The Theater program is designed for students who intend to continue their studies at a baccalaureate granting institution, for students who want to broaden their educations with theater electives, and for community members and students who want to participate in college theatrical performance groups.
Associate in Arts, Theater
Course selections should be made using the Associate in Arts Student Planning Worksheet.
Classes are available in acting, improvisation, directing, voice and diction, theater appreciation, stage movement, stagecraft, stage management, stage make-up, technical production, combat and audition. Browse all Theater courses.
Why Choose COD
- Students learn from nationally distinguished faculty.
- COD graduates are represented in some of the country's most esteemed arts and cultural organizations.
- Students and alumni have gone on to found theaters, starred in hit TV shows and movies, performed on stage at Orchestra Hall and the Lyric Opera in Chicago and received prestigious awards.
"It not only taught me the skills needed to become a successful actor, but it also taught me proper acting etiquette, such as how to prepare for a scene and how to rehearse. I still hold all of those things with me to this day.” - Lamorne MorrisRead COD Story
"I learned how to be a professional actor very early on so by the time I got to Columbia, it was clear I had been training among some of the best actors and teachers out there. I grew in every way possible – professionally, artistically and personally." - Robyn CoffinRead COD Story
"When I hit the stage at Southern Illinois University, I had so much experience that I was cast in the leads. If I had gone to SIU as a freshman, I never would have got my feet on the boards like I did at COD.” - Jim BelushiRead COD Story
“COD is a great place to learn. I worked with amazing people and received a quality education that was the best education of my life. COD allowed me the space to explore who I was and what I wanted to do.” - Marisol NicholsRead COD Story
“Being able to work and be taught by professional actors was instrumental in establishing my work ethic. College of DuPage provides excellent resources to learn how to be a professional. If you decide to enroll at COD, be open and prepared to learn.” - Lindsay SmilingRead COD Story
On Campus Venues
The McAninch Arts Center contains a variety of specialized studio, exhibition and performance spaces.
The nearly 800-seat Belushi Performance Hall features state of the art lighting and sound.
The intimate 186-seat Playhouse Theatre includes a "soft thrust" stage.
Studio Theatre is a versatile, black-box performance space and holds up to 70 audience members.
Many outdoor events and concerts take place in the 1,200-seat Lakeside Pavilion.
To this day, there are things I find myself regurgitating from classes I took what seems like forever ago from [faculty members] Connie Canaday Howard, Craig Berger and Jodie Briggs."
Ron MayAssociate in Arts Graduate
Connie Canaday Howard, Chair and Professor, Theater
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 186C
Phone: (630) 942-2137
Amelia Barrett, Professor
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 186D
Phone: (630) 942-2100
Lisa Saltiel, Program Support Specialist
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), BIC 2E07B
Phone: (630) 942-3303
Arts, Communication, and Hospitality Division
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 219, (630) 942-2048