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School of Theatre and Dance

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)

Record-Breaker Challenge
This just in, Craig Reeser '75 wants to issue one final challenge. We will unlock a $250,000 planned commitment when we surpass 2,500 gifts before midnight tonight! Let’s do this 'Birds!
479 / 479 Gifts
Launch Challenge
Thank you to the first 500 donors who unlocked $25,000 to kick off Birds Give Back! Don’t forget to check with your employer to see if they match your gift!
500 / 500 Gifts
Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts Challenge
200 gifts unlocked an additional $25,000 for the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts from Professor Russell and Dr. Janet ’85 Bedford!
200 / 200 Gifts
Redbird Romance Challenge
Rod Sargeant '65, '67 wants to celebrate his Redbird romance and challenge us to reach our goal of 2,021 gifts to show Redbirds we’ve got their backs in 2021. He will unlock $25,000 to establish a scholarship in memory of his wife, Darlene Ann Sargeant '66 when we reach our goal today. Rod encourages you to make your gift in honor of, or in memory of, a Redbird you love.
521 / 521 Gifts
Participation by area
Which participating group will receive the most gifts during Birds Give Back? Support your passion and help your area climb the leaderboard!
Rank Area of Support Gifts
1 Multicultural Center 390
2 Athletics 355
3 LGBTQ+ Student Support 284
4 Communication 215
5 Redbird Esports 117
6 Accounting 79
7 Student Engagement 77
8 WGLT 73
9 Student Affairs Scholarships 72
10 Center for Civic Engagement 66
11 Support MCN priorities 60
12 Family and Consumer Sciences 59
13 Illinois Shakespeare Festival 59
14 School of Teaching and Learning 59
15 U-High 52
16 Student Scholarships 51
17 Alumni Association Scholarship 50
18 ISUPD Community Engagement Unit 50
19 College of Business Excellence Fund 47
20 Special Education 47
21 Ewing Cultural Center 44
22 School of Music 42
23 Black Colleagues Association Scholarship 39
24 Gamma Phi Circus 38
25 School of Theatre and Dance 38
26 Kinesiology and Recreation 35
27 CAST Student Persistence Fund 34
28 Vidette Digitization Project 34
29 Chemistry 32
30 Criminal Justice Sciences 30
31 Politics and Government 28
32 Finance, Insurance, and Law 28
33 Horticulture Center 27
34 Agriculture 25
35 Wonsook Kim CFA General Fund 25
36 Metcalf 24
37 Friends of the Arts 24
38 Educational Administration & Foundations 23
39 Technology 22
40 Information Technology 22
41 Marketing 21
42 Health Sciences 21
43 College of Arts and Sciences Funds 20
44 Biological Sciences 19
45 Wonsook Kim School of Art 18
46 Military Science - ROTC 18
47 International House 18
48 Pay it Forward Business Scholarship 17
49 History 17
50 More ways to support Milner Library 17
51 College of Education Persistence Awards 16
52 Creative Technologies Program 16
53 Mathematics 14
54 Sociology and Anthropology 13
55 CAST additional priorities 12
56 Communication Sciences and Disorders 12
57 Geography, Geology and the Environment 11
58 Latinx Alumni Network Scholarship 11
59 Physics 9
60 Social Work 9
61 Psychology 9
62 Management and Quantitative Methods 9
63 Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 8
64 English 8
65 The Graduate School 8
66 University Galleries 6
67 Economics 4
68 International Business 3
69 Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 2
70 Latin American and Latino/a Studies 1
71 Marian H. Dean Legacy Scholarship 0
72 Philosophy 0
Campus Community Challenge
Thanks to 250 faculty, staff, retiree donors for unlocking $10,000 during Birds Give Back!
250 / 250 Donors
Momentum Challenge
Thank you to the 1000 donors who unlocked $25,000 to keep momentum strong during Birds Give Back!
1,000 / 1,000 Gifts
Football Alumni Challenge
Redbird football alumni Hank (’70, ’71) and Joan Guenther '69 will add $5,000 to support our strength and conditioning project when 5 other football alumni give $1,000 each to the effort today during Birds Give Back.
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