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.
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.
Explore the programs on these pages. Get an update on the latest communication events on ComWire. Visit the communication organizations and outlets. Bring your voice to the task of giving voice in a world that needs storytellers.
Visit Indiana Wesleyan Universities Theatre Guild.
"The IWU Theatre Guild won a 10K grant from Electronic Theatre Controls that will help create a lighting design studio for majors in the technical program. The generous grant by ETC has provided the program with over 60 new instruments that will allow students to learn basic electrics, color theory, programming, and lighting design. Starting in the Fall '17, majors in the program will be working hands-on to develop their design skills."
What can you and your friends do in 24 hours? Beginning on the evening of Friday, September 16, and ending on Saturday, September 17, eight writers, eight directors, and forty-five high school and college actors came together to create, produce, and perform eight original plays in under 24 hours. Starting at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, the writers feverishly transformed thoughts and ideas into original scripts. At 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, those hot-off-the-press scripts were handed over to anxious directors who digested them as quickly as possible before rehearsals began. One hour later, directors handed scripts to their eager cast, and so the actors and director began to bring a new work to life. These eight unique casts memorized lines, learned blocking, fitted costumes, and embodied characters that had not existed outside of the writers’ minds but a few hours before. After twelve hours of diligent work and study, all eight plays were mounted in front of a live audience in an intimate 100-seat Black Box Theatre.
This is IWU’s annual 24-Hour Theatre Festival. The actors, writers, and directors included not only IWU students, faculty, and alumni, but also many high school students from Grant County, Ohio, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. “The sense of community was tangible this year. I have done this festival seven times before in three different states, and I can honestly say this was THE best one yet.” said Dr. Steve Wood, Assistant Professor of Theatre at IWU.
Last updated: 01/18/2017