Northern Illinois University

School of Theatre and Dance

Luke Krueger

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Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Theatre and Dance


Theatre History and Criticism
Education: MFA, Arizona State University
Office: Grant South 308
Phone: 815-753-8264
E-mail: lkrueger@niu.edu


Luke Krueger comes to NIU having worked as a playwright, actor, author and teacher at a variety of institutions across the country. Over thirty performances of his plays have been performed throughout the United States. Plays have been featured at such conferences as the Comparative Drama Conference, the Mid-American Theatre Conference, and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, where his play Eat Me! was named Best of Conference. This past year, (c)Sullivan-The Place Where People Come to Die ran in Chicago. Additionally, The Kicker was performed at Louisiana State University as part of their annual Outfest; The Only Kid in School Who Liked Megadeth was published in Spirits, a literary magazine of Indiana University; and A Bon Chat, Bon Rat was published by the San Francisco e-zine Viral Cat. His Chicago debut as a playwright came in 2008 with The Sublime Abortion of Man, an absurdist satire chronicling a presidential candidate who lets slip that he is an atheist. In 2008, a sitcom pilot (The Association) he co-wrote and acted in was named best sit-com at the annual Arizona Film and Television festival. 

As an actor, Luke appeared in the Arizona premiers of This Is Our Youth, The Laramie Project, (awarded best ensemble runner-up and best ensemble, respectively, by the Arizona Republic) and Patty Red Pants. Additional roles included Ben, The Dumb Waiter; Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet; Jerry in The Zoo Story; and Ritter a closeted soldier in the West Hollywood Affair

In 2001, Luke worked in the literary department for Urban Stages, an off-Broadway company. In 2006, he was the first playwright to be named the Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Pennsylvania State University-Altoona; in 2007 he worked as a resident playwright at Northern Stage a LORT company in White River Junction, Vermont. 

Prior to arriving at NIU, Luke taught at Lake Forest College, Loyola University, Indiana University-Northwest, Penn State, and Arizona State University. 

Luke earned his BA in English/creative writing from Miami University (Ohio) and his MFA in playwriting from Arizona State University, where he studied with Guillermo Reyes, Marshall Mason, Victoria Holloway and Tony Press-Coffman. He has taken masters classes in playwriting from Edward Albee, John Guare, Tony Kushner, Constance Congdon, Gary Garrison and Romulus Linney; and a masters class in directing from Lloyd Richards. 

Luke is also the author of A Noble Function: How U-Haul Moved America.