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.


Written by Gray Ashford '17, Tunnel City explores the life of a transgender male trying to find his place in the rough-and-tumble Pacific Northwest of the early 20th century.

Rainbow poster image for Pacific University Theatre production of The Importance of Being Earnest

Pacific University's Theatre department is charmed to present our Spring 2023 production of Oscar Wilde's "THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST," directed by guest artist Cassie Greer.

Couple kissing

Pacific University's Theatre Department proudly presents its Winter 2023 production: "Constellations" by Nick Payne, directed byElliot Lorenc '20. Join us for performances from Feb. 9 through Feb. 12.