Our Mission

We stand for radical inclusion.

We value innovation and collaboration in the creation of new artistic work and in approaches to the classics, along with the development of new technologies and methods of performance research. 

We prepare students for professions in the theatre and related fields by fostering a deep understanding of traditional approaches paired with rigorous training in emerging professional practices.

We empower students to work entrepreneurially and as independent, critical thinkers.

We believe that building cross-disciplinary partnerships will enhance our impact in local, national, and global contexts.

Acting

Acting

The Acting Programs offer intensive conservatory-style training with a deeply personalized approach to ensure that students are prepared for the artistic and business demands facing actors as they begin their careers.

Design, Technology, Management

Design, Technology, Management

Level 21: Design, Technology, Management provides students with rigorous training that focuses on practical experience and enhances skill sets for those who seek to become designers, technicians, technologists, or managers.
Theatre Studies

Theatre Studies

Theatre Studies prepares the next generation of leaders through its focus on such areas as directing, dramaturgy, playwriting, literature, history, theory, and criticism. The program employs practical applications of theatre scholarship and curricular flexibility to allow for a high degree of individual exploration.
Minor in Theatre

Minor in Theatre

The Theatre Minor provides students with a wide variety of opportunities to explore theoretical, historical, and practical approaches to the art of theatre. Through academic study, students learn to approach complex problems from unconventional perspectives and to develop improved skills in critical and analytical thinking.

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2022

It’s a Whole New World

This August, we welcome nine new faculty members to Illinois Theatre. A combination of new lines, restructuring of existing positions, and faculty replacements result in a total faculty of 40! Please welcome Andrea Bouck (Costume Shop Director), José Díaz-Soto (Visiting Assistant Professor of Scenic Design, not pictured), Richard Gregg (Costume Shop Rentals), Rose Kaczmarowski (Assistant Teaching Professor, Costume Design and Technology), Eric Lin(Associate Technical Director), Allison Moody (Visiting…

Robins Hood

Robin McFarquhar Retires

Dr. Robin McFarquhar, a prominent member of the University of Illinois community and a long-time leader in the department, retired July 31 after 35 years of service. He was granted emeritus status on retirement. Dr. McFarquhar distinguished himself as a teacher and mentor. He was awarded the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in…

Bri Sudia

Alumna Bri Sudia (MFA 2012) has taken Chicago by storm in Mary Zimmerman’s new production of Wonderful Town at the Goodman Theatre. Chicago Tribune theatre critic Chris Jones calls casting Bri Sudia the “masterstroke of the production” and her performance both “brilliant” and “career-making.” The Tribune also featured Sudia in an article on her experience…

Morgan Holbrook

Morgan Holbrook – BFA in Stage Management – Just finished The Cherry Orchard starring Diane Lane and Joel Grey. Recent Broadway credits include Blackbird with Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams; The Gin Game with James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson; and The Audience with Helen Mirren.

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