Arts

Let us entertain you! Come to Pacific University to enjoy performing and visual arts with a wide selection of public events in music, theatre, dance and visual arts.

Watch our student performers take the stage— the Music Department concert season highlights a variety of musical styles, while the Department of Theatre & Dance stage theatre productions and dance performances throughout the year. And don't miss the Pacific University Annual Lūʻau, the only completely student-run and student-directed lū‘au in the Northwest for over sixty years. This presentation of traditional Polynesian dance, music and entertainment attracts about 2,000 people every year.

Pacific University also draws outside artists to the community. Enjoy headliners from around the globe with the Performing Arts Series, a Pacific University signature event. Experience the Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art, featuring studio art in monthly rotating exhibits.

Headlines

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.

Ethan Won

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.

Abigail Schmidt performs with the Pacific Dance Ensemble from a distance

While Pacific University students were scattered this spring by the spread of COVID-19, many campus events were canceled, including the popular spring concert by the Pacific Dance Ensemble. Yet the dancing went on. Pacific Director of Dance Jennifer Camp, switching to virtual instruction, asked dancers to make videos of themselves performing aspects of choreography they’d learned. 

Upcoming Events

Nov
12
7:30 p.m. | Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020
Online
Nov
13
7:30 p.m. | Friday, Nov. 13, 2020
Online
Nov
14
7:30 p.m. | Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020
Online
Mar
11
7:30 p.m. | Thursday, March 11, 2021
Forest Grove, Warner Hall, Tom Miles Theatre
Mar
12
7:30 p.m. | Friday, March 12, 2021
Forest Grove, Warner Hall, Tom Miles Theatre
Mar
13
7:30 p.m. | Saturday, March 13, 2021
Forest Grove, Warner Hall, Tom Miles Theatre
Mar
14
7:30 p.m. | Sunday, March 14, 2021
Forest Grove, Warner Hall, Tom Miles Theatre
Apr
22
7:30 p.m. | Thursday, April 22, 2021
Forest Grove, Warner Hall, Online