The Cherry Orchard

Morgan Holbrook has been active on Broadway since he graduated with a BFA in stage management. His credits include productions of Blackbird starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams, The Gin Game with James Earl Jones and Cecily Tyson in 2015, and The Cherry Orchard by the Roundabout Theatre Company in 2016.

John Glover, Joel Grey, Diane Lane, and Chuck Cooper in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of The Cherry Orchard, 2016, photo by Joan Marcus.

Checking for Rain

Stage manager Rick Mireles tests the rain distribution for the March 2016 Illinois Theatre production of The Grapes of Wrath in Krannert Center's Colwell Playhouse.

Photo by Darrell Hoemann.

Michelle Benda

"The faculty members at the U of I allow you to be an active participant in your education."

Illinois Theatre graduate Michelle Benda brought the entire faculty, graduating class, and audience to their feet when she walked across the stage in May 2015 to accept her diploma. For most students, that walk across the stage is a defining moment. For Michelle, it was even more profound.

Nick Offerman

Nick
Offerman
Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman knows how to make a scene. When he was studying theatre at Illinois, he got paid to use his woodworking skills in the scenery shop. "That was a great supplement to allow me to earn my keep while I was learning to be a better actor," notes the star of the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation.

Matthew
Brooks
Class of2017

"The professors are amazing resources, and other artists bring so many ideas to the table. It takes a village to put on a production, and we have a strong one at Illinois."

Theatre

Small and highly selective, Illinois Theatre seeks theatre makers serious about honing their craft and innovating in the performing and production arts. Students may pursue degrees in acting, design and production, and theatre studies.

  • BFA acting program
  • BFA and MFA design and production programs
  • BFA, MA, and PhD in theatre studies programs
  • MFA acting program

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