Theatre and Dance

Department Highlights - Theatre and Dance at WIU

Degree Programs

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in theatre, including the B.A. in Theatre, the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, the M.F.A. in Acting, M.F.A. in Directing and M.F.A. in Design. The department also offers minors in Dance and in Theatre. You will find detailed information about these programs on the Programs tab on the navigation bar to the left.

Performance and Production Opportunities

Western is highly regarded for its ambitious production program offering a vast array of performance and production opportunities. University Theatre and University Dance Theatre produce six mainstage theatre productions and the Winter Faculty DanceWorks and Spring Gala Dance concerts every season. Additional opportunities to perform and/or work behind the scenes designing, building and staffing productions are available through the very active Studio production season. The Studio season, which includes productions directed by M.F.A. Directing students, faculty and undergraduates, presents from 10 to 12 shows a season. In dance there are other informal concerts and performance opportunities during the academic year.

Other Exciting Things to Know about Theatre and Dance at Western

The department has gained recognition for its students at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival and the American College Dance Festival. There is a strong legacy of Stage Combat at Western. Most recently, faculty and students have been performing “unrehearsed Shakespeare” in projects like Bard in the Barn or Shakespeare in the Ravine. You will find information on these programs plus information on our fine faculty, facilities and productions on this web site. We hope you enjoy your visit!

Department of Theatre and Dance, "Multiverse" dancers,

ACDF Central Region, March 2012


From left: Allie Christopoulos, Anna Themanson, Kate McClelland, Tracy Kocinski, Kelsey Peters, Kimmie Nott, Erin Norlie, Allison Greene, Alicia Culbertson, Jill Nigh and Isaac Jankowski.

Department of Theatre and Dance, award winning students,

ACTF Region 3 Festival, January 2012

ACTF winners

From left: Tommy Iafrate (SDC Directing Award, participated in the national ACTF festival), Kristin Katsu (Runner-up 10 Minute Play directing), Will Stacey (1st, Scene Design, Design Storm), Andy Behling (with scene partner James Bleecker, not pictured) (1st, Classical Acting Award), Bill Kincaid (faculty), Lorenzo Rush and Anna Cline (Best Comic Scene)