In Memory of Don Ilko (1943-2018)

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, N.C., where he had relocated up on 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 PhD 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.
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