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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.

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms. 

Theatre, B.A.

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

Core Requirements (18 credit hours):

  • THE 100 - Script Analysis

    THE 100 - Script Analysis

    3.00 credit hours

    This course focuses on reading a script as the basic element in theatre. Through a careful examination of a variety of plays from different periods, a pattern emerges for discerning what options exist for interpreting a script. Students read from classic and contemporary theatre, engage in class discussions and write analyses of the chosen plays. Students gain practical knowledge useful for actors, directors and designers.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 270 - Directing

    THE 270 - Directing

    3.00 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)


    THE 182 and Sophomore standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 359 - Theatre History and Literature I

    THE 359 - Theatre History and Literature I

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the theatre and its literature from its ancient beginnings through the English Restoration. The course explores the drama, productions, theories, personages and physical theatre in the cultural context of each period.

    Prerequisite(s)


    THE 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 361 - Theatre History and Literature II

    THE 361 - Theatre History and Literature II

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the theatre and its literature from the 19th century Age of Romanticism to the present day. The course explores the drama, productions, theories, personages and physical theatre in the cultural context of each age.

    Prerequisite(s)


    THE 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:

  • THE 101 - Introduction to Acting

    THE 101 - Introduction to Acting

    3.00 credit hours

    Specifically designed for students with little to no stage experience, this course emphasizes the development of the actor's instruments through warm-ups, games, improvisations, scenes and monologues. By helping students to overcome stage fright and and become more at ease with facing crowds, and by making students more informed observers of the theatrical experience as a whole, this course is highly beneficial to non-majors, as well as to beginning actors.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 182 - Fundamentals of Acting

    THE 182 - Fundamentals of Acting

    3.00 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.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:

  • THE 180 - Stagecraft

    THE 180 - Stagecraft

    3.00 credit hours

    Stagecraft incorporates fundamental skills that are required to move a scenic design from inception to construction and completion. In this course, students will gain knowledge of basic construction and painting techniques for stage scenery. Tool use and stage/shop equipment will be mastered along with the safety rules that are essential and mandatory for running an effective scenic shop.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 185 - Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

    THE 185 - Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

    3.00 credit hours

    This course covers the fundamentals of the process of designing for the theatre. Students will work on developing a fully realized design from the initial textual analysis through the collaborative process of working with the director and other designers. Students will 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. Students will also learn practical skills including drawing techniques, figure drawing, drafting and modeling.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements:

Nine additional hours of theatre. ENG 401 Seminar in Drama will apply toward this requirement.

Theatre Practicum Requirement

Six terms of Theatre Practicum (THE 115, THE 116, THE 117 and/or THE 118). 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, dramaturg). Practicum courses may be taken for credit or no credit, and a maximum of six hours may count towards the 120 hours required for graduation. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the major. Students are expected to take these courses for credit unless they will exceed 12 hours in a term.

Theatrical Design and Technology, B.A.

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

Core Requirements (18 credit hours):

  • THE 100 - Script Analysis

    THE 100 - Script Analysis

    3.00 credit hours

    This course focuses on reading a script as the basic element in theatre. Through a careful examination of a variety of plays from different periods, a pattern emerges for discerning what options exist for interpreting a script. Students read from classic and contemporary theatre, engage in class discussions and write analyses of the chosen plays. Students gain practical knowledge useful for actors, directors and designers.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 180 - Stagecraft

    THE 180 - Stagecraft

    3.00 credit hours

    Stagecraft incorporates fundamental skills that are required to move a scenic design from inception to construction and completion. In this course, students will gain knowledge of basic construction and painting techniques for stage scenery. Tool use and stage/shop equipment will be mastered along with the safety rules that are essential and mandatory for running an effective scenic shop.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 185 - Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

    THE 185 - Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

    3.00 credit hours

    This course covers the fundamentals of the process of designing for the theatre. Students will work on developing a fully realized design from the initial textual analysis through the collaborative process of working with the director and other designers. Students will 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. Students will also learn practical skills including drawing techniques, figure drawing, drafting and modeling.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 359 - Theatre History and Literature I

    THE 359 - Theatre History and Literature I

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the theatre and its literature from its ancient beginnings through the English Restoration. The course explores the drama, productions, theories, personages and physical theatre in the cultural context of each period.

