The Theatre School is primarily a place of learning and for the making of humanity. It is a place for the moral, spiritual, social, political and artistic development of all engaged in this noble enterprise.
The Theatre School engenders respect for self, for others, for learning, for alternative communities and for the profession itself.
The Theatre School encourages creativity and freedom of expression as a part of our commitment to our professional standards and responsibilities. We strive to create an atmosphere that is conducive to exploration and risk-taking.
The Theatre School celebrates the primacy of the imagination in all its work.
The theatre is, in a real sense, a sacred place for reflection, awakening, visioning and the development of moral awareness. It is a place to challenge beliefs and to understand the self in relation to others.
— Adopted by faculty and staff of The Theatre School at DePaul University, 1999.
Diversity Action Statement
The Theatre School is committed to fostering and nurturing the reality of who people are, who they have been, and who they want to be. We embrace the diversity of what we see, what we hear and what we feel. We give voice; we represent people and ideas. Our community engages in lively exploration, between and beyond categories of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, religion, nationality, ability and artistic discipline. We examine, appreciate and share the complexities of culture through artistic collaboration, and in doing so, create a safe and supportive environment for our students, faculty, staff, audiences and visitors.
Our Student body and community
The school accepts only a small fraction of over 1,100 applicants who undertake the stringent admissions process of national auditions and interviews. Students choose one of 15 specialized areas of study.
The current enrollment numbers approximately 340 students from around the United States and several other countries. the faculty/student ratio of one-to-six allows for the continuous interaction and supervision essential for professional theatre training. A majority of the faculty and staff maintain their connections and professional work in all aspects of Chicago's renowned and thriving theatre industry.