We foster the idea that theatre is a vital artistic event, which brings people together to respond to one another’s experiences/stories and to the world in which we live. We expose students to the work of the world’s great theatre artists.
(In photo above: UIS Theatre students from left to right, Alessandro Vasquez as “John Worthing,” Beatrice Bonner as “Cecily Cardew,” Diamond Dixon as “Gwendolen Fairfax,” and Christopher Vemagiri Marbaniang as “Algernon Moncrieff” in the fall 2015 UIS Theatre production of Oscar Wilde’s THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.)
With our upcoming fall ’16 production, UIS Theatre observes the current 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. With special guest theatre artists Bill Kincaid (Director), D.C. Wright (Fight Choreographer), and Katie Eickhoff (Costume Designer), UIS Theatre looks forward to producing Shakespeare’s MACBETH in a student/faculty/community/guest artist production.
UIS Theatre and the Department of Art, Music, and Theatre proudly announce a new B.A. in Theatre to begin Fall 2017 (pending final IBHE approval). The major in Theatre provides students the opportunity to gain knowledge of human cultures and to practice integrative and applied learning through challenging coursework in performance, design, technology, directing, and playwriting, as well as the opportunity to work in various productions as an actor, a director, a playwright, a stage manager, a dramaturg, a designer, a make-up artist, or as a lighting, sound, or props technician. The curriculum provides opportunities for students to further develop their talents as theatre artists by working with great dramatic literature in the classroom and on the stage, and includes both discipline-specific skills and transferable skills for a variety of jobs. The enhanced exploration of the collaboration needed to create a fully-realized production prepares students for a variety of real world work experiences including project management, team work, and working with a limited budget. Students with a B.A. in Theatre may pursue occupations directly related to theatre (acting, directing, producing, stage managing, playwriting, set, costume, lighting design, etc.), as well as careers in arts management, education, counseling, non-profit management, media industries, law, advertising and marketing, and public relations, just to name a few. Theatre faculty members bring a wealth of artistic experience to creating intimate classroom and studio experiences for students.