North Central College - Naperville, IL

Phedre

Starting with auditions, students and faculty share the challenges of presenting the classic tragedy. Watch it now.

Phantom of the opera

See how our theatre department has the performance and technical talent to meet the demands of a full-scale production like "Phantom".

Kaylee Oost earns Outstanding Major in Theatre Award

Kaylee Oost
Kaylee Oost was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Theatre Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Kaylee Oost was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Theatre Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Oost is a graduating senior majoring in theatre. She recently interned at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre working on the world premier of a show called “Stage Kiss.” She is a graduate of Plano High School.

North Central’s Student Director Series presents “Cynics”

Emma Smith '15, writer and director
North Central College senior Emma Smith stages “Cynics,” an original play that explores representations of depression in theatre, Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 1.

North Central College’s Student Director Series features the original play “Cynics” by senior Emma Smith Oct. 30-Nov. 1.

Three performances will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 1 in North Central’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $5/adults and $3/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. There is strong language in the play and dark subject matter.

Students stage one of Shakespeare’s most popular and fanciful plays

Mark Yacullo ’16 and Taylor Calderone ’15, photo by D.J.
North Central College presents William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” featuring student actors and guest director Oct. 15-16, 18-19.

North Central College presents William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” featuring student actors with direction by guest director Kathryn Walsh.

G.I. Jobs magazine rates North Central College a Military Friendly School for 2015

Graduate and Student Veteran Lounge
North Central College has been named a 2015 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

G.I. Jobs magazine rates North Central College a 2015 Military Friendly School.

The 2015 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. This is the third consecutive year North Central College has earned the recognition.

North Central College begins academic year with near-record number of students

North Central College began the 2014-2015 academic year Sept. 15 with a near-record number of students.

North Central College began the 2014-2015 academic year Sept. 15 with a near-record number of students.

Total enrollment is a near-record 2,800 undergraduates and 250 graduate students—3,050 total—eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the third straight year. The College welcomed 860 new full-time undergraduate students, up from 852 a year ago. That includes 580 first-year students, up from 529 a year ago. The 860 new undergraduates would be second only to the record-number 882 welcomed in fall 2010.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2015.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2015.

North Central College is ranked No. 14 in the Midwest in the Regional Universities category—schools that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s degrees. This is the 21st consecutive year U.S. News & World Report has ranked North Central College among America’s Best Colleges.

Savanna Richardson

When 6-year-old Savanna put on a dress and performed her own version of “Cinderella,” she fell in love with theatre. During her time at North Central, her love of acting has blended with her passion for social justice.

“Theatre is visceral. It's compelling, it’s emotionally and artistically charged, and it’s a unique arena for exploring societal inequalities,” she says.

To prepare for a career in theatre, Savanna performed in three professional productions: “Julius Caesar” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and “Richard III” and “Inherit the Wind” at Oak Park Festival Theatre. She even completed an independent study where she wrote, produced and performed a full-length, one-woman show, “Daughters of Ire.” This isn’t “Cinderella;” her play explores women in worlds characterized by violence.

Savanna plans to pursue a career in theatre and hopes to act in the Chicago area. Regardless of where she works, her goal remains the same.

“With the theatre I do, I want to help make this world a more just, equitable and compassionate place.”

Princeton Review names North Central College among nation’s best colleges for 2015

The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.

The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.

North Central College is included in The Princeton Review’s college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges, 2015 Edition.” The guide surveys more than 130,000 college students nationwide to determine the top 15 percent of about 2,900 four-year institutions nationwide.

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