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Theatre Arts

Developing the skills to succeed?on and off stage.

If you want to shine onstage, behind the scenes or writing the scenes, directing or designing, or by shining light on others, you can do it all at 足彩澳门即时盘.

You’ll get more experience than at many undergraduate schools, along with guidance. Besides an actor, designer and technician, you can be a stage manager, director and playwright. Theatre arts majors also can be dramaturgs, researching and presenting the historical context for mainstage productions — a rare opportunity for undergrads.

For an emphasis, you can choose performance, musical theatre, design and technology, or theatre history and research.

You’ll work with inspirational people through a performance season that explores a topic or theme in a range of genres and historical periods — featuring mainstage productions (including a musical, frequently with OperX), a student-produced studio season, and an annual Festival of Short Plays.

足彩澳门即时盘 theatre arts alumni have completed graduate programs in theatre history, acting, directing, set design, theatre technology, and costume and lighting design. Graduates have careers as actors (stage, TV and film), talent agents, regional theatre performers, independent film producers, lighting designers, directors, sound technicians, stage managers, teachers and professors.

What you'll learn

Creative thinking

Creative thinking

Combine ideas to create something new. Use imaginative ways of solving problems.

Disciplinary knowledge

Disciplinary knowledge

Gain a deep understanding of your subject and how it connects to other subjects.

Communication competence

Communication competence

Read and listen carefully. Express ideas (writing or speaking) suited to the audience.

Intellectual curiosity

Intellectual curiosity

Set yourself up for lifelong intellectual growth. Take responsibility for your own learning.

Intercultural competence

Intercultural competence

Understand real and imaginary similarities and differences. Use more than one perspective to view issues.

Distinctions

? Inspired by New York City’s Off-Broadway New World Stages, 足彩澳门即时盘’s Brunner Theatre Center includes the Brunner Main Stage and the Heidi Honkamp Myhre Black Box, as well as a scene shop, costume shop, dressing rooms, a conference room and theatre library. Built into the hillside south of the Brunner Center is the intimate outdoor performance space, the Ruth and Lefty Anderson Pavilion.

? Along with 足彩澳门即时盘 足彩澳门即时盘 theatre, the Brunner Theatre Center is home to the summer theatre company Mississippi Bend Players. The company gives students and community members the opportunity to work together on commercially proven and original musical and dramatic works for summertime audiences.

? Every year, the theatre arts department offers workshops and field trips to professional theatres and conferences at an affordable cost. Students have taken trips to New York City, London and Ontario. The Nancy Salen Mueller Theatre Exploration Award supports theatre-related travel and research, and students also can use a $2,000 Augie Choice grant.

? Co-founded and co-directed by alumnus Estlin Feigley, the Emmy Award-nominated Fresh Films is based at 足彩澳门即时盘. Having a working film studio on campus is another source of inspiration and internships for students. (See also the experiential minor in entertainment and media.)

? Another opportunity for theatre students is the annual Penguin Project, pairing mentors with students age 9-21 with disabilities, working together to prepare a theatrical performance for audiences in the Brunner Theatre Center. Video.

? 足彩澳门即时盘 education majors who complete the 20-credit minor in theatre arts and take an additional 4 credits in theatre may earn a state endorsement to teach theatre as a second area by passing a state board of education theatre exam.

Recent grads

James Wheeler '20 is a theatre artist fellow at ArtistYear in Aberdeen, N.C.

Gary Miller '15 is an actor and the media curator at Veriheal in the Denver area.?

Debo Balogun '17 is?founder of The Elephant Project has worked with many Chicago theatres, including Oak Park Festival Theatre, Nothing Without a Company, First Folio Theatre, Definition Theatre Company, Steep Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre, and has appeared in short films and television shows.

Jacquelyn Schmidt '12 Moore is a communications specialist at Stryker in Cary, Ill.

Laura Bergren
More Than I Imagined ? Laura Bergren
“It was Dr. Popple's class and her passion for the subject that really helped me find my love for dramaturgy.”
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James Wheeler
More Than I Imagined ? James Wheeler
“I knew I would be involved in theatre, but I never expected to take part in nine+ productions during my time here.”
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More Than I Imagined ? Daniel Williams
“The theatre department has been a second home to me, and a place I know I'll always be welcome.”
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Students take the stage off-campus for credit

When the curtain opens on "The Sound of Music" this weekend, 足彩澳门即时盘 students will be earning credit off campus through a partnership with the Spotlight Theatre in nearby Moline, Ill.

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足彩澳门即时盘 invites community to Chill on the Hill Sept. 26

足彩澳门即时盘 足彩澳门即时盘 invites the community to?Chill on the Hill?Sept.?26 with music and food at the Anderson Pavilion.

足彩澳门即时盘 junior directs at Moline theatre

足彩澳门即时盘 junior Jacqueline Isaacson became the first student director at Moline’s Black Box Theatre this summer with the positively reviewed?“Murder in Green Meadows.”

'night, Mother

"’night, Mother" tells the story of Thelma and Jessie, a mother and daughter in crisis. This evening could have been like any other if it weren’t for Jessie’s shocking decision and the brutally honest conversation with Thelma that follows.

'night, Mother

"’night, Mother" tells the story of Thelma and Jessie, a mother and daughter in crisis. This evening could have been like any other if it weren’t for Jessie’s shocking decision and the brutally honest conversation with Thelma that follows.

'night, Mother

"’night, Mother" tells the story of Thelma and Jessie, a mother and daughter in crisis. This evening could have been like any other if it weren’t for Jessie’s shocking decision and the brutally honest conversation with Thelma that follows.