About the Department of Theater

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

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About the Department of Theater

The SIU Department of Theater offers the right combination of scholarship, experience and creativity. The program presents an effective blend of academic work, production experience and creative thinking—to prepare you for a productive and successful life in Theater. Housed in the Communications Building on the Southwest corner of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus, the Department of Theater combines the advantages of a large research University experience with the excitement of a fully-functioning theater production company. With a core faculty of working professionals and scholars, the department awards degrees at all levels of academic higher education: B.A., B.F.A., M.F.A. and Ph.D. We are also home to four active Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), whose platforms become the extended theaters for free creative expressions by our students.


As an art form, theater reflects ideas and traditions of society at large. To get the best education possible, it's vital that you understand and study theater in its broad, liberal arts context. The more you know, the better you work. In addition to University Core courses, theater majors and minors take essential theater core courses, including: theater history, play analysis, acting, stagecraft, directing and stage makeup. Also, to provide a well-rounded experience, you will work as a technician on at least one major project each semester for up to four semesters. Academic credit is awarded for performing in and working on departmental productions. All undergraduate theater majors are assigned a faculty mentor from their specific area of study to aid them with the selection of elective courses and to offer guidance on their careers at SIU and beyond. Elective courses are also part of the curriculum to stimulate and exercise your creativity and imagination.


All theater starts with a creative imagination. Actors, directors, playwrights, performers, even teachers and technicians enrich the vitality of their work through imagination. At SIU Theater we are here to challenge and channel your imaginative power and provide the supportive environment for your creative expressions in Theater. Let us help you ignite your creative spark and hone your skills as an artist. We produce a season of four to six full-mounted productions each year plus numerous student directed productions, play readings, special events, master classes with guest artists and other production opportunities. You will have the chance to explore live theater and develop the necessary skills to compete in the art and industry of Theater. Whether you write the play, direct it, design it, build it, act in it, or study, opportunities abound.

For detailed information about Admission, Tuition and Fees, or any other SIU related information, visit the SIU website.

SIU is located in Carbondale, IL, in southern Illinois at the intersection of Highway 13 and State Highway 51. It has a resident population of approximately 25,000 and an additional 20,000+ students.

OluSegun A. Ojewuyi (M.F.A. Yale), Professor & Chair
Department of Theater
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901
Mail Code 6608
(618) 453-5741

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