A dance and applied theatre double major, Leiana Petlewski '21 was selected as Pacific’s undergraduate valedictorian for May 2021 Commencement. She also was named the university’s Outstanding Senior in Applied Theatre (along with fellow graduate Julia Peterson ’21), Outstanding Senior in Dance, and Outstanding Senior in the Arts.
Julia Grace-Martinez Peterson ’21 has been named an Outstanding Senior in Applied Theater at Pacific University.
Award-winning playwright, director, and faculty member earns university recognition.
Across the nation, theatre is undergoing a metamorphoses. It will be many months still before anyone is able to attend a performance in-person but that doesn’t mean the lights are off and the curtains are closed. Theatre artists, resourceful and adaptable as the art itself, are finding new ways to bring the spectacle of live performance to audiences — through livestreaming.
Live (online) theatre is back at Pacific University. In response to COVID-19, the Theatre and Dance Department is presenting a streamed live online production this fall. Performances of The Typographers Dream are scheduled Oct. 15-18 with evening and matinee performances.
A music scholarship at Pacific opened artistic doors for Leiana Petlewski ’21 and helped ignite her creative passion. She plays the cello in the symphonic orchestra and is a member of the dance ensemble. Now a junior, Petlewski is majoring in applied theatre and dance.
A play about gender shifting spanning centuries, fluid movement from choreographers, and the sounds of jazz, a choir, and “Amazing Grace.” These are just some of the highlights of Pacific University’s 2019 Fall Theatre, Dance and Concert Season.
For the first time, Pacific University Theatre will feature certified American Sign Language interpreters to sign during the Sunday matinee performance of Orlando. This is an important step for accessibility to events on campus, and one that theatre faculty and staff have long wanted to make a reality.
Pacific University’s Department of Theatre & Dance presents Virginia Woolf’s satirical romp through the centuries, Orlando, adapted for stage by Sarah Ruhl to run October 17-20 in the Tom Miles Theatre on the Forest Grove Campus.
I sat down with theatre major Jenna Cady '19 to discuss their upcoming capstone performance of Savage/Love by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin that will be in Giving Voice: A Senior Showcase. Giving Voice will run February 7 through 9 at 7:30 p.m. and February 10 at 2 p.m.