training.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 170 - Music Theory for Actors

    THEA 170 - Music Theory for Actors

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental music theory, sight singing and aural skills for the musical theatre performer. Students emerge from this course with practical sight reading skills, aural recognition skills, notational skills and other theoretical tools that help them with cold-read auditions, musical sides preparation, the learning of roles and the achievement of a higher level of musicianship.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 270 - Acting for the Musical Stage

    THEA 270 - Acting for the Musical Stage

    4.00 credit hours

    A practical application of the actor's craft to musical theatre performance, with emphasis on transitioning from scene to song. Students explore the acting methods used specifically for the musical stage. Combines script analysis, character analysis, choreography and acting through the song itself for the purposes of both auditions and performances.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 150.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 308 - American Musical Theatre

    THEA 308 - American Musical Theatre

    4.00 credit hours

    Survey of major trends of the American musical theatre from the 19th century to present. Addresses representative composers and librettists such as George M. Cohan, Victor Herbert, Jerome Kerr, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 100 and Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 459 - Business of Theatre

    THEA 459 - Business of Theatre

    4.00 credit hours

    Exploration of the requirements for the business portion of theatre; from building a theatrical resume, to selecting a head shot, to registering with an agent. Students learn to manage their creative work according to the professional expectations of the collective entertainment industries.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 250 and Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Advanced Theatre Courses

Two of the following:

  • THEA 250 - Acting Realism

    THEA 250 - Acting Realism

    4.00 credit hours

    Advanced and intensive scene work focusing on contemporary trends in realism. Approaches to building character are integrated with voice, movement and textual improvisation. Builds on the foundational work of THEA 150.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 150.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 370 - Musical Theatre: Audition and Portfolio

    THEA 370 - Musical Theatre: Audition and Portfolio

    4.00 credit hours

    Examines the different vocal techniques and movement styles necessary for the musical theatre performer. It focuses on a performer's approach to developing a song in the context of contemporary musical theatre, examining the work in terms of form, structure and content.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 270.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 479 - Senior Musical

    THEA 479 - Senior Musical

    4.00 credit hours

    Graduating seniors work with a mentoring faculty instructor to select a show, divide responsibilities for production and present a fully mounted production on the stage. The course is intended as a culminating and capstone experience for students pursuing musical theatre degrees.

    Schedule Of Classes

Dance Courses

  • THEA 120 - Musical Theatre Dance I

    THEA 120 - Musical Theatre Dance I

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduction to jazz, ballet and tap techniques for the stage. Practical dance coursework is also supplemented with the basic building blocks of choreography. No prior dance experience is necessary and this course is open to all students interested in dance training for performance. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in THEA 224.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 220 - Musical Theatre Dance II

    THEA 220 - Musical Theatre Dance II

    2.00 credit hours

    Continuing instruction of jazz, ballet and tap techniques for the stage, building upon skills obtained in THEA 120. Practical dance coursework is also supplemented with the basic building blocks of choreography. This course is open to all students interested in dance training for performance. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 120.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 222 - Jazz Dance

    THEA 222 - Jazz Dance

    2.00 credit hours

    A concentration on jazz dance, particularly as it appears in a variety of musical theatre styles. Builds and expands upon the jazz dance portion of THEA 220. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in THEA 120.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 223 - Tap Dance

    THEA 223 - Tap Dance

    2.00 credit hours

    A concentration on tap dance, particularly as it appears in a variety of musical theatre styles. Builds and expands upon the tap dance portion of THEA 220. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 224 - Ballet

    THEA 224 - Ballet

    2.00 credit hours

    A concentration on ballet, particularly as it appears in a variety of classical theatre styles and as it underpins modern dance styles. Builds and expands upon the ballet portion of THEA 220. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in THEA 120.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • THEA 225 - Contemporary Modern Dance

    THEA 225 - Contemporary Modern Dance

    2.00 credit hours

    A study of modern and postmodern dance techniques. Students become equally proficient in traditional modern technique and the latest developments in contemporary dance. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 220.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 322 - Advanced Jazz Dance

