Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts


Yes, auditions are open to all students on campus.

Yes, many theatre majors also major in another discipline. It is also possible to minor in theatre.

Yes, we offer a minor in Musical Theatre. Our cross-disciplinary program is designed for students majoring in the performing arts. The musical theatre minor offers three tracks for students majoring in music, dance, or theatre. Students take courses in the two performing arts forms outside their concentration, along with a capstone in musical theatre repertoire. The capstone course culminates in a Musical Theatre Showcase.

We offer courses in stage design, lighting design, costume design, stage management, theatre management, drafting, crafts for the stage, etc. All theatre majors receive a background in design; students who pursue more advanced design training may also receive the opportunity to design in our Second Stage series. Some of our exceptional students have also designed for the mainstage.

No, you don't have to audition to get into the theatre program. You need to be admitted into the University, and then you declare either a major or a minor in theatre

Chicago is the home of many well-known theatres. A wide variety of internships in different disciplines and at different theatres are available. Loyola faculty and staff are often heavily involved in professional theatre, and therefore are great resources for internships. However, it is primarily the student's responsibility to find and secure internship opportunities.

Students that work as interns in professional theatre and take THTR 394: Internship in Theatre can earn 3 hours of credit.

Yes! Loyola offers over 100 programs in 55 countries with a center in Rome. For more information, click here.

One option that theatre majors can apply to is study abroad in London. The London Dramatic Academy has an established program in Theatre that offers a lively and intense introduction to the principles of British acting. Students earn 16 credits for successful completion of the one semester program. For more information, including application procedures and requirements, please see the Study Abroad site.

In addition to our elective courses, there are many opportunities to get hands on training. Our Second Stage series offers students chances to direct, design and perform in projects ranging from scenes and workshops to fully-mounted productions. For more information, contact us at dfpa@luc.edu