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Beyond the Stage interview: Richard III for the digital age

In November, the School of Theatre and Dance at Illinois State University will present Richard III online, setting Shakespeare’s drama of power and political manipulation in a 21st-century...
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The Crossroads Project presents winning play of the Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative, October 28

The Crossroads Project presents a staged reading of the new play "Even Flowers Bloom in Hell, Sometimes" by Franky D. Gonzalez, winner of the 2020 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative.
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School of Theatre and Dance alumni nominated for 2020 Equity Jeff Awards

Illinois State University School of Theatre and Dance alumni received nominations in multiple categories for the 2020 Equity Jeff Awards.
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Practicum problem solvers: How guest speakers enriched theatre education during COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, practicum hours along with in-person classes and productions in the School of Theatre and Dance were suspended in March. Theatre practitioners, however, are known for their...
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(POSTPONED) Crossroads Project to present winning play of the Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative, March 21

Playwright Franky D. Gonzalez will be in residence at Illinois State University to workshop his new play Even Flowers Bloom in Hell, Sometimes.
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Seeing Illinois State’s Guys and Dolls is no gamble

The School of Music and the School of Theatre and Dance present the beloved musical Guys and Dolls. The classic musical is famous for its toe-tapping tunes and jazzy dance numbers and runs...
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Igniting learning at Fall Dance Concert, November 20-23

The Fall Dance concert will feature a series of faculty choreographed dance pieces along with two works by guest-artists from Cyprus, Dara Milovanovic and Alexander Michael.
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Sweat the details

Set in, and inspired by, Reading, Pennsylvania, a town long fueled by steel mills, coal mines, the railroad, and factory work, SWEAT follows the story of a close group of friends and is centered...
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Shakespeare and Bohemia come together in Twelfth Night

A tale of love and mistaken identity infused with humor, "Twelfth Night" will be presented at the Center for the Performing Arts Theatre at 7:30 p.m. October 25-26 and 29-31, and November 1-2,...
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Honor and desire duel in next play for the School of Theatre and Dance

The School of Theatre and Dance will produce Federico García Lorca’s final play, THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA, in an adaptation by renowned American playwright and director Emily Mann, October...