The theatre program at Pacific University combines practical experience with rigorous academics. Students can major or minor in theatre, or simply participate in courses and shows. The program provides opportunities to perform, design, direct, write and study the literature and history of world theatre.

Program Highlights

  • Work with guest directors and instructors from professional theatre world, such as Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Fuse Ensemble and Upon These Boards
  • Take advanced classes on specialized topics, including gender and performance, playwriting, phonetics, directing and design
  • Participate in two main stage productions every year, plus the various student-produced LunchBox season performances
  • Write, direct, perform and design in theatre productions
  • Apply for talent scholarships for prospective students in theatre. Students who qualify receive $1,000 to $4,000 each year.


Courses in the theatre department at Pacific University fall under all categories of a theatrical production. These include courses such as technical theatre, acting, playwriting, and directing. Applied theatre students also study the history of theatre in a social context, exploring the roots of how theatre and drama have played a role in religion, politics and community service. Students connect their theatre skills with other disciplines in courses such as Theatre in Education.


The theatre program at Pacific University provides students with a well-rounded liberal arts education that can lead to highly collaborative, creative careers. Theatre graduates from Pacific University go on to work in a variety of fields, including arts management, performance and production, teaching, law, or other fields that value communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

Department of Theatre & Dance

The Department of Theatre & Dance also offers majors in applied theatre and in dance.

Professor; Theatre & Dance Department Chair