Illinois Commencement and Graduation 2020 Update

2020 University of Illinois Commencement and departmental graduation convocations will not take place as scheduled in May due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Diplomas will be mailed, and we are exploring possible alternatives such as rescheduling and/or hosting virtual events to honor the Class of 2020. We will update this page as information becomes available.

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.

Student Director in KCACTF’s National Playwrighting Program 2021

Rebecca Goodman, a junior Theatre Studies student, was selected as a Student Director in KCACTF’s National Playwrighting Program, 2021.  As one of only six directors selected from the region, she directed A Home Bar Means You’re Fine by Jayne Deely about how people cope with the “new normal” that the pandemic has brought upon everyone. The plays were…

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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