Communication and Theatre

Ever had a story you just had to tell? Do you always want to put on a show? Is the camera always in your hand looking for the best shot, or a smartphone showing the world what is going on?

The Division of Communication and Theatre is where you learn to give voice to the stories around you - stories that should be told with professionalism, integrity and human connection.

Through majors in Convergent Journalism, Human Communication Studies, Media Communication, Strategic Communication, and Theatre you will learn how to "give voice" - which is the Division's mission for all students. Sometimes that "voice" will be played out on stage through a character. Sometimes it will be the voice of an organization or a leader creating better relationships in the workplace. Sometimes the voice is made for radio or television and sometimes it is writing the stories of your community.


Outstanding Faculty

Katie Wampler
Associate Professor of Theatre; Artistic Director of Theatre | MA PhD

Dr. Katie Wampler has worked with professional and amateur theatre companies in both the United States and Europe in positions ranging from director, co-director or producer for over 30 productions.

She served as a missionary in Bristol, England, where she ran a drama club, worked with an amateur dramatics group and was a stage manager for the Portway Players. While pursuing her Master of Arts in theatre from Emerson College, she worked with two professional theatre companies in multiple capacities, including arts administration and production roles.

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Everything I have learned in my classes in the Division of Communication & Theatre has been applicable to real life in some way or another.

Hannah Valadez | Strategic Communication

Professional Opportunities

IWU Communication and Theatre students learn the theories and principles of the field in the classroom and then immediately apply them through public service, media outlets, theatrical venues and academic research. Communication and Theatre faculty hold the highest academic credentials in their field and bring decades of professional experience to their teaching. At IWU, you will learn and do communication and theatre alongside professionals who still practice what they teach. At the center of IWU's Division of Communication and Theatre is Christ as master storyteller and communicator. His model guides the excellence sought in every program, from classroom to community, studio to stage.