NIU School of Theatre & Dance

Claire Buchanan

An Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated actor and Illinois native returned to his hometown Tuesday and shared insights with students at Northern Illinois University. 

Richard Jenkins was born and raised in DeKalb and attended Illinois Wesleyan University. He later embarked on a career in theater, film, and television that now spans more than forty years and 111 credited screen roles — and counting.

NIU School of Theatre & Dance

The NIU School of Theatre & Dance presents a work that didn’t exist a few months ago.  And it doesn’t have an author in the traditional sense.   “Women In To the Light”* is what is called a ‘devised’ play. 

A “devised” theater piece is defined as one without an author, or script, as usually understood.  Instead, it is the result of a process of collaboration and improvisation by the performers.