What is Xfest?
Xfest is back and it’s more Xciting than ever! SIUE’s second annual experimental theater festival, Xfest 2.0, welcomes five theater companies from across the nation to entertain, inspire and spark creativity on campus and in our community.
What’s different about Xfest 2.0?
Xfest 2.0 is a continuation of our dedicated effort to introduce our campus and community to local and national alternative theatre productions, and to grow as a center for artists to discuss and create new work.
In addition to our academic season of eclectic plays and summer season of musicals, this is a wonderful opportunity to bring a different style of theater to our community. It is also a chance to expand the University's Arts & Issues series into the early summer. Without the support of Arts & Issues and the University, this dream might not have happened. We also thank University Marketing and Communications for seeing the potential of this event and adding their advice and energies.
As a Department of Theater and Dance within a liberal arts university, part of our strategic plan is to seek an identity that makes our department unique among our peers, as well as other liberal arts B.A. theater programs across the country. We believe that exposing our students to unique styles of theater and allowing them freedom to understand and create their own theater works can make this happen.