UIS Theatre

Our mission is to offer UIS students the opportunity to further develop their talents as theatre artists, by working with great dramatic literature in the classroom and on the stage.

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.)

Up Next:

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), and UIS Theatre faculty scenic designer, Dathan Powell, UIS Theatre looks forward to producing Shakespeare’s MACBETH with students, faculty, staff, community members, and guest artists. (In this “student/faculty showcase production,” the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth will be played by UIS Theatre faculty members Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson and Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson, respectively).

Click on “MACBETH Cast & Crew” to see all of the MACBETH creative team:

MACBETH Cast & Crew

UIS THEATRE and the Department of Art, Music, and Theatre proudly announce a NEW B.A. in THEATRE TO BEGIN FALL, 2017! The B.A. in Theatre at UIS was given final approval by the IBHE at its Sept. 27th meeting. 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. Interested prospective students can now start contacting UIS Theatre and the Department of Art, Music, and Theatre for more information re: earning a Theatre degree at UIS.

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