Illinois Wesleyan
School of Theatre Arts

Follow your passion

Individual Focus

Our small class sizes and student-focused curriculum offer dynamic, flexible professional training from experienced faculty.

The Liberal Arts Advantage

Our unique approach combines conservatory-style training in a liberal arts setting. Illinois Wesleyan students develop critical thinking skills and gain an understanding of the world beyond the performing arts.

Undergraduate Only

IWU students are never taught by or asked to compete with graduate students. Our students have more opportunities to write, perform, direct and design than most of our competitors



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 Illinois Prepler, 2021, 2022
No. 11 Best Schools for Musical, 2022

Launch Your Dreams

IWU alumni are some of the most successful, well-respected theatre professionals working in arts and entertainment today. Our alumni include Tony winners and Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominees.

 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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