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The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film offers undergraduate degrees (Bachelor of Arts and minors) in theatre and film and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), the primary accrediting bodies for university programs in Theatre and Film. As an undergraduate liberal arts department, we actively engage students in creative practice, critical thinking and writing, and cross cultural/global exchange through the study and practice of live productions and cinema. We empower students to be thoughtful and productive scholars, artists, professionals and individuals, helping to expand their social, cultural and artistic understanding throughout the public realm.

Our students participate in all aspects of live theatre productions, create their own films and videos, produce scholarly work, travel for arts programs in Study Abroad (Costa Rica, Hungary, Wales to name a few), participate in special master classes with guest artists, land internships with organizations such as Disney, Viacom and others. In addition guest artists from all over the world work with students as designers, directors, filmmakers and performers through our international connections.

The Department of Theatre and Film strongly endorses a policy of individual and collective respect for each member of our diverse community. Our department strives to provide a safe and supportive educational environment that both nurtures all components of human experience and functions as a crucible for creative expression.

UToledo Associate Professor of Lighting Lights up the NBA All Star Weekend

Stephen Sakowski associate professor of lighting at UToledo and a scene from the NBA All Star Half Time Show and Weekend for which he was the lighting directorDid you know that UToledo was represented this year during the 2024 NBA All Star Game Halftime Show with Jennifer Hudson and All Star Weekend? Stephen Sakowski, associate professor of lighting for the UToledo Theatre and Film Department, was the lighting director for the festivities.

Stephen says, "The entire event is incredibly rewarding. The scale, the collaborators, and the international platform all make it one of the biggest events of the year. The new elements [LED floor] added into the weekend this year were a great challenge to incorporate. It involved an entirely separate venue as well as technology that is itself a light source that cannot be ignored."Fireworks display during 2024 NBA All Star Halftime Show, UToledo lighting associate professor Stephen Sakowski was the lighting director for this event

Learn more about majoring in theatre with a theatre design and technology concentration!


Department of Theatre and Film receives TLC/ARPA grant

The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film shared a grant award with the Department of Art. They were among 37 institutions and 101 individual artists to be awarded funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

The awards were presented by the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, in partnership with the Lucas County Commissioners and the City of Toledo. ARPA funds totaling $6 million dollars support a multi-year grant program, which aids the recovery of local arts and cultural organizations as well as individual artists negatively impacted by the pandemic.

The Departments of Theatre and Film and Art will share a combined grant of $150,000.

The department will use the funds to augment teaching staff with guest artists and workshops in film and theatre to better position students to succeed in a post-COVID arts world. “We have already held a workshop on staging intimacy,” department chair Holly Monsos said, “so they will be ready to engage professionally and responsibly in their stage and screen work at UToledo and beyond.” She added that performing artists and venues were particularly hard hit by the pandemic and the grant will help replenish resources for department events. “We will be using the funding to increase our theatre marketing presence in order to help draw audiences back to live performances,” Monsos said.

ARPA Grant Funding Partners

The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, the City of Toledo, and the Lucas County Commissioners.

Logos of the Arts Commission, the City of Toledo and Lucas County

UToledo Alumni Achieve their dreams

Scene from the film Dream Runner by James Aponte shows Jeffrey Burden II as Julian The film DREAM RUNNER (2020) by University of Toledo alumnus James Aponte (Film/Video '16) is now streaming on Amazon’s Prime Video. The film’s debut on Amazon is a major step forward in Aponte’s effort to take his film to mainstream audiences.  (See trailer)

Photo of James Aponte, film director and UToledo film video alumni 2016In announcing the film’s release, Aponte said on Facebook, “It's been two years of navigating distribution, but I am so happy to say that as of today my feature film 'Dream Runner' is now streaming on Amazon Prime!”

The film’s subject matter leans toward sci-fi, as the film’s beginning makes clear, “Humans no longer dream. Now man-made, dreams are sold in supermarkets, drug stores, and fueling stations. Certain dreams are declared illegal by world governments and organizations. Patrons turn to Dream Runners to attain these illicit fantasies.”

A host of UToledo grads star in and helped create this film:


  • “Dana” – Olivia Pierce (Theatre '16)
  • “Phil Donahue” – Jamal Knight (actor)
  • “Drake” – Ian Davis (2014)
  • “Robbie” – Nolan Thomaswick (Theatre '16)
  • “Julian” – Jeffrey Burden II (Theatre '16)
  • “Rene” – Christina Pinciotti (Theatre '17)
  • “Victoria Kingsley” – Samantha Campbell (Theatre '17)


  • Executive Producer/Director - James Aponte (Film/Video ’16)
  • Producer – Nick Kostelnak (Film/Video '15)
  • Producer – John Eidemiller (Communication, faculty)
  • Music – Stephen Mariasy (Film/Video ’15)
  • Cinematography - Andrew Lewis (Film/Video '18)
  • Production Management/Assistant Director – Marcus Jordan (Film/Video '17)
  • Guitar – Ryan Dalton (Music, Jazz Performance ’17)


Matt Foss, assistant professor of film at the University of Toledo, directs the cast of his adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front

Dr. Matt Foss, directing the cast of his adaptation of "All Quiet on the Western Front"

Dr. Matt Foss, assistant professor in The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film, has won a national playwriting award. His adaptation of “All Quiet on the Western Front” is the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award. The play was performed at the University last November.

Developed by the Playwriting Program of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the National Playwriting Program of Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival, the Cohen award is intended to provide incentive to college and university theatre production departments to foster the growth and development of playwrights through the public presentations of unpublished full-length plays or a collection of shorter works for the stage that have not received a professional production. Read more...

Contact the UToledo Department of Theatre and Film

Main Campus
Center for Performing Arts

1910 West Rocket Drive
Toledo, OH 43606

Department Office - PA 1030
Phone: 419.530.2202
Fax: 419.530.8439
Box Office: 419.530.ARTS

Department Chair
Holly Monsos

Department Secretary
Lisa Edwards

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Last Updated: 2/20/24