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Theater

Guided by faculty who work as theater artists and scholars, students in the Theater department develop skills in multiple areas and techniques, connect theoretical and historical understanding with artistic expression, and realize their own creative visions in the classroom and on the stage.

  • <a href="/live/image/gid/76/width/650/12663_664380_10151522832467926_615827436_o.jpg" class="lw_preview_image"><img src="/live/image/gid/76/width/450/12663_664380_10151522832467926_615827436_o.rev.1386278923.jpg" alt="The Chicken Bone (photo credit: Evan Hanover)" class="lw_image lw_image12663" width="450" height="300" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/76/width/450/12663_664380_10151522832467926_615827436_o.rev.1386278923.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/76/width/450/12663_664380_10151522832467926_615827436_o.rev.1386278923.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1649" data-max-h="1101"/></a><span class="lw_images_caption"><em>The Chicken Bone </em>(photo credit: Evan Hanover)</span>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/76/width/650/12662_622832_10151522832142926_319279617_o.jpg" class="lw_preview_image"><img src="/live/image/gid/76/width/450/12662_622832_10151522832142926_319279617_o.rev.1386278923.jpg" alt="The Chicken Bone (photo credit: Evan Hanover)" class="lw_image lw_image12662" width="450" height="300" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/76/width/450/12662_622832_10151522832142926_319279617_o.rev.1386278923.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/76/width/450/12662_622832_10151522832142926_319279617_o.rev.1386278923.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1649" data-max-h="1101"/></a><span class="lw_images_caption"><em>The Chicken Bone </em>(photo credit: Evan Hanover)</span>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/76/width/650/18201_occupy5.jpg" class="lw_preview_image"><img src="/live/image/gid/76/width/450/18201_occupy5.rev.1393515724.jpg" alt="Occupy! Scenes From a Movement (photo credit: Diego Rojas-Toledo)" class="lw_image lw_image18201" width="450" height="300" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/76/width/450/18201_occupy5.rev.1393515724.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/76/width/450/18201_occupy5.rev.1393515724.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1650" data-max-h="1100"/></a><span class="lw_images_caption"><em>Occupy! Scenes From a Movement</em> (photo credit: Diego Rojas-Toledo)</span>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/76/width/650/25384_failure.jpg" class="lw_preview_image"><img src="/live/image/gid/76/width/450/25384_failure.rev.1427471935.jpg" alt="Failure: A Love Story takes us to 1928, the last year of each of the Fail Sisters’ lives.  As with so many things in life–blunt objects, disappearances and consumption–they never saw death coming." class="lw_image lw_image25384" width="450" height="299" data-max-w="534" data-max-h="355"/></a><span class="lw_images_caption"><em>Failure: A Love Story</em> takes us to 1928, the last year of each of the Fail Sisters’ lives.  As with so many things in life–blunt objects, disappearances and consumption–they never saw death coming.</span>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/76/width/650/12671_img_3820.jpg" class="lw_preview_image"><img src="/live/image/gid/76/width/450/12671_img_3820.rev.1386278923.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image lw_image12671" width="450" height="450" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/76/width/450/12671_img_3820.rev.1386278923.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1280" data-max-h="1280"/></a><span class="lw_images_caption"/>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/76/width/650/12661_621335_10151522830157926_2138983780_o.jpg" class="lw_preview_image"><img src="/live/image/gid/76/width/450/12661_621335_10151522830157926_2138983780_o.rev.1386278923.jpg" alt="The Chicken Bone (photo credit: Evan Hanover)" class="lw_image lw_image12661" width="450" height="253" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/76/width/450/12661_621335_10151522830157926_2138983780_o.rev.1386278923.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/76/width/450/12661_621335_10151522830157926_2138983780_o.rev.1386278923.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1650" data-max-h="928"/></a><span class="lw_images_caption"><em>The Chicken Bone </em>(photo credit: Evan Hanover)</span>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/76/width/650/13499_226833_10152015397622481_1511734856_n.jpg" class="lw_preview_image"><img src="/live/image/gid/76/width/450/13499_226833_10152015397622481_1511734856_n.rev.1386278924.jpg" alt="All of Orestes (photo credit: Tyler Haberman)" class="lw_image lw_image13499" width="450" height="301" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/76/width/450/13499_226833_10152015397622481_1511734856_n.rev.1386278924.jpg 2x" data-max-w="960" data-max-h="642"/></a><span class="lw_images_caption"><em>All of Orestes (</em>photo credit: Tyler Haberman)</span>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/76/width/650/12656_281108_10151522827317926_1981283254_o.jpg" class="lw_preview_image"><img src="/live/image/gid/76/width/450/12656_281108_10151522827317926_1981283254_o.rev.1386278923.jpg" alt="The Chicken Bone (photo credit: Evan Hanover)" class="lw_image lw_image12656" width="450" height="674" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/76/width/450/12656_281108_10151522827317926_1981283254_o.rev.1386278923.