Meet Our Faculty: Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson

Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson

Associate Professor of Theatre

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Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson comes to UIS via Atlanta, GA, Charlotte, NC, Austin, TX, and New York City, among other cities. 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 classes, Missy is also an actor and director, and directs one show per year for UIS Theatre.

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 Café Downstairs Theatre, and The Hamlet of Bank Street Theatre. Internationally, she performed the role of Holofernes in Prague Shakespeare Company’s production of LOVE’S LABOR’S LOST (2019), as a member of PSC’s Summer Shakespeare Intensive program.

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 Lady Bird Johnson in ALL THE WAY (2018) and M’Lynn in STEEL MAGNOLIAS (2017), both at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, as well as Lady Macbeth in the UIS “Faculty/Student Showcase” production of MACBETH (2016), Blanche for UIS Theatre’s production of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (2015), Elizabeth Proctor in THE CRUCIBLE for Theatre in the Park (2013), and Truvy in Robert Harling’s STEEL MAGNOLIAS (2010—Shawnee Summer Theatre & 2012—McLeod Summer Playhouse). Also for Shawnee Summer Theatre, she played Sue Bayless in Arthur Miller’s ALL MY SONS (2011), and directed Steve Martin’s PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE (2011). She is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).

Missy has presented papers and/or workshops at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (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 papers, “Images in Picnic: How Far Have We Come?” and “A Complex Evening–A Complex Playwright: William Inge” were presented at the William Inge Theatre Festival, and subsequently deposited in the Inge Collection at Independence Community College. For KCACTF Region 3, she is the current Illinois State Chair, a Selection Committee member, and the Irene Ryan Scholarship Audition Coordinator.

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.