Krannert Center cancels all performances through the end of 2020

By Amanda Brennan

On Monday, Krannert made the announcement on their website and social media platforms that all public, in-person performances that were planned for this fall are canceled. 

In the statement, Director Mike Ross said that they will miss gathering in their theaters this fall, but they remain “mission-focused” by inviting supporters and fans to stay connected for virtual events instead. 

Anusha Bansal, senior studying creative writing and theater, has worked behind the scenes for many different Krannert productions before. She was hoping to work as an assistant director or as a dramaturg for one or two shows this upcoming semester. 

“I was excited for all of the productions. They’re really cool shows and my friends were acting in them or helping out with them in different capacities. It’s sad to see that our season is being reduced and that we won’t be able to do things in person, but hopefully, some things will happen in some way online,” Bansal said. 

Anusha Bansal, left, and co-assistant director Jordan Ratliff during the spring run of “Cabaret” at Krannert.

Fortunately, the theaters and rehearsal spaces will not sit completely empty for the entirety of the fall. Instead, their spaces will be used by the University of Illinois School of Music and Departments of Theater and Dance to provide more space for greater social distancing among students and staff. The size of gatherings will be in compliance with campus guidelines and the State of Illinois Phase 4 guidelines

For more information regarding show and event cancellations at the Krannert Center, visit their website at

Photo by Krannert Center

Amanda Brennan

Digital Reporter for Good Morning Illini and UI7 News. Amanda also serves as the President for the University of Illinois chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and is a photographer with the Illini Union Marketing Department. You can find Amanda in the Marching Illini Color Guard during the football season. Go Illini!