Thursday, December 20, 2012

The arts scene in Springfield finds vitality in niche markets

With the addition of new assistant professor Dathan Powell, the Theatre Department at University of Illinois Springfield is prepared to tackle new challenges in the coming year, starting with a production of Clifford Odets’s 1935 play Awake and Sing, dealing with timely issues of economic hardship.

For UIS Theatre Director Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, it’s all about education and community.

“Our students learn from the faculty, and the people from the community who work with us learn from the students, and I think we learn a lot from the community folks as well. So it’s a win-win,” he beams.

Auditions for Awake and Sing will be held Jan. 22 and 23. For details visit

UIS Theatre was featured by the Illinois Times on December 20, 2012.

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