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 will find tremendous opportunities both on-and-off stage to fulfill your artistic goals and cultivate a lifelong connection to theater. 


2021-2022 Season

(season is subject to change)

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You Cannot Undo This Action by Conor Eifler

A staged reading directed by Andy Christensen

September 22-25 at 7:30pm, September 26 at 2:00pm

The story follows Ronan, a confused young man who, after feeling jilted, carelessly posts the name of Robin, one of his classmates, on an internet forum. The post has deadly consequences, setting the stage for a hate crime. The populations of two local high schools are jolted into shock, grief and anger as students realize how deep and wide their vulnerabilities have become in such a hyper-connected world. Lane, haunted by visions of their friend Robin, sleuths out the cause of their friend’s murder and takes justice into their own hands.

Written by UP Theater Alum Conor Eifler, this play was the recepient of the 2021 Angus Bowmer Award for Drama


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House of Desires by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, translated by Catherine Boyle

Directed by Dr. Lezlie Cross

November 10-13 at 7:30pm, November 14 at 2:00pm

Siblings Pedro and Ana are in a love triangle-triangle. Pedro loves Leonor who loves Carlos. Ana loves Carlos (who loves Leonor) but is engaged to Juan. Leonor and Carlos can’t be together because Leonor’s father thinks she should marry Pedro. When fate brings everyone to Ana and Pedro’s house, a wild night of confusion and mistaken identities ensues. This hilarious farce demonstrates how patriarchal “honor codes” can be subverted by a beautiful woman with a brilliant mind (and some wily servants).


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The Moors by Jen Silverman

Directed by Jenna Sulecki

February 16, 17, and 19 at 7:30pm, February 18 at 8:00pm, no Sunday matinee

  *please note date change due to covid-19

Two sisters and their giant mastiff live a cramped existence on the bleak English moors. Their lives are changed by the arrival of a new governess (for a non-existent child) and a curious moor-hen. This group of women, all in different stages of self-discovery, fight to be seen for who they really are in the confines of 19th century England. An imaginative riff on the Brontë sisters’ beloved romantic novels, The Moors asks us to consider the societal expectations of women and what happens when they attempt to shatter them.  



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Company music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by George Furth

April 1-2 and 7-9 at 7:30pm, April 3 at 2:00pm

On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor, Robert, contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding, his friends – "those good and crazy people [his] married friends" – explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.

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Land Acknowledgement

The University of Portland Theater acknowledges that our space rests on the traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla and many other Tribes who made their homes along the Columbia (Wimahl) and Willamette (Whilamut) rivers. The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde currently represent many of these tribes.
We give thanks to them; that we are here on their unceded lands and commit to treating their space as a living breathing entity that needs care and stewardship. We give thanks to this land as we continue to speak up for justice, a place in history, and a place in a future that demands to be better.