Performing Arts

Training Future Theatrical Practitioners

The Performing Arts Department draws upon practice, theory and criticism, and history as a foundation for lifelong learning and personal excellence in theatre studies. Interdisciplinary by nature, the theatre degree program has a strong communal and collaborative base and offers a well-rounded liberal arts education. Students define their place as theatre artists and producers within the greater community by producing contemporary and classic works, including canonical plays, experimental projects, and works by visiting artists and directors. The faculty's expertise includes acting, voice, directing, choreography, stage management, playwriting, storytelling, theatre history and criticism, and costume, set, and light design. Our proximity to Chicago's robust theatre and performing arts community augments teaching and learning opportunities for both students and faculty.


  • Arts Management
  • Directing
  • Stage Management
  • Scenic Design
  • Costume Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Design
  • Theatre Production
  • Projection Design
  • Technical Direction
  • Acting
  • Playwriting
  • Dramaturgy
  • Educational Theatre


Experience live performances in our professional new theater spaces: a 500-seat mainstage auditorium and an experimental black box theater.

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For More Information

Download the Departmental Information Sheet for Performing Arts to learn more about the degree and course requirements.