The School of Theatre and Dance provides pre-professional training to dedicated young actors, dancers, designers and educators. Students are invited to Play Boldly in their creative theatre and dance endeavors!
Acting majors at Illinois State University get the best of two worlds: a liberal arts education plus the rigorous training in Acting that otherwise could only be found in a conservatory program.
You will be able to take your extensive classroom training and put it to work within our Main Stage production season—and you can get involved with productions right away.
The Theatre and Film Studies provides students with a broad-based, hands-on education in theatre and film within the context of a liberal arts degree.
The Theatre Education sequence at Illinois State University is dedicated to preparing highly qualified artists/teachers to meet the challenges of teaching in the secondary school system.
The Dance Performance program at Illinois State University prepares students for careers in performance, choreography, teaching, and for future post-graduate study.
Illinois State University proudly houses the only Dance Teacher Education licensure program within the state of Illinois, preparing students for the diverse career options within the field of Dance Education.
The program provides students with a broad introduction to the field of film studies, including film history, genre, international cinema, and the creative process of filmmaking.
The minor in theatre allows students who may have a passion for the stage, show production, or simply theatre in general to supplement their major.
The Minor in Dance at Illinois State University offers a secondary area of study for those students whose career goals are enhanced through increased knowledge of dance skills, theory and history.
The three-year program emphasizes collaboration as the cornerstone for creating quality design work within the ambitious production program at Illinois State.
Join a select group of advanced students who have demonstrated the potential to succeed in long-term careers as professional directors.
The three-year Lighting Design program is an intensive blend of theory and practice.
Collaboration is the highlight in this hands on program with opportunities designed to prepare you for a professional career in scene design.
We maintain a flexible program that allows you to customize your course of study and build a solid foundation for further studies, teaching, or for other professional careers.
Any Illinois State student enrolled for 6 or more hours may audition for School of Theatre and Dance productions after achieving second semester freshman status (9 or more completed hours).
Auditions for Theatre productions are held at the beginning of each semester.
Additionally, auditions are held throughout the year for various Freestage, improv, and independent productions. Find them on social media!
Students can earn course credit while participating in a variety of activities in theatre and dance productions through Theatre Practicum. This course involves hands-on practical work in a variety of areas including costume crew, set crew, light crew, box office, and ushering. After registering for Practicum, students must sign up for a particular assignment during the first week of classes. Contact the School of Theatre office at 309-438-8783 for more details.
Illinois State Dance Theatre is the pre-professional concert dance company organized through the School of Theatre and Dance. Their mission is to provide students with professional-level dance performance experience and the opportunity to work in a company atmosphere.
Any Illinois State University student may audition to be part of the Illinois State Dance Theatre, regardless of his or her major. Those auditions take place during the first week of classes during the fall and spring semesters. Students selected for the company will be cast in the Faculty/Guest Artist concert for that particular semester, in addition to other local and regional performance opportunities. Those selected for Dance Theatre are required to enroll in at least one dance technique course in addition to attending the weekly Company Class, held each Friday. Dance productions are held in the Center for the Performing Arts and Westhoff Theatre. For questions regarding auditions for Illinois State Dance Theatre contact Sara Semonis.
As part of the application process to the University, students interested in Acting, Dance Performance, or Dance Teacher Education are required to audition. Students interested in Design/Production are required an interview and portfolio review. Follow the links below for the appropriate program's audition requirements.
If you cannot make one of our on campus audition dates, you may submit an electronic audition or portfolio using Acceptd (fee).
Theatre Teacher Education majors and Theatre and Film Studies majors are not required to audition but may interview to be eligible for a scholarship. For more information please contact Cristen Monson, Academic Advisor at (309) 438-3936 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Illinois State students are encouraged to audition for upcoming performances produced by the School of Theatre and Dance. Follow the links below for schedules, cast lists, and more.