Dedicated and approachable faculty, a close-knit and diverse student community, and a commitment to helping you reach your professional goals sets PLU Theatre & Dance apart from other programs.

PLU’s Theatre & Dance Department prides itself on our dynamic and challenging curriculum supported by a season of up to 10 productions each year. Our program trains students in all aspects of theatre and dance: from musical theatre, acting and foundational dance styles, to stage management, choreographing, producing, directing, playwriting, technical theatre and design.

The recently renovated Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts houses much of our activities. This amazing facility provides state-of-the-art equipment, cutting-edge technology, inviting student spaces, and professional laboratories that students will benefit from for years to come.

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Artistic Achievement Awards

Learn more about how to apply for our