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.

Illinois Theatre Season 2017-2018

Illinois 2017-2018 Season

Illinois Theatre Facebook

50 years

We are 50: Anniversary Celebration March 3-5, 2018

Associate Professor and Associate Head Tom Mitchell is spearheading efforts to mark 50 years of Illinois Theatre. Alumni and other friends of Illinois Theatre are invited to a weekend celebration of our past, present, and future. Highlighting our five decades of innovative teaching and production, as well as our efforts to diversify U.S. stages, we will…

Social Media team student

Meet the Social Media Team

Our smart and sassy student workers, Susan Bywaters, Esther Fishbein, Hannah Schumacher, Alexandra Smith, and Vincent Williams, are developing an expanded social media presence for Illinois Theatre. Like Illinois Theatre on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @TheatreIllinois, and find us on Instagram at illinoistheatre. We are featuring lots of behind-the-scenes information about our classes and productions, as well as…

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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