Welcome to Theatre & Music at UIC
We value artistic integrity, discovery, self-discipline, and process
We create student and faculty work that engages evolving audiences, emphasizing the interconnectedness of art and humanity
We prepare theatre and music students for professional careers in the arts, for entry to highly competitive advanced degree programs, or for paths in other creative fields
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The School of Theatre & Music provides innovative, rigorous, and comprehensive academic and performance programs as part of our diverse, urban context. Our programs develop practical knowledge, cultural sensitivity, intellectual resourcefulness, and imaginative daring in emerging artists and scholars. We connect students to Chicago's abundant, vibrant theatre culture and to the city's dynamic jazz and classical music networks.
School of Theatre & Music Programs
Our Music curriculum provides a thorough grounding in theory, history and literature, ear-training, piano skills, and ethnomusicology. Music students participate in performance ensembles including Choirs, Jazz Ensembles, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, University Band, and a number of chamber music groups.
At UIC, we are interested in the musical backgrounds and passions you can bring to our program as well as the extent of your formal training, whatever that may be. We recognize that there are many paths to music study.
Our Theatre curriculum emphasizes a balance between practice and theory, with courses in acting, movement, voice, script analysis, directing, writing, adaptation of literature for the stage, devising, design, technical theatre, and stage management, as well as history, contemporary performance techniques, and performance ethnography. Students enjoy individual attention in small classes, and the opportunity to work on up to four mainstage productions, as well as a number of student productions, each year.
We have nine music ensembles open to non-majors for credit (or simply for fun!). They perform a huge variety of repertoire, from established classics to world premieres, all over Chicago.
Every year, we present four mainstage theatre productions and more than 50 concerts. All of our performances are open to the public!