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).


Dance 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 groups 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 Theatre & Dance, School of Arts and Communication. Courses are cross-referenced with Physical Education/Movement Studies.


Forensics (Speech and Debate)

Our Forensic team has a long history of intercollegiate forensics competition. Regionally, nationally and internationally active, our students participate in British Parliamentary debate. On average, the program attends 10 tournaments per year and hosts three events on PLU’s campus, including one of the largest high school tournaments in the Northwest, in addition to numerous community engagements.  


Theatre at Pacific Lutheran University provides many artistic and technical opportunities. The program is housed in the 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.

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Shatter`d is a 30 minute adaptation of The Life and Death of King Richard II that was produced by student Jacob Viramontes on January 28th-30th. (Photo/ Angelo Mejia '17)

Artistic Achievement Awards and limited endowed scholarships are offered in renewable amounts ranging up to $7,500 per year and are in addition to academic merit awards. Students may apply in multiple areas.

To be considered for an Artistic Achievement Award for the 2019-20 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 2019-20 academic year are due February 15, 2019, 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.