Research Projects

Student Scholarship Recognition Day (SSRD) is held each spring to celebrate the exemplary scholarship and creativity of Willamette University students. Students work directly with faculty members or design and conduct their own research throughout the year.

Featured Projects

Here are a few projects that exemplify the wonderful research students from the Theatre department have done over the years.

Abstract: Grief. Although no person ever completely heals from the devastation encompassed in this word, we eventually use our experiences with loss to learn lifelong lessons. In this solo performance I take a personal journey through a grieving experience I faced at a young age. While some losses are permanent, perhaps we can talk about the experiences we face. Maybe that can lead us to a resolution.

Dylan McCombs (2019)

Abstract: Three Times a Lady is a short play that takes place in a heightened reality. Confined to the kitchen of the dysfunctional couple Linda and Jim depression, abuse, and the decisions we make in an attempt to heal are explored.

Kiah Hart (2016)

Abstract: As performance artists, we tackle many controversial subjects dealing with race, gender, sentiment, relationships, and many others. Along with literature from other performance artists and scholars, much of the performance content is extrapolated from the artists themselves. In this presentation remounts and reworks a previous performance which explored grief through abstracted movement, verse, and sound. The presentation aims to explore how one can make personal experiences applicable to a wide range of audiences which will, in turn, reflect on the universality of theatre.

Jihan Haddad (2016)

Additional Research Projects

These are all the projects the Theatre department has presented at SSRD in the last few years.


  • Skate and Rebuild - Dylan McCombs (Thesis)
  • Face Cards - Max Sherman (Thesis)


  • Three Times a Lady - Kiah Hart (Independent Research)
  • Lipstick (A "Feminist" Play) - Abb Manoucheri
  • Alive and Well - Jihan Haddad


  • Theatre Performance - Jessica Davison
Willamette University


M. Lee Pelton Theatre
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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