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.
Come see campus and meet with campus representatives either in person or virtually. Optional chances to meet with academic department, honors, and financial aid.
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.
Audition and Enrollment Process
- Apply to Illinois State University
- Choose an audition/interview date
- Upload any required materials to your application
- Receive a confirmation email from School of Theatre and Dance
- Attend audition/interview
- Receive a decision within two weeks
- Submit your enrollment deposit and become a Redbird
Scholarship notification will take place the first week of March.
If you would like to audit a class via Zoom, meet with faculty, or if you have a question about the enrollment process, email Cristen Monson.
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 Studies. No audition or interview is required, although Theatre Studies majors may arrange an interview for departmental scholarship consideration.
You must apply to Illinois State University prior to interviewing for a Theatre Studies scholarship within the School of Theatre and Dance.
Interview 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 of relevant theatre experience
- A recent photo
On audition day, you will attend a synchronous interview with Theatre faculty. There will be a brief meeting of all those auditioning. Faculty and administration will introduce themselves and answer questions.
You will be sent to a waiting room where current students will talk about the program and answer questions. Individual interviews take place in the order the application is received.
During your interview with faculty, you will be asked to talk about your interest in this program, your experience in theatre, involvement in extracurricular or leadership activities, your expectations, and future plans.
2020-2021 Interview Dates
November 7: Theatre and Dance
January 16: Theatre only
February 13: Theatre and Dance
February 20: Theatre only
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.