Celebrating the Artist as Innovator

UIC currently offers three theatre degrees:

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre & Performance
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Design, Production & Technology
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting

Our curriculum balances history, theory and practice, integrating traditional performance forms with contemporary interdisciplinary practices. Courses in Acting, Voice, Movement, Directing, Playwriting, and Design help you to develop practical knowledge, cultural sensitivity, intellectual resourcefulness, and imaginative daring.

Our theatre faculty are working professionals and prominent theatre artists. The theatre department is led by critically acclaimed award-winning actor, director, and Steppenwolf Ensemble member, Yasen Peyankov. Our faculty includes members of four of Chicago’s Tony Award winning theatre companies.

You will work in small classes with personalized attention from faculty.

  • Develop your individual voice
  • Engage in ensemble-based learning with fellow students
  • Participate in coursework based on exploration - focus on process and discovery
  • Learn through doing - participate in the UIC’s Mainstage Season performances and student-generated projects under the direction and coaching of the theatre faculty and guest artists
  • Learn about the past and the present - integrate traditional performance theories and forms with contemporary interdisciplinary performance practices
  • Get real world experience - take advantage of internships available at major Chicago theatres including Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Lookingglass Theatre Company

Performance facilities include a flexible mainstage "black box" theatre, a studio theatre, and other experimental performance spaces.

Many of the program’s graduates are employed professionally in theatre and film, or successfully pursue advanced study in prestigious graduate theatre programs.

Questions? Contact us at theatre@uic.edu



At UIC Theatre, we acknowledge that Western theatre texts, history, performance, training, and pedagogy derive from a lineage of White Supremacy. We are reviewing our teaching, including our curriculum, pedagogy, and syllabi, in order to better serve our BIPOC students and colleagues.  We commit to including more BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and People of Color) perspectives and readings on our syllabi, and to becoming increasingly well-versed in the intellectual discourse around said works.  We commit to addressing and correcting historical choices made in privileging white perspectives over others in texts and training.  

Our intention is to re-contextualize these elements to address the historical choices made in privileging certain texts and practices over others, and to show parallels of structural, formal, or thematic elements from BIPOC-centered texts and practices.

We invite students to join us on this journey.  Students are asked to take their questions or concerns to the instructor, advisor, or student rep.

Theatre Faculty 08.25.20



The UIC School of Theatre and Music sits on the traditional homeland of the original peoples of the area: the Three Fires Confederacy (the Potawatomi, Odawa, and Ojibwe Nations) as well as the Menominee and Ho-Chunk who—along with many Indigenous people—were among its first inhabitants. With respect and gratitude, The School of Theatre and Music honors the many Native Americans who have, do, and will call this land their home. 


STM acknowledges that we have benefitted from the repeated attacks on Native Americans that forced tribal representatives to sign the 1816 Treaty of St Louis, relinquishing to the U.S. all claims of the land from Lake Michigan to the Illinois River. This land seizure led to the era of economic development and rapid growth that made Chicago the metropolis that it is today.


We have an obligation to our students and the nearly 65,000 Native Americans now living in Chicago to do no further harm, to amplify Native voices, and to fight for equity and inclusion by engaging in anti-racism policies and practices. For us, this work begins with this statement, and must be followed by actions that immediately affect our work and life on campus. STM therefore commits to the following initiatives:


  • The creation of an Antiracism Action Plan and Committee
  • Antiracism training for all STM faculty and staff
  • Annual Recruitment workshops and on-site special events for Native high-schoolers
  • An annual master class or talk with Native musicians and/or theatre artists
  • Free tickets to STM performances and concerts, provided through UIC’s Native American Support Program
  • Increased representation of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) voices and perspectives in STM pedagogy, classrooms, and performances


This is only the beginning of our work. We look forward to expanded and sustained STM programming that addresses ignorance, systemic racism, and white dominance.

Developed by STM Theatre Faculty 08.25.2020

UIC Theatre BLM Solidarity Statement

This summer we have been wrestling with how to proceed in the righting of institutional racism that has methodically put Black and Brown bodies in physical, financial, and emotional peril.  Because Black Lives Matter.  At this time our society is being asked to atone for many wrongs, the most egregious of which is the systemic racism that has remained unchecked in our cultural institutions for too long.  Higher Education and The American Theatre are being called upon to acknowledge their perpetuation of these racist systems, and their responsibility to fix it. 

We, the faculty and staff at UIC Department of Theatre, an historically white institution, begin by acknowledging the lack of inclusion of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Latinx and all People of Color) identities in our overall pedagogy and modes of production.  Further, we acknowledge our shortcomings, both personally and professionally, of our previous efforts. We state our commitment to holding ourselves and each other to a higher standard - NOW.

In our shared analysis of the systems, traditions, and culture of our department, we are identifying biased practices. As a unified group, we are reconceiving these practices to be inclusive, equitable, and transparent.  We recognize that this work of identifying and eradicating the underlying colonialism and racism is imperative, and long overdue.  

Most importantly, we are committed to follow this inciting spark through by setting specific, measurable, time-oriented goals. We understand that this deeply-rooted problem does not have an easy remedy -- and that it will take longer than one semester, year, or generation.  

Here we begin this departmental transformation with a commitment to the following set of actions,

Click here for our action steps: https://theatreandmusic.uic.edu/newsdetails/805/792

Developed by STM Theatre Faculty 9.05.20