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 and dramaturgs working in major Chicago venues who will share their expertise 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; and even write and produce your own plays and musicals. Or you can choose to concentrate your studies in directing, dramaturgy, community engagement, and radical theatre practice. Whether you want to shine onstage or shape what happens in production, North Central is the place to be.

You can also:

  • Attend workshops and master classes with luminaries like Will Allan, Leah Karpel, Matt Miller, Caroline Neff, Sheri Sanders and Larry Yando.
  • 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 Directed Series.

More Department information

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.

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.)

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

Recent graduates in theatre interned at:

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

Careers

Recent graduates in theatre are working at:

  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier
  • Steppenwolf, Chicago
  • Goodman Theatre, Chicago
  • Peninsula Players Theatre, Door County, Wis.
  • Montana Shakespeare, Jefferson City, Mont.
  • Timber Lake Playhouse, Mt. Carroll, Ill.
  • First Folio Shakespeare, Clarendon Hills, Ill.
  • Drury Lane, Oak Brook, Ill.
  • American Theatre Company, Chicago
  • Polarity Ensemble Theatre, Chicago
  • Royal Caribbean Productions
  • Theatre Royal Haymarket, London
  • Theatre At The Center, Munster, Ind.
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines
  • Metropolis Theatre, Arlington Heights, Ill.
  • Greenhouse Theater, Chicago

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