Theatre at Willamette

A performing arts series serving our whole community. From Willamette students to the Salem community, welcome to the M. Lee Pelton Theatre!

Willamette University Theatre produces three or four main stage plays, one dance concert, and various student projects each season. Each season is a journey through the timeline of world drama – classics, contemporary, everything in between. We join the Music department in a series of performing arts events open to all the public.

Willamette University's Department of Theatre has consistently received recognition as one of the nation’s top college theater programs.

A perennial powerhouse in college theatre, Willamette University offers an incredible opportunity for theatre students.

"Top 25 B.A. Theatre Programs for 2018-19," Onstage

Tucked away in the Pacific Northwest, far from the lights of Broadway or Hollywood lies the best BA theatre program in the country. The program at Willamette University in Salem, OR is absolutely incredible.

– "Top 10 B.A. Theatre Programs for 2016-17," Onstage.

Find information about:

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Current season performances
News Story

Playwright champions common ground in controversial topics

E.M. (Ellen) Lewis ’94 sparks conversation surrounding topics such as climate change and the divide on American gun ownership through theatre.

E.M. Lewis '94 attends a performance of, "The Gun Show."
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Creativity flourishes with new arts fellowship

Students gain more access to faculty mentorship, funding and peer learning communities.

Student shows off sculpture at art opening.
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Willamette University Theatre finds a new twist on old classics

The 2018-19 season presents theatre, dancing and music.

Character wearing wooden mask with hands outstretched in a Y before a blue and red backdrop