    Prerequisite(s)


    THE 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 361 - Theatre History and Literature II

    THE 361 - Theatre History and Literature II

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the theatre and its literature from the 19th century Age of Romanticism to the present day. The course explores the drama, productions, theories, personages and physical theatre in the cultural context of each age.

    Prerequisite(s)


    THE 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:

  • THE 101 - Introduction to Acting

    THE 101 - Introduction to Acting

    3.00 credit hours

    Specifically designed for students with little to no stage experience, this course emphasizes the development of the actor's instruments through warm-ups, games, improvisations, scenes and monologues. By helping students to overcome stage fright and and become more at ease with facing crowds, and by making students more informed observers of the theatrical experience as a whole, this course is highly beneficial to non-majors, as well as to beginning actors.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 182 - Fundamentals of Acting

    THE 182 - Fundamentals of Acting

    3.00 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.

    Schedule Of Classes

Two Design Courses chosen from:

  • THE 255 - Theatrical Makeup

    THE 255 - Theatrical Makeup

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the principles and techniques of theatrical makeup design and application.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 280 - Stage Lighting

    THE 280 - Stage Lighting

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of theatrical lighting, design and operation in department productions.

    Prerequisite(s)


    THE 185.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 285 - Costume Design

    THE 285 - Costume Design

    3.00 credit hours

    The design and construction of costumes is an essential part of the creation of any theatrical production. It is critical that a costume designer be capable of understanding the needs and tone of a production and the characters that exist within that production. In addition, a designer must be able to clearly communicate his or her ideas in order to create a strong working relationship with the other members of a production team including the director and performers. This course aims to introduce students to the role of the costume designer in a production, as well as providing them with the basics knowledge and skills to be able to successful perform the tasks associated with that role.

    Prerequisite(s)


    THE 185 and ART 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 290 - Scenic Design

    THE 290 - Scenic Design

    3.00 credit hours

    The scenic designer is the person charged with the responsibility of finding the form of the physical world of the play. In order to accomplish this task, the designer must develop and call upon a number of skills. In this course students work with some of the problems scenic designers encounter in their attempts to find and develop form, and learn the process of developing design solutions.

    Prerequisite(s)


    THE 185.

    Schedule Of Classes

Nine additional credit hours chosen from:

  • THE 190 - Stage Management

    THE 190 - Stage Management

    3.00 credit hours

    This course serves as an introduction to the administrative work of the stage manager, while exploring the relationship between the artistry and execution of producing plays and musicals. Students study production protocols, create a prompt book and learn the forms and formats needed to maintain professional standards while working with directors, actors and the technical crew.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 270 - Directing

    THE 270 - Directing

    3.00 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)


    THE 182 and Sophomore standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 365 - Design Skills - Drafting, Model Making and Rendering

    THE 365 - Design Skills - Drafting, Model Making and Rendering

    3.00 credit hours

    This course aims to develop the skills required for the communication of designs for a theatrical environment. One third of the class will be spent on hand drafting, focusing on the creation of 2D drawings that give detailed information regarding the layout and look of a scenic design. The second third will be spent on model making techniques, providing 3D information on the design. The final third will focus on rendering techniques such as linear perspective, shade and shadow and watercolor rendering.

    Prerequisite(s)


    THE 185ART 107 strongly recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 460 - Collaboration

    THE 460 - Collaboration

    3.00 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 will 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 will 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 will leave this course with developed leadership skills, cooperative working relationships and more sophisticated creative processes.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One of THE 270, THE 280, THE 282, THE 285 or THE 290.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 100 - Introduction to Visual Literacy

    ART 100 - Introduction to Visual Literacy

    3.00 credit hours

    An art survey of the theories and practice of visual forms, especially as applied in interactive media. Theoretical instruction may include narratology, ut pictura poesis (relationships between word and image) and/or postmodernism; students engage these and other theories in constructing imagery.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 107 - 2-Dimensional Design

    ART 107 - 2-Dimensional Design

    3.00 credit hours

    Exploration, study and application of the basic elements of art and the principles of design. Course objectives include acquisition of technical skills and introduction to a variety of materials.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 110 - 3-Dimensional Design

    ART 110 - 3-Dimensional Design

    3.00 credit hours

    The study of design elements and principles through the form and structure of three-dimensional space. The acquisition of technical skills and the introduction to a variety of materials.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 120 - Drawing I

