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Private funding is the critical factor in continuing the standard of excellence for our students, faculty, programs, and facilities.

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In the form below, please indicate the donation amount and click “Continue Donation.” After confirming the amount, you will be directed to the University of Illinois Foundation’s secure Online Giving site for your personal and credit card information.

For more information or to discuss specific giving options for Theatre, please email Bethany Whoric or call (217) 300-6042.

I would like my donation allocated to the following fund(s):

The General Development Fund supports scholarships, research, and departmental programs. This unrestricted fund gives the greatest flexibility in meeting the Department of Theatre’s most pressing needs.


Many promising applicants and continuing students have financial need, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups in the theatre profession. This fund supports students who would otherwise be denied access to the full educational opportunities of Illinois Theatre.


In 2022, professor of Acting and Theatre Studies, Tom Mitchell, retired after thirty-nine years of service. In his career with Illinois Theatre, Tom was interim department head twice, a regular member of the department advisory committee, and most recently head of acting. His work here has touched thousands of students and faculty. We are very pleased to honor Tom with a scholarship fund in his name that will help us recognize and extend that legacy in the next generation of students. The fund will provide undergraduate scholarships for theatre majors.


This fund, named for Professor Emeritus Dr. Robin McFarquhar, awards a scholarship for further training or certification and an engraved sword to a graduating BFA or MFA acting student with a focus in stage combat.

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