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1101" data-max-h="1649"/></a><span class="lw_images_caption"><em>The Chicken Bone </em>(photo credit: Evan Hanover)</span>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/76/width/650/13502_548828_10152015398167481_1327301611_n.jpg" class="lw_preview_image"><img src="/live/image/gid/76/width/450/13502_548828_10152015398167481_1327301611_n.rev.1386278924.jpg" alt="All of Orestes (photo credit: Tyler Haberman)" class="lw_image lw_image13502" width="450" height="673" data-max-w="642" data-max-h="960"/></a><span class="lw_images_caption"><em>All of Orestes (</em>photo credit: Tyler Haberman)</span>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/76/width/650/18196_occupy10.jpg" class="lw_preview_image"><img src="/live/image/gid/76/width/450/18196_occupy10.rev.1393515719.jpg" alt="Occupy! Scenes From a Movement (photo credit: Diego Rojas-Toledo)" class="lw_image lw_image18196" width="450" height="300" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/76/width/450/18196_occupy10.rev.1393515719.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/76/width/450/18196_occupy10.rev.1393515719.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1650" data-max-h="1100"/></a><span class="lw_images_caption"><em>Occupy! Scenes From a Movement</em> (photo credit: Diego Rojas-Toledo)</span>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/76/width/650/12673_img_3871.jpg" class="lw_preview_image"><img src="/live/image/gid/76/width/450/12673_img_3871.rev.1386278924.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image lw_image12673" width="450" height="336" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/76/width/450/12673_img_3871.rev.1386278924.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/76/width/450/12673_img_3871.rev.1386278924.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1649" data-max-h="1232"/></a><span class="lw_images_caption"/>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/76/width/650/13504_574578_10152015398552481_1564445966_n.jpg" class="lw_preview_image"><img src="/live/image/gid/76/width/450/13504_574578_10152015398552481_1564445966_n.rev.1386278924.jpg" alt="All of Orestes (photo credit: Tyler Haberman)" class="lw_image lw_image13504" width="450" height="301" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/76/width/450/13504_574578_10152015398552481_1564445966_n.rev.1386278924.jpg 2x" data-max-w="960" data-max-h="642"/></a><span class="lw_images_caption"><em>All of Orestes (</em>photo credit: Tyler Haberman)</span>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/76/width/650/12659_617230_10151522831152926_552594010_o.jpg" class="lw_preview_image"><img src="/live/image/gid/76/width/450/12659_617230_10151522831152926_552594010_o.rev.1386278923.jpg" alt="The Chicken Bone (photo credit: Evan Hanover)" class="lw_image lw_image12659" width="450" height="300" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/76/width/450/12659_617230_10151522831152926_552594010_o.rev.1386278923.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/76/width/450/12659_617230_10151522831152926_552594010_o.rev.1386278923.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1649" data-max-h="1101"/></a><span class="lw_images_caption"><em>The Chicken Bone </em>(photo credit: Evan Hanover)</span>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/76/width/650/18203_occupy7.jpg" class="lw_preview_image"><img src="/live/image/gid/76/width/450/18203_occupy7.rev.1393515727.jpg" alt="Occupy! Scenes From a Movement (photo credit: Diego Rojas-Toledo)" class="lw_image lw_image18203" width="450" height="300" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/76/width/450/18203_occupy7.rev.1393515727.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/76/width/450/18203_occupy7.rev.1393515727.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1650" data-max-h="1100"/></a><span class="lw_images_caption"><em>Occupy! Scenes From a Movement</em> (photo credit: Diego Rojas-Toledo)</span>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/76/width/650/13498_69251_10152015399042481_1278253939_n.jpg" class="lw_preview_image"><img src="/live/image/gid/76/width/450/13498_69251_10152015399042481_1278253939_n.rev.1386278924.jpg" alt="All of Orestes (photo credit: Tyler Haberman)" class="lw_image lw_image13498" width="450" height="673" data-max-w="642" data-max-h="960"/></a><span class="lw_images_caption"><em>All of Orestes (</em>photo credit: Tyler Haberman)</span>

