Illinois Theatre/Chicago Theatre

Our faculty graced Windy City stages this fall. Associate Professor of Scenic Design Regina Garcia created the contemporary museum gallery, hospice apartment, ancient Greek temple, and 17th century artist’s studio for The Rembrandt, produced by Steppenwolf Theatre and featuring longtime company member John Mahoney. The Chicago Sun-Times called her the “unseen star of this production” and praised her…

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In Memoriam: Bernhard R. Works

Professor Emeritus Dr. Bernhard R. Works was Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ first technical director and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1993. He died October 28, 2017, in Middleton, Wisconsin, surrounded by friends and family. In his long career in technical theatre, Dr. Works designed hundreds of productions in schools, colleges,…

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Shaking the Stage: Travesties

Every production—whether in the Studio, the Armory, or the Playhouse—is special. But this fall’s production of Travesties offered a unique opportunity to connect with alums, theatre professionals, and campus initiatives. British wordsmith Tom Stoppard imagines Zurich in 1917, putting surrealist Tristan Tzara, novelist James Joyce, and revolutionary Vladimir Lenin in conversation with each other, the women they…

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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…

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Professor Lisa Gaye Dixon Receives the CU Distinguished Alumni Award

On April 1, the Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation hosted a gala to celebrate the accomplishments of their alumni. Illinois Theatre’s Lisa Gaye Dixon was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award. In a News-Gazettearticle featuring Professor Dixon, the acting teacher spoke about her journey as a teacher and artist. Beyond the teaching of subject matter itself, she noted the…

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Shozo Sato Returns to Illinois Theatre

Iago’s Plot, adapted and directed by Shozo Sato, played to a remarkable response at Krannert Center from March 30 to April 9. Reviews called it “visually stunning, tragic, and haunting,” and noted that “Sato reveals new truth in this classic tale of family dysfunction.” Jessica Kadish, current M.F.A. student in acting, described the process as…

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St. Louis Stories

Students and faculty from the Department of Theatre performed as part of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival in St. Louis Stories, adapted from unpublished short stories by Tennessee Williams. Included in the group were B.F.A. students Sara Freedland, Hannah Schumacher, and Yvon Streacker, Ph.D. student Kyle Thomas, and faculty members Tom Mitchell and JW…

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My Life in Art: Daniel Sullivan and Donald Margulies

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Donald Margulies and Tony Award-winning Swanlund Professor, Daniel Sullivan discussed their long history of collaborating on plays from off-Broadway to Broadway and beyond. The conversation on April 1, 2016 at the Knight Auditorium in the Spurlock Museum was filled with laughter, stories, advice, and a charge to pursue your passion in theatre….

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We’re #2!

Illinois Theatre is moving up in the rankings! College Factual, a nationwide ranking service, has ranked Theatre at Illinois as the #2 undergraduate program in the category of Drama and Theatre Arts. This is a step ahead of our #3 ranking from the recent past. As a part of this ranking, College Factual takes into…

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My Life in Art: Sandra Marquez

Illinois Theatre hosted a conversation between MFA alumna, Sandra Marquez and Professor Lisa Gaye Dixon on September 14, 2016 at the Knight Auditorium in the Spurlock Museum. Marquez is an actor, director and educator, as well as a longtime ensemble member of Teatro Vista, the Midwest’s only Equity Latino theater company. She was recently inducted…

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