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The story of The Theatre School is as multi-faceted as any we’ve ever told onstage.

The Theatre School at DePaul University was founded as the Goodman School of Drama in 1925. Our history begins with three seemingly separate events occurring in Chicago in the early 20th century: DePaul’s Department of Drama is created; a magnificent Broadway-style theatre is built; and a young playwright’s passions for theatre lead to his memorialization in a school and professional theatre. These events set into motion a story that defines The Theatre School today.

“The core of institutional history has as much to do with people as it does with dates and programming. To share your story about the collaborators (peers, faculty or staff) who defined your experience at the school please feel free to email TTS. Your story can be added to the archives.”

Andrea Tichy