The Theatre Studies major provides you with a broad-based, hands-on education in theatre within the context of a liberal arts degree. After completing a strong core of theatre courses, you have the flexibility to choose specialty courses based on your interests and career orientation in the following areas:
- stage directing
- theatre history
- creative drama and puppetry
- integrated performance
- theatre management
- film studies
You’ll receive a well-rounded educational experience, from academic pursuit in history, criticism, dramaturgy, and theory, to creative participation in the performing 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 Studies?
To make great art, you need a solid foundation in the history and theory of your discipline. The Theatre Studies major provides this foundation, after which you can pursue your academic and professional interests in a number of robust areas that encompass the creative and business sides of theatre. Theatre Studies faculty also mentor students interested in scholarly research, criticism, and graduate studies.
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.