Green screen technology does some incredible work for this opera, both practically and narratively.
Recent University of Illinois graduate Jordan Ratliff discusses the inspiration, process, and takeaways from a senior thesis production that has been over a year in the making.
Lyric Theatre at Illinois co-director Julie Gunn "[likes] our students, the performers, to work with living people at least some of the time, and I also like them relating what they’re doing to something in their own lives."
After months of preparation, The Station Theatre is revamping its focus on racial justice this summer with a brand new Teen Spotlight workshop for young artists of color.
For the second year in a row, graduates of Illinois Theatre’s Acting program are filming their work for casting directors in the hopes of smoothly transitioning into the professional theatre industry.
For Tom Zhang, a second-year MFA student in stage management at Illinois Theatre, COVID restrictions have been frustrating, but they also inspired technological innovations that may live on past the pandemic.
The pros and cons of virtual performance are more complex than what first meets the eye.
Illusionist, mentalist, and performance artist Scott Silven feels lucky to offer this chance to "take a moment to step back and reflect and realize that even in fragmented times, we can still find new forms of connection.”
"It has made us very aware of taking care of each other. We are even more attentive to the culture with which we make theatre and what of the ‘old normal’ can be scrapped from this experience," says Genesee Sprido about producing theatre in COVID times.
The rise of a global pandemic in March flipped the theatre industry upside down— nevertheless, the show must go on. Here’s how Parkland College Theatre is making it through.
"If there's anything I'm able to leave behind for underclassmen, I'm hoping that they’re able to come out of this shooting process having learned something new. I know I've learned a lot so far, and we haven't even really gotten started." Genna Roth on her experience creating Central High's COVID-friendly film version of Clue.
With a rising awareness of racism’s pervasive presence in Champaign-Urbana’s theatre scene comes a new wave of change, with The Station Theatre taking the lead.
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