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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...
Fall Dance Concert runs from November 18-21

Fall Dance Concert runs from November 18-21

A celebration of Broadway musicals is the theme of this year's NIU School of Theatre and Dance annual Fall Dance Concert. The Best of Broadway opens with a performance Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m. with subsequent performances Friday, October 19 at 7 p.m., Saturday...

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“Edward II” opens Friday in School of Theatre and Dance

“Edward II” opens Friday in School of Theatre and Dance

The NIU School of Theatre and Dance presents Edward II a new adaptation of the play originally written in 1592 by Christopher Marlowe, opening Friday, October 15. Frankie DiCiaccio authored this adaptation and serves as both director and choreographer. In recent...

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