Illinois Wesleyan
School of Theatre Arts
Follow your passion
Individual Focus

With a 4:1 student to faculty ratio within the School of Theatre Arts, IWU prides itself on providing individual attention and mentorship to all students. Our small class sizes and student-focused curriculum offer dynamic and flexible professional training from faculty with years of industry experience.

The Cross-Disciplinary Advantage

With a commitment to a strong, broad education, the School of Theatre Arts ensures students leave with an understanding of the world beyond the performing arts and the ability to think critically. This unique approach combines conservatory-style training with traditional liberal arts values.

Undergraduate Only

As a wholly undergraduate institution, IWU students are never taught by or asked to compete with graduate students. Our students have more opportunities to perform, direct and design than most schools.



Be Breakthrough
IWU's School of Theatre Arts is committed to fostering the creative confidence of every student-artist. We identify their uniqueness, help them develop their authentic voice and prepare them for a rich life after IWU.
No. 1 Theatre Design College in IllinoisPrepler, 2021
No. 7 Music Theatre Program in the U.S.OnStage Blog, 2018
No. 15 in Design & Technology in the U.S.OnStage Blog, 2018
Launch Your Dreams

IWU has graduated some of the most successful, well-respected theatre professionals working in entertainment today. Our alumni include Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Award nominees, Broadway producers and countless talented performers, directors, playwrights, stage managers and designers.

Our top-notch productions provide an array of opportunities for students to write, perform, design and direct, bringing classroom learning to its feet. IWU students graduate knowing how to "make" theatre.

 Bryonha Portrait

"I don't think I could have been on Broadway at such a young age without Illinois Wesleyan's intense music theatre training. The Music Theatre program may appear small but the quality of talent they are churning out is giant." 
Bryonha Parham BFA MT '07 
Serena, The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess-2012 Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival; Sarah's Friend, Ragtime-2009 Broadway Revival
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