Theatre and music students at Dominican have access to a variety of opportunities to practice their skills and make connections.
Theatre Arts Lab Series
Part of the curriculum for theatre arts majors and minors, the Theatre Arts Lab Series (TALS) consists of three student productions per year: a classical play, a contemporary play and a musical. This gives students the chance to work on a wide variety of genres, time periods and styles over the course of a single season.
TALS adheres to professional industry standards, from set rehearsal schedules to contracts for all cast and crew members, and features professional guest artists. Students build professional networks with artists in all areas of theatre, including directors, actors, musical directors, technicians and designers. This hands-on mentorship provides students with guidance and connections, enabling them to create professional working relationships before graduation.
All students have the opportunity to audition for roles starting in their first year—they do not need to be upperclassmen to be eligible. This gives students the opportunity to advance their skills and apply classwork lessons to production practices.
Additional Performance Options
Theatre arts students may also pursue extracurricular performance options on campus, including:
- Noise from the Basement, Dominican’s improv team, which is coached by a professional Chicago improv artist and performs each week in Chicago
- Choir and dance team opportunities
- The Black Box Experiment, a student-directed production that takes place every other year