FAQs

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 Inventing Van Gogh, Penelopiad, The Dragon, Boeing! Boeing!, Dog Sees God, Pippin!, Appropriate, The Government Inspector, Eurydice, Tartuffe, Good Kids, Mad Forest, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Musicals are produced in alternate years. Past musicals include 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: 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 performing student written one acts and 'miscast' cabarets, as well as workshops and readings.

What financial aid is available to theater students?
The theater program offers merit and talent scholarships in addition to the University of Portland's regular program of financial aid. These scholarships are awarded by audition and/or interview, best done in person, but can be arranged by phone and video tape. The awards range from $2500 to $4000 per year. Scholarships are renewable for four years assuming continued academic progress and commitment to the program.
Auditions are held throughout the year and are scheduled by appointment. In addition to scholarship assistance, the drama program has an active work study program that allows students to work in the scene and costume shops while receiving financial assistance.

How do I audition for admission into the program?
Acting students should prepare two 1-minute contrasting monologues (comic/serious; classical/modern; poetry/prose). A musical selection may be included as well. Design students should be prepared to present a portfolio of their work and to interview with the drama program director.

How do I audition for productions?
Auditions are usually held on the first Tuesday of each semester for the upcoming term. Please see our auditions page for more information.

For audition or portfolio presentation arrangements please contact:

Professor Gregory Pulver (Portfolio)
Director of Theater
503.943.7230
pulver@up.edu

Professor Mindi Logan (Audition)
503.943.7753
logan@up.edu

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.

 

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