    ART 120 - Drawing I

    3.00 credit hours

    A course designed to develop the ability to draw with ease and flexibility. Instruction in the use of a variety of materials combined with the elements of art to provide the fundamentals in visual perception. An exploration of ideas in imagery and self-expression.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 142 - Digital Arts and Design

    ART 142 - Digital Arts and Design

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to digital imaging, computer graphics and graphic design to communicate messages using digital visuals. Emphasizes hands-on computer experience with digital image manipulation techniques, drawing and editing tools that allow students to create computer based graphic arts, design and page layout. Students may not receive credit for both ART 142 and ART 141 or IFS 109.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 225 - Figure Drawing I

    ART 225 - Figure Drawing I

    3.00 credit hours

    The human figure studied through direct drawing exercises in gesture, contour and volume with work done in charcoal, pencil, crayon, ink, pastel and watercolor. Live model.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 325 - Figure Drawing II

    ART 325 - Figure Drawing II

    3.00 credit hours

    A creative approach to the figure, both in materials and in composition. Exploration of the historical use of the figure through study and innovative application. Work from the model.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ART 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

Theatre Practicum Requirement

Six terms of Theatre Practicum (THE 115, THE 116, THE 117 and/or THE 118). 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, dramaturg). Practicum courses may be taken for credit or no credit, and a maximum of six hours may count towards the 120 hours required for graduation. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the major. Students are expected to take these courses for credit unless they will exceed 12 hours in a term.

Musical Theatre, B.A.

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

Core Requirements (21 credit hours):

  • THE 182 - Fundamentals of Acting

    THE 182 - Fundamentals of Acting

    3.00 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.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 250 - Acting for the Musical Stage

    THE 250 - Acting for the Musical Stage

    3.00 credit hours

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

    Prerequisite(s)


    THE 182.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 265 - American Musical Theatre

    THE 265 - American Musical Theatre

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the American musical theatre from the 19th century to present. Composers and librettists covered include George M. Cohan, Victor Herbert, Jerome Kerr, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 270 - Directing

    THE 270 - Directing

    3.00 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)


    THE 182 and Sophomore standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 450 - Senior Musical

    THE 450 - Senior Musical

    3.00 credit hours

    This is the capstone course for Musical Theatre majors. Graduating seniors work with the instructor to select the show, divide responsibilities for production and present a fully mounted production on the stage.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Musical Theatre major and Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:

  • THE 180 - Stagecraft

    THE 180 - Stagecraft

    3.00 credit hours

    Stagecraft incorporates fundamental skills that are required to move a scenic design from inception to construction and completion. In this course, students will gain knowledge of basic construction and painting techniques for stage scenery. Tool use and stage/shop equipment will be mastered along with the safety rules that are essential and mandatory for running an effective scenic shop.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 185 - Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

    THE 185 - Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

    3.00 credit hours

    This course covers the fundamentals of the process of designing for the theatre. Students will work on developing a fully realized design from the initial textual analysis through the collaborative process of working with the director and other designers. Students will 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. Students will also learn practical skills including drawing techniques, figure drawing, drafting and modeling.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:

  • THE 359 - Theatre History and Literature I

    THE 359 - Theatre History and Literature I

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the theatre and its literature from its ancient beginnings through the English Restoration. The course explores the drama, productions, theories, personages and physical theatre in the cultural context of each period.

    Prerequisite(s)


    THE 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 361 - Theatre History and Literature II

    THE 361 - Theatre History and Literature II

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the theatre and its literature from the 19th century Age of Romanticism to the present day. The course explores the drama, productions, theories, personages and physical theatre in the cultural context of each age.

    Prerequisite(s)


    THE 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

Theatre/Dance Courses:

Theatre:

Six additional credit hours from the following four courses:

  • THE 240 - Voice for the Actor

    THE 240 - Voice for the Actor

    3.00 credit hours

    This class focuses on the human voice as an instrument of communication both on stage and in everyday life. The main objective of the class is the learning and application of exercises to free the voice of habitual psychophysical tension and develop range, stamina, power and flexibility.

    Prerequisite(s)


    THE 182 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 282 - Contemporary Acting Styles

    THE 282 - Contemporary Acting Styles

    3.00 credit hours

    This course builds on the ideas and work of THE 182. More advanced and intensive scene work is integrated with voice, movement and textual improvisation during the term.

