The Theatre School at DePaul University
The Theatre School at DePaul University, educates, trains and inspires students of theatre in a conservatory setting that is rigorous, disciplined, culturally diverse and that strives for the highest level of professional skill and artistry.
A commitment to diversity and equality in education is central to our mission. As an integral part of the training, The Theatre School produces public programs and performances from a wide repertoire of classic, contemporary and original plays that challenge, entertain and stimulate the imagination.
We seek to enhance the intellectual and cultural life of our university community, our city and the profession.
A fully-accredited school within a major urban university, The Theatre School is the Midwest's oldest theatre conservatory and is renowned as one of the top professional theatre training programs in the United States.
The Theatre School at DePaul University was founded as the Goodman School of Drama in 1925.
Our history begins with three seemingly separate events occurring in Chicago in the early 20th century: DePaul's Department of Drama is created; a magnificent Broadway-style theatre is built; and a young playwright's passions for theatre lead to his memorialization in a school and professional theatre. These events set into motion a story that defines The Theatre School today.