Sponsor an Illinois Theatre Production

Every year, Illinois Theatre mounts six productions, four in our Studio Theatre and two in the Playhouse Festival Theatre. These productions are our laboratories, offering students opportunities to hone their skills with an audience; to stage manage 0ur professional-level productions; to design and build sets, props and costumes; to develop media and lighting designs and see them realized; to work with resident and guest directors as dramaturgs and assistants. Not surprisingly, the larger our budgets, the more opportunities we have to hire leading guest artists, to invest in new technologies, and to offer our students more freedom to let their design and technical imaginations grow. Your support of a specific production helps us maximize those opportunities. Sponsors are recognized in the program, invited to the opening night reception, and have the opportunity to attend rehearsal.

The 2018-19 Season, Power and Pleasure, offers these sponsorship opportunities:

To sponsor one of these productions, please click the link below and indicate which production you’d like to support.

And thank you!

An American Daughter (directed by Professor Tom Mitchell), is a timely and politically inspiring study of how power moves through families and friends as well as across nations. The late playwright Wendy Wasserstein humanizes the political, creating an intelligent play that also bursts with humor and hurt.
A Hit the Wall (directed by Robert Anderson) restages the Stonewall Riots as a demonstration of how power suppresses what it considers non-normative pleasure. Featuring a live band and a multivoiced narrative, Hit the Wall remembers the past but points bravely to the future.
The Persecution and Assassination of Jean Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade (directed by guest Laura Hackman) takes a deep look at the extremes of institutional power and the definitions of pleasure. Peter Weiss’ 1963 classic exploration of madness, history, and revolution takes on new resonance this fall.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (directed by Latrelle Bright)is based on Mark Haddon’s prizewinning 2003 novel, this play-within-a-play explores the bonds between parent and child, and what it means to accept shortcomings in those we love.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (directed by Professor JW Morrissette) should please fans of musical theatre, slapstick humor, and togas. To quote Prologus, our host for the show: “Something familiar, Something peculiar, Something for everyone —a comedy tonight!”
Because I Am Your Queen Tectonic Theatre (The Laramie Project, 33 Variations) founding member Barbara Pitts McAdams collaborates with our students on the world premiere of this devised piece. What would theatrical and cinematic queens say and do if they were all together at a day spa?