Facilities & Resources:
Swisher Theatre is a 475-seat proscenium house and is the primary venue for the Department of Theatre and Dance. Studio 19 is a small black box space and is used for acting classes, student-directed productions, and more experimental productions.
A number of Jacksonville University graduates enjoy successful careers in the entertainment industry. Among them are: Jay Thomas, an award-winning actor who starred on network television in Murphy Brown and in the hit movie Mr. Holland's Opus; Leanza Cornett, Miss America 1993 and Lifetime Network television personality; Shawnae Jebbia, recent Miss USA and an ESPN television personality; Milt Skelton, a Second City TV alumnus and owner/operator of a Chicago community theatre; Bruce Helford, executive producer of hit TV shows including Roseanne and The Drew Carey Show; Troy Spurlin, a Los Angeles-based stage and television actor; and Devlin Mann, an independent film producer who appears on Suddenly Susan.
On Wednesday, February 20th over two hundred area high schools students and their teachers attended a special matinee performance of the College of Fine Arts production of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath . A talkback with the cast and crew followed the performance and the teachers were provided with a study guide highlighting such topics as the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression and the California Migration of the 1930's. Several of the visiting student groups enjoyed tours of the Art Annex, The Brest Museum and a backstage tour of the newly renovated Swisher Theater.