Theatre Arts Production

Do you want to design scenery, costumes, lighting, sound or multimedia? Would you like to turn your passion for the theatre-making process into a career as a stage manager, technical director, or scenic artist? From your first semester in the production concentration, you get hands-on experience in design, production and technology.

Preparing You For Success

As a theatre production major, you’re immersed in courses like stagecraft, CADD, scenic painting, props design, pattern making and, of course, scenic lighting, costumes and sound design. You can present work at the USITT annual conference, and take Bradley’s Las Vegas Excursion course, where you work beside artists and technicians of Cirque du Soileil.

Diverse mainstage seasons and student productions offer you a challenging range of design and production assignments, often leading to full design opportunities in your junior and senior years. You build a strong resume and work with acclaimed guest artists while receiving intensive personal mentorship that’s a hallmark of theatre arts at Bradley. A portfolio and interview are required, and you meet with your advisor each year for an annual review to ensure you’re advancing as a student and performer. When you graduate, you’ll have confidence in your training, a unique personal aesthetic, the skills to express it, and a solid foundation for your next steps.

By the time you graduate, your experiences may include:

  • Workshops with acclaimed professional companies like the Tectonic Theatre Project and celebrated contemporary playwrights like Kate Hamill
  • Producing your own work with dynamic student organizations like Barbeque Kitten improv troupe, Ministry of Experimental Theatre and Bradley’s student chapter of the U.S. Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT)
  • Excursion courses to London theatre and Cirque du Soileil in Las Vegas
  • Internships in theatre production and administration at theatres like Chicago Shakespeare, Lookinglass, Theatre Company, and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival

Making Your Mark

Bradley theatre production alumni have interned and have worked at leading Chicago theatres including Chicago Shakespeare, The Lookingglass, Northlight Theatre, Steppenwolf, and the Marriott Lincolnshire. Recent grads have completed MFA design programs at Florida State, Ohio State and Northwestern. Others are regularly working at regional theatres like Arkansas Shakespeare, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Great River Shakespeare and Peninsula Players. Many also are working as freelance and resident stage managers, designers, technicians, fight directors and theatre educators in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and throughout the U.S.

Major Requirements

Required Courses - 49-51 hrs.

  • THE 115: Fundamentals of Acting - 3 hrs.
  • THE 121: Contemporary Theatre Practice - 3 hrs.
  • THE 123: Script Analysis for the Theatre - 3 hrs.
  • THE 125: Stagecraft - 3 hrs.
  • THE 223: Producing for the Arts - 3 hrs.
  • THE 225: Advanced Stagecraft - 3 hrs.
  • THE 226: Fundamentals of Design - 3 hrs.
  • THE 229: CADD for Theatre - 3 hrs.
  • THE 230: Costume Construction - 3 hrs.
  • THE 310: Junior Seminar - 3 hrs.
  • THE 316: Fundamentals of Directing - 3 hrs.
  • THE 336: History of Theatre and Drama I - 3 hrs.
  • THE 337: History of Theatre and Drama II - 3 hrs.
  • THE 338: History of Theatre and Drama III - 3 hrs.
  • THE 410: Senior Seminar (Development of a Capstone project)- 1-3 hrs.
  • THE 439: Global Encounters - 3 hrs.
  • Practicum - 3 hrs. (Each Practicum is a production assignment earning .5 hours.)

Elective Courses (choose three) - 9 hrs.

  • THE 326: Stage Lighting - 3 hrs.
  • THE 327: Sound Design - 3 hrs.
  • THE 329: Scenic Design - 3 hrs.
  • THE 330: Costume Design - 3 hrs.

Additional Elective Course - 3 hrs.

*One additional theatre elective at the 200, 300 or 400 level.

*To be added to the Theatre Arts major for 2020-2021.

Total Hours: 61-63