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​The Theatre School is the Midwest’s oldest theatre conservatory. Founded as the Goodman School of Drama in 1925, the school carries on an almost 100 year history as a leading drama school in the United States. The conservatory format provides for an intensive, highly disciplined training program. The central core of the program is an extensive production-oriented approach. The School produces more than 150 public performances each season for an audience of more than 50,000 people, featuring students in every aspect of the production. Programs of study are offered in acting, scene design, costume design, lighting design, sound design, theatre technology, costume technology, wig and makeup design & technology, projection design, stage management, playwriting, dramaturgy/criticism, comedy arts, theatre management, and theatre arts. Graduate programs are offered in acting, directing and arts leadership. The objectives of the professional curricula are to prepare the student for creative participation in any form of theatre requiring a high level of technical competence, to provide the student with the aesthetic and cultural background requisite to an understanding of their art and of the world in which they work, and to develop the specific skills and disciplines necessary for competence in the student’s area of specialization. Theatre School students are not eligible for the Theatre Studies Minor.

Each Theatre School course builds and expands upon its predecessor. When the program is complete, the student will have been exposed to the necessary artistic tools and shown their proper usage in order to realize their goals. In addition, liberal education requirements are incorporated into all of the school’s programs so that the student may practice their craft with an awareness of history, literature, philosophy, and current and past cultural and social events.

Advanced students in the Theatre Studies and Design and Technical programs enhance their training experience by completing internships at local and national organizations. Internships have been conducted at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Arena Stage, Playwrights Horizons, the David Letterman Show, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Disney Theatricals, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Fox Theatricals, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Second City, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company, among numerous others. 

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Administration

Coya Paz Brownrigg, Interim Dean
The Theatre School at DePaul University
2350 N. Racine Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60614
773.325.7917 phone
773.325.7920 fax
cbrownri@depaul.edu

Admissions

Tracee Duerson, Director of Admissions
The Theatre School at DePaul University
2350 N. Racine Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60614
773.325.7999 phone
800.4DEPAUL x57999 toll free
773.325.7920 fax

Media/Marketing Inquiries

Anna Ables, Director of Marketing/Public Relations
The Theatre School at DePaul University
2350 N. Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
773.325.7938 phone
773.325.7920 fax
aables@depaul.edu

Public Relations and Special Events/Theatre Rental

Kristin Morris, Manager of Special Events and Public Relations
The Theatre School at DePaul University
2350 N. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
773.325.7819 phone
773.325.7920 fax
kmorri43@depaul.edu 

Academic Records

Dean Corrin, Associate Dean
The Theatre School at DePaul University
2350 N. Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
773.325.7932 phone
773.325.7920 fax
dcorrin@depaul.edu

Theatre Box Office

Collin Jones, Box Office Manager
DePaul’s Merle Reskin Theatre
2350 N. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
312.922.1999 box office
312.922.0999 group sales
773.325.7967 fax
collin.jones@depaul.edu

Alumni

Jason Beck, Assistant Dean and Alumni Relations Director
The Theatre School at DePaul University
2350 N. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
773.325.7943 phone
773.325.7920 fax
jason.beck@depaul.edu

Charitable Ticket Donation Inquiries

Collin Jones, Box Office Manager
The Theatre School at DePaul University
2350 N. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
312.922.1999 box office
773.325.7967 fax                                                                                                                                                                                 collin.jones@depaul.edu

Faculty and Staff

In keeping with the school’s concept of the dual importance of theory and practice and of producing a superior quality of instruction, The Theatre School’s faculty and staff are highly qualified, both professionally and academically. The faculty is regularly supplemented by accomplished working professionals.

In addition, visiting artists and professionals appear in our guest speaker series, CHICAGO LIVE: THE ARTS. Among them have been playwright David Mamet; actresses Celeste Holm, Florence Henderson, and Julie Harris; actors Rip Torn, Charles Durning, Ray Liotta, Jonathan Pryce, Brian Dennehy, and Laurence Fishburne; Chicago’s nationally known Steppenwolf Ensemble including John Malkovich, Jeff Perry, and Gary Sinise; the late comedian Avery Schrieber; director JoAnne Akalaitis, Anne Bogart, Frank Galati, and Paul Sills; and alumni Gillian Anderson, Joe Mantegna, John C. Reilly, Kevin Anderson, David Datsmalchian, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn, among scores of others.

