The Theatre Department produces three main stage performances, one Theatre Studio Lab production, and one student-driven show each academic year. Theatre majors participate in all areas of production, but students in any major are invited to audition.

Theatre students will be given the opportunity to perform and train in a wide variety of genres and styles including Shakespeare, Greek, Contemporary Drama, Farce, and Avant-garde.



2023-2024 Aurora University Theatre Season


This Random World

This Random World by Steven Dietz
October 11–14, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
October 15, 2023 | 2:30 p.m.
Black Box Theatre | Stephens Hall 119

We want to believe that serendipity brings us together, but is that just a myth? Mining the comedy of missed connections, "This Random World" asks the serious question of how often we travel parallel paths through the world without noticing. From an ailing woman who plans one final trip, to her daughter planning one great escape and her son falling prey to a prank gone wrong, this funny, intimate, and heartbreaking play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own.

Urinetown by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis
April 5–7 and 10–14, 2024 (free admission)
Perry Theatre in the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley Center for Cultural Enrichment | 349 S. Gladstone Ave.

Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, environmental collapse, privatization of natural resources, bureaucracy, municipal politics, and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America's greatest art forms.

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!


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2021 - 2022 Season

Puffs: View photos

The SpongeBob Musical: View photos


2019 - 2020 Season

Animal Farm: View photos

Little Women (Cancelled due to COVID. Enjoy the rehearsal photos.): View photos


2018 - 2019 Season

She Kills Monsters: View photos

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: View photos


2017 - 2018 Season

Into the Woods: View photos

Twelfth Night: View photos


2016 - 2017 Season

Little Shop of Horrors: View photos

Our Town: View photos

Fuller (and Edgar) in the House of Usher: View photos


2015 - 2016 Season

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: View photos

Machinal: View photos


2014 - 2015 Season

Almost Maine: View photos

Dancing at Lughnasa: View photos