Theatre Arts Administration, B.A.

Are you passionate about the performing arts but aren't as interested in practicing the arts? Are you passionate about performing, but also interested in the business aspects of theatre? The Theatre Arts Administration program at CUC offers you the opportunity to explore both the theatre and business side through two different degree tracks.

Program Overview

Through this program, you will take classes in both College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Business. Our program is designed for those with interest in the production and managerial aspects of theatre. Both degree tracks require you to take comprehensive business and theatre courses.

Our bachelor of science degree is in business administration with an emphasis in theatre arts administration, and is for those looking to explore the administrative side of theatre while incorporating the arts into their studies. Our bachelor of arts degree in theatre arts administration is suited for someone interested in working in theatre as a performing artist, who also wants to understand the business side of theatre.

General Course Information

Courses will vary pending the degree track you choose: bachelor of arts or bachelor of science. The bachelor of science requires more business core courses, while the bachelor of arts requires more theater core courses. Both offer numerous elective choices in theater and business.

Our courses are designed to teach you the foundations of both theatre and business, and how they intersect in arts administration. Required courses emphasize the performing and technical aspects of theatre through history, foundations, acting, directing and more. Simultaneously, you will study the business side of theatre, with courses covering accounting, economics, management, marketing, finance and more. The bachelor of science degree track also includes not-for-profit courses that emphasize accounting, finance, board governance, policy, grants and contract management.

For details about required courses and course descriptions, please visit our online catalog.


There are many opportunities to explore a variety of theatre as the metropolitan Chicago region is home to thousands of theater venues including:

  • Goodman Theatre
  • The Apollo Theatre
  • Second City
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Arie Crown Theatre
  • Beverly Arts Center
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
  • Drury Lane
  • Village Players Theatre
  • Oriental Theatre

At CUC, students are encouraged to take an internship in theatre, which allows you to gain hands-on experience while earning credit towards your degree.

Our theatre group Artists of Concordia Theatre (A.C.T.) offers you the opportunity to perform on stage and/or participate backstage in four major productions each academic year. A.C.T. also offers summer theatre workshops for children—the perfect opportunity to gain instructional experience. Our drama ministry team, Fish Out of the Water, performs for on-campus chapel services, area churches, and churches around the country.

Chicago is home to not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, community businesses, arts districts and Fortune 500 Companies. There are endless opportunities to gain real-world experience. You can also join CUC’s Business Club.

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Career Possibilities


Art Education Manager

Marketing Coordinator

Special Events Manager

Stage Manager

Artistic Director

Facility Manager

Chief Financial Officer

Grants Manager

Public Relations Specialist

Production Manager

Television Anchor

Radio Broadcaster