    THEA 322 - Advanced Jazz Dance

    2.00 credit hours

    Advanced study of jazz technique including more complex steps and sequences. Emphasizes technique and styling, building upon the foundational skills introduced in THEA 222. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 222.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 323 - Advanced Tap Dance

    THEA 323 - Advanced Tap Dance

    2.00 credit hours

    Advanced study of tap dance technique, building upon the foundational skills introduced in THEA 223. Students develop more complex steps, variations, sequences, rhythmic patterns, increased tempo and duration. Emphasis is on technique, musicality and styling, including an introduction to improvisation. Tap shoes are required. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 223.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 324 - Advanced Ballet

    THEA 324 - Advanced Ballet

    2.00 credit hours

    Continues the development of all foundational areas of classical ballet, and expands the ballet vocabulary for dancers pursuing both classical and contemporary practice. Builds upon the skills introduced in THEA 224. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 224.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 329 - Choreography

    THEA 329 - Choreography

    2.00 credit hours

    A survey of techniques and skills required to create and notate dance and movement for the stage. Exploring methods for approaching various types of work, students develop and stage their own dance creations. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 220.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 429 - Advanced Topics in Dance & Choreography

    THEA 429 - Advanced Topics in Dance & Choreography

    2.00-4.00 credit hours

    Occasional seminar topic or studio workshop allowing for advanced study of dance or choreography. Special topics may include the in depth exploration of a single style, technique or aesthetic trend in dance history, the exploration of a single choreographer and her work or engagement with current trends in contemporary dance practice and choreography.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

Voice Lessons

Six semesters of:

  • THEA 221 - Voice Lessons: Musical Theatre

    THEA 221 - Voice Lessons: Musical Theatre

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    Practical instruction in vocal performance for musical theatre performers. In the form of voice lessons with a music theory component, this course introduces practical sight reading and aural skills to enable actors to prepare for musical theatre auditions and rehearsals. Available to all students.

    Schedule Of Classes

Piano Lessons

Six semesters of:

  • THEA 211 - Piano Lessons: Musical Theatre

    THEA 211 - Piano Lessons: Musical Theatre

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    Practical instruction in piano playing for musical theatre performers. In the form of piano lessons with a music theory component, this course introduces practical sight reading and aural skills to enable actors to prepare for musical theatre auditions and rehearsals. Available to all students.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • Note: Piano lessons provide instruction in both piano practice and music theory for piano.

Theatre Practicum

Six semesters of the following:

  • THEA 115 - Practicum

    THEA 115 - Practicum

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized theatre production. This course -- designed for actors and crew members working on a theatre production -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 116 - Practicum

    THEA 116 - Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized theatre production. This course -- designed for stage managers, designers, and those with larger production responsibilities -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 117 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    THEA 117 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized musical theatre production. This course -- designed for actors and crew members working on a theatre production -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 118 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    THEA 118 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized musical theatre production. This course -- designed for stage managers, designers, and those with larger production responsibilities -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

Note:

*Voice lessons, piano lessons and theatre practicum may be taken for zero credit hours, or for credit in partial satisfaction of elective credits, up to College limits. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the major.

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Dance Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Theatre.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 24 credit hours, including:

Core Requirements

  • THEA 120 - Musical Theatre Dance I

    THEA 120 - Musical Theatre Dance I

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduction to jazz, ballet and tap techniques for the stage. Practical dance coursework is also supplemented with the basic building blocks of choreography. No prior dance experience is necessary and this course is open to all students interested in dance training for performance. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in THEA 224.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 220 - Musical Theatre Dance II

    THEA 220 - Musical Theatre Dance II

    2.00 credit hours

    Continuing instruction of jazz, ballet and tap techniques for the stage, building upon skills obtained in THEA 120. Practical dance coursework is also supplemented with the basic building blocks of choreography. This course is open to all students interested in dance training for performance. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 120.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 222 - Jazz Dance

