What is Theatre Nebula All About?

Theatre Nebula Mission Statement

Theatre Nebula is a non-profit, non-equity, professional theatre company that promotes and nurtures the appreciation of high quality theatre, literature, and the fine arts within the community. By involving our participants in productions with the interaction of our professional theatrePatsy & Mrs Galahad-croppedartists, and by exploring diverse theatrical styles, Theatre Nebula achieves one of its major goals: helping these talented individuals excel in the field of theatre, while broadening their knowledge, and that of the community, of high quality theatrical literature and styles.


The plays Theatre Nebula produces are normally chosen to give the participants and audience some insight into history or the arts, or to help them explore the human condition. Often, post-performance question-and-answer discussions are held with the attending audience and a panel of educators or experts connected with the play’s subject matter.


Among the programs and services we may offer are involvement in play productions, both on- and off-stage; workshops with theatre arts professionals; internships that provide paid on-the-job training in the arts; and the awarding of a substantial Talent Grant College Scholarship to a student majoring in one of the Theatre Arts or Theatre Education.

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Theatre Nebula began in 1999 as a program designed to offer talented students who were considering a college and professional career in a theatre related field.  Theatre Nebula provided these students the opportunity to work in a professional environment in order to better gage their aptitude for such a career and make a well informed decision for their career path.

During the summer, current high school student members worked on shows with returning college student members and both worked with the professional members of the company.  Each student was able to glean information and learn their craft from the progressing group ahead of them.

As their studies continued, students would move from the high school group to the college group and those that remained in the program after college became members of the professional company, which was augmented with other professionals that joined the company throughout the years of productions.  Theatre Nebula has grown and presents a full season of shows throughout the year, which still incorporates talented students with its professional company, now in its 17th season, as of fall of 2015.

For this unique approach and for the outstanding productions presented, the Illinois Theatre Association awarded Theatre Nebula the Excellence in Theatre Award. Several Theatre Nebula Members have garnered Joseph Jefferson Awards during their careers.