Anna Ables, MFA
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Southern Utah University

Rob Adler, Graduate Certificate in Directing
Assistant Professor of Acting
University of California

Deanna Aliosius, MFA
Chair of Costume Technology
Boston University

Greg Allen, BA
Company Creation
Oberlin College

Chris Anthony, MFA
Assistant Professor of Acting
California Institute of the Arts

Miguel Armstrong
Makeup Design

Neena Arndt
Dramaturgy II

Sommer Austin, MFA
Performance
The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bryan Back, BFA
Lighting Supervisor
The Theatre School, DePaul University

Jeff Bauer, MFA
Principles of Design
Northwestern University

Jason Beck, BFA
Assistant Dean
The Theatre School, DePaul University

Mitsu Beck, M.Ed.
Business Operations Manager
DePaul University

Sheleene Bell, MID
Executive Assistant to the Dean
Harrington College of Design

Chris Binder, MFA
Head of Lighting Design
Northern Illinois University

Coya Paz Brownrigg, Phd
Interim Dean
Northwestern University

Dexter Bullard, MFA
Head of Graduate Acting
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Richard Bynum, MFA
Construction and Rigging
Yale School of Drama

David Chack, PhD (abd)
Theatre Studies
Boston University

So Hui Chong, BFA
Stitcher
School of The Art Institute

Diane Claussen, MBA
Head of Theatre Management
Southern Methodist University

Timothy Combs, BFA
Scene Shop Technical Director
Creighton University

Louis Contey, MFA
Performance Workshop for Non-Majors
The Theatre School, DePaul University

Dean Corrin, MFA
Associate Dean and Playwriting
Ohio University

John Culbert, MFA
Dean Emeritus
New York University

Rebecca Curl, BFA
Wig & Makeup Design and Technology
The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University

Victoria Deiorio, BFA
Head of Sound Design
Syracuse University

Laura Dieli
Production Management Seminar

Dominic DiGiovanni
Scene Shop Foreperson

Thomas Dixon, BS
Sound Design II & III
Northwestern University

Deb Doetzer, BA
Voiceover
University of Massachusetts, Boston

Sally Dolembo, MFA
Head of Costume Design
Northwestern University

Tracee Duerson, MA
Director of Admissions
New York University

Patrice Egleston, MFA
Head of Movement
Southern Methodist University

Mark Elliott, MFA
Musical Theatre
San Diego State University

Stephanie Farina, BA
Sound Design
University of South Florida

Kristina Fluty, MA
Movement
Columbia College, Chicago

Christine Freeburg, BFA
Stage Management
The Theatre School, DePaul University

Joel Furmanek
Technical Drawing

Regina Garcia, MFA
Head of Scene Design
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

Linda Gillum, MFA
Acting
University of Illinois

Phyllis E. Griffin, MFA
Voice and Speech
Goodman School of Drama

Randy Handley, MFA
Costume Shop Manager
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sarah Hecht,MFA
Performance Workshop
The Theatre School, DePaul University

Criss Henderson, BFA
Arts Leadership Program
The Theatre School, DePaul University

Todd Hensley, MFA
Lighting Design
University of Minnesota

Carolyn Hoerdemann, BFA
Performance Workshop for Non-Majors
The Theatre School, DePaul University

Chris Hofmann, BA
Director of Technical Operations
Adams State College

Kayla Raelle Holder, BFA
Director, High School Summer Training Program
The Theatre School, DePaul University

Ike Holter
Playwriting III

Margaret Howe, MFA
Playworks House Manager
University of London

Shelia Hunter, MFA
Draper
Ohio University

Jess Hutchinson, MFA
Theatre Studies
University of Texas at Austin

Kristin Idaszak, MFA
Theatre Studies
University of California, San Diego

Jim Jensen, BA
Theatre Management
Northwestern University

Chris Jones, PhD
Dramatic Criticism, Graduate Seminar
The Ohio State University

Collin Jones, BS
Box Office Manager
University of Evansville

Janelle Jones, EdM
Graduate Acting
Harvard University

Lin Batsheva Kahn, MA
Modern Dance
Case Western Reserve University

Jan Kallish
Theatre Management

Azar Kazemi, MFA
World of Theatre
The Theatre School, DePaul University

George Keating, BFA
Movement to Music
The Theatre School, DePaul University

Jim Keith
Theatre Assistant Technical Director

Shane Kelly, MFA
Head of Theatre Technology, Chair of Design and Technology
University of Delaware