    THEA 222 - Jazz Dance

    2.00 credit hours

    A concentration on jazz dance, particularly as it appears in a variety of musical theatre styles. Builds and expands upon the jazz dance portion of THEA 220. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in THEA 120.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 223 - Tap Dance

    THEA 223 - Tap Dance

    2.00 credit hours

    A concentration on tap dance, particularly as it appears in a variety of musical theatre styles. Builds and expands upon the tap dance portion of THEA 220. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 224 - Ballet

    THEA 224 - Ballet

    2.00 credit hours

    A concentration on ballet, particularly as it appears in a variety of classical theatre styles and as it underpins modern dance styles. Builds and expands upon the ballet portion of THEA 220. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in THEA 120.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 225 - Contemporary Modern Dance

    THEA 225 - Contemporary Modern Dance

    2.00 credit hours

    A study of modern and postmodern dance techniques. Students become equally proficient in traditional modern technique and the latest developments in contemporary dance. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 220.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 307 - Dance History

    THEA 307 - Dance History

    4.00 credit hours

    The comprehensive history of Western theatrical dance from the first court ballets of the late 16th century through early 21st century Postmodernism. The course explores dance aesthetics, choreographers, dancers and critical theory in the cultural context of each period and culture.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Electives

Eight credit hours from the following:

  • THEA 322 - Advanced Jazz Dance

    THEA 322 - Advanced Jazz Dance

    2.00 credit hours

    Advanced study of jazz technique including more complex steps and sequences. Emphasizes technique and styling, building upon the foundational skills introduced in THEA 222. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 222.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 323 - Advanced Tap Dance

    THEA 323 - Advanced Tap Dance

    2.00 credit hours

    Advanced study of tap dance technique, building upon the foundational skills introduced in THEA 223. Students develop more complex steps, variations, sequences, rhythmic patterns, increased tempo and duration. Emphasis is on technique, musicality and styling, including an introduction to improvisation. Tap shoes are required. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 223.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 324 - Advanced Ballet

    THEA 324 - Advanced Ballet

    2.00 credit hours

    Continues the development of all foundational areas of classical ballet, and expands the ballet vocabulary for dancers pursuing both classical and contemporary practice. Builds upon the skills introduced in THEA 224. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 224.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 329 - Choreography

    THEA 329 - Choreography

    2.00 credit hours

    A survey of techniques and skills required to create and notate dance and movement for the stage. Exploring methods for approaching various types of work, students develop and stage their own dance creations. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 220.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 429 - Advanced Topics in Dance & Choreography

    THEA 429 - Advanced Topics in Dance & Choreography

    2.00-4.00 credit hours

    Occasional seminar topic or studio workshop allowing for advanced study of dance or choreography. Special topics may include the in depth exploration of a single style, technique or aesthetic trend in dance history, the exploration of a single choreographer and her work or engagement with current trends in contemporary dance practice and choreography.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

Theatre Practicum Requirement

Three semesters of Theatre Practicum (THEA 115 , THEA 116 , THEA 117 and/or THEA 118 ). Practicum credit is given to students participating in departmental productions. Students may get credit for: 1) Being in a show as a dancer 2) Working on a show in a production assignment having to do with dance. Examples include: Choreographer, Assisstant Choreographer or Dance Captain. Practicum courses may be taken for credit or no credit, and a maximum of six hours may count towards the 128 hours required for graduation. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the minor.

Theatre Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Theatre.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 24 credit hours, including:

Core Requirements

  • THEA 100 - Script Analysis

    THEA 100 - Script Analysis

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduces analytical methods for examining scripts of all forms and genres. Students learn to identify, describe and interpret various components of a script and to apply a critical vocabulary to evaluate how meaning is produced in dramatic texts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 141 - Stagecraft

    THEA 141 - Stagecraft

    2.00 credit hours

    Fundamentals of scenic construction and scenic painting. Students gain knowledge of basic construction and painting techniques for stage scenery. Tool use and shop equipment are introduced along with the safety regulations that are essential and mandatory for running an effective scenic shop.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent Enrollment in THEA 144.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 144 - Makeup

