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Theatre and Dance Archives

Longtime costume designer, advisor, and associate dean Melanie Parks remembered for her talent, style, advocacy and wit

Beloved artist, designer, educator, student advocate and administrator Melanie Parks passed away July 28 after a long battle with cancer. Parks came to the NIU School of Theatre and Dance in 1990 as costume director and taught all of the technical costume classes. In...

Kane Repertory Theatre presents outdoor production of Twelfth Night

Kane Repertory Theatre, founded in 2019 by a group of alumni from the NIU School of Theatre and Dance, in partnership with the St. Charles Park District, presents a live outdoor production of the Shakespeare classic "Twelfth Night" at the Historic Pavilion on the Fox...

CVPA alums feature prominently in Netflix’s “Senior Year”

The new Netflix movie Senior Year features Rebel Wilson playing Stephanie, who was injured in a cheerleading stunt when she was 17 only to wake from a coma 20 years later and insisting on returning to finish out her senior year of high school and attend her prom. Mary...

Congratulate Professor of Dance Judith Chitwood on her retirement after the Dance Concert, May 1

Join the NIU School of Theatre and Dance at the final performance of this year’s Spring Dance Concert “The Past to the Present” as we congratulate Judith Chitwood, professor and coordinator of dance, on her retirement. In her distinguished career as a dance educator...
School of Theatre and Dance presents “The Language Archive”

School of Theatre and Dance presents “The Language Archive”

Researchers studying a dying language become involved in a love triangle in this absurdist farce that teases out the quirky differences between what’s expressed and what’s meant in "The Language Archive" written by Julia Cho, directed by Bethany Mangum-Oles and Emily...

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Huskie Spotlight: Rachael Yoder, MFA Acting, ’22

Huskie Spotlight: Rachael Yoder, MFA Acting, ’22

Hometown: Niskayuna, NY Year: Anticipated graduation year: 2022 Major: MFA in acting What did you want to be when you were growing up? Are you pursuing that as a major, or have you taken another path? I have always wanted to be an actor. I remember going to the...

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NIU School of Theatre and Dance presents “You Are You”

NIU School of Theatre and Dance presents “You Are You”

The NIU School of Theatre and dance presents a new work by alumnus Matthew C. Yee titled "You are You" based on characters from Karel Čapek's play "RUR." Before "RUR" there were automatons and androids, but this is the play that gave us the word “robot.” Čapek’s 1921...

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