Theatre and Dance

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

Why Choose Theatre at WIU?

  • A hands-on program where students learn from highly skilled professional faculty
  • We are committed to providing individualized attention to each student
  • Our students are exposed regionally and nationally by actively participating in KC/ACTF, SETC, USITT, and other major theatre conferences around the country
  • Teamwork, mentorship, collaboration are essential parts of a career in the theatre and core to each students' experience
  • We host 4 or 5 on campus summer stock company auditions each year providing numerous internship opportunities
Stick Fly

Opportunities to perform, design, and manage as many as 18 realized productions a year!

Career Opportunities


Taylor White is an Alumna of Western Illinois University with a B.A. in Theatre: Performance. She acted in several productions at WIU including Anna in A BRIGHT NEW BOISE, and Mae in MUD. She also Stage Managed many productions at WIU. Her favorites include AVENUE Q and PICASSO AT LAPIN AGILE. Taylor is currently enjoying her 1st, 6 month, contract at Celebrity Cruises as a Production Manager Apprentice.

"I'm very grateful for all of the opportunities WIU offered. I am also very thankful for WIU for allowing me to explore so many possibilities. Without WIU, I would not have an amazing job exploring the world, and I would never have had the option to explore the many wonders of theatre."

Taylor White








  • Harold F. Schory Scholarship usually $500 a semester
  • Frank J. Horn Memorial Scholarship usually $500 a semester
  • Pearl LeCompte Memorial Scholarship from $500 - $2000 a semester
  • Ronald P. Maurer Memorial Scholarship usually $600 a semester
  • The Mary Ewing Scholarship for Theatre usually $1000 a semester
  • The Oitker & Miller Scholarship usually $1000 a semester
  • Gene Kozlowski Playwriting Fund usually $1000 a year