Damon Kiely, MFA
Chair of Performance, Directing and Acting
Columbia University

Ryan Kitley, MFA
Performance Workshop for Non-Majors
The Theatre School, DePaul University

Dawn Kusinski, MFA
Theatre Management
Brooklyn College

Kelsey Lamm, BFA
Production Coordinator
The Theatre School, DePaul University

Ed Leahy, MFA
Theatre Technology
University of Delaware

Jen Leahy, BFA
Assistant Technical Director
The Theatre School, DePaul University

Michele Lopez-Rios, MFA
Interim Associate Dean and Voice & Speech
University of Houston

Jack Magaw, MFA
Scene Design
Northwestern University

Josh Maniglia, MS
Technical Operations Manager
DePaul University 

David Marden, BA
Group Sales Representative
Ball State University

Ashley Meczywor, BA
Assistant Director of Admissions
Williams College

Jeffrey Mills, MFA
Artistic Director of Chicago Playworks; Movement
National Theatre Conservatory

Reza Mirsajadi
Assistant Professor, Theatre Studies

Mechelle Moe
Director, Community Drama Division

Aram Monisoff, MFA
Voice and Speech
DePaul University

Kristin Morris, MA
Manager of Special Events & PR
Royal Conservatory of Scotland

Carlos Murillo
Head of Playwriting; Summer High School Training Program

Kimosha Murphy, BS
African Dance
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Shade Murray, BS
Playwriting
Northwestern University

William Nalley, MA
Director of Development
University of Illinois at Chicago

David Naunton, BA
Sound Design and Technology
Ripon College

William O'Connor, MA
Adjunct, Theatre Studies
University of Chicago

Courtney O'Neill, MFA
Technical Drawing
Northwestern University

Erin Page
Sound Technologist

Rachael Patterson, BA
Acting for the Camera
University of Notre Dame

Amy Peter, BFA
Props Master
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Lisa Portes, MFA
Head of Directing
University of California-San Diego

Nicolas Sandys Pullin, PhD (abd)
Stage Combat
Loyola University Chicago

Birgit Rattenborg-Wise
Costume Design

Todd Rhoades
Pilates

Clifton D. Robinson
Master Drummer/West African Dance

Nicole Ricciardi, MFA
Acting
Carnegie Mellon University

Maren Robinson, MA
Dramaturgy
University of Chicago

Michael Rourke, MFA
Design Workshop, Lighting Technology
University of Virginia

Alan Salzenstein, JD
Performing Arts Management and MFA Arts Leadership
IIT, Chicago Kent College of Law

Liz Joynt Sandberg
Head of Comedy Arts

James Savage, BFA
Sound Technology
University of Cincinnati

Mary Schmich, BA
Yoga
Pomona College

James Sherman, MFA
Playwrights’ Seminar
Brandeis University

Kelsey Shipley, BA
House Manager
Birmingham Southern College

Rachel Shteir, DFA, MA
Head of Dramaturgy/Criticism
Yale School of Drama

Rachel Slavick, MFA
Performance Workshop For Non-Majors
The Theatre School, DePaul University

Sue Fenty Studham, Phd
Head of Stage Management
Western Australia Arts Academy of Performing Arts-Edith Cowan University

Noelle Thomas, MFA
Design-Technology
Northwestern University

Phil Timberlake, MFA
Voice and Speech
Virginia Commonwealth University

Krissy Vanderwarker, MFA
Theatre Studies
The Theatre School, DePaul University

Alden Vasquez
Stage Management

John Ransford Watts, PhD
Dean Emeritus
Union Graduate School

Joanna White, MFA
Scenic Artist
University of Florida

Laura Whitlock, BA
Costume Technology
University of Northern Iowa

Jeanne Williams, BA
Associate Director, Academic Advising
Columbia College

Sandy Wilson, BA
Playwriting and Directing
Mount Holyoke

Anna Wooden, MFA
Design/Technology
Northwestern University

Dexter Zollicoffer, MFA
Diversity Student Mentor
The Theatre School, DePaul University ​​​

Undergraduate Academics

The Theatre School is home to undergraduate majors and minors and graduate programs.

Students in undergraduate programs at The Theatre School must achieve a grade of C- or better in major requirements to receive course credit. Any grade lower than a C- will require the student to repeat the course.

Students in the graduate programs must achieve a grade of C or better in major requirements to receive course credit. Any grade lower than a C will require the student to repeat the course. If a graduate student is taking an undergraduate level course, to fulfill a major requirement, the student must receive a B- or better to receive course credit.