Theater students have unparalleled access to world-class theater in the city of Chicago, with courses regularly taking trips to Steppenwolf, the Goodman, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, as well as to many other smaller but no less well-respected venues.  On a campus stage or in Chicago, texts and techniques discussed in the classroom come to life for students and faculty.

Department News

  • The Lake Forest College Theater Department presents William Shakespeare’s
    MACBETH. Directed by Tyler Madeley ’18
    October 26-November 4, 2017
  • Set in 1968 during the heyday of Tupperware parties, the mix of personalities and the number of martinis consumed during a party lead to a great deal of absurd high jinks plus revelations of secrets and insecurities.
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  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/617-kiersten-kolstad"><img src="/live/image/gid/76/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,60,267,327/27750_kiersten.rev.1441134552.jpg" alt="Kiersten Kolstad" title="Kiersten Kolstad" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="267" data-max-h="387"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “The faculty opened my eyes to career opportunities I never would have considered.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/617-kiersten-kolstad">Kiersten Kolstad ’15 jump-started her theater career as an intern at Second City.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2563-paris-burton"><img src="/live/image/gid/155/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1620,1080/38778_parisburton.rev.1503928860.jpg" alt="Paris Burton" title="Paris Burton" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/155/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1620,1080/38778_parisburton.rev.1503928860.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/155/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1620,1080/38778_parisburton.rev.1503928860.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1620" data-max-h="1080"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> Paris is double-majoring in theater and arts administration and minoring in entrepreneurship and innovation.</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2563-paris-burton"/>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1020-shelby-homiston-17"><img src="/live/image/gid/76/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,720/30105_photo_1_1.rev.1452538265.jpg" alt="Shelby Homiston ’17" title="Shelby Homiston ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/76/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,720/30105_photo_1_1.rev.1452538265.jpg 2x" data-max-w="960" data-max-h="720"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> Who’s theater major Shelby Homiston ’17 rubbing shoulders with at her <em>internship in Chicago?</em></p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/1020-shelby-homiston-17">Hint: She’s famous!</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/627-samantha-kaser"><img src="/live/image/gid/76/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,636,960/27872_samantha_kaser.rev.1441898397.jpg" alt="Samantha Kaser" title="Samantha Kaser" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/76/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,636,960/27872_samantha_kaser.rev.1441898397.jpg 2x" data-max-w="636" data-max-h="960"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> Theater and psychology double major Samantha Kaser ’15 worked hard during her internship at Victory Gardens Theater while she studied in the Loop. </p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/627-samantha-kaser">She is now the house manager at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/668-ali-hoefnagel"><img src="/live/image/gid/76/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,671,757/29264_hoefnagel_b__t.rev.1447104403.jpg" alt="Ali Hoefnagel" title="Ali Hoefnagel" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/76/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,671,757/29264_hoefnagel_b__t.rev.1447104403.jpg 2x" data-max-w="671" data-max-h="757"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p class="p1"> “Lake Forest College is a great place to be if you are an artist. Find what you like to do, try it, fail at it, and try something else. <strong>There may not be another atmosphere you find in your entire life that will let you do that.</strong>”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/668-ali-hoefnagel">Ali now works in Chicago at About Face Theatre Company.</a>