NIU Alumni Create Theater Company in Kane County


Northern Illinois University Theater and Dance majors open theater in nearby St. Chares. If you’re ever wondering what happened to the 2019 MFA Acting class at Northern Illinois University, you can find many of them, and a host of other School of Theatre and Dance alumni in St. Charles, IL. these days.  A talented group of recent alums has established the Kane Repertory Theatre in an effort to produce high-quality theater for audiences in Chicago’s western suburbs.

“We have this culture that NIU instilled in us of strong integrity in terms of our craft,” said Daniil Krimer, artistic director of Kane County Repertory.  “When we were thinking about what happens next after we graduate, we thought about how we could control our destiny as artists.  That’s why creating a theater company was so attractive.  We can control the kind of product and the kind of work that we want to do and want to see.”

But the NIU talent extends beyond the actors.  The design and technical company at Kane Repertory Theatre is composed of four recent graduates or current students of the School of Theatre and Dance’s master’s and bachelor’s programs in design technology.  Morgan Saaf-White is the company costume designer, Ivy Thomas is the scenic designer, Will Richardson is the lighting designer and Jordan Clifton is stage manager

The company’s debut show is the Thornton Wilder classic, “Our Town” which opens Friday, October 4 and runs every Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. for three consecutive weekends at The Marquee Youth Stage, 619 West Main Street in St. Charles.

Kane Repertory Theatre
The Marquee Youth Stage, 619 West Main Street, St. Charles
October 4 and 5, 11 and 12, 18 and 19, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25 adults, $22 seniors, $10 students
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