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 Cymbeline, Alkestis, Barefoot in the Park, Bat Boy: The Musical, Twelve Angry Jurors, Machinal, On the Verge, A Midsummer's Night Dream, The Children's Hour, Arms and the Man, All in the Timing, Into the Woods, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Our Town and Present Laughter. Musicals are produced in alternate years. Past musicals include Bat Boy: The Musical, Into the Woods, Urinetown, The Threepenny Opera, and Sweet Charity. In addition, the program is closely involved with The Mocks Crest Light Opera company. Now in its 24th season, this company does a professional production of a G&S show every summer for three weeks in June. In addition, students direct senior projects and are part of qualifiers and thesis productions in the Master of Fine Arts program in directing. Students are also often asked to perform in outreach projects, join downtown companies, as well as audition for film, television, and commercial opportunities.

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?
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.

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.

In addition we are proud of the Portland Art Museum, Northwest Film Center, and numerous galleries. It is a great place for any artist to be situated and promises to provide four years' worth of excitement.

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