Donations from alumni, friends, corporations and foundations fund scholarships and programs that support and enhance the mission of the school to provide the highest level of conservatory theatre training in the country to a diverse student body. Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Our students, faculty and staff are very grateful for your gift to the scholarship fund, the Capital Campaign or specific programs of the school.
The Don Ilko Scholarship Fund
Don was a Theatre School faculty member for 24 years prior to his retirement in 2010. Don passed away at the age of 75 on December 7, 2018 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he had relocated upon retirement.
Don began his time at The Theatre School as an adjunct faculty member in the Fall of 1986-87. He was a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor for the next three years, and started his tenure track as an Associate Professor in 1990-91. Don was instrumental in the creation of the Theatre Studies department and served as the department's first chair. Along with his Theatre Studies responsibilities, Don also continued as a member of the BFA Acting faculty.
Don received his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University and attended the Advanced Actor Training Program at the American Conservatory Theatre. He performed with the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Portland Conservatory Theatre, and with theatre companies in New England and in New York. In the Chicago area he appeared and directed at Court Theatre, Talisman Theatre, Stage Left Theatre, Bailiwick Repertory, Illinois Theatre Center, Writer's Theatre, Noble Fool Theatre, as well as at The Theatre School. Directing credits included Dinner At Eight, The Secret Garden, Years Ago, Some Americans Abroad, Sympathetic Magic, and What The Butler Saw. He also appeared in Look Back In Anger, Heartbreak House and Nuts as well as The Theatre School productions of The Grapes of Wrath, Noises Off, and Life's a Dream.
If you would prefer to mail your contribution, you may send it to:
The Theatre School at DePaul University
Attn: Director of Development
2350 North Racine Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Checks should be made payable to The Theatre School at DePaul University and noting "The Don Ilko Scholarship Fund" on the memo line.