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.



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.

Illinois Theatre Season 2016-2017

Illinois 2017-2018 Season

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Kirsten Pullen Named Head of Illinois Theatre

Following a national search, Professor Kirsten Pullen became Head of the Department of Theatre on August 16. Dr. Pullen joins us from Texas A&M University where she was a professor of Performance Studies. She had served as Director of Graduate Studies for Texas A&M’s M.A. in Performance Studies from its inception in 2010. From 2012…

Nick Offerman Speaks (Twice)

Illinois Theatre alumnus Nick Offerman (B.F.A. 1993), known for his role of Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, visited campus in March to see Iago’s Plot and to attend a Japan House fundraising event. Offerman spent his Sunday morning regaling an intimate gathering of Theatre students about his experiences at Illinois and beyond. In May, Offerman returned as the main speaker…

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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