In the Blood

Illinois Theatre's 2016 production of In the Blood, written by Suzan-Lori Parks and based loosely on Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, featured Maya Vinice Prentiss as Hester.

Photo by Darrell Hoemann.

Shozo Sato and Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman—Illinois Theatre alumnus, actor, comedian, writer, and producer best known for his roles on Parks and Recreation and Fargo—is also a carpenter and mentee of Professor Emeritus Shozo Sato. Offerman credits Sato with the discipline, mindfulness practice, and training in kabuki theatre that have enabled him to thrive as a creator and performer. In 2013 he constructed a gazebo (azumaya) on the grounds of Japan House to honor his mentor.

In the Next Room

To accurately capture the setting of a play, costume designers, set designers, and properties masters extensively research appropriate clothing styles, materials, furniture, and accessories. Some pieces are sourced and purchased, some are created in production shops inside Krannert Center, and others are located among the thousands of items in storage.


Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, November 2016

Photo by Darrell Hoemann


Choreography by Frederick Earl Mosley for February Dance 2014

Photo by Natalie Fiol

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