Theatre Arts

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The Department of Theatre Arts at Eastern Illinois University provides students with the opportunity to participate in theatre at all levels. Offering a BA in theatre arts and a BA in theatre arts leading to teacher certification, students at Eastern have opportunities to perform, design and direct. The very active production program including 3-4 faculty directed productions, student productions and a variety of tour experiences gives students many opportunities to participate in the program.

The production program is balanced with a rigorous academic regime that provides students with a firm base in theatre studies. Graduates of this program move into the secondary teaching fields (100 percent placement over the life of the program), graduate studies, as well as moving directly into professional field.


Teacher Licensure


Areas of emphasis include: Performance, design/technology, and Generalist

Departmental Honors Program


Four Year Degree Plan

Graduate Degree Opportunities After Graduation

MA/PhD in Theatre history/literature, MFA in acting, directing, design, technical theatre. Arts Administration and Stage Management.

Course Catalog Listing /> Licensure Option)

Study Abroad Opportunities

Ireland, Italy. An upcoming summer 2017 trip being planned for Ireland.

Research Opportunities

Students are actively engaged in creative activity throughout the year via our production season. This year, student directors and designers presented one-act plays as a major departmental production slot. One student wrote and directed his play, which was featured in the annual research symposium. Several students participated in Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Student Professional Organizations

Alpha Psi Omega, two additional affiliated student performance groups

Professional Development Opportunities

Several of our students successfully completed summer theatre internships.


Scholarship Listing

Click on the scholarship to learn more, including contact information and application procedures.

Al & Vesta Rundle Scholarship
Balsaar & Ruth Bubeck Scholarship
Charles L. and Kathryn Joley and Family Deans Scholarship in Education
Dr. Barbara L. Hill Memorial Sch
Dr. John Guckert Memorial Award
Dr. Kenneth E. Hadwiger Foreign Cultures Award
Edith Breving Annual Scholarship
Education Scholars Award
Gerald Sullivan Scholarship
Glendon Gabbard Theatre Arts Sch
L. Joyce Taylor Student Teaching Sch
Marjorie Ingram Griffin Sch
Mary Coon Cottingham Sch
Mary Jane Coartney Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship
Muchmore Family Theatre Scholarship
Robert and Ann Flick Study Abroad Annual Scholarship
Ron & Carol Jean (McHenry) Martin Communication and Theatre Scholarship
The Eunice Dougherty Scholarship
Theatre Arts Grant-in-Aid Award (GIA)
Theatre Arts Talented Student Award (TSA Scholarship)
Watson Family Scholarship

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Faculty Listing

Faculty Honors & Awards

Department in the News

The department has three active Facebook pages, including alumni. PR for productions are posted with poster images on our facebook page and gets hundreds of views annually.

Theatre Arts, Doudna Fine Arts Center 2080
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