President M. Lee Pelton speaks at the theatre dedication ceremony.President M. Lee Pelton speaks at the theatre dedication ceremony.

The theatre dedication included a performance by taiko drummers.The theatre dedication included a performance by taiko drummers.

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Willamette theatre building dedicated in honor of President Pelton

The Willamette University Board of Trustees recently dedicated the newly renovated theatre building in honor of President M. Lee Pelton, who is leaving Willamette this spring.

The M. Lee Pelton Theatre commemorates Pelton’s 13 years as president and his long-standing commitment to the arts at Willamette.

The playhouse reopened last fall after undergoing a $5.6 million renovation that overhauled the building’s infrastructure, substantially improving the lighting and sound and creating labs for combat training, dance, costumes, acting, prosthetics, digital media and set design.

The building also features a new black box theatre that can be converted from thrust stage to theatre in the round or any configuration a director needs.

“The theatre faculty and staff are extremely thankful to President Pelton for his support of the program and his passion for making the theatre building an industry standard facility that Willamette can be proud of,” says Susan Coromel, artistic chair of the theatre department.

The Pelton Theatre serves as a first-rate performing arts facility that supports the kind of innovations for which Willamette Theatre is already known.

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