UMKC Theatre continues to build upon a rich tradition of mutually supportive academic, professional, and community collaboration that was developed under the leadership of Dr. Patricia A. McIlrath (1917-1999). "Dr. Mac" was not only the first chair of our department as a separate entity (beginning in 1954) apart from the English Department, but she also led a trailblazing crusade to bring professional theatre training to the university.
Our graduates have gone on to act, design, and stage manage for leading professional theatres all over the country as well as for film and television. Much of the talent has also enriched the Kansas City theatre scene, continuing Patricia McIlrath's vision of cooperation and mutual support among artists of the greater Kansas City theatre community. -Dr. Felicia Hardison Londre©