Illinois Wesleyan University
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The School of Theatre Arts wants you to be challenged and stretch yourself. The liberal arts curriculum at IWU enables you to not only explore all aspects of theatre, but also expand your studies beyond the performing arts. You'll gain a broad perspective and deeper understanding that enhances your creative endeavors.
Notable Alumni Include: Select distinguished SoTA alumni from our rich history of over 60 years of theatre instruction include: William Duell, BA actor '49 (Broadway/Film & Television Actor); James Sutorius, BA actor'67 (Broadway/Film & Television Actor); Larry Shue, BA '69 (Broadway/Film Actor - noted playwright); Richard Jenkins, BA actor '69 (Theatre/Film & Television Actor – Best Actor Oscar Nominee); Kevin Dunn, BA actor '77 (Theatre/Film & Television Actor); Frankie Faison, BA actor'79 (Broadway/Film & Television Actor – Best Supporting Actor Tony Nominee); Alison C. Vesely, BA '79 (Director/Artistic Director of The First Folio Theatre in Chicago –Jeff Award Nominee); Larry Neumann, Jr., BA actor '81 (Theatre Actor –Best Actor Jeff Award Winner); Alison LaPlaca, BA actor '81 (Television Actor); Mariann Mayberry, BA actor '86 (Broadway/Film & Television Actor – member Steppenwolf Ensemble); Bill Damaschke, BFA Music Theatre '86 (DreamWorks Theatre & Film producer - Oscar & Tony Nominee); Amanda Dehnert, BFA Music Theatre '94 (Theatre Director – Helen Hayes Nominee); Frank Vlastnik, BFA Music Theatre '87 (Broadway & Co-author of Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time); Penny Ayn Maas, BFA MT '87 (Broadway); Elizabeth Auman, BA '90 (Managing Director of TimeLine Theatre in Chicago – Jeff Award Winner); Elizabeth Laidlaw, BFA actor '93 (Theatre Actor – Best Actress Jeff Award Winner); Keely Vasquez, BFA Music Theatre '94 (Backup singer for Barry Manilow); Matt Raftery, BFA Music Theatre '95 (Broadway national Tour/Actor & Choreographer – Best Choreography Jeff Nominee); Christina Moore, BFA Music Theatre '95 (Improv Comedy/Television Actor); Rachel Warren, BFA Music Theatre '96 (Theatre Actor – member of Trinity Rep Ensemble); Amy Arbizzani, BFA Music Theatre '98 (Teaching Artist/Broadway National Tour – Best Actress Jeff Award Winner); Brian Bogin, BFA Tech/Design '99 (Broadway Production Stage Manager); Kirsten Gronfeld, BFA Acting '00 (Improv Comedy/Television Actor); Casey Erin Clark, BFA Music Theatre '04 (Theatre/Currently on Broadway National Tour); Lisa Karlin, BFA Music Theatre '05 (Currently on Broadway); Bryonha Marie Parham, BFA Music Theatre '07 (Currently on Broadway); Kevin Schuering, BFA Music Theatre '09 (Regional Theatre/National Tour Actor); Evan Kasprzak, BFA Music Theatre '10 (Currently on Broadway & Season 5 finalist of So You Think You Can Dance); Alex Pagels, BFA Music Theatre '10 (Off Broadway/Regional Theatre Actor).