Theatre and Dance

Tammy Killian

Tammy Killian

Chairperson, Professor
Office: Browne 101
Phone: (309) 298-1543

WIU's Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, Tammy Killian is a native of Alabama. She received her BA in Theatre/Art from Birmingham-Southern College and her MFA in Acting/Theatre from Florida Atlantic University.

Prior to returning to WIU, Tammy was LSUA's Howard and Eloise Mulder Endowed Chair for one year. From 2014-2016 Tammy was the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Western Illinois University, and on faculty at the University of Montevallo for seven years. At WIU Tammy directed in SHOWCASE: New Friends I and II, produced 27 productions, served on the Provost Think Tank, and spearheaded the T&D Recruitment Committee. At UM Tammy directed THE COMEDIE OF ERRORS, THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, HEARTBREAK HOUSE, THE BACCHAE, DEAD CITY, FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS and ON THE VERGE. Tammy was the faculty sponsor for The White Cardigan Club (WCC) and in each January 2009 - 2014 she produced WCC's Winter New Play Festivals.

In 2015 Tammy's short play BARBARA IN THE GARBAGE was published in Disparate Voices: Spectral Sisters Short Play Anthology. Tammy's play MY SUMMER WITH TENNESSEE WILLIAMS will be produced by Spectral Sisters Productions in the fall of 2017.

In the summer of 2011 Tammy was the Assistant Director/Stage Manager for City Equity Theatre's production of RACE and in 2010 she played Nancy in CET's production of THE SECRETS OF A SOCCER MOM. Also in the summer of 2010 Tammy had the fantastic opportunity be a member of a company comprised of Alat Etc and Auburn University at Montgomery theatre department which developed a new devised play entitled THE DAUGHTERS OF ABRAHAM.

Other favorite directing credits include SLEUTH at the Peterborough Players, NH with Gus Kaikkonen and Michael Page; WIND IN THE WILLOWS also at Peterborough Players, NH; HEY COW! at the Looking Glass Theatre in NYC; and HAVING OUR SAY which was City Park Players' entry in the AACT Festival in 2003 and for which Tammy won the SWTFA regional directing award.

Tammy is the Past President of The Alabama Conference of Theatres (2013-2014) and is a member of Actors' Equity Association.

She lives in Macomb with her soulful daughter, Kate and their silly dog, Tucker.