Theater Program

From our theater to the world stage

The theater program is a strong liberal arts training program designed to provide students with a foundation in the areas of performances, design and technology, and history and literature. In addition, students are required to choose an emphasis in performance, design and technology, or production management to study at an advanced level. Throughout a student's years in the program, there are ample opportunities to apply both academic knowledge and acquired skills to a variety of live production experiences. A senior project in a student's particular area of emphasis serves as a capstone to culminate four years of study. All of this theoretical and hands-on learning takes place in a personal, supportive, collegial environment. We pride ourselves on personal mentorship of each theater student. As a theater major or minor, you ill find tremendous opportunities both on-and-off stage to fulfill your artistic goals and cultivate a lifelong connection to theater. 



FALL 2020: Innovative Digital Productions

Interlude: A Radio Play

A series of microphones with the heading: Interlude a Radio Play

Interlude follows Abby North on her journey to find herself again. After nearly a decade of marriage, she feels trapped in her life and is unsure of what she wants and who she is. Abby decides to take a solo trip back to a place with happier memories of her relationship. Leaving a note for her husband, she promises him she’ll be back after some time to herself. However, on a walk on the beach, she runs (literally) into Kenneth. After many “chance” meetings, they find themselves opening up to each other in ways that they haven’t been able to with their significant others in a very long time.

Access the radio performance and digital playbill HERE

Where is Home: A Digital Living Newspaper

a house wrapped in golden chains with a key nearby. The text reads: Where is Home, A Digital Newspaper

In association with the University of Portland’s Public Research Fellow program, this project  addresses the current inequalities in housing access and affordability in North and Northeast Portland and exposes the historic displacements which underpin the ongoing housing crisis. Inspired by the living newspapers of the depression-era Federal Theatre Project, this performance piece will be conceived and built collaboratively by Dr. Lezlie Cross and a team of student actors, researchers, stage managers, and designers. Adapting the basic tenets of devised theatre to a digital environment, this innovative digital documentary production will be performed via Zoom on November 13 and 14, 2020.

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