• TEMPEST UIUC Keys photo Darrell Hoemann
  • AZ State ESCHER 700x150
  • Nebraska lightrig 700x150
  • THE GAMES AFOOT - Asolo Rep
  • AZ State ESCHER photo2 750x150
  • East 15 MFA Tempest 700x150
  • Henson Keys in University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's "The Tempest" (photo: Darrell Hoemann)
  • Arizona State University's "Fall of the House of Escher" (photo: Tim Trumble)
  • MFA students work on a light rig at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film (Univ. of Nebraska)
  • "The Game's Afoot" at Asolo Repertory
  • "Fall of the House of Escher" at Arizona State University (photo: Tim Trumble)
  • East 15 Acting School production of "The Tempest"


Alexander Gelman, Chair
School of Theatre and Dance
(815) 753-1334
(815) 753-8415

Miscellaneous Information

Miscellaneous Information:

DEGREE PROGRAMS: MFA in Acting, Directing, Design and Technology.

THE ACTING PROGRAM: A specialization which offers student/artists professional actor training in a disciplined and challenging atmosphere. Instruction is focused on development of technique. Program is based in the Meisner process, with parallel and integrated training in voice and movement. Up to 16 students admitted every three years. 

THE DESIGN/TECH PROGRAM: A specialization which offers study in costume design, lighting design, scenic design and theatre technology. Students are trained in multiple areas of the visual and/or technical aspects of the theatre. Enrollment is limited in order to maximize personalized instruction and to use fully the resources within and outside the school.  Spring entry is possible.

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