Theatre Schools in The Midwest - 2017 Ranking

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Our 2017 ranking contains theatre 334 schools offering majors in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Theatre-Schools.com team ranks Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), DePaul University (Chicago, IL), and University of Michigan Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI) the best three theatre schools in the Midwest.

See the Top 50 Theatre schools in the Midwest below or narrow your search by program, state, or city in the Midwest.


Top 50 theatre schools in the Midwest:

Northwestern University - Theatre School Ranking
1. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL, 18 theatre programs

DePaul University - Theatre School Ranking
2. DePaul University

Chicago, IL, 9 theatre programs

University of Michigan Ann Arbor - Theatre School Ranking
3. University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI, 5 theatre programs

Ohio University - Theatre School Ranking
4. Ohio University

Athens, OH, 11 theatre programs

Indiana University Bloomington - Theatre School Ranking
5. Indiana University Bloomington

Bloomington, IN, 6 theatre programs

University of Minnesota Twin Cities - Theatre School Ranking
6. University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN, 4 theatre programs

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign - Theatre School Ranking
7. University of Illinois

Champaign, IL, 3 theatre programs

Ohio State University - Theatre School Ranking
8. Ohio State University

Columbus, OH, 4 theatre programs

University of Wisconsin Madison - Theatre School Ranking
9. University of Wisconsin Madison

Madison, WI, 4 theatre programs

Purdue University - Theatre School Ranking
10. Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN, 6 theatre programs

Wayne State University - Theatre School Ranking
11. Wayne State University

Detroit, MI, 4 theatre programs

University of Nebraska Lincoln - Theatre School Ranking
12. University of Nebraska Lincoln

Lincoln, NE, 3 theatre programs

University of Missouri Columbia - Theatre School Ranking
13. University of Missouri Columbia

Columbia, MO, 3 theatre programs

Washington University in St Louis - Theatre School Ranking
14. Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, MO, 3 theatre programs

University of Chicago - Theatre School Ranking
15. University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, 2 theatre programs

Case Western Reserve University - Theatre School Ranking
16. Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH, 3 theatre programs

Columbia College Chicago - Theatre School Ranking
17. Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, IL, 7 theatre programs

Bowling Green State University - Theatre School Ranking
18. Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green, OH, 7 theatre programs

University of Iowa - Theatre School Ranking
19. University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA, 6 theatre programs

Kent State University at Kent - Theatre School Ranking
20. Kent State University

Kent, OH, 4 theatre programs

University of Notre Dame - Theatre School Ranking
21. University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN, 2 theatre programs

Illinois State University - Theatre School Ranking
22. Illinois State University

Normal, IL, 3 theatre programs

University of Cincinnati - Theatre School Ranking
23. University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH, 3 theatre programs

Webster University - Theatre School Ranking
24. Webster University

Saint Louis, MO, 6 theatre programs

University of Missouri Kansas City - Theatre School Ranking
25. University of Missouri Kansas City

Kansas City, MO, 4 theatre programs

Roosevelt University - Theatre School Ranking
26. Roosevelt University

Chicago, IL, 4 theatre programs

Eastern Michigan University - Theatre School Ranking
27. Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, MI, 5 theatre programs

Lindenwood University - Theatre School Ranking
28. Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO, 9 theatre programs

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee - Theatre School Ranking
29. University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI, 3 theatre programs

Michigan State University - Theatre School Ranking
30. Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI, 2 theatre programs

Missouri State University Springfield - Theatre School Ranking
31. Missouri State University Springfield

Springfield, MO, 4 theatre programs

Loyola University Chicago - Theatre School Ranking
32. Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, IL, 4 theatre programs

Minnesota State University Mankato - Theatre School Ranking
33. Minnesota State University Mankato

Mankato, MN, 5 theatre programs

University of Northern Iowa - Theatre School Ranking
34. University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA, 6 theatre programs

Stephens College - Theatre School Ranking
35. Stephens College

Columbia, MO, 8 theatre programs

Kansas State University - Theatre School Ranking
36. Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS, 3 theatre programs

University of Kansas - Theatre School Ranking
37. University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS, 4 theatre programs

Northern Illinois University - Theatre School Ranking
38. Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, IL, 2 theatre programs

Central Michigan University - Theatre School Ranking
39. Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI, 6 theatre programs

