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From Pulitzer Prize winners to designers of iconic buildings to Tony Award winners, our alumni shape and inspire our world. They are creating a future filled with promise that holds the arts at its core.

  • Michelle Benda
    Alumni Profiles


    Illinois Theatre

    MFA 2015

    The education and mentorship Michelle received from her professors gave her a much stronger voice as a lighting designer. It also refined her technical abilities. "My professors taught me to pay a lot of attention to detail—to things like paperwork and drafting," she notes. "Those skills set Illinois Theatre graduates apart. Employers notice the high quality of work that we do."

  • Kate Pond
    Alumni Profiles


    Department of Urban + Regional Planning

    BFA 2014

    "Experience is key. You need to find things that interest you and then mold them into something you enjoy and want to do." Empowered by her Illinois education and training, Kate was confident working in an environment with major societal impact as the scheduler and assistant for Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.

  • Anshuman Prasad
    Alumni Profiles


    Illinois School of Architecture

    MSAS 2003

    Anshuman urges students to investigate what different departments have to offer. "Explore and find a way to use newly gained knowledge in your own field of interest," he encourages. "Studying architecture allowed me to make a relatively smooth transition to set design."

  • Katherine Roarty
    Alumni Profiles


    Dance at Illinois

    BFA 2011

    Katherine advises students to take advantage of their time in school. "You have the time and resources to create things with a sense of freedom because you have four years to really develop." She has one recommendation for current students: "Sink your feet in and soak up all that time without feeling regret or worry."

  • Judy J. Lee
    Alumni Profiles

    Judy J.

    School of Art + Design

    BFA 2010

    Even though conservatories can produce great artists, Judy J. Lee was interested in a more well-rounded education. At Illinois, Judy not only developed her technical skills but also studied art as a business and gained hands-on design experience abroad.

  • Eric Wall
    Alumni Profiles


    Illinois School of Architecture

    BSAS 2012

    A graduate-level design studio with a two-week residency in Japan gave Eric a completely different perspective on his field. "That studio shook up what I thought defined architecture. I was looking at it from a whole new lens."

  • Aaron R. White
    Alumni Profiles

    Aaron R.

    Dance at Illinois

    BFA 2011

    Aaron attributes his professional success to the skills he cultivated as a student with Dance at Illinois. "I became a smart artist."

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