Perform, design, write plays, direct and study the literature and history of the world of theatre.
Students may major in theatre — including a unique Applied Theatre program that investigates the use of theater in community service, health or political contexts — or simply participate in courses and shows.
Work with guest directors and instructors from the theatre world and participate in two main stage productions each year, plus student-produced LunchBox season performances. Take advanced classes on such specialized topics as gender and performance and playwriting. Apply for talent scholarships to potentially receive $4,000 to $6,000 per year.
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.
One Woman, Too Much is an hour-long play about the juggling act of a single working mom. The play is written and produced by Ellen Margolis, the chair of the Pacific University Theatre & Dance Department.
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.