Theatre & Film Studies
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. After completing a strong core of theatre and film courses, students have the flexibility to choose specialty courses based on their interests and career orientation in the following areas: stage directing, dramaturgy/history, creative drama and puppetry, integrated performance, theatre management, and film studies.
Theatre and Film Studies students receive a well-rounded educational experience from academic pursuit in history, criticism and theory, to creative participation in performing and visual arts.
Point of Pride
Students are directors, playwrights, theatre managers, dramaturgs, actors, and critics. They propose, produce, and direct their own projects, collaborate in the annual Playwrights' Workshop, or assist with marketing and management of the School of Theatre and Dance main season. Students have many opportunities to interact and network with diverse visiting artists.
Why study Theatre & Film Studies?
Theatre is performed everywhere – on Broadway in New York City, in shows that travel around the country, in professional regional theaters in large cities, in community theaters in small towns, in school or even in the streets. People who have trained in theatre may also have the opportunity to work in movies and on television. There are additional professional jobs beyond being an actor; usually a theatre or movie production consists of a few actors and many backstage production personnel. A theatre major provides the background for all such jobs.
Applying to Illinois State
Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged to receive a decision by the end of the year, and for best consideration for your academic program and for scholarships.
The School of Theatre and Dance applies the same academic standards as those required for admission to Illinois State University. There is no separate SAT/ACT or GPA requirement for admission to the School of Theatre and Dance.
Any student accepted by Illinois State University may declare a major in Theatre & Film Studies. No audition or interview is required, although Theatre & Film Studies majors may arrange an interview for departmental scholarship consideration.
Students must apply to Illinois State University prior to interviewing for a Theatre & Film Studies scholarship within the School of Theatre and Dance.
Apply for a Scholarship
If you wish to interview for a School of Theatre and Dance scholarship, please select an interview date within your application for admission. Prior to your interview date, please upload the following within your portal:
- A resume detailing your theatre production experiences.
- A recent photo.
- A one-paged typed essay describing your interests in Theatre.
Please come to the interview prepared to discuss your essay, your experiences in theatre, and any additional experiences you may have had working with young people. (Note that your essay for the School of Theatre and Dance is separate from the personal statement required by the Office of Admissions.)
Deadlines and Review Dates
Students are accepted into the Theatre & Film Studies major contingent on admission by Illinois State University.
School of Theatre and Dance scholarship awards are announced after March 1.