Theatre Program

Theatre Performing Grants Available

The theatre program at Spoon River College announces opportunities for performing grants for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Typically, SRC Theatre holds open audition/interview events each spring for applicants interested in grant money for both acting and technical positions in the program for the upcoming academic term. This year, due to the ongoing pandemic, individual applicants are asked to contact Douglas Okey, the director of the theatre program, to arrange an audition or an interview, depending on the individual area of interest.

Okey, an instructor of drama and English at the college, says that SRC’s theatre performing grants are good for both the program and the students who participate. “The grant group forms a solid core for the program and makes many of the program’s features possible,” such as the season of two full-scale productions each academic year and the program’s slate of academic course offerings.

Grant amounts vary, Okey says. “These funds are all grants to be applied to direct costs at SRC, not loans that students will be required to pay back.” The grant funds can be used for tuition, fees, or books and supplies in the SRC Bookstore.

The SRC theatre program includes credit-bearing academic classes as well as a co-curricular season of classic and contemporary theatre productions. Okey says that the program of coursework and theatre production—including grants—is open to students in any academic program or major. No prior theatre experience is required.

Those interested in more information about the theatre program, especially those wanting to apply for a performing grant, can contact Douglas Okey at (309) 649-6308 or Grant applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before the end of April, 2021.

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​​