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Gov. Pat Quinn (without hard hat), flanked by DeKalb Mayor John Rey on his left and John Butler, Board of Trustees chair, on his right, shovels dirt during the Stevens Building groundbreaking Monday. The building was demolished in the summer. Its 109,000-square-foot replacement will feature a 330-seat lecture hall and Black Box Theatre.

$27M Stevens Building construction kicks off

By Jackie Nevarez | September 23, 2014

Gov. Pat Quinn, along with contractors, administration, faculty and students, broke ground on a $27.4 million project to reconstruct the Stevens Building Monday.John Butler, Board of Trustees chair, said the construction would be especially important...

Ceremony starts Stevens repairs

By Northern Star Staff | September 21, 2014

Gov. Pat Quinn will attend the Stevens Building groundbreaking 11:45 a.m. today at the building’s northeast corner.The ceremony will mark the beginning of renovations and expansions to the building, which will include new heating, air conditioning and...

Acting head of B.F.A. Performance Stanton Davis (right in red) and co-teacher, director at the School of Theatre and Dance Alexander Gelman, discuss whats in store for the semester to the students of their Verse Drama for Shakespeare class.

Stevens undergoes $22.8 million construction

By Deanna Frances | August 28, 2013

The Stevens Building is taking it from the top.After 54 years of theatrical performances, tradition and memories, the Stevens Building will see construction that is scheduled to begin in January 2014. The building has been home to the School of Theatre...

Bryan Connor and Annie Mushrush

School of Theatre and Dance to perform Siècle de Ballet

By Jessica Cabe | April 25, 2012

Time travel is still impossible, but the School of Theatre and Dance is doing the best it can. Siècle de Ballet, French for “Century of Ballet,” runs 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the O’Connell Theatre in the Stevens...

Six characters, 2 plays, 1 show

By Jessica Cabe | April 16, 2012

A character may tell you he is more real than you are. What if your perspective, situation, relationships and feelings never changed? Would that make you more or less real? These themes and more are explored in Six Characters in Search of an Author, a...

School of Theatre and Dance to host Open Mic Cabaret

By Jessica Cabe | April 2, 2012

Talent should be shared. This has been the philosophy behind open mic nights since their inception. Regardless of medium--comedy, music, dance, spoken word, etc.--open mic nights have been great outlets for blossoming artists. The School of Theatre and...

History’s Foundation: Jack Arends Hall

By Olivia Willoughby | February 29, 2012

Jack Arends Hall, or the Visual Arts Building as it is more commonly known, holds two former faculty members at heart. Jack Arends, former head of the art department, was the reason for the Visual Arts Building’s existence, said Visual Resources librarian...

Jerry Burnes | Northern Star A group of high school students
practice improv in the Stevens Building OConnell Theatre Friday

NIU hosts theatre workshop for local high schools

By Shelby Devitt | October 31, 2011

DeKalb, Sycamore, Byron, Sandwich and Hiawatha high schools sent students interested in improving their theatre skills to attend a day-long theatre workshop Friday in the Stevens Building. The workshop, taught by NIU graduate students in the schools of...

School of Theatre and Dance presents the Bard with song, dance, hippies

By Jessica Cabe | October 21, 2011

Shakespeare has been done before but never quite like this. The Winter's Tale opened Thursday in O'Connell Theatre in the Stevens Building. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The tragicomedy follows King Leontes of Sicilia...

DeKalb’s Weekender List: April 29

By Chris Krapek | April 28, 2011

DeKALB | We've almost reached the end. Seriously, guys, there's like one week left and then finals. As many of you go home for the summer, study abroad or move on to bigger and better things, take one last opportunity to do something cool in the Dirty...

So much to do in DeKalb this Thursday

By Connor Rice | March 28, 2011

Thirsty Thursday not your thing? This Thursday, NIU and downtown DeKalb will play host to several concerts and performances. With such a wide and striking variety of acts converging on us at the same time, the classic "nothing to do" standby won't be...

Stevens renovation will continue as planned, bill blocked by supreme court

By Northern Star staff | February 2, 2011

The Illinois Supreme Court temporarily blocked a ruling by an appeals court Tuesday that threw out a $31 billion capital construction program. The capital bill included $22 million in funding to renovate the NIU Stevens Building and $2 million to plan...