Alex Gelman, Director of the NIU School of Theatre and Dance penned a guest column in the September 12 edition of The Midweek about the reopening of the Stevens Building. Stevens is home to the School of Theatre and dance as well as the Department of Anthropology.
A performer loves a full house.
So, naturally, I was delighted to survey the “audience” at the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance and see a lot of new faces at this fall’s student convocation. About 25 percent more, to be precise. And they didn’t come only from Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and other parts of the heartland. There also were students from Florida, California and even Alaska!
That’s not bad for a program that spent the past five years eagerly awaiting completion of new facilities in the Stevens Building. We improvised classrooms and performance spaces, but it was challenging to fulfill our mission of preparing students for a highly competitive profession.