Willamette Theatre Department


The Theatre Department shares its position on Anti-racism in the arts.


Theatre Department

A range of experiences within all areas of theatre — acting, directing, stagecraft, costume construction, design, dramaturgy, lighting, voice, movement, theatre history, and dramatic literature

Programs Offered:  Major, Minor

The theatre program at Willamette University offers a Theatre major with emphases in acting, performance, and design, or the option to craft and propose to the department faculty an individual emphasis. A faculty and guest artists with extensive academic and professional experience teach a wide-ranging curriculum, providing the student with a rich variety of perspectives from which to learn. Theatre is a vital part of the liberal arts experience at the University through the public performances of four plays and a dance concert per year, as well as student-created projects and the wide array of classes available to majors and non-majors alike.

It is the department’s intent to train Theatre majors in all aspects of the discipline during their four years at Willamette, thereby creating a well-rounded theatre artist. Just as the liberal arts environment provides the student with insight into and an understanding of a variety of subjects, the Theatre Department strives to create an environment conducive to the individual growth of the student within the context of the most collaborative and versatile of the arts disciplines.

2020-21 Season of Plays Theatre Student Handbook

Shana Cooper '99

Willamette Theatre plays enduring role in alumna's life

She’s directed more than two dozen plays nationwide, earned a graduate degree from Yale School of Drama and The New York Times regularly reviews her work. Yet a Willamette University play connected Shana Cooper ’99 to her most recent job.

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E.M. (Ellen) Lewis ’94

Playwright champions common ground in controversial topics

The groundbreaking research of Monya Maleki ’19 brings the benefits of ballet to the football arena.

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