Theatre Productions

Theatre Program


Learn advanced techniques in acting, directing, and stage and lighting design!

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Theatre provides a solid basis in all aspects of:

  • Acting
  • Play Production, Set and Lights
  • Play Production, Costume and Makeup
  • Dramatic Literature
  • Directing



Why Theatre?

In Theatre, you’ll learn advanced, hands-on techniques in acting, directing, and design, complete with the opportunity to utilize those skills in production at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, Southern Illinois' premier performing arts venue.




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Theatre allows you to gain a broad understanding of theatre art while honing your skills in a specific area of emphasis.




Scholarship Opportunities

There are Theatre Activity Scholarships available for incoming students. Recipients commit to working on the production each semester in some capacity. Contact Michelle Magnussen for more information.




Photo of McKendree's Entryway MonumentWhy McKendree?

McKendree University provides you with interactive learning opportunities through our small class sizes, experienced faculty, and unique internship experiences that move you beyond the classroom. We are committed to your success in the degree programs we offer, the internships and extracurricular activities that will set you apart, and the college experience you’ll get here. Just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri, McKendree University is located in historic Lebanon, Illinois, and affords students a host of enriching cultural, career, and entertainment opportunities.



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  • The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts - Opened in 2006, the Hett gives theatre students an impressive venue to showcase their talents. Act in an on-stage production, work with sound and lighting, construct set pieces, and much more!

  • Theatre presents one mainstage production every semester. Tickets are free and admission is open to the public. If you are interested in bringing a group, contact Michelle Magnussen. Backstage tours and question and answer sessions with the cast and crew can be arranged. Current Hett Calendar of events.

  • Work Study opportunities in technical theatre available at the Hett.


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