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Theatre at a glance

North Central’s Theatre major will prepare you to excel in all aspects of theatre, including performing, directing, producing, set designing, and mastering the technical side of theatre production. You’ll also use theatre to explore big questions about faith and life as you learn to use drama as a tool for evangelism and edification.

What sets us apart

Earn a Theatre Scholarship at North Central.

We offer Theatre Scholarships worth up to $3,000 per year for Theatre majors.

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Audition to earn a Theatre Scholarship

The College of Fine Arts awards Theatre Scholarships up to $3,000 per year for students interested in pursuing their calling in theatre. Scholarships are awarded based on your audition and interview with faculty. These awards aren’t need-based and are renewable for up to 4 years, provided you continue to meet the scholarship requirements.

Visit our financial aid site to learn more about Theatre Scholarships and how you can apply.

The skyline of downtown Minneapolis.
The Minneapolis theatre scene

Experience the world of professional theatre firsthand.

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World-class theatre, right at your doorstep

Theatre is thriving in Minneapolis, giving you opportunities to experience all the cultural richness, diversity, and artistic expression that theatre has to offer. Our city is home to nearly 100 theater companies and more than 30 theater venues, including the world-renowned Guthrie Theater and the Hennepin Theatre Trust. In fact, we offer the 2nd most theatre seats per capita in the nation, behind only New York City.

Other companies and venues include:

  • Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
  • Brave New Workshop
  • Children’s Theatre Company
  • New Century Theatre
  • Mixed Blood Theater
  • Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Theatre in the Round Players
  • Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Minnesota Opera

Historically, Minnesota ranks near the top nationwide in federal and state arts funding. It also has a strong history of private arts philanthropy. In the last few years, nearly $500 million for the arts has been given by individual donors and foundations, creating an art boom. Minneapolis’ community of artists and performers will give you opportunities to rub elbows with and learn from the pros. If you’re planning on pursuing your calling in theatre, Minneapolis is the place to do it.

A theatre performance at North Central.
North Central theatre productions

Practice your craft in North Central’s theatrical productions.

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Participate in on-campus performances

The best way to perfect your theatrical craft is through practice, and North Central’s Theatre program will give you opportunities to do just that. We put on multiple on-campus theatrical productions every year. As a Theatre student, you’ll be able to get involved in many different facets, from acting, to producing, to set design and lighting.

You can also get involved with the North Central’s Acting Ensemble, a group that travels to churches throughout Minnesota to share the Gospel through theatre.

  • Skills you’ll gain

    When you graduate from the Theatre program, you’ll be prepared with skills in:

    • Acting
    • Directing
    • Costume design
    • Set design
    • Lighting design
    • Sound effects
    • Publicity
    • Stage managing
    • Script writing
    • Basic sewing
    • Set construction
    • Light and sound board operation
    • Technical directing
    • House managing
  • Potential careers

    Our graduates succeed in a variety of jobs and careers. Here are some possibilities:

    • Actor
    • Playwright or scriptwriter
    • Director
    • Designer (set, costumes, lights, sound)
    • Drama minister
    • Stage manager
    • Producer
    • Teacher
    • Stage technician
  • Minors & supporting programs

    We want you to be well-rounded and well-prepared when you graduate, so you’ll have the opportunity to choose a minor or supporting program so you can explore another area of interest. Here are some possibilities:

    • Church Ministries
    • Evangelism & Church Planting
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Media Production
    • Public Relations and Advertising
    • Urban Studies
    • Worship Leading
    • Youth Ministries

    See the full list of minors and supporting programs.

Music Performance alum Norah Long.
Independent Professional Performing Artist, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Norah Long '91
Minneapolis, MN

"North Central provides both excellence in education and a safe structure in which to explore both classroom learning and lessons of how to become successfully independent and responsible members of our world."


All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete the Theatre degree.

Meet one of your professors
Faculty Member Wayne Matthews.
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Wayne Matthews

Assistant Professor

I first discovered and participated in theatre clear back in high school. I later realized just how effective this art form can be to speak to, and bring understanding and personal connection to the person seeing it. I love theatre and its potential to creatively communicate an important story and truth that have the possibilities to change an outlook, an attitude, a mind, or even someone’s heart!

What are your areas of expertise?

Most of my experience is in directing. I have been directing plays and musicals (over 50 of them) for over twenty five years. My graduate training is in the area of design. I love helping students think about not just directing theatre, but the whole production concept. I want students to understand and explore how the characters, the colors, textures, costumes, the look, the architecture, the feel and mood all work together to communicate the piece of theatre.

What do you love about teaching at North Central?

The students are what I love about being at North Central! The opportunity to work with students who are vibrant, love their craft, and who are excited to learn and develop their talents and skills is rewarding. I also love the fact that we can explore theatre from a Christian worldview and prepare students to make an impact on and through the arts!

What are your favorite classes to teach?

I love teaching all the classes in my discipline. If I had to pick a couple, they would probably be Fundamentals of Acting and Directing I. I love watching students not only get a hold of the principles of acting and directing, but also discovering something about themselves and their own creative ability and voice.