J.W. Morrissette has served in the Department of Theatre for 19 years. He is currently the Assistant Head for Academic Programs in the department. He has also served as the chair of the BFA Theatre Studies Program as well as the assistant program coordinator for INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre. He completed his BFA in Acting at Otterbein College in Westerville, OH and both his MFA in Acting and MA in Theatre History at the University of Illinois. While attending Otterbein, he worked for Stuart Howard and Associates Casting in New York interning as a casting assistant for many Broadway productions and television commercials. J.W. has taught and directed for the past 18 years with the summer Theatre Department at Interlochen Center for the Arts as well as directing and teaching at Parkland College. For the University of Illinois, in addition to overseeing the Theatre Studies Program he teaches Acting, Directing, Introduction to Theatre Arts. He has been integral in developing components for the online course offerings in the department as well as supervising all senior Theatre Studies Thesis Projects. He has spent several summers acting with the Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Interlochen Shakespeare Festival and directs professionally when time allows. He has received the Provost’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award at the University of Illinois.