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Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson
Professor of Theatre

Email: ethib1@uis.edu
Phone: 217-206-6613
Office: VPA 127A

Originally from Minneapolis, Eric has directed and acted professionally at theatres across the country. Eric earned an M.F.A. in Acting from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from The University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.

Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson

Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson
Associate Professor of Theatre

Email: mthom1@uis.edu
Phone: 217-206-8307
Office: VPA 127C

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. 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.

Dathan Powell

Dathan Powell
Associate Professor of Theatre

Email: dpowe5@uis.edu
Phone: 217-206-8587
Office: VPA 127B

Dathan Powell is a native of Central Illinois and returns to the area to join the growing theatre program at UIS. He has worked as Scenic Designer for a variety of different productions and venues. Dathan received his MFA in Scene Design from Indiana University-Bloomington, and his BFA in Theatre from the School of Theatre Arts at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Meet Our Staff

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Amanda Lazzara
Department of Art, Music, and Theatre (AMT) Front Office

Amanda Lazzara comes to UIS from her hometown of Bradley, IL. She pursued her undergraduate studies at Valparaiso University, in Valparaiso, IN, where she earned a minor in Musical Theatre.  Amanda has many years of theatre experience both on stage as an actor, and behind the scenes as a technical assistant and makeup artist. She has performed for a variety of organizations in the Chicago area, and now in Springfield.

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Hamdalat Demi Talabi
UIS THEATRE Student Worker

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UIS THEATRE Production Coordinator, LLE Position

An Update to this position will soon be announced here.

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Janet Ferry-Campbell
UIS THEATRE Scene Shop Manager, Extra Help Position

Janet has enjoyed working in theatrical backstage areas at a number of venues across Illinois. Janet has been a key part of transforming the UIS Theatre Scene Shop. She is happy to join the growing UIS THEATRE team.

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Claire Larson
UIS THEATRE Scene Shop Assistant, LLE Position