Admission and Retention

​The Theatre School only admits students for entry into Autumn quarter each year. Enrollment in each area of concentration is limited by strict capacities. In all of The Theatre School’s programs, students are evaluated annually by the faculty and formally invited to continue into the subsequent year. The evaluation, a professional and confidential process, is based on four key elements: discipline, collaboration, professional potential, and progress in the program.

Honors Program

Most students follow the Liberal Studies Program to meet their general education requirements. However, students accepted into the Honors Program fulfill general education requirements through an alternative set of courses. A student in the Honors Program pursuing a primary major in The Theatre School follows the requirements below:

Honors Core

Course Title Quarter Hours
HON 110HONORS DISCOVER CHICAGO4
HON 100RHETORIC AND CRITICAL INQUIRY4
HON 101WORLD LITERATURE4
HON 102HISTORY IN GLOBAL CONTEXTS *4
HON 104RELIGIOUS WORLDVIEWS AND ETHICAL PERSPECTIVES4
HON 105PHILOSOPHICAL INQUIRY4
HON 180DATA ANALYSIS AND STATISTICS4
or LSP 120 QUANTITATIVE REASONING
HON 203SEMINAR IN MULTICULTURALISM4
HON 302JUNIOR SEMINAR IN SOCIAL JUSTICE4

*AP credit for HST 111 or HST 171 fulfills HON 102

Theatre majors whose math placement indicates a need for LSP 120 may fulfill the Honors math requirement with this course in place of HON 180.

Theatre Management majors do not take HON 180, and should take an honors approved elective in its place.

Science Requirement
  • One course chosen from the university's Scientific Inquiry list.
Junior Seminar

The Honors Program is committed to developing students’ knowledge and cultural awareness so they may respect and learn from difference. Honors students meet the multicultural requirement by completing HON 302.

Honors Senior Capstone

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select one of the following:4
HONORS SENIOR SEMINAR
HONORS SENIOR SEMINAR IN SERVICE LEARNING
HONORS SENIOR THESIS

Honors Senior Thesis Option

Students who choose to complete an Honors Senior Thesis must have their project approved at least one term prior to executing the project. To gain approval for a senior thesis, students must complete an application, including a project proposal signed by two faculty advisors. In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the program, the thesis should attempt to move outside the boundaries normally associated with one particular discipline and should be supervised by two readers from different academic fields. While the final product must be a substantial piece of work building on the student’s accumulated knowledge and new research, specific requirements for each thesis will depend on the nature of the project. See the Director or Associate Director for an application and thesis materials. Students may opt to enroll in HON 300 (a two-credit elective) to receive dedicated guidance as they prepare the thesis project.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or higher in HON 100 and HON 110 or HON 111 is required to remain in the Honors Program.

A grade of C- or higher is required to pass the following courses: HON 100, HON 350, HON 351, and HON 395.

Graduate Academics

The Theatre School is home to undergraduate majors and minors and graduate programs.

Students in undergraduate programs at The Theatre School must achieve a grade of C- or better in major requirements to receive course credit. Any grade lower than a C- will require the student to repeat the course.

Students in the graduate programs must achieve a grade of C or better in major requirements to receive course credit. Any grade lower than a C will require the student to repeat the course. If a graduate student is taking an undergraduate level course, to fulfill a major requirement, the student must receive a B- or better to receive course credit.

The Theatre School Graduate Student Handbook

​In addition to the DePaul University Graduate Student Handbook, The Theatre School Graduate Student Handbook includes requirements, rules and regulations for its graduate programs.

Upon admission to a graduate program, a student is to follow the catalog requirements in effect at the time of entrance. A student who is readmitted or who changes his or her program or enrollment status is subject to the terms of the catalog in effect at the time of readmission or status change.

As a graduate student you assume the responsibility to know and meet both the general and particular regulations, procedures, policies, and deadlines set forth in this catalog and handbook. This catalog does not constitute a contract between the student and the University. Every effort has been made to provide accurate and firm information. The University reserves the right to revise the content of its catalogs and schedules, and to change policies, programs, requirements, rules, regulations, procedures, calendars and schedule of tuition and fees; to establish and modify admission and registration criteria; to cancel or change courses or programs and their content and prerequisites; to limit and restrict enrollment; to cancel, divide or change time or location or staffing of classes; or to make any other necessary changes.

