Communication and Theatre

Artistic Achievement Awards

The Artistic Achievement Awards offered through the Department of Communication & Theatre are in: Dance, Forensics (Speech & Debate), and Theatre (Acting and Technical).


danceDance at Pacific Lutheran University provides opportunities in performance, creative activity, composition, choreography, dance history, dance production, dance technique, movement for actors, yoga, ballroom, and healing arts of mind and body. We have two venues for dance performance: Dance Ensemble and Dance Team. Student choreography is emphasized with special guest and faculty choreographers. We offer a Dance minor in the Department of Communication & Theatre, School of Arts and Communication. Courses are cross-referenced with Physical Education/Movement Studies.

Apply for an Artistic Achievement Award in Dance!


Our Forensic team has a long history of intercollegiate forensics competition. Regionally, nationally and internationally active, our students participate in a variety of public speaking events, interpretive reading events and debate. On average, the program attends 15 tournaments per year and hosts three on PLU's campus, including one of the largest high school tournaments in the Northwest.

Apply for an Artistic Achievement Award in Forensics!


Theatre at Pacific Lutheran University provides many artistic and technical opportunities. The program is housed in the new Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, which includes our new Studio Theater, Mainstage and state-of-the-art scene shop. In addition to the four Mainstage productions, there are many additional opportunities to participate: Studio Theater, Night of Musical Theatre, A Weekend of One Acts, Dance Concerts, student theatre clubs, Directing Class scenes, annual Opera Workshop, as well as scenes done in class, and new scenes prepared by enthusiastic students.

Apply for an Artistic Achievement Award in Acting!

Apply for an Artistic Achievement Award in Technical Theatre!

Please Note:


Artistic Achievement Awards are offered in amounts ranging from $1,000 and up and are renewable for up to three additional years. An Artistic Achievement Award will be in addition to any merit scholarships the student may receive. Students may apply in multiple areas.

To be considered for an Artistic Achievement Award for the 2015-16 academic year, please complete both an admission application to PLU, as well as a scholarship contact form. You DO NOT have to be admitted to PLU to apply for an award. Applications for the 2015-16 academic year are due as early as February 9, and all deadlines are absolute. Applications received after the deadline will be considered second round applications. Awards in second round consideration may or may not be available.