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This is Chicago. Home to a history of daring and innovative theatre.

Go ahead, ask around about how our city’s theatre tradition stacks up to New York or Los Angeles. The answer you’ll get from anyone who knows anything about the business is this: Chicago cannot be beat. And Columbia College is smack in the middle of it. The actors, directors, designers, techs, and playwrights who teach our courses are the same professionals who have been upholding a tradition of excellence in Chicago’s theatre for years.

This is a rigorous program that focuses on all the things—both on and off the stage—that make a dynamic live performance possible. We mount between 40-50 full stage and workshop productions each semester (more than any other school out there), giving students ample opportunities to get hands-on experience in the aspects of theatre that interest them most. And if that’s not enough for you, remember, this is Chicago. With hundreds of theatre companies mounting productions year round, our students are always finding new places and new ways to study and explore their craft.

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