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The Theatre Conservatory

I've come to feel that the Windy City is blowing the Big Apple out
of its once-secure spot at the top of America's theatrical tree.

-Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal



Lysistrata Jones

Chicago premiere of Lysistrata Jones - O'Malley Theater, 2013


The Theatre Conservatory of the Chicago College of Performing Arts consists of about 160 students, divided between our Acting and Musical Theatre programs. Students are guaranteed onstage performance credit every semester that they are at CCPA - more time onstage means more training for your future career in the theatre.

Our faculty is comprised of full-time professors as well as many active theatre professionals who lend their unique talents and expertise to the Conservatory. At CCPA, our students learn from and work alongside Chicago's very best, and a low student/faculty ratio results in focused study tailored to each student's needs.

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, CCPA is just steps away from Chicago's bustling theatre district and the Tony award winning Goodman, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatres - and our students have graced the stages of them all. An outstanding internship program provides CCPA's students with placements at some of Chicago's best theatres, and upperclassmen in good standing are allowed to audition for productions outside of CCPA, adding valuable professional credits to their resumes prior to graduation.

The arts come alive in Chicago, and the students of CCPA have a front row seat to all that this exciting city has to offer.