Undergraduate Major & Minor College of Professional Studies

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts

Video Transcription

Theatre & Dance Major Minute Transcription

[video: Dr. Tom Smith stands in front of rows of red theatre seats.]

Dr. Smith: Hi, I’m Tom Smith, the Chair of Theatre and Dance. And I’m here today to talk to you about all the awesomeness that is majoring or minoring in Theatre or Dance.
Dr. Smith: This is my major minute.

[video: Over the video of Dr. Sutton, the header “Major Minute” slides in in white lettering. Following this, the screen turns charcoal grey with yellow accents and large numbers reading “3”, “2”, “1” count down the start of the minute.]

(video beeping)

[video: a pair of hands appear over Dr. Smith and clap to begin the minute.]

(timer ticking)

[video: return to Dr. Smith. To the left of him appears a translucent yellow stopwatch, which counts down a minute.]

Dr. Smith: If there was anything that we learned recently, it was how important the arts really are to bringing people together. As we were all separated for a period of time and there wasn’t theater or dance productions live, people really understood better why a major or minor in theater and dance becomes a really important component in just the fabric of society. There really remarkable thing with our major is that it’s not just about training you for the future, but it’s also about giving you transferable skills. So if you want to change to a different job, you will have picked up skills in terms of collaboration, creative problem solving, meeting deadlines, which apply to any sort of position you might be interested in the future. Our alumni have gone on to do great and wonderful things. We are not only proud of the ones that have gone on to Broadway and film and television careers, but especially proud of the ones who have found jobs
in teaching and are really helping to work with the youth of tomorrow so that we can keep generating a new generation of artists every year.
(buzzer blares)


Dedicated and approachable faculty, a close-knit and diverse student community, and a commitment to helping you reach your professional goals sets PLU Theatre apart from other programs. As a Theatre major, you’ll have opportunities in acting, musical theatre, directing, design, technology, stage management, playwriting, improvisation, and more! We have a student-centered and active production program, producing up to 8 shows every academic year, about half directed by students. We bring in professional guest artists annually to provide master classes and production support to forge valuable connections. You’ll gain significant practical experience that builds on your coursework to develop a strong resume and will be well-prepared after graduation to enter the theatre profession or get into graduate school.


  • Acting/Directing
  • Design/Technical
  • Musical Theatre

Graduates from the last last 5 years: Their jobs

  • Seattle Repertory Theatre
  • The Village Theatre
  • ACT Theatre
  • Taproot Theatre Company
  • Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • Milwaukee Repertory Theatre
  • Tacoma Arts Live
  • 54 Below

Graduates from the last last 5 years: Their graduate programs

  • Arizona State University
  • Emerson College
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oxford University
  • Roosevelt University
  • Stella Adler Studio of Acting
  • The New School for Drama
  • University of Illinois-Urbana
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