Alpha Psi Omega (ΑΨΩ) is a national theatre honor society, dedicated to recognizing student achievement in collegiate and university theatre and providing a wider fellowship for those interested in theatre. Students who qualify for membership (based on volunteered time and participation in theatre) can elect to be inducted. PLU is nationally recognized as the Theta Pi (ΘΠ) cast. At PLU, APO facilitates and sponsors student productions and performing groups, including the APO One-Act Play Festival, the winter mainstage production, and the CLAY CROWS. Additionally, APO offers select member-only events, including a 24-hour one-act contest and an end-of-year awards ceremony. For more information, visit http://www.plu.edu/~apo.
Vpstart Crow is a student-created organization that provides support to Theatre majors interested in producing and/or directing challenging, minimalist pieces of theatre. Vpstart Crow events supplement the productions sponsored by the PLU Theatre Program and Alpha Psi Omega; as a result, they usually take place in "found" or alternative spaces. The title of the organization comes from a snide comment made by English Renaissance playwright Robert Greene about an up-and-coming rival playwright by the name of William Shakespeare. Thus, Vpstart Crow often produces plays that ask audiences to reevaluate their ideas about the art of theatre.
Pacific Lutheran University Dance Ensemble provides opportunities for student dance performance and choreography. Students join in the creative and intellectual process of creating dances. They challenge themselves technically and artistically with a culminating formal performance in the Spring semester. Invited professional guest choreographers and dedicated dance alumna, and dance faculty, participate in setting choreography on the ensemble for the Spring concert. Students of all technical dance levels are encouraged to participate and audition in the Spring term for performance.
Pacific Lutheran University Dance Team includes a dedicated group of dance students who perform a range of dance styles including, jazz, funk, modern and synchronized movement vocabularies. The students perform at half time events for men's and women's teams and participate in occasional competitions. Students audition in the Fall term.
The CLAY CROWS is a nine-member group dedicated to Improvised Theatre. Sponsored by Alpha Psi Omega, the CLAY CROWS offer six shows each semester, presenting a variety of short and long-form improv. Additionally, the CLAY CROWS host free weekly improv workshops, open to all students. For more information, visit http://www.plu.edu/~apo.