Theatre Department

Studying Theatre at North Park

North Park University’s Theatre program is developed around a storefront model of creating productions for intimate or unique settings. Our holistic approach to theatre studies gives students the opportunity to learn the full spectrum of practical skills that production members need to be successful, while collaborations with prestigious theatre companies throughout Chicago prepare students for real-world careers in theatre and performance.

The School of Music, Art, and Theatre is guided by the following core values:

DISCOVER.    We believe the arts require curiosity and exploration.
ENGAGE.       We believe learning is in the doing.
GROW.           We believe the arts serve humanity and the well-being of all.

Upcoming Shows

The best way to get to know the North Park Theatre program is to come see a show.

Storefront Theatre Model

With over 200 producing theatre companies, Chicago is world renowned for its contribution to the storefront movement. Those who work in storefront theatres in Chicago recognize that in order to produce successful shows, everyone must perform multiple jobs. For example, someone who designs lights might also write grants. Or someone who acts may also be responsible for set construction. This is called cross training in the business world—in the Chicago theatre scene, this is called smart. Read more in New York Times article, “How Chicago is Changing Theater, One Storefront at a Time.”

Theatre Minor

Complement your degree with a foundation of knowledge and experience in the dramatic arts. You’ll receive hands-on training from professional theatre artists while developing practical skills in acting, directing, writing, and production.

Minor in Theatre

Theatre Scholarships

Promising theatre makers are eligible for a limited number of theatre scholarships, offered in addition to other financial aid and are renewable for up to four years.

Scholarship Details


Theatre students take the first step into their careers by completing an internship at a professional theatre company. Chicago provides outstanding internship opportunities at theatres such as The Goodman, MPAACT, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Chicago Shakespeare, The Hypocrites, The Neo-Futurists, Steep, The Ruffians, and Barrel of Monkeys.

Theatre Productions

North Park’s Theatre program is made up of dedicated students who participate both for credit and for the joy of putting on a show. With faculty guidance, the program stages at least two shows each year.

Past Productions

Arts Management Certificate

Combine your passion for theatre with nonprofit management skills and prepare for a career in arts management.

Explore Certificate

Where Our Alumni Work

North Park’s theatre alumni are active in both stage and film productions all over the country, including at Chicago’s Barrel of Monkeys and Akvavit Theatre, and at Basher Films/Prehistoric Digital in Los Angeles.


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