    Prerequisite(s)


    THE 182.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 350 - Advanced Performance Styles/Musical Theatre

    THE 350 - Advanced Performance Styles/Musical Theatre

    3.00 credit hours

    This courses examines the different vocal techniques and movement styles necessary for musical theatre. It focuses on a performer's approach to developing a song in the context of contemporary musical theatre, examining the work in terms of structure and content. This course may be taken twice.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Sophomore standing; one of THE 282, two terms of MUS 221 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 355 - Business of Theatre

    THE 355 - Business of Theatre

    3.00 credit hours

    This course explores the requirements for the business portion of theatre, from building a theatrical resume to selecting a head shot, to registering with an agent. The course includes several field trips to visit experts in specialized areas of theatrical business. The course includes establishing a small business for the actor.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Sophomore standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Dance:

  • THE 145 - Musical Theatre Dance I

    THE 145 - Musical Theatre Dance I

    1.50 credit hours

    An introductory course in jazz, ballet and tap techniques for the stage. The course includes instruction in the history and theory of musical theatre, dance and the basic building blocks of choreography. This course assumes no prior dance experience and is open to all students interested in dance training for performance. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 245 - Musical Theatre Dance II

    THE 245 - Musical Theatre Dance II

    1.50 credit hours

    An extension of Musical Theatre Dance I. This course has its emphasis in jazz, tap and ballet techniques as applied to musical theatre at an intermediate level. This course also covers choreography in jazz and tap, and auditioning techniques. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)


    THE 145/KIN 145 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 246 - Jazz Dance (0.00 or 1.50 hours)

    THE 246 - Jazz Dance

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    A concentration on jazz dance from an historical, theoretical and performance perspective. This course builds and expands upon the jazz dance portion of THE 245/KIN 245. Repeatable course.

    Prerequisite(s)


    THE 245/KIN 245 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 248 - Tap Dance (0.00 or 1.50 hours)

    THE 248 - Tap Dance

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    A concentration on tap dance from an historical, theoretical and performance perspective. This course builds and expands upon the tap dance portion of THE 245/KIN 245. Repeatable course.

    Prerequisite(s)


    THE 245/KIN 245 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 252 - Ballet (0.00 or 1.50 hours)

    THE 252 - Ballet

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    A concentration on ballet from an historical, theoretical and performance perspective. This course builds and expands upon the ballet portion of THE 245/KIN 245.  Repeatable course.

    Prerequisite(s)


    THE 245/KIN 245 or consent of instructor.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 254 - Choreography

    THE 254 - Choreography

    1.50 credit hours

    A choreography workshop that explores the technique and skills required to create dance and movement for the stage. The course explores methods of approaching various types of work, from musical staging to dance numbers. Repeatable course.

    Prerequisite(s)


    THE 245/KIN 245 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

12 Terms of Voice Lessons:

  • THE 221 - Voice Lessons: Musical Theatre

    THE 221 - Voice Lessons: Musical Theatre

    0.00, 0.50, 1.00 credit hours

    Available to all students. May be repeated. 1/2 hour lessons=0.50 credit; 1 hour lessons=1.00 credit; 0.00 credit option is only for students who have reached 12 credit hour full time limit.

    Schedule Of Classes

Music Courses:

Music Theory:

  • MUS 101 - Music Theory I

    MUS 101 - Music Theory I

    3.00 credit hours

    Study of basic notation rules, triads in root position, triads in first and second inversions voice leading rules, phrase structure, cadences, harmonic progressions and rudimentary forms.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 108 - Aural Skills I

    MUS 108 - Aural Skills I

    1.00 credit hours

    Introduction to basic concepts of musicianship including rhythm performance and recognition, sight singing and ear training.

