FAQs | University of Portland


What performance opportunities are offered at the University of Portland?
The theater program produces four main stage productions each season. Over the course of study a student can expect to be exposed to a majority of theatrical genres: Greek, Shakespeare, Moliere, Restoration and 18th century, 20th century realism, Brecht, and the best of contemporary writers.

Recent productions include These Shining Lives, Peter and the Starcatcher, Everybody, The Wolves, Penelopiad, The Dragon, Boeing! Boeing!, Dog Sees God, Appropriate, The Government Inspector, Eurydice, Tartuffe, Good Kids, and Mad Forest. Musicals are produced in alternate years. Past musicals include The Prom, Company, Pippin!, Jesus Christ Superstar, the 1940's Radio Hour, Bat Boy the Musical, and Into the Woods.  Students are also often asked to perform in outreach projects, join downtown companies, as well as audition for film, television, and commercial opportunities.

The Theater Club on Campus performs productions and holds events throughout the year. Past productions include: Imminent and Disastrous, The Guest (written by alumni Maddie Nguyen), Cabaret, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, On Tha Bluff, and Next to Normal.  Regular events include student-written one acts and 'miscast' cabarets, as well as workshops and readings.

What financial aid is available to theater students?
See Theater Scholarships and Grants

How do I audition for admission into the program?
See Theater Scholarships and Grants

How do I audition for productions?
See our auditions page for more information.

What kinds of opportunities does the city of Portland offer theater students?
Portland Center Stage, Profile Theatre Project, Miracle Theatre, CoHo Productions, IMAGO, and Artists Repertory Theatre are the major companies, with a host of others throughout the area. Beyond theatre, the city offers the Oregon Symphony, the Oregon Ballet Theatre, and the Portland Opera.