    THEA 144 - Makeup

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduces the principles and techniques of theatrical makeup, design and application. Equally appropriate for beginning design students and actors who have no prior design experience.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in THEA 141.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • THEA 101 - Introduction to Acting

    THEA 101 - Introduction to Acting

    4.00 credit hours

    Designed for students with previous acting experience including high school and/or community theatre. This course consists of exercises in voice, movement, improvisation and text study. The course seeks to give the student an awareness of what acting is in both theory and performance. Presentation of scenes and attendance at productions are required.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 150 - Acting Fundamentals

    THEA 150 - Acting Fundamentals

    4.00 credit hours

    Designed for dedicated theatre students with previous acting experience, this course consists of exercises in voice, movement, improvisation and character study. Provides students with necessary theory and performance skills required to pursue further specialized acting training.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • THEA 304 - Theatre History and Literature I

    THEA 304 - Theatre History and Literature I

    4.00 credit hours

    A study of the theatre and its literature from its ancient beginnings through the English Restoration. Students examine theatrical events, figures and dramatic works in their aesthetic, cultural and historical contexts and synthesize analytical writing and research skills with appropriate knowledge of course material.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 100 and Sophomore standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 305 - Theatre History and Literature II

    THEA 305 - Theatre History and Literature II

    4.00 credit hours

    Investigates influential texts, performances and theatrical movements following the English Restoration through to the present day, with critical attention to how accounts of history are created and remembered. Students examine theatrical events, figures and dramatic works in their aesthetic, cultural and historical contexts and synthesize analytical writing and research skills with appropriate knowledge of course material.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 100 and Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

Electives

Eight additional credit hours from any Theatre courses. With prior advisor approval this requirement may be satisfied by non-departmental drama courses.  A maximum of three credit hours of Dance may be completed in partial satisfaction of this requirement.

Theatre Practicum Requirement

Three semesters of the following:

  • THEA 115 - Practicum

    THEA 115 - Practicum

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized theatre production. This course -- designed for actors and crew members working on a theatre production -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 116 - Practicum

    THEA 116 - Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized theatre production. This course -- designed for stage managers, designers, and those with larger production responsibilities -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 117 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    THEA 117 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized musical theatre production. This course -- designed for actors and crew members working on a theatre production -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 118 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    THEA 118 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized musical theatre production. This course -- designed for stage managers, designers, and those with larger production responsibilities -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

Note:

Theatre Practicum may be taken for zero credit hours, or for credit in partial satisfaction of Cellege electives credits, up to College limits. Practicum credit is given to students participating in any of our departmental productions. Students may get credit for: 1) Being in a show 2) Working on a show in a production assignment or crew position 3) Taking on a managerial role within the production (producer, assistant director, stage manager. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the minor.)

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms. 

Theatre Faculty

John Warrick
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Professor of Theatre; Chairperson, Department of Theatre
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Laura Lodewyck

Assistant Professor of Theatre
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Brian Redfern

Assistant Professor of Theatre
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Mitzi Smith

Assistant Professor of Theatre
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Jason Gerace
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Half-time Assistant Professor of Theatre
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Student Opportunities

Chicago's Professional Theatre
Take advantage of our proximity to one of the greatest theatre cities, and join classmates and faculty in attending theatrical performances in Chicago. See work ranging from Equity companies, professional touring shows, and the imaginative "storefront" theatre productions for which Chicago is well known.

Design and Technical Opportunities
Technical theatre students work closely with faculty to pursue their individual professional interests and develop the skills and portfolio necessary to work as theatre professionals. Unlike many other institutions, advanced students are given the responsibility of working as a designer on a full production with a departmental budget.

Guest Artists 
North Central College is committed to bringing in Chicago professionals each year to teach, direct, or design. It is imperative to your growth as an artist to continue learning new perspectives during your college career. This also allows you to build relationships and extend your range of networking.