    Schedule Of Classes

Two additional music courses from:
  • MUS 102 - Music Theory II

    MUS 102 - Music Theory II

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of non-harmonic tones, dominant seventh chords, altered non-harmonic tones and seventh chords. This course includes the study of basic harmonization techniques using triads and seventh chords as well as the study and analysis of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 101.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 109 - Aural Skills II

    MUS 109 - Aural Skills II

    1.00 credit hours

    Continued basic work with sight singing, ear training, triad recognition and melodic and rhythmic dictation.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 201 - Music Theory III

    MUS 201 - Music Theory III

    3.00 credit hours

    Study of altered dominant chords, modulation to closely related keys, borrowed chords and diminished seventh chords as they apply to the form and analysis of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 101 and MUS 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 208 - Aural Skills III

    MUS 208 - Aural Skills III

    1.00 credit hours

    Intermediate work with sight singing, ear training, melodic and rhythmic dictation, seventh chords and harmonic dictation.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 205 - Opera Workshop

    MUS 205 - Opera Workshop

    0.00-0.50 credit hours

    A basic study of performance techniques for the singer of musical theatre and opera, designed to give students experience in singing and acting through study and active participation in works of the musical stage. This course is repeatable.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 258 - Introduction to Musical Styles and Ideas

    MUS 258 - Introduction to Musical Styles and Ideas

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduces the study of music in the extended common practice including bibliography, listening, score reading, music terminology, critical reading and writing skills. The course will survey selected music genres (polyphonic choral, chamber and symphonic music, opera) and discuss the development of musical style from medieval through contemporary practice.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

Three Terms of Piano Lessons:

  • THE 211 - Piano Lessons: Musical Theatre

    THE 211 - Piano Lessons: Musical Theatre

    0.00, 0.50, 1.00 credit hours

    Available to all students. May be repeated. Students may take hour lessons for 1.0 credit with permission of the instructor. 1/2 hour lessons=0.5 credit; 1 hour lessons=1 credit; 0 credit option only for students who have reached 12 credit hour full time limit.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 101, MUS 108 and sophomore standing

    Schedule Of Classes

Note:

Students with a strong music background are strongly encouraged to either minor or double major in music.

Theatre Practicum Requirement

Six terms of Theatre Practicum (THE 115, THE 116, THE 117 and/or THE 118). 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, dramaturg). Practicum courses may be taken for credit or no credit, and a maximum of six hours may count towards the 120 hours required for graduation. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the major. Students are expected to take these courses for credit unless they will exceed 12 hours in a term.

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.

Musical Theatre, B.A.

Theatre Practicum Requirement

Six terms of Theatre Practicum (THE 115, THE 116, THE 207, and/or THE 208). 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, dramaturg). Practicum courses may be taken for credit or no credit, and a maximum of six hours may count towards the 120 hours required for graduation. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the major. Students are expected to take these courses for credit unless they will exceed 12 hours in a term.

Note: Students with a strong music background are strongly encouraged to either minor or double major in music.

Theatre, B.A.

Theatre Practicum Requirement

Six terms of Theatre Practicum (THE 115, THE 116, THE 207, and/or THE 208). 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, dramaturg). Practicum courses may be taken for credit or no credit, and a maximum of six hours may count towards the 120 hours required for graduation. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the major. Students are expected to take these courses for credit unless they will exceed 12 hours in a term.

Theatrical Design and Technology, B.A.

Theatre Practicum Requirement

Six terms of Theatre Practicum (THE 115, THE 116, THE 207, and/or THE 208). 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, dramaturg). Practicum courses may be taken for credit or no credit, and a maximum of six hours may count towards the 120 hours required for graduation. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the major. Students are expected to take these courses for credit unless they will exceed 12 hours in a term.

Dance Minor
A minimum of 21 credit hours, including:

Theatre Practicum Requirement:

Three terms of Theatre Practicum in musical theatre, dance or choreography (THE 115, THE 116, THE 207, and/or THE 208). Practicum credit is given to students participating in any of our 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, Assistant Choreographer or Dance Captain. Practicum courses may be taken for credit or no credit, and a maximum of six hours may count towards the 120 hours required for graduation. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the minor.

Theatre Minor

A minimum of 18 hours, including:

Theatre Practicum Requirement:
Three terms of Theatre Practicum (THE 115, THE 116, THE 207, and/or THE 208). 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, dramaturg). Practicum courses may be taken for credit or no credit, and a maximum of six hours may count towards the 120 hours required for graduation. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the minor. Students are expected to take these courses for credit unless they will exceed 12 hours in the term.

Six credit hours from any theatre courses, including non-departmental drama courses such as ENG 401. A maximum of three credit hours of dance may count towards the theatre minor.

John Warrick
John Warrick

Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Theatre
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Carin Silkaitis

Associate Professor of Theatre; Theatre Program Coordinator
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Laura Lodewyck

Assistant Professor of Theatre
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David Peterson

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre
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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.


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