Theatre Faculty

Nancy Taylor Porter, Chair
   Associate Professor of Theatre/Department Chair
   217.245.3433 |

Professor Taylor Porter feels very fortunate to be working in a field that allows her to bring her love for all the arts together through collectively creating meaning with colleagues and students. In both her teaching and directing, she introduces students to new ideas and new ways of seeing, inspired by watching them grow as thinkers, communicators, performers, and leaders. A singer, dancer, actor, and Shakespeare specialist, she is also studying women and violence on stage. 
   Associate Professor of Theatre/Technical Director/Designer       217.245.3383 |
Professor Steenerson enjoys working with his students in all aspects of technical theatre. From the classroom to the stage, Craig likes the process of collaborating, watching ideas develop and flourish. He fosters a good sense of community and participation, so students, at any skill level, can feel like they have contributed to their part of the process. He believes that students should learn while doing, work above their potential, and always remember to measure twice and cut once!  
Aasne Daniels
   Assistant Professor of Theatre
   217.245.3451 |

After earning her MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University, Aasne Daniels spent ¼ of a lifetime practicing what she now preaches.  She worked both semi-professionally and professionally, on large stages and in small storefront theatres, in Chicago and in New York City before moving to central Illinois.  She has explored the many and various ways actors in today’s world can make a living, from traditional stage and film acting to radio voiceover and audiobook narration.  She didn’t realize she was a teacher until she fell in love with teaching yoga.  That passion soon translated into teaching acting, and now, at IC, she coaxes and challenges young actors to realize the untapped depths of their talent.


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