North Central College - Naperville, IL

Student Opportunities

Field Trips
Join classmates and faculty to attend theatrical performances ranging from Second City Comedy Improv to Professional touring shows and small Off-Loop theatre performances.

Guest Artists
North Central College is committed to bringing in Chicago professionals each year to teach, direct or design.  It is imperative in your growth as an artist to continue learning new perspectives during your college career.  This also allows you to build relationships and extend your range of networking.

Independent Study
Working alongside a faculty member, create a specialized topic of interest that may not be offered as a course.  Subjects range from commissioned playwriting and solo performance, to costume design and European performance art.  Independent studies place the learning in the students hands. Hear  alumnus Nick Wehrwein describe how independent study helped him achieve his dream.

Our proximity to one of the greatest theater cities gives you  the opportunity to  apply for internships with theatre companies in and around Chicago. Such theatres have included: Steppenwolf, Goodman, Lookingglass, Drury Lane, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, First Folio, American Theatre Company.  Many times, these internships lead to more auditions and bookings.

Master Classes and Workshops
You’ll be able to meet professional actors, singers, dancers, technicians, agents and casting directors.  You will learn from these seasoned professionals in weekend workshops, one-day intensives, and advanced seminars.  Ask questions, trade stories, and develop an understanding of what it takes to make it in the professional world.

Students taking the Directing course are responsible for putting on the One-Act showcase during 2 different terms each year.  The One-Acts are a great way to show off your performance skills to your classmates and faculty.  You can also write your own One-Act to be included in the showcase (either directed by you or another student).

Regional Auditions
NCC faculty support your audition endeavors, and will assist you in coaching songs and monologues, aiding in applications, and even providing transportation to several large regional auditions.  It’s a fantastic way to get noticed by major theatres, in addition to landing work with summer stock companies, regional Shakespeare festivals, and technical/performance internships.

Theatre scholarships 
Scholarships are available to all students, regardless of major. If you receive a full theatre scholarship you are required to audition for all main stage productions. Limited scholarships are also available for music students who want to spend the majority of their time in music activities but who want to audition for musical theatre productions. Scholarships beginning at $1,500 are renewable and grow in $500 increments annually as long as you remain in good standing.

Senior Showcase
Performance and musical theatre majors audition in Chicago for a wide range of well-known agents, casting directors and other theatre professionals. Hear alumna Lauren Omelson describe how pivotal this opportunity was to her commercial success.

Student Directed Series
Submit proposals to direct or design a fully staged production in one of our state-of-the-art spaces.

Study Abroad
Join North Central classmates in London and participate in an international exchange program.  Experience the theatrical culture of not only England, but of Europe in general.

i roar.

Kristin Stennis, musical theatre

Kristin Stennis answered the phone one Martin Luther King Day a soon-to-graduate North Central theatre major. By conversation’s end, she was booked on a flight to stardom as the newest member of the Gazelle cast, one of two road productions of Disney’s The Lion King. Three auditions, hours waiting in line, countless call backs, and a good deal of natural born resilience later, Stennis had gotten her break. "The first time I saw Lion King I said to myself, ‘I have to do this. Nala…well, that’s me. She’s so strong.’”

New in 2012-2013, three new technical theatre courses:

  • Stagecraft
  • Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
  • Period Styles