The Illinois Department of Theatre offers nationally known acting programs on both the BFA and MFA level. Students work with professionally active faculty, numerous guest artists, and auditioners. Recent audition guests have included NYC Casting Director Pat McCorkle, Erica Daniels of Steppenwolf, Bob Mason of Chicago Shakespeare, Kathleen Conlin of the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Deb Alley of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Paul Barnes and Alec Wild of the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Brent Hazelton of Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Brenda deVita of American Players Theatre, and many others.