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Undergraduate Conservatory

The Theatre School's undergraduate program is a highly specialized conservatory offering twelve Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) majors in all aspects of the theatre.

Each major is a four-year professional training program designed to provide our students with not only the skills but also real experiences to prepare them for their career.

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Individual Attention

Each student receives personalized instruction and ample production opportunities. Our program capacities are intentionally small to insure individual attention and an ensemble environment.

Highly Structured

Each of our twelve majors has a four-year progression-based curriculum, with each quarter building on the previous quarter and each year building on the previous year. Responsibilities and expectations of our students increase each year both in the classroom and in production.

Learning By Doing

Learning does not stop in the classroom. Each year The Theatre School produces more than 40 productions - of varying shapes and sizes - to give our students ample opportunity to synthesize what they are learning in the classroom. Outside of the director of each of these productions - who is a member of the faculty, a guest artist, or a graduate directing student - every other person involved in the production is a student doing what he or she is here to study. Students in some majors are also placed in professional internships as a bridge to their chosen career field.

Working Professionals

Our students learn from people who know what it is like to work in the business – because they do. The Theatre School has 28 full-time tenure-track faculty who are accomplished theatre professionals and continue their work while teaching our students. We also employ more than 60 adjunct, or part-time, faculty who are hired right out of the Chicago theatre community for their individual expertise. Being a professional training program, it is important to us that our faculty has a finger on the pulse of what is happening in the profession.

Individual. Intense. Ensemble. Real Experiences.

  • Meet Samantha

    Samantha Newcomb, BFA 4 Actor, blogs about her experiences at The Theatre School on DePaul University's DeBlogs.

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  • "Our actors and directors bring dedication, imagination, humanity, and joy to their work. We train them to be inspired, collaborative, life-long practitioners of excellence in theatre, film, television, and beyond."

    PHIL TIMBERLAKE / PERFORMANCE