Arts at Eureka College

The arts have played a pivotal role at Eureka College since it’s founding in 1855. Nearly 50% of the student body gets involved in the arts here in some significant way and there’s good reason for that—we’re winners! Our reputation is national and our students go on to professional careers in the arts and attend some of the finest graduate schools in the country. We stress overseas study and internships but our specialty is YOU. That’s right —YOU. YOU will always be a person—an artist—to us and we will become your friends and mentors for life. Learn more about our majors, minors– we want students who are intelligent AND talented. For quality, professionalism and a personal touch – this is the place.
Rhea EdgeProfessor of ArtChair, Fine and Performing Arts

Visual Arts

Hear Professor Rhea Edge’s interview with WGLT where Professor Edge talks about her show Memory and Loss.

Theatre and Drama

10 min play fest

Illinois High School 10 – Minute Play Festival

Feb 2-3, 2018

Six plays written by high school students in Illinois will be presented by Eureka College Theatre. College students direct, produce, and perform the plays of aspiring high school playwrights!

Six plays written by high school students in Illinois will be presented by Eureka College Theatre. College students direct, produce, and perform the plays of aspiring high school playwrights!

The Shakespeare Project

March 14-17, 2018

The company performs Julius Caesar with a smattering of Midsummer Night’s Dream and improv because not everyone knew which lines they were supposed to memorize. Come see this family friendly show.



April 12 -14, 2018

World premiere play written by Zeke Jarvis, directed by Eureka College alumna Kendall Katz.

The Addams Family

The Addams Family – The Musical

April 26-28, 2018

Join Nitsch Theatre Art’s Broadway Bound group’s production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY! This group of young adults will bring the creepy and kooky characters we all know and love to life in this family friendly musical. For this show, reserve tickets here

Tickets for all other shows may be reserved by calling 309-467-6363 or emailing

Stage Combat

Central Illinois Stage Combat

May 14, 2018

June 1, 2018 at Western Illinois University, Macomb IL

From students starting out to actor/combatants getting those last few styles, from professors seeking faculty development to professional actors looking to pick up extra skills, this is the workshop for you!

This workshop is for actors of all experience levels. The small class size (20 student max with 5 Instructors: a 1 to 4 ratio!) allows for personal instruction and individual attention. The skills learned here will help you create compelling theatrical fights with a wide variety of theatrical weapons. Skills that are perfect for enhancing many plays, including Shakespeare! Go here for registration details.

Stage Combat Workshop

Music Studies at Eureka College

Courses in music provide opportunities for enrichment through a variety of musical experiences,
including classroom study, group and private lessons, and ensemble participation. The major in Music
serves as a foundation for further study in graduate school and for careers in performance,
composition, and music education. Music degree programs at Eureka College include the following:

  • Music-Performance (Vocal or Piano)
  • Music Education (Classroom/Vocal)
  • Pre-Music Therapy (Music Major with Psychology minor)
  • Music Non-Performance

The music minor, combined with a major in Business Administration or Communication, also offers
opportunities for careers in arts management, music broadcasting, and music business.

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Eureka College is proud to partner with Nitsch Theatre Arts to provide theatre arts education and performance opportunities to the Peoria area.

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Literary Arts

The 4th annual Eureka College Writers Festival hosted poet Allison Joseph and author Kathleen Rooney, who read from their works on March 26 and 27, respectively. A question-and-answer session, book-signing and reception followed each reading.

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