Offering 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. Check out UIS Theatre's '22-'23 Season!

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Our Theatre

The UIS Studio Theatre is both intimate and flexible as a theatre performance space, and is recognized as one of the finest theatre venues in the Springfield area. Seating ranges from 100 to 318 seats, depending on the particular stage configuration used for each production. Audiences and performers alike enjoy a very acting-centered theatre.

Our History

In 1971, under the leadership of Guy Romans, the then Sangamon State University repertory company began a memorable period of producing plays that lasted until the early 1980s. In the fall of 2002, The University of Illinois at Springfield installed its new Theatre Program.

Our Mission

As students develop an effective and reliable process of working in the theatre, they gain an appreciation of how theatre works and how its history is made. In addition, students participating in theatre also develop a strong sense of teamwork, as the process of creating theatre is largely collaborative.

  • We provide the aspiring theatre student with a professional setting in which to work as an actor, a director, a playwright, a stage manager, a dramaturg, a costume designer, a make-up artist, or as a lightingsound, or props technician.
  • We believe that the study of theatre becomes more enjoyable when students apply in the lab (the theatre) what they learn in the classroom. Students who graduate from UIS with work accomplished in our theatre program not only become more sophisticated theatre patrons, but for some, a career in the theatre may begin.

Volunteer and Off-Stage Opportunities

The UIS Theatre department invites all theatre artists to audition for roles or apply for offstage work in one of our upcoming productions.

Currently enrolled UIS students are given primary consideration in casting roles and backstage assignments, as well as in determining each production.

Theatre Events

Student-Directed Scenes

Performances from Dec 01, 07:30 pm -
UIS Theatre announces the return of "Student Directed Scenes," which showcases the final projects of students in the Fall 2022 "Directing for the Theatre" class (THE 476). Join us in the Studio Theatre for an interesting variety pack of scenes from contemporary American plays. Numerous casting opportunities are available for these scenes. OPEN AUDITIONS/OPEN CREW INTERVIEWS look to be in early November, in VPA 170. Keep checking our website for updates.

Student-Directed Scenes

Performances from Dec 02, 07:30 pm -
UIS Theatre announces the return of "Student Directed Scenes," which showcases the final projects of students in the Fall 2022 "Directing for the Theatre" class (THE 476). Join us in the Studio Theatre for an interesting variety pack of scenes from contemporary American plays. Numerous casting opportunities are available for these scenes. OPEN AUDITIONS/OPEN CREW INTERVIEWS look to be in early November, in VPA 170. Keep checking our website for updates.

Open Crew Interviews

Performances from Jan 22, 06:00 pm - Jan 22, 07:00 pm
Nothing to prepare - headshots/resumés appreciated, but not required Performances are held in the Studio Theatre of the Performing Arts Center. Performance dates: Friday, March 31st Saturday, April 1stSunday, April 2ndThursday April 6thFriday, April 7thSaturday April 8th

"On the Verge" Open Auditions

Performances from Jan 22, 07:00 pm -
Directed by Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson Mary, Fanny, and Alexandra bushwhack their way through Terra Incognita--the globe's final undiscovered land. These intrepid explorers test their friendship and courage as they come face to face with psychics, yetis, trolls and...Cool Whip?! With wonder, humor and grace, On the Verge (or The Geography of Yearning) navigates the search for our place in the world. Commonwealtheatre.org A limited number of scripts are available for check-out at the…

Open Crew Interviews

Performances from Jan 23, 06:00 pm - Jan 23, 07:00 pm
Nothing to prepare - headshots/resumés appreciated, but not required Performances are held in the Studio Theatre of the Performing Arts Center. Performance dates: Friday, March 31st Saturday, April 1stSunday, April 2ndThursday April 6thFriday, April 7thSaturday April 8th

On the Verge (or The Geography of Yearning)

Performances from Mar 31, 07:30 pm -
Directed by Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson  Mary, Fanny, and Alexandra bushwhack their way through Terra Incognita--the globe's final undiscovered land. These intrepid explorers test their friendship and courage as they come face to face with psychics, yetis, trolls and…Cool Whip?! With wonder, humor and grace, On The Verge (or The Geography of Yearning) navigates the search for our place in the world.Commonwealtheatre.org

Theatre News

Jul 28, 2022
UIS Theatre Announces the '22-'23 Season Celebrating 20 Years of Theatre that Matters Fall 2022 MEDEA by Euripides A new translation by…