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Theatre Degree Programs

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Musical Theatre - Voice Emphasis

Sing your story!

Do you aspire for a career telling stories and expressing yourself through song?  Learn from our outstanding faculty of accomplished Musical Theatre Artists, Mentors, and Educators and train today for your career tomorrow.

The BFA in Musical Theatre with Voice Emphasis is a pre-professional degree program designed to develop a strong foundation in the skills required for a career as a musical theatre performer, focusing particularly on vocal performance and acting technique.  The Voice Emphasis program blends intensive musical training including music theory, piano skills and weekly voice lessons with a high level of acting coursework in Linklater technique, scene study and period styles.  Voice Emphasis students also take a full course load of dance classes, receiving training in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap and Musical Theatre styles.  Voice Emphasis students are eligible for casting in musical productions on the mainstage as well as our blackbox productions.

Students interested in the Voice Emphasis track should already have a strong background in vocal performance and acting.  Dance experience is a plus but not required.  Click here for program requirements

Musical Theatre - Dance Emphasis

Dance your story!

Do you aspire to a career telling stories and expressing yourself through dance?  Learn from our outstanding faculty of accomplished Musical Theatre Artists, Mentors, and Educators and train today for your career tomorrow. 

The BFA in Musical Theatre with Dance Emphasis is a new pre-professional degree program designed to develop a strong foundation in the skills required for a career as a musical theatre performer, focusing particularly on the discipline of dance.  The Dance Emphasis program is a unique blend of Musical Theatre disciplines for the dancer with training in acting, voice and intensive dance studies in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap and Musical Theatre Dance styles.  Students in the Dance Emphasis program will receive specialized training in dance pedagogy, kinesiology, and injury prevention.  Dance Emphasis students are eligible for casting in musical productions on the mainstage as well as our blackbox productions.

Students interested in the Dance Emphasis track should already have a strong dance background and be at an intermediate to advanced level of Ballet and Jazz technique.  Applicants to this program should be individuals interested in furthering their Dance training while acquiring training in Acting and Vocal Performance.

This program is the only one of its kind in the Midwest and one of very few in the United States.  Students interested in the Dance Emphasis track should already have a strong background in dance training.  Acting experience is a plus but not required.  Click here for program requirements

Acting

Act your story!

Do you aspire to a career telling stories and expressing yourself through characters and the spoken word?  Learn from our outstanding faculty of accomplished Musical Theatre Artists, Mentors, and Educators and train today for your career tomorrow.

The BFA in Acting is a pre-professional degree program designed to develop a strong foundation in the skills required for a career as an actor on stage, and in film and Television.   The Acting program provides students with intensive training in several techniques including Stanislavski based work, Viewpoints, period styles, on camera technique, circus arts, stage combat, and Linklater voice and body technique.  Acting Majors also receive training in Dance and voice lessons as part of their curriculum.  Along with opportunities to perform in mainstage and blackbox productions, Acting majors also have the opportunity to intern at some of Chicago’s most prestigious theatres including Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf Theater and Goodman Theatre and dozens of smaller Chicago theatres.

Students interested in the Acting track should already have a strong background and interest in performance and acting.  Performing arts education/course work is a plus but not required. Click here for program requirements.

Master of Arts (MA)

The MA in Directing is a Summer Fast-Track program for current teachers and theatre directors. This program is not intended for recent graduates looking to become directors. For further information on this program's requirements and to download an application, please visit the Directing Program Page.