Oberlin College - Theatre School Ranking
40. Oberlin College

Oberlin, OH, 2 theatre programs

Bradley University - Theatre School Ranking
41. Bradley University

Peoria, IL, 8 theatre programs

University of Akron - Theatre School Ranking
42. University of Akron

Akron, OH, 7 theatre programs

Viterbo University - Theatre School Ranking
43. Viterbo University

La Crosse, WI, 9 theatre programs

Wichita State University - Theatre School Ranking
44. Wichita State University

Wichita, KS, 3 theatre programs

University of Illinois at Chicago - Theatre School Ranking
45. University of Illinois

Chicago, IL, 6 theatre programs

Western Illinois University - Theatre School Ranking
46. Western Illinois University

Macomb, IL, 3 theatre programs

Miami University Oxford - Theatre School Ranking
47. Miami University Oxford

Oxford, OH, 2 theatre programs

University of South Dakota - Theatre School Ranking
48. University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD, 4 theatre programs

University of Michigan Flint - Theatre School Ranking
49. University of Michigan Flint

Flint, MI, 3 theatre programs

University of Southern Indiana - Theatre School Ranking
50. University of Southern Indiana

Evansville, IN, 2 theatre programs



Theatre schools in the Midwest by state:

Schools by State44 Theatre Schools in Illinois32 Theatre Schools in Indiana24 Theatre Schools in Iowa23 Theatre Schools in Kansas42 Theatre Schools in Michigan39 Theatre Schools in Minnesota33 Theatre Schools in Missouri13 Theatre Schools in Nebraska5 Theatre Schools in North Dakota46 Theatre Schools in Ohio6 Theatre Schools in South Dakota27 Theatre Schools in Wisconsin


Theatre programs in the Midwest:

General Drama: 270 schools
Acting and Performing: 80 schools
Screenwriting and Playwriting: 12 schools
Design and Technology: 82 schools
Management and Directing: 27 schools

Theatre schools in other regions:

Northeast: 277 schools
South: 426 schools
West: 279 schools

Popular theatre school cities in the Midwest:

in Illinois:
Bloomington: 1 school
Carbondale: 1 school
Champaign: 2 schools
Chicago: 10 schools
Decatur: 1 school
Dekalb: 1 school
Evanston: 1 school
Macomb: 1 school
Naperville: 1 school
Normal: 1 school
in Indiana:
Bloomington: 1 school
Evansville: 2 schools
Indianapolis: 3 schools
Muncie: 1 school
Notre Dame: 2 schools
West Lafayette: 1 school
in Iowa:
Ames: 1 school
Cedar Falls: 1 school
Des Moines: 2 schools
Dubuque: 3 schools
Iowa City: 1 school
in Kansas:
El Dorado: 1 school
Lawrence: 2 schools
Manhattan: 1 school
Wichita: 2 schools
in Michigan:
Ann Arbor: 2 schools
Detroit: 3 schools
East Lansing: 1 school
Flint: 2 schools
Kalamazoo: 2 schools
Mount Pleasant: 1 school
Rochester Hills: 2 schools
Troy: 1 school
Ypsilanti: 1 school
in Minnesota:
Brooklyn Park: 2 schools
Duluth: 1 school
Mankato: 2 schools
Minneapolis: 4 schools
Moorhead: 2 schools
Northfield: 2 schools
Saint Cloud: 2 schools
Saint Paul: 8 schools
Winona: 2 schools
in Missouri:
Cape Girardeau: 1 school
Columbia: 2 schools
Kansas City: 3 schools
Kirksville: 1 school
Saint Charles: 1 school
Saint Louis: 7 schools
Springfield: 3 schools
Warrensburg: 1 school
in Nebraska:
Lincoln: 2 schools
Omaha: 3 schools
in Ohio:
Akron: 1 school
Athens: 1 school
Berea: 1 school
Bowling Green: 1 school
Cincinnati: 2 schools
Cleveland: 3 schools
Columbus: 4 schools
Dayton: 3 schools
Gambier: 1 school
Kent: 1 school
Oberlin: 1 school
Oxford: 1 school
in South Dakota:
Vermillion: 1 school
in Wisconsin:
Appleton: 1 school
Green Bay: 2 schools
Kenosha: 2 schools
La Crosse: 2 schools
Madison: 2 schools
Menomonie: 1 school
Milwaukee: 5 schools
Stevens Point: 1 school
Whitewater: 1 school
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