The School of Theatre and Dance provides pre-professional training to dedicated actors, dancers, designers, and educators. Students are invited to Play Boldly in their creative theatre and dance endeavors!
The School of Theatre and Dance General Fund supports activities, programs, and operations associated with the department, such as production costs for staging eight main stage productions, including a bi-annual rotation of a musical and an opera in collaboration with the School of Music, and two dance concerts each academic year.
Birds Give Back Memories - 21 for a Brighter 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the performing arts acutely, and many of us have felt an emptiness without live performances to support and attend. With the shift to virtual performances as well as remote classes, our stages and hallways have been quiet this past year. This temporary absence from in-person collaboration has the School of Theatre and Dance feeling nostalgic.
This year for Birds Give Back we hope to share twenty-one memories from current students, faculty, staff, and alumni to inspire a brighter 2021. We invite you to share your memories with us on February 25 via School of Theatre and Dance social media channels.
Along with sharing twenty-one memories, we hope you will join our campaign for 221 gifts of $21. With the recent shift to virtual performances, we made our productions available at no cost to audience members, encouraging them to make a donation if they were inclined to do so. Would you join these efforts to support the education of this dedicated group of future artists, educators, and scholars who persevered through unprecedented circumstances?
Your gifts during Birds Give Back will support student’s artistic endeavors today, as they train to be tomorrow’s group of leading creatives establishing lasting memories (whether in person or remotely) along the way. The best thing about memories is making them.
Memory Making Moment: Stage Manager Zach Mlekush during Fall 2020 production of Pipeline (October 22, 2020)
Memory Making Moment: The cast of The Wolves meeting the ISU women’s soccer team, before the pandemic shifted the show virtually. (February 19, 2020)
Memory Making Moment: Artist in Residency, YNOT, teaching Jazz III students hip hop choreography. (February 4, 2020)