DEGREE PROGRAMS FOR: THEATRE MAJORS
The Department of Theatre offers majors in two programs: Theatre and Speech Education.
The Theatre major is designed for students interested in developing their self-expression skills through performance or in pursuing a career in acting, directing, technical theatre, or theatre management.
The Department of Theatre features a fully approved Speech Education and/or Communication Media program that prepares candidates to teach grades 6-12 in Illinois public and private schools. This program is approved by the State Teacher Certification Board, in conjunction with the Illinois State Board of Education, and includes all of the requirements for a major in Speech Education and/or Communication Media. Majors should declare a minor in Secondary Education. See advisors in the Department of Theatre and the School of Education for specific approval and a list of required courses.
Recognizing that a strong foundation in performance, technical theatre, and front-of-house operations best prepares students for work in this field, the Department of Theatre offers a challenging curriculum with many venues for studentsí self-expression. In addition to the five production mainstage series, which is supported by a community subscriber base of over 800, students are able to work their craft in the springís One-Act Play Festival and the fallís Student Fringe Festival. Additionally, students often find employment in their junior and/or senior years with Alphabet Soup Productions, a professional childrenís theatre company in residence at the Philip Lynch Theatre.
In addition to the financial aid options available through the University, the Department of Theatre offers a number of renewable Talent Scholarships and St. Genesius Scholarships to deserving students, regardless of their financial situation. Numerous opportunities for student employment are also available (including full-time summer positions), which provide further practical experience for students.
The Speech Education major has two components of concentration - Theatre/ Performance and Communication/Media.
This major prepares students to teach either dramatic/interpretative performance or mediated communication in grades 6-12 in Illinois schools. The major is supervised under the School of Education and supports that schoolís goals of training secondary teachers within a well-rounded academic, theoretical and practical program. The State Teacher Certification Board, in conjunction with the Illinois State Board of Education, approves the Speech Education Program.