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University Theatre

Welcome to Our Town. An inclusive, student-centered community inspiring meaningful connections grounded in the experience of making and sharing theatre.

Engaging and Connecting Students in a Safe and Meaningful Way

John C. McIlwee

It is not often life brings us someone as special, someone as talented, and someone as loved as John McIlwee. His inspiration to so many is made evident by the many cherished stories from his students, family, and friends. Many speak of how their lives were made better because of him, and University Theatre is no different.

John passed the morning of October 2 and although there will not be a funeral service, a celebration of life will be scheduled for the spring of 2023 in Stewart Theatre. The family requests no flowers but invites you to consider making a donation in his honor to the John C. McIlwee Theatre Endowment.

We invite you to hear John reflect on his 31 years with University Theatre in an article written at the time of his retirement.

Honoring John C. McIlwee, former director of University Theatre

Up Next at UT

Tickets for The Crucible are currently on sale!
Oct. 20-30 nightly w/Sunday matinees

Urinetown, the Musical Audition Orientation
Monday, Oct. 24 | 7pm

Urinetown, the Musical Auditions
Tues/Wed, Nov. 1-2, 7pm

Onstage at University Theatre | 2022-23 Producing Series

The Studio Series

See the full University Theatre season. Get tickets and information!

Need a space for your next event?

University Theatre’s Event Operations team manages and operates spaces in Frank Thompson Hall, and Stewart Theatre located in Talley Student Union.

Thompson Hall is home to the 192 seat Titmus Theatre, and 103 seat Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre — production shops, a rehearsal hall, and classrooms.

Frank Thompson Hall. Home of Titmus and Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatres.
Stewart Theatre north entrance and pre-function area
Stewart Theatre north entrance, 3rd floor Talley Student Union.

Video Archive

Strictly Speaking Series
Conversations with professional theatre makers who speak about their work, their industry and their journey in the arts.

How-to-Theatre Series
Video lessons in various production techniques that work beyond the walls of the theatre. Lessons span general items such as woodworking, sewing, makeup, welding, audio, scenic painting, embroidery, audio recording, and CNC router use.

QuickSCRIPTS – Summer Series
The final play presentations from TheatreFEST ’22. See works written by Christian O’Neal, Allison Fradkin, Gus Allen, and George Jack.

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