North Central College - Naperville, IL


Carin D. Silkaitis on the Theatre P

The theatre department at North Central College has experienced incredible growth. in enrollment, the number of annual productions and new course offerings. With at least three main stage performances a year, one studio production per term, and two summer musicals, North Central College took the necessary steps to add three distinctive venues to campus. Hear Professor Carin Silkatis introduce you to the uniqueness of all four of our performance facilities and view pictures below.

Anne Frank set Madden Theatre

Madden Theatre  in the Fine Arts Center.  Explore technical theatre in North Central’s black box experimental theatre. Productions in this space incorporate the artistic use of lighting, sound and multimedia to showcase drama. Flexible seating allows for audiences from 40 to 150 and creates the closest relationship possible between the audience and the performers. See photos of “Dixie Swim Club” and “The Diary of Anne Frank”, recently produced in the Madden Theatre.


Thrust Stage Theatre, Meiley-Swallow Hall in Meiley-Swallow Hall.  Refine your classical performance skills on the thrust stage. This space accommodates the subtleties of Shakespeare, one act plays and other small stage productions. Surrounded on three sides by 250 seats, the atmosphere for performers and audiences alike is up close and personal. Access to the backstage supports creative and interesting set designs.  Meiley-Swallow has advanced lighting and soundboard technology, and modernized make-up and dressing rooms. See photos of “Dancing at Lughnasa” and “She Loves Me”, recently produced in the thrust stage.

Pfeiffer Hall North Central's proscenium theatre, with 1,100 seats, an orchestra pit, and professional sound and lighting equipment, is home for our musical productions. Shows in Pfeiffer Hall are often the hottest ticket in town, attracting audiences from the wider Naperville community. See photos of "Cats", the most recent main stage production in Pfeiffer Hall.

Wentz Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center. . The 640-seat concert hall boasts state-of-the-art acoustics making it the best place to train one's vocal range. Although many notable performers appear in this impressive space, it is not reserved for headliners. Students get plenty of opportunities to perform for audiences in concerts, recital and special campus events.

To view pictures of productions that have taken place in our performance spaces, visit our theatre album on Flickr.