At Northwestern, we approach art in extraordinary ways.
Cross-departmental interaction and collaborations among faculty and students offer fertile ground for inspiration and expression. Our school is an incubator for new and original work, and home to some of the country's most exciting new theatre productions in our American Music Theatre Project.
Northwestern is the place you'll find synergy between departments and across disciplines, where workshops involving writers and performers, producers and musicians, can often result in remarkable new productions like Frank Galati's Long Gay Book and Mary Zimmerman's 11 Rooms of Proust.
Pristine, professionally appointed, and full of possibilities, the School of Communication’s newly completed soundstage is open to students — and limitless opportunities for collaboration.
At left, a student adds the sound of crunching leaves to a film scene using the Foley pit in the new sound studio.
Whether you feel most comfortable on a stage or typing on a keyboard, Northwestern can show you new ways to bring your art to life.
In Chicago, you’ll find the new capital of original theatre production. From the Lookingglass Theatre, founded by Northwestern alum David Schwimmer, to the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, also founded by alumna Barbara Gaines, vibrant new works are always in production. Our students have the opportunity to get hands-on experience working with some of Chicago’s critically acclaimed theatre companies through commissions and staged readings with the program. For the past eight years, Chicago Dramatists has dedicated one Saturday a year to staged readings of 10-minute plays by students in the Northwestern MFA program.
In addition to this partnership with Chicago Dramatists, MFAs have collaborated with notable Chicago theater companies Remy Bumppo, American Theatre Company, Next Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Company, and Steep Theatre Company.
Recent commissions and staged readings for MFAs include:
- Katherine Royal (’16) and Sofya Weitz (‘15) both received commissions and workshops at Steep Theatre.
- Practice Babies, a commission by Shannon Pritchard (’14), received a staged reading at Timeline in April 2015.
- Erin Austin’s (‘13) play, Mary M: Future Bible Babe, was chosen for a development workshop at American Theater Company in the Spring of 2014.
- Ethan Kass (’12) workshopped his play FAT with American Theater Company.
- American Theatre Company produced The Beautiful Dark by Erik Gernand (’09).