Northern Illinois University
NIU serves the USITT population with a BFA in design and technology, a BA in theatre studies. and MFA degrees in costume design, scenic design, lighting design, and technical direction - all with in-state tuition for ALL students. Check us out.
There are three metropolitan areas within a 2.5 hour drive of Northern Illinois University, all with robust theatre communities, including Milwaukee, and Madison, and of course, Chicago. NIU’s proximity to Chicago gives our students enormous professional exposure, with opportunities to audition for summer stock companies, internships at major regional theatres and to work as assistants and designers for many of the hundreds of producing organizations that call Chicago home.
The goal and the focus of the training we provide ensures that graduates of this program step out the door ready to begin their careers. SoTD alumni are actively working in film, television and onstage in NY, LA, major regional theatres and overseas.
Every academic year, we stage a full season of seven Mainstage Series and six Studio Series productions on three stages, providing public performance opportunities every year of a student’s academic career. Our programming reflects eclectic choices, which are designed to challenge both our students and our audiences. Also every year, a select group of students studies for one month at the famed Moscow Art Theatre School.
The School offers several degree programs, including BA in theatre arts, BFA with emphases in acting, design and technology and dance performance, and MFA with specializations in acting and design and technology.
We have an internationally recognized faculty of practicing artists and scholars, and a gifted student body of about two hundred, recruited and carefully selected from around the country and abroad. The School of Theatre and Dance is a member of the University Resident Theatre Association, and its programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.