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Columbia College Chicago
Theatre Department Greetings
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Theatre Department Greetings

Welcome to Columbia College Chicago Department of Theatre. With over 700 students, and 100 faculty and staff, one of the largest undergraduate theatre programs in the country.

At the heart of your learning experience lies the body of work you will create with us, whether as performer, designer, writer, dramaturg, director, stage manager, singer, dancer, comedian, make-up artist, technician, producer, or any combination of these skills. We stage as many as 40 productions a year, including fully produced faculty and student directed productions, staged readings of original plays, solo performances, sketch comedy, improv, musicals, Freshman projects, works-in –progress, gallery installations, faculty projects, and an annual senior showcase for artistic directors and talent agents in Chicago. In addition we actively encourage you to participate in the creation of feature films and TV productions in collaboration with the Departments of Film and Television.

We are able to offer you training and experience in aspects of the profession not available elsewhere: a full semester for juniors and seniors of Comedy Studies taught by Chicago’s famous Second City Training Center; a comprehensive program in all aspects of Stage Combat; a course for actors taught in Los Angeles that provides you with professional contacts as well as information about how to find work in the film and television industry. With 200 producing theatres in the City of Chicago, we are also able to facilitate a broad range of professional internships, together with opportunities for work in community outreach programs.

Your career in theatre will inevitably find you working with International artists, either here or abroad, and to prepare you for this eventuality, the department has developed a series of exciting international opportunities, including exchange programs with colleges and universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and intensive summer training workshops with international artists at Columbia.

Our program is spread out before you.

Imagine the creative journey you will take with us. 

Picture yourself here!