Performing Arts

Theatre 2019–20 Season

Season Passes are now on sale!

Willamette University Theatre is excited to present its 2019-20 Season of performances! Find out more about our shows below, check out the schedule of performances, and become a part of our 2019-20 Season of theatre and music.


Men on Boats, by Jaclyn Backhaus

Men on Boats

Sept. 26 - Oct. 12, 2019

Directed by Susan Coromel

10 men. 4 boats. 1 thrilling adventure where boats aren't really boats...and men might not always be men! Come ride the rapids in this comic spectacle — the true(ish) tale of John Wesley Powell’s exploration of the Colorado River, where story and gender can be as excitingly fluid as a white-water crusade.

Men on Boats is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

In Triplicate: Matt Romein in Performance 

Matt RomeinNov. 1 and 2, 2019

Willamette University alum Matt Romein '10, is an artist and performer working at the intersection of live performance, generative computer art, and multimedia installation. Matt's eccentric, cutting-edge performance and installation, In Triplicate, accompanies a Guest Artist residency at the Theatre Department, involving students in this original brain-to-tech-to-stage extravaganza.

Matt Romein's appearance is not included in a full Season package, although subscribers will receive discounted tickets to this special event.


Fall Dance Concert 

03-dance-showmoji.jpgNov. 14 - 23, 2019

Willamette University continues its successful and popular dance concert tradition! Student choreographers join our faculty dance instructors, as well as guest choreographers, in an evening of discovery and kinetic storytelling. Always intimate, always exploratory, and always...moving!

Birds in This Woman

Feb. 9, 2020

Willamette Pro Musica concert & world premiere
Héctor Agüero, conductor

Willamette’s chamber orchestra, now in its second year, presents the WORLD PREMIERE of Robert Nelson’s “Birds in This Woman.” Featuring soprano Laura Agüero, this song-cycle springs from a text by former Oregon Poet Laureate Elizabeth Woody, member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. The evening of music is completed with Manuel de Falla’s “El Amor Brujo” suite and Beethoven’s eternal classic, “The Ruins of Athens.”

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again., by Alice Birch

Revolt, She Said, Revolt Again.Feb. 20-29, 2020

Directed by Marina McClure, Guest Artist

“Well-behaved women rarely make history." The Royal Shakespeare Company’s explosive 2014 hit is a series of vignettes that dives head-first into our modern debates about language, sex and gender. Full of fierce questions and radical challenges, Revolt serves as call-to-arms to modern battles that impact us all. Don’t miss the Revolution!

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Radiohead Music Project

06-radiohead-showmoji.jpgMarch 13, 2020

Willamette Jazz Collective, James Miley, director
Featuring composer/arranger Patty Darling

Willamette Jazz Collective welcomes Patty Darling, arranger of some of today’s unique jazz fusions. Darling’s Radiohead Jazz Project — co-created with conductor James Miley — is a venture that transforms Radiohead compositions for the jazz big band. Performed around the world, this high-energy performance promises an evening of smiles, surprises and downright musical fun!

  • 6:30 p.m.: Special pre-concert lecture and discussion with Patty Darling, “Transforming Pop to Jazz.”

Blood Wedding, by Federico García Lorca 

Blood WeddingApril 16 - May 2, 2020

Directed by Jonathan Cole

On the morning of her wedding, a young Bride’s former lover arrives at her isolated village. Their reunited passion lights the long-simmering fires of their family’s feud, converging in a magical nighttime realm of desire and danger. Part of Lorca’s masterful “trilogy of the Spanish earth,” our production features dance and live music inspired by the heart-rhythms of flamenco.

Blood Wedding is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.