Associate Professor of Theatre
Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson comes to UIS via ATLANTA, GA, CHARLOTTE, NC, AUSTIN, TX, AND New York City, among other cities. In addition to teaching various theatre classes, Missy is also an actor and director. New York City credits include directing David Mamet's THE FROG PRINCE and Samuel Beckett's FOOTFALLS and CATASTROPHE, and playing the title role in SEE JANE RUN, all at The Theatre Studio, Inc. While in New York, she also performed at The Looking Glass Theatre, West Bank Cafe Downstairs Theatre, and The Hamlet of Bank Street Theatre. Around the country, she has acted at the Shawnee Theatre, McLeod Summer Playhouse, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Austin Shakespeare Festival, Chickspeare Theatre Company, BareBones Theatre Group, Live Oak Theatre, and Zachary Scott Theatre. Recent Credits include playing Truvy in Robert Harling's STEEL MAGNOLIAS (2010), Sue Bayless in Arthur Miller's ALL MY SONS (2011), and directing Steve Martin's PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE (2011), all at The Shawnee Theatre. In 2010, she played Kristine in Over-the-Moon's production of A DOLL'S HOUSE.
She was the primary Acting faculty member at UNC-Charlotte for 3 years, and has also taught at Cornell University, Illinois College, and Georgia Perimeter College. In addition to teaching various theatre courses, she directs one show per year for UIS Theatre, (See Past Productions for details). Her next directing credit will be Sam Shepard's TRUE WEST for UIS Theatre in Spring 2012.
Missy has presented papers and/or workshops at the Association for Theatre in Higher Eduction (ATHE), the Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC), the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), and the Illinois Theatre Association (ITA). Her MATC paper/presentation, "Pushing the Envelope for Ourselves and Our Audiences" was published in KC Stage Magazine, and her paper, "Images in Picnic: How Far Have We Come?" was presented at the William Inge Theatre Festival, and subsequently deposited in the Inge Collection at Independence Community College.
Missy received her MFA in Acting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her BFA in Drama Education from the University of Texas at Austin.