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Program Requirements

North Park University’s theatre program is developed around the storefront model of creating productions for intimate or unique settings. Our holistic approach to theatre studies give students the opportunity to learn the full spectrum of practical skills that production members need to be successful. Students receive hands-on training from working professional faculty and staff.  With hundreds of production companies, Chicago is world-renowned for its innovative theatre scene. North Park’s collaborations with prestigious theatre artists and varied theatre companies throughout the city give our cutting-edge program a unique ability to prepare students for real-world careers in theatre and performance.

Major Requirements (BA)

Required Semester Hours: 36 sh

Curricular Core Courses: 30 sh required/ 6 sh electives
* Required in Core

  • THEA 1030: Chicago Theatre Experience (2) * — (GE Arts)

PAGE Required Semester Hours: 12 semester hours
  • THEA 1040: Dramaturgy/Text Analysis (2) *— (GE Arts)
  • THEA 3320: Dramatic Writing I (4) * (WI)
  • THEA 3321: Dramatic Writing II (4)

* 3 of the following in no particular order:
  • THEA 2110: World Theatre/Drama: Classical Greece and Japan (2) — (GE Arts)
  • THEA 2120: World Theatre/Drama: English Renaissance (2) — (GE Arts)
  • THEA 2130: World Theatre/Drama: Modern Europe (2) — (GE Arts)
  • THEA 2140: World Theatre/Drama: American Theatre (2) — (GE Arts)
  • THEA 2150: World Theatre/Drama: Contemporary World Theatre (2) — (GE Arts)

STAGE Required Semester Hours: 4 semester hours
* 1 of the following 2:
  • THEA 2330: Acting I (4)
  • THEA 2340: Directing (4)
  • THEA 3230: Acting II (2) repeatable with topics

GAUGE Required Semester Hours: 6 semester hours
  • THEA 1610: Theatre Production (2) *
  • THEA 2030: Storefront Practicum (0-2) [Main stage and One-Act festival] *
* 2 of the following 3:
  • THEA 2600: Production and Stage Management (2)
  • THEA 2610: Designing Storefront Lights and Sound (2) 
  • THEA 2620: Designing Storefront Scenic and Costume (2)

URBAN ENGAGEMENT Required Semester Hours: 6 semester hours

  • THEA 3030: Business of Theatre (1) *
  • THEA 3910: Theatre Topics: Perform/Social Change (4) (WR)*
  • THEA 4902: Portfolio (0)*
  • THEA 4970: Storefront Internship (1-4) *

Co-Requirements (12 sh):
Theatre majors are expected to enhance their learning experience with at least one course each in Art/English, Performance Studies and Philosophy. Students with a double major or those obtaining a secondary teaching certificate are exempt from these co-requirements.
  • Art/English (Choose one course from ART 1030, 1040, ENG 2050, 3090, SCAN 3200)
  • Performance Studies (COMM 2240)
  • Philosophy (PHIL 3515)

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions are coming soon. For a complete list of all North Park's programs and course offerings, review the academic catalog.

Program requirements