Theatre 2021-22 Season

Performing Arts
Please note: The Theatre is open to off-campus patrons this season, with proof of vaccination checked at the door and facemasks during the performance. We do not accommodate exceptions to this policy.



The Amateurs
by Jordan Harrison

September 29 – October 14, 2021

Directed by Jonathan Cole

When crisis comes to call, it’s time to improvise! An intrepid troupe of pageant players races across medieval Europe, struggling to outrun the Black Death. The arrival of a mysterious outsider sends Hollis, the leading lady, in search of answers that can only be found off-script – somewhere much closer to our own time!


September 29 – October 14, 2021
Wed – Sat, 7:30 pm. Sunday matinees at 2 pm.

The Amateurs is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

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Faculty Jazz Celebration
James Miley, Director

October 19, 2021

This is no ordinary classroom — Jazz trio times two!

Join us for a premiere jazz jam, featuring faculty groups Trio Untold, and Sapiens. Including Willamette's award-winning faculty members:

  • Ryan Biesack, percussion
  • James Miley, piano & electronics
  • Mike Nord, guitar & electronics
  • Matt Sazima, piano

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
7:30 pm, Cone Chapel, at Waller Hall, Willamette University

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Cher Anabo, Artistic Director & Choreographer

Music composed & performed by Mike Nord 

November 10 – 19, 2021

A seven-part odyssey of the home & the homeless, conceived by Cher Anabo, becomes a kaleidoscope of sensorial crosstalk through movement and music that transcends us to the heart of a social crisis.

This unique experience features music composed LIVE and ONSTAGE
by Willamette's own musical powerhouse, Mike Nord.

one ensemble  •  one live musician  •  550 thousand lives in 7 parts 


November 10 – 19, 2021
Wed – Sat, 7:30 pm. Sunday matinee at 2 pm.

Wayfinding Wayfinding

by Whitney Rowland

February 9 – 20, 2022 

Directed by Lava Alapai

A fantastical, poignant comedy about Jane, an emotionally-numbed new widow, and Harrison, an inattentive, self-sabotaging fiancé. In seeking escape, these two strangers collide – both literally and figuratively – tangling their life lines and setting them on a time-bending journey involving an intercontinental plane crash, a magical forest, and a choice that leads them both to an unexpected destination. 


February 9 – 20, 2022
Wed – Sat, 7:30 pm. Sunday matinees at 2 pm

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Willamette's Dramatic Vocal Arts

March 12 and 13, 2022

Katherine Skovira, Music Director

A celebratory vocal and ensemble bash! Featuring world, regional and local premieres of works by female composers and performers. A part of their “Artist as Advocate” series, Dramatic Vocal Arts and the Voice Area share the musical treasures of artist-advocate, BIPOC, and other female voices from the 21st and 20th centuries. 


Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 7: 30 pm
Sunday, March 13 at 2:00 pm

Performed at Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center  

12th Night 12th Night

by William Shakespeare

April 6 – 23, 2022

Directed by Susan Coromel

This enduring comedy about masquerade and identity finds twins Viola and Sebastian shipwrecked and separated. Their journeys home leads them through the land of Illyria, where romance springs at many angles – even impossible triangles. “If music be the food of love, play on!”


April 6 – 23, 2022
Wed – Sat, 7:30 pm.
Matinees: Sunday, April 10 and Saturday, April 23, 2:00 pm


A world tour of voice & orchestra!

April 24, 2022

Featuring Willamette University's
Chamber Choir and Voce
Christopher Engbretson, Conductor

Wind Ensemble and University Chamber Orchestra
Qinqing Hilkert, Conductor


Raise the flags and set your compass West, South and East, as we journey across the oceans of music! Our "world tour" is hosted by Willamette's largest choral and orchestral ensembles, performing separately and together. We launch from the harmonic shores of Europe, with a port-of-call in the American South with the unique sounds of Creole music. Our voyage continues onto China and other locales – an evening of global travel, all in the safety of Willamette's Hudson Hall! 


Sunday, April 24, 2022
3:00 pm, Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center

Willamette University

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Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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