Feb 27, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 

Theatre and Dance (THEA, TH-D)

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Admission to the B.F.A. emphases in acting and in design and technology is limited. See “Limited Admissions and Limited Retention Requirements” in this catalog.

The School of Theatre and Dance offers undergraduate programs leading to the B.A. and B.F.A. degrees. Students interested in a comprehensive understanding of the components of theatre may select the B.A. in theatre studies and those interested in a specific area of theatre should consider the B.F.A. in theatre arts. The school is a member of the University/Resident Theatre Association, and its programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.


Majors enrolled in theatre and dance classes are required to participate in at least one production every semester. This must be accomplished by successfully completing one of the following: THEA 235A, THEA 255A, THEA 366, THEA 377, THEA 395, or TH-D 377.

Majors and Minors are required to attend all productions offered by the School of Theatre and Dance during any semester for which they are enrolled in a theatre and dance class.

A grade of C or better must be achieved in THEA 201 in order to satisfy the prerequisite for all theatre arts courses numbered 300 or higher.

Double Majors

Students are not permitted to pursue degrees concurrently in more than one degree program within the School of Theatre and Dance. With the exception of majors in dance performance, B.F.A. students are strongly discouraged from seeking a double major within a degree program outside theatre arts.

Theatre and Dance Faculty

Alexander Gelman, M.F.A., Boston University, Presidential Engagement professor, director
Judith Q. Chitwood, M.A., University of Cincinnati, professor
Gibson A. Cima, Ph.D., University of Washington, assistant professor
Heather L. Corwin, Ph.D., Chicago School of Professional Psychology (LA), M.F.A., Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory, assistant professor
Stanton Davis, M.F.A., University of Delaware, associate professor
Alex Desimone, M.F.A., Northern Illinois University, instructor
David Doherty, B.F.A., Northern Illinois University, instructor
Jeremy Floyd, M.F.A., Northwestern University, assistant professor
Paula Frasz, M.F.A., University of Illinois, professor
Kathryn Gately-Poole, M.F.A., Mason Gross School of the Arts, professor emeritus
Rich Grund, B.F.A., Northern Illinois University, assistant professor
Lori Hartenhoff, M.F.A., University of Wisconsin, professor
Kendra Holton, M.F.A., Northern Illinois University, instructor
Chris Kurszewski, M.F.A., Northern Illinois University, instructor
Kay Martinovich, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, assistant professor
Terrence McClellan, M.F.A., University of Massachusetts, professor
Tracy Nunnally, M.F.A., The Florida State University, professor
Melanie Parks, M.F.A., University of Illinois, professor
Clare Richey-Kaplan, B.F.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, instructor
Patricia L. Ridge, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, professor emerita
Deborah Robertson, M.F.A., Smith College, professor emerita
Matt Romriell, M.F.A., Northern Illinois University, instructor
Suzanne Rosenik, B.A., Northern Illinois University, instructor
Sahin Sahinoglu, M.F.A., Northern Illinois University, professor
Robert Schneider, D.F.A., Yale University, associate professor
Patricia Skarbinski, M.F.A., Northern Illinois University, associate professor
Brandon Wardell, M.F.A., Northwestern University, associate professor

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