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The School of Theatre Arts at Illinois Wesleyan University

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The School of Theatre Arts (SoTA) is committed to fostering the creative confidence of every student-artist. We identify their uniqueness, help them develop their authentic voice, and prepare them for a rich life after IWU.

IWU has graduated some of the most successful, well-respected theatre professionals working in entertainment today. Our alumni include Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe, and Tony Award nominees, Broadway producers, and countless talented performers, directors, playwrights, stage managers, and designers.

Our top-notch productions provide an array of opportunities for students to write, perform, design, and direct, bringing classroom learning to its feet. IWU students graduate knowing how to "make" theatre.

We proudly offer four distinct degree programs which combine a professional, conservatory-style training with a nationally-ranked, multi-disciplinary education. It is precisely this blend that we believe leads our students to discover, refine and live out their passions into “breakthrough” careers.

Why IWU?

Individual Focus

With a 4:1 student to faculty ratio within the School of Theatre Arts, IWU prides itself on providing individual attention and mentorship to all students. Our small class sizes and student-focused curriculum offer dynamic and flexible professional training from faculty with years of industry experience.

The Cross-Disciplinary Advantage

With a commitment to a strong, broad education, the School of Theatre Arts ensures students leave with an understanding of the world beyond the performing arts and the ability to think critically. This unique approach combines conservatory-style training with traditional liberal arts values.

Undergraduate Only

As a wholly undergraduate institution, IWU students are never taught by or asked to compete with graduate students. Our students have more opportunities to perform, direct and design than most schools.

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