Independent Study 
Working alongside a faculty member, you can create a specialized topic of interest that may not be offered as a course. Subjects range from commissioned playwriting and solo performance to costume design and European performance art. Independent studies place the learning in the students' hands. Hear alumnus Nick Wehrwein describe how independent study helped him achieve his dream.

Internships
Our excellent reputation and long-standing relationships within the Chicago theatre community enable several annual opportunities to apply for internships with prominent theatre companies. North Central College is one of the few institutions from which the Equity theatre companies of American Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and The Other Theatre Company regularly cast students as understudies, ensemble interns, or cast members. Students have also received internships at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, First Folio Theatre, and TimeLine Theatre.

Master Classes and Workshops
You’ll be able to meet professional actors, singers, dancers, technicians, agents, and casting directors. You will learn from these seasoned professionals in weekend workshops, one-day intensives, and advanced seminars. Ask questions, trade stories, and develop an understanding of what it takes to make it in the professional world.

Regional Auditions 
North Central College faculty actively support your professional development. They will assist you with one-on-one coaching of songs and monologues, provide advice on completing applications and design portfolios, and help to find summer internships and opportunites. Faculty also help prepare interested students for large annual regional auditions, such as the University/Resident Theatre Association (URTA) auditions.

Richter Grants
This program provides grants of up to $5,000 for for individual research projects and accompanying travel. Theatre students have received money to visit locations such as the following:

  • Ireland - to learn the regional dialect in preparation for work as a dialect coach
  • France - to study Ensemble Theatre and relate it to U.S. practice
  • London and New York City - to analyze the differences of musical theatre performance styles
  • U.S. Regional Theatre Festivals - to propose strategies for actor success at a "cattle call"

SEA Conference
Housed at North Central College, Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) assists artists of all kinds in advancing their entrepreneurial skills and knowledge. Through SEA, performing artists learn key business concepts that help promote success. SEA also hosts an annual regional conference that focuses on career development for creative professionals, to which NCC students are provided a substantial discount.

Student Initiatives: The Company
The Company is a student-run organization that mounts a variety of activities annually, such as storytelling and snacks at the Pfeiffer Hall "Ghost Night," original student-produced One-Acts and Monologues, and improv nights. The Company receives college funding for student-proposed ideas. It is a wonderful opportunity to try out new work, or to experiment in a different creative capacity, within the supportive community of your peers.

Theatre Scholarships 
Scholarships are available to all students, regardless of major. Scholarships are merit-based, and vary in amount depending on the quality of your audition or design/technical portfolio and interview. If you receive a full theatre scholarship, you are required to work on one show per term in some capacity (cast or crew). You also must sign up for one technical term per year. This will allow you to obtain additional production experience. When you are not on tech term, you are expected to put in ten hours of production work (shop hours) per term. (This is part of, not in addition to, the shop hours required for courses such as THE 115 - Practicum.) Limited theatre scholarships with fewer requirements are available to students who are Music or Music Education Majors; these enable you to complete your obligations to both Music and Theatre. Participating in multiple aspects of production through the scholarship program gives you broader experience and deepens your knowledge as a theatre practitioner.

Senior Showcase 
North Central College hosts an annual showcase in Chicago featuring graduating Theatre Performance and Musical Theatre majors. This popular event is well attended by established local agents, casting directors, and other theatre professionals. Hear alumna Lauren Omelson describe how pivotal this opportunity was to her commercial success.

Student Directed Series
Students are selected from a competitive proposal process to direct a fully staged production that is mounted as part of North Central College's Theatre season. These students receive department support to direct their work in one of our state-of-the-art spaces, including original plays or work by emerging local playwrights.

Study Abroad 
If you wish to expand your education abroad, the Office of International Programs can help match you with one of over fifty programs worldwide. For instance, you may join North Central classmates in London and participate in an international exchange program to experience the theatrical culture of England.

Theatre News

'Wellesley Girl' and the year 2465

Have you ever wondered what life might be like in the future? Written by Brendan Pelsue and directed by Jason Gerace, “Wellesley Girl” fast-forwards to the year 2465. Set in Weston, Massachusets, the play portrays an imagination of what American politics could become...

