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Our Artistic Home:
2350 N Racine Ave (@ Fullerton)

Theatre School building
The Theatre School at DePaul University's facility at night. © Jeff Goldberg/Esto. All rights reserved.

We can't wait to see you at the theatre!

Designed by the internationally renowned architect César Pelli, and his firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, DePaul University's Theatre School is located at the corner of Fullerton and Racine on the Lincoln Park campus and opened in September of 2013. The design process was informed by its dual function: to be a performance and public space, as well as a private conservatory of all theatrical disciplines.

The Dr. John R. and Joyce L. Watts Theatre

Interior of Dr. John R. & Joyce L. Watts Theatre
© Jeff Goldberg/Esto. All rights reserved. | 250-seat thrust theatre at 2350 N. Racine

The Sondra A. & Denis Healy Theatre

Interior of The Sondra A. & Denis Healy Theatre
© Jeff Goldberg/Esto. All rights reserved. | 90-seat black box at 2350 N Racine

The building also includes our costume, makeup, prop and scene shops, rehearsal studios, lighting laboratories, movement studios, and much more.

This is our artistic home. Here we rehearse, collaborate, and learn in a facility designed and developed specifically to meet the creative needs of theatre artists and experts. Here we perform contemporary and classic plays, as well as bold new work.

About Pelli Clarke Pelli

Founded by Cesar Pelli, former dean of the Yale University School of Architecture, Pelli Clarke Pelli has designed some of the world’s most recognizable buildings, including the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, the World Financial Center in New York, and the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong. The firm has a strong portfolio of performing arts centers affiliated with universities, including those at Vassar College, Grinnell College, and the University of Minnesota.

DePaul's Historic Merle Reskin Theatre

The Theatre School presents Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences at DePaul's historic Merle Reskin Theatre, located at 60 E. Balbo Dr., between Michigan and Wabash in the heart of the city of Chicago. Learn more about the history and legacy of this legendary training ground.

Interior of Merle Reskin Theatre
1325-seat Broadway-style proscenium theatre at 60 E. Balbo Drive

Theatre School Space Requests

Our facilities exist primarily to support the activities of our current conservatory students. We have a full production schedule throughout the year and space availability is very limited. To inquire about a space, please fill out the Event Space Request Form.