Theatre Program

2019-2020 Drama Scholarship Auditions

Drama Scholarship Auditions for the 2019-2020 season will be held March 20 & 21, 2019 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm in Taylor Hall Drama Theatre (T209), Canton Campus.

The 2018-2019 Season

In Spring 2019, SRC Theatre presented Private Lives (1930), by Noël Coward. Private Lives is a hard-edged, brilliantly sassy comedy. Elyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet by chance, reignite the old spark, and impulsively escape their respective spouses together. Days after being reunited, they again find their fiery romance alternating between passions of love and anger. Eventually their aggrieved spouses appear, to devastating and hysterical effect.

Each fall the program presents a 60-minute version of a classic play, in a series called “Hour Classics.” For fall 2018, the college presented William Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy Hamlet. Arguably the most famous play in the history of both literature and theatre, Hamlet has rarely been absent from a stage somewhere in the world at any time during the 400 years since it was first produced in Shakespeare’s time. The play tells the story of a Danish prince tasked by his father’s ghost to avenge the father’s murder at the hands of his own brother, who has taken the dead king’s throne and married his widow.

Tickets for individual shows go on sale to the public three weeks prior to the opening of each show. Reservations and more information are available by calling (309) 649-6257. 

SRC Drama Program

The SRC Drama Program has an academic curriculum that includes acting courses as well as drama-oriented classes for humanities and fine-arts credit. Each academic year, student-centered performance opportunities are available with planned productions in both fall and spring semesters. The Drama Program offers performing grants (scholarships) to recognize and reward the work of talented students.


In the academic year 2015-16, the student organization STAGE: SRC Theatre Artists Group for Education was created. The group has as its advisor SRC drama and English instructor Douglas Okey. STAGE provides support and awareness for the program as well as a pool of interested and talented students to participate in theatre productions.

The SRC Drama Program has produced graduates who have gone onto careers in performance, including TV and film actor David Pires and, most recently, New York stage performer Kyle Motsinger. A student from the 1990s, Jacob Welch, is a theatre professor and award-winning lighting designer.

In the years since founding director Bob Gorg retired in 2008, the program has undergone various transitions. Most recently, in the 2013-14 academic year, the program had been in hiatus for the purpose of rebuilding. During that year, our “black-box” theatre production space was extensively renovated and updated through the expert consultation of SRC graduate Jacob Welch.

For more information about upcoming productions and opportunities in the SRC Drama Program, contact Douglas Okey at (309) 649-6308 or Click here for a printable brochure with information about the SRC Drama Program and student organization STAGE.



 Faculty Advisor

Douglas Okey
Instructor of English & Drama​​