North Central College Summer Music Theatre Is Set To Present Disney's 'The Little Mermaid'

North Central College Summer Music Theatre presents Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” Based on the Hans Christian Anderson story of the young mermaid who longs to live in the magical world above the waters, come and see the power of Triton, the dark magic of Ursula, the wily antics of Sebastian, and, of course, Ariel and Eric to name a few...

Behind the scenes with “Sweeney Todd” choreographer Carter Sherman ’19

With dress rehearsals underway for North Central College theatre program’s senior musical “Sweeney Todd,” we managed to steal some precious time from the show’s choreographer, Carter Sherman ’19, who gave us a glimpse behind the curtain in a Q&A...

Our Hot New Faces of Chicago Theater: Here come the next names to know, Class of 2018

They’ve impressed us at TimeLine. Knocked us out at Victory Gardens. Made us chortle at Second City. Blown us away at the Lookingglass. They’re a diverse crew but they all are into truth and creativity, ensemble and commitment, theater and Chicago...

North Central’s partnership with Chicago theater recognized in 50th annual Jeff Award nominations

Twenty-four world-premiere plays and musicals are among the nominees for the 2018 Equity Joseph Jefferson Awards, which recognize exceptional theatrical productions in the Chicagoland area. Among the 178 nominations in 31 categories, North Central stands alone as the only college amid the competition...

Wyoming field research inspires commemorative performance of “The Laramie Project”

As the house lights dim, a deafening silence sweeps over the stage. The absence of sound allows stirring, dynamic character work to come to the forefront...

Students Work With Chicago Theater Company In Summer Production

Up with the curtain and on with the show! Fourteen North Central College theatre students were selected for understudy and production assistant positions in the 2017 summer production of “Machinal” by Greenhouse Theater Center, as part of the College’s recent collaboration with the organization...

North Central College 

2019-2020 Season

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Wellesley Girl

By Brendan Pelsue

Directed by Jason Gerace

September 19-22, 26,& 28-29, 2019, The Theatre Meiley-Swallow 

 

Songs for a New World

Written and composed by Jason Robert Brown

As part of the Student Directed Series

October 18-20 & 25-27, 2019, Madden Theatre

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Jacob Harvey

November 8-10 & 15-17, 2019, Pfeiffer Hall

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The Toxic Avenger

Book and Lyrics by Joe DePietro and Music and Lyrics by David Bryan

Based on the film by Lloyd Kaufman

As part of the Senior Musical Series

February 14-16 & 21-23, 2020, The Theatre at Meiley-Swallow

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Antigone

By Sophocles

March 20-22 & 27-29, 2020, Madden Theatre

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Ordinary Days

Music and Lyrics by Adam Gwon

Directed by JC Clementz

April 17-19 & 24-26, 2020, The Theatre at Meiley-Swallow

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Our Facilities

Madden Theater

171 East Chicago Avenue

The Madden Theatre is a versatile black box theatre located in North Central College’s impressive arts facility, the Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center.  

Because of its flexible stage configuration, it features experimental work, new plays, and productions that emphasize student designs.

 

The Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall

31 South Ellsworth Street

Renovated and modernized in 2007, this former historical church building features our intimate 239-seat theatre with a thrust stage. 

Pfeiffer Hall

310 East Benton Avenue

Pfeiffer Hall first opened in 1926 as one of the largest theatres in Illinois.  It is a grand and illustrious theatre featuring large-scale musicals.  Its legacy is impressive too, with renowned speakers such as Dr. Martin Luther King appearing here throughout its history.

 

Wentz Concert Hall

171 East Chicago Avenue

Musical Theatre students who take part in choirs and choruses often perform in the Wentz Concert Hall, also located in North Central College’s impressive arts facility.

Contact Us

Have any questions? Contact the Chair of the Theatre Department:

John Warrick

jawarrick@noctrl.edu

(630)-637-5624

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