North Central College - Naperville, IL



At North Central College you can shine onstage or learn the ropes backstage. We nurture talents and interests in performance, dance, music, management and technical theatre. Our students act, sing and dance, but they also direct shows, design lighting and even produce plays and musicals they’ve written.

Major in Theatre or Musical Theatre
The centerpiece of North Central’s program is the theatre practicum. Theatre majors, minors and musical theatre majors are required to participate in multiple faculty-directed, main-stage plays. Your training in our state-of-the-art facilities will prepare you for professional and personal pursuits in performance and technical theatre.

We encourage theatre majors to specialize. You may concentrate your studies in such areas as performance, technical theater, directing, or playwrighting through our array of course offerings or independent study options.

As a musical theatre major, you can continuously hone your craft while taking traditional performance classes. You may study voice or dance technique in upper-level courses while taking classes in contemporary acting styles, the business of theatre and acting on camera.

You don't have to be a theatre major to be a theatre student

All students are invited to participate in North Central's theatre program. Anyone can audition for a show—first-year students are as likely to land roles as seniors; History majors are as likely to be scholarship recipients as theatre majors. Our faculty thrive on developing talent in anyone who brings a passion and our program is rich in diversity and openness.

Scholarship Auditions

Audition requirements:

Theatre Major:
Option 1 (performance) - Students will audition with 2 contrasting one-minute monologues.

Option 2 (technical theatre) – Students will present a technical theatre portfolio and interview with faculty.

Musical Theatre: 

Students will audition with 32 bars of a song and a one minute monologue.

Contact your admission counselor to sign up.

Department News

Professor Carin Silkaitis's own theatre company, XIII Pocket Productions was chosen to participate in Steppenwolf’s Visiting Company Initiative, which invites young and innovative companies to produce a show in Steppenwolf’s spaces. XIII Pocket is presenting “Adore,” a 10-week run, from Feb. 18 to April 25, in the Merle Reskin Garage in Chicago. For a description of “Adore” and ticket information, visit