Study with accomplished actors who will share their experiences and connections with you. Study with accomplished actors who will share their experiences and connections with you. Study with accomplished actors who will share their experiences and connections with you. Study with accomplished actors who will share their experiences and connections with you. Study with accomplished actors who will share their experiences and connections with you.

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Art & Theatre

Theatre

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Why pursue a theatre degree at North Central College?

You’ll study with faculty who include accomplished actors working in major Chicago venues. These professor/performers will share their experiences—as well as their professional connections—with you. And because North Central has huge opportunities but small classes, you’ll have plenty of chances to act, sing and dance; direct shows; master lighting design and other technical crafts; and even write and produce your own plays and musicals. Maybe you'll choose to concentrate your studies in devising, dramaturgy and community engagement. Whether you want to shine onstage or backstage, North Central is the place to be.

You can also:

  • Attend workshops and master classes with luminaries like Jane Alderman, Matt Miller, Stephen Louis Grush and Sheri Sanders.
  • Concentrate in performance, design, technical theatre, directing or play creation.
  • Audition for well-known agents and casting directors (including Paskal Rudnicke Casting, Claire Simon Casting and Stewart Talent) as part of the Senior Showcase.
  • Direct a show of your choice in our state-of-the-art facilities as part of our Student Director Series.

More Department information

Theatre, B.A.

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

Major Requirements

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.

Core Requirements

  • 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

Electives

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

Theatre Minor

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

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 18 hours, including:

Theatre Practicum Requirement

Three 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 minor. Students are expected to take these courses for credit unless they will exceed 12 hours in a term.

Core Requirements

  • 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

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 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

Electives

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.

Theatre Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Internships

  • Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier
  • The Other Theatre Company
  • Goodman Theatre, Chicago
  • American Theatre Company

Careers

Recent graduates in theatre have worked at:

  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier
  • Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago
  • Goodman Theatre, Chicago
  • Peninsula Players Theatre, Door County, WI
  • Montana Shakespeare, Jefferson City, MT
  • Timber Lake Playhouse, Mt. Carroll, IL
  • First Folio Shakespeare, Clarendon Hills, IL
  • Drury Lane, Oak Brook, IL
  • American Theatre Company, Chicago
  • Polarity Ensemble Theatre, Chicago

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