Department of Theatre

Start your professional theatre career
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Don't just imagine your professional theatre career. Begin it. Our rigorous, dedicated training empowers you with the practical skills to become a working theatre professional, whether your art lives onstage, backstage, or somewhere beyond.
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Opportunities abound

Hungry for experience? You'll be an integral part of our production season, with opportunities from Illinois Theatre, Lyric Theatre, the Department of Dance, and more. You'll put your classwork into action with a wide-ranging, ambitious production season .
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World-class facilities

You'll train and work in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, a 300,000 square-foot performing arts and academic facility. Krannert houses five indoor stages, and each venue is designed for a particular style of performance with a fine-tuned blend of beauty and cutting-edge technology.
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Work with the best

At Illinois Theatre, our faculty are also industry-leading professionals, and you won’t just learn from them—you’ll work alongside them to create incredible theatre experiences.

Join our celebrated alumni network

Our alumni are extensions of our unique creative community, using their skills in professional settings—from theatres to boardrooms.

We've got your back.

Take the next step to further your passion, empower yourself with practical skills, and explore your professional theatre career now. We can’t wait to have you here.

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