Stephanie Stroud is the Artistic Director of The Collective, the production wing of The Department of Theater. Stephanie is an actor and director who specializes in new play development. Professor Stroud has worked with such Chicago companies as Lookingglass, Profiles, Victory Gardens, Chicago Dramatists, Pegasus Players, Second City, Something Marvelous, and Steppenwolf.


  • MFA, Acting - Pennsylvania State University; State College, PA 
  • BA, Theatre and Comparative History of Ideas - University of Washington; Seattle, WA

Academic and Professional Highlights

  • Founding Member, Mortar Theatre Company

  • Chicago Dramatists 28 Hour Workshop Grant (2015, 2016)

  • Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Associate Member

  • Association of Theatre Movement Educators, Member

  • Lincoln Center Theater Director's Lab, Member

  • Director's Lab Chicago, Member