Apply traditional skills, tools and values of the theatre arts to civic engagement, public health, and the community in this service- and career-oriented program.

Students build a strong foundation in the liberal arts, study traditional theatre, and put their talents and training to work in residencies with underserved populations and service settings. The applied theatre program has a strong future focus, offering students a network of professional pathways, as they connect to the professional theatre world, local social service organizations, and the community.

Internship Experiences

Applied theatre students intern with senior centers, youth centers, arts administration organizations or other non-profits. Students also may get involved with the McCall Center for Civic Engagement, which works with students, campus groups and community partners to facilitate participation in service, awareness campaigns, fundraising, elections and other civic engagement activities.


Apply for a Pacific University Talent Scholarship! Students may earn up to $7,000 a year, renewable for up to four years for students who major or minor in theatre or applied theatre. Incoming first-year students and transfer students are eligible to apply.


Soccer players in The Wolves

Pacific University’s Theatre Department is proud to present its Spring 2022 production, The Wolves, written by Sarah DeLappe and directed by Jacob Coleman. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.

poster for workshop

What is it to belong? How do we create true belonging? Students in Pacific's culture clubs are invited to participate in a series of workshops Feb. 12 and 19 built around these questions, culminating in a showcase for an invited audience on Feb. 26.



Far Away, a play by Caryl Churchill, comes to Pacific as the fall 2021 theater production. The play asks the toughest questions we're grappling with now: how our actions affect others near and far. What are we choosing to ignore? And have we made the environment irreversibly unlivable? And yet, because of the magic of Churchill’s imagery and language — and because it has the quality of a fable — we don’t want to look away.