ISU Theatre and Performing Arts


Actor and dragon puppet on stage
She Kills Monsters, ISU Theatre, 2023

The Mission of ISU Theatre and Performing Arts is to empower citizen artistry by engaging students and the community in transformative theatre and performing arts experiences which examine the human condition, encourage lifelong learning, teach artistic skills, prepare professionals, inspire empathy, explore creativity, build relationships, and embrace diversity. Go here to read ISU Theatre's 2018-2021 Vivid Vision.

ISU Theatre offers many ways for all students, majors, non-major, and community members to participate in Theatre and Performing Arts at ISU.


Students interested in theatre as a major area of concentration can declare a major Performing Arts and with an emphasis in Theatrical Design, Theatre Studies, Musical Theatre, or Acting/Directing. Go here to learn more about Theatre and Performing Arts Degree program.


The Department of Music and Theatre offers many scholarship opportunities for students interested in Theatre and Performing Arts. Go here to learn more.


A wide variety of Theatre and Performing Arts courses are offered at ISU, including courses in acting, directing, design, costuming, makeup, dance, and more! Courses are open to all ISU students, regardless of major. Go here to learn more about the Theatre and Performing Arts Courses offered at ISU.

Announcing ISU Theatre's 2022-2023 Season

Check out ISU Theatre's 2022-2023 Season of shows!

ISU Theatre Accessibility Statement: "Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to participate in ISU Theatre events. If you require a reasonable accommodation to do so, please contact ISU Theatre at least one week prior to the event., 515.294.2624.”


Auditions are open to all ISU students, regardless of major.  Theatre offers multiple auditions per year.  Click below to learn more about auditions.

Theatre Audition Information and Schedule


Sign up to usher for ISU Theatre shows! We use Sign Up Genius, which makes it easy to volunteer. This is a great (free!) way to see shows if you are required to attend performances for a course. It is also an easy way to log service hours for school or an organization. Check back here for usher opportunities throughout the year and join the Theatre student organization to ensure you receive all the latest information about ushering, backstage opportunities, courses, and auditions.


BACKSTAGE WORKMan runs sound board in theatre

Interested in stage management, sound operator, wardrobe, light board operator, and more?  Backstage crew positions are available for all productions and open to all ISU students, regardless of major.  Please contact the following Technical and Design faculty/staff members depending on your area of interest:

Lighting/Crews/Backstage Work - Will Coeur, Production Manager,

Scene Shop and Set Construction - Brian Seckfort, Technical Director,

Costume and Makeup Design - Kelly Marie Schaefer, Resident Costume Designer,

Costume Shop and Costume Construction - Doris Nash, Costume Shop Supervisor,


The ISU Theatre CoLab Initiative seeks to foster collaboration and engagement between ISU Theatre and other partnering groups both within ISU’s community and beyond in order to expand opportunities for ISU Theatre students, faculty, and staff, create citizen artistry, and to inspire and be inspired by meaningful public discourse. The CoLab initiative is made possible in part by the Transforming Liberal Arts and Sciences Endowment. Click here to learn more about ISU Theatre's CoLab partnerships!



Contact Brad Dell, Chair of Department of Music and Theatre


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