Registration and Enrollment

​No one is permitted to attend a class for which he or she has not been properly registered. Credit is accumulated on the basis of quarter hours. The normal class extends over a ten-week period.

Students enrolled for eight or more quarter hours of credit are considered full-time. Those enrolled in four to 7 hours of credit are considered half-time. Those registered for less than 4 quarter hours of credit are considered less than half-time. Normally, students in Theatre School programs are required to be enrolled as full-time students.

Probation

​Academic Probation

A student is subject to probation as soon as his/her graduate GPA falls below 2.500. The student remains on probation until the end of the subsequent quarter, at which time another evaluation is made. If, at that time, the student has failed to raise his/her GPA to the required level of 2.500 the student may be dismissed for poor scholarship, and prohibited from registering for additional course work. If the student has raised his/her GPA to the required level of 2.500, the student will be removed from academic probation.

Disciplinary Probation

The Theatre School’s Disciplinary Probation Policy is detailed in The Theatre School Student Handbook on the school's website.

Professional Probation

The Theatre School’s Professional Probation Policy is detailed in The Theatre School Student Handbook on the school's website.

Invitation to Return & Evaluation Policies

​A grade of C or better is required in all required courses.

A student must earn a grade of B- or higher to receive graduate credit for any upper level undergraduate course (300 or above) that has been accepted for graduate credit.

Please consult The Theatre School Student Handbook on the school's website for details on the following:

  • MFA Acting Program Capacities and Invitations to Return
  • MFA I Grading Procedures for the Acting Program
  • MFA Directing Program Evaluation and Continuance Policies
  • MFA Arts Leadership Evaluation and Continuance Policies

Readmission

​A student who was previously enrolled in a graduate program in The Theatre School but has not been in attendance since the end of a leave of absence, but not more than four calendar years, must file a Readmission Application. Normally, this application requires that the student take part in the annual interview and audition process and meet the annual application deadlines. Detailed information is available on the school's website. (If more than four years have elapsed since the student been in attendance, a new application is required.)

Official copies of transcripts recording scholastic work taken while not enrolled at DePaul University must be submitted. As a policy, students are held to the degree requirements that are in force at the time of readmission.

Transfer Credit

​Normally graduate programs at The Theatre School do not accept credit transferred from another institution. Exceptions can only be granted by the specific departmental chair or program director.

Undergraduate Courses

Courses numbered 300 through 399 are advanced undergraduate courses. If listed in this Catalog, they may be accepted for graduate credit within the limitations stipulated by the specific departmental chair or program director.

Graduation Requirements

Students must have successfully completed all of the general and specific degree requirements as listed in departmental or program sections of the catalog under which the student was admitted.

Completed degree requirements can include the submitting of the dissertation, thesis or research paper, examination scores, and, if necessary, grade changes. Students need to achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.500 to graduate.

Graduation with Distinction

​Distinction is conferred upon a student who has maintained a 3.75 cumulative grade point average in the degree program, and passes with distinction the final oral or written examination or the master’s thesis or project where applicable.

Additional Policies

​The Theatre School Student Handbook located on the Theatre School website details additional policies, including (but not limited to) policies related the productions, production assignments, casting, and rehearsal procedures.

Leaves of Absence

Students who find it necessary to interrupt their attendance at The Theatre School may apply for a leave of absence. For details about this policy, please consult The Theatre School Student Handbook on the school's website.

Students applying for a leave should also complete the DePaul University Leave of Absence application on Campus Connect.

Admission & Aid

Admission

Candidates interested in admission to any of the undergraduate or graduate programs of The Theatre School should contact The Theatre School Admissions Office at (773) 325-7999 or (800) 4DEPAUL (Extension 7999). The office will provide each candidate with detailed instructions for the application and audition/interview process.

Theatre applicants are responsible for scheduling their own audition (for acting) or interview (for all other majors), which can be done on The Theatre School’s website. If, for any reason, an applicant is unable to reserve a slot online, he or she should contact The Theatre School Admissions Office directly.

The Theatre School only admits students for entry into Autumn quarter each year. Enrollment in each area of concentration is limited by strict capacities. In all of The Theatre School’s programs, students are evaluated annually by the faculty and formally invited to continue into the subsequent year. The evaluation, a professional and confidential process, is based on four key elements: discipline, collaboration, professional potential, and progress in the program. For more information about the School's policies about admission, retention, evaluations of students, invitations to return, and related matters, please see The Theatre School website.