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.
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: one from Art 1030, 1040, ENG 2050, 3090, SCAN 3200
Performance Studies: COMM 2240
Philosophy: PHIL 3515
The following descriptions are a sample of courses you may take as a theatre and performance studies major. For a complete list of required courses, please review the academic catalog.
An introduction to theatre through the Chicago lens.
An introduction into how to analyze a play and how to write for the discipline of theatre.
The study and practice of dramatic writing for theater and film. Focus on the writer's process, character development, story, structure, adn the completion of a one-act play or a short screenplay. Cross-listed with ENG 3320.
Advanced study in writing the full-length stage play or full-length screenplay.
A study of the religious, political, and cultural sources of theatre; how theatre practice and dramatic literature developed in Classical Greece and Japan.
A study of the religious, political, and cultural sources of theatre; how theatre practice and dramatic literature developed in the English Renaissance including medieval drama.
A study of the religious, political, and cultural sources of theatre; how theatre practice and dramatic literature developed in Modern Europe.
A study of the religious, political, and cultural sources of theatre; how theatre practice and dramatic literature developed in the American theatre.
A study of the religious, political, and cultural sources of theatre; how theatre practice and dramatic literature developed in the contemporary world theatre.
Establishes the foundation of acting technique through the genre of realism.
Introduction to staging a play. Students conceive, workshop, and execute a short one-act play.
An introduction to principles and skills for designing stage scenery, costume and lighting.
Extends skills developed in other courses in the Theatre and Performance Studies curriculum and develops material for the One-Act Festival. May be repeated for 0, 1 or 2 credits. Consent of instructor required.
An introduction to principles and skills for Production and Stage Management.
An introduction to principles and skills for lighting and sound design.
An introduction to principles and skills for scenic and costume design.
Course is devoted to the business aspects of theatre.
Advanced seminars that examine theory and practice of Theatre and Performance studies. Recent Topics courses include: Intercultural Theatre and Film, Social Movements, Peace and Performance, Women in Theatre and Performance. Students will be expected to synthesize and extend their earlier work in this department.
Occasional gathering, approximately four each semester, will enable students to complete professional portfolios, and develop plans for post-graduate professional or educational work.
Students are urged to take advantage of outstanding Chicago-area internships to develop skills, academic and professional interests. Internships may not substitute for major requirements or departmental courses but do count toward the total hours needed to graduate. Please refer to teh Internship section of the catalog for internship requirements and guidelines.
Introduction and application of the elements of visual language. Studies in shape, color, line, texture, and value as they relate to two-dimensional art.
Elements of visual language as they apply to three-dimensional art. Projects based on the study of volume, space, line, color, and texture.
The study and practice of the major forms of creative writing. The course will be taught as a seminar, emphasizing the study of model texts and the development of students' work.
A study of Shakespearean drama, including selected comedies, tragedies, and romances. Cross-listed with COMM 3090.
Course offered in English. Lectures with reading, discussion, analysis, and synthesis of representative plays of Scandinavia's two internationally significant dramatists.
This course is an introduction to the field of performance studies. The course will include aesthetic performances (literature, theatre, art, dance, and visual media), ethnographic performances (personal narratives and narratives of others), and other cutural sources. We will explore the relationship of performance studies to related fields, while placing an emphasis on performance and social change. We will attend live performances in Chicago.
A seminar course on selected problems and topics in the area of aesthetics, e.g., the nature and meaning of aesthetic value, the problem of aesthetic judgment.