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The School of Theatre and 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.

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.

Advisory Committee

The civic, business, arts, and philanthropic leaders of the Advisory Committee have a demonstrated commitment to supporting public education and the arts. They contribute their time and expertise to forwarding the mission of the School of Theatre & Music.

Stephen Burns
Founder and Artistic Director, Fulcrum Point New Music Project

Sheila J. Chapman
Arts Volunteer, Steppenwolf for Young Adults; Alumni Board Member, Silk Road Rising

Paula E. D’Angelo

Meredith Dincolo
Dancer/Master Teacher & Coach/Artistic Consultant

Betsy Ingram
Producer; Director of Finance & Operations, KoboTech Inc.

Mary Jo Papich
Co-founder/ Past President Jazz Education Network; Retired, Fine Arts Director, D219 Skokie

Nancy Plax
Director of Community Outreach, Connecting4Communities

Nick Rabkin
Arts Research and Consulting

Scott Silberstein
Co-founder and Executive Producer, HMW Media, Inc

Janet Carl Smith
Former Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs

Willa Taylor
Director of Education and Community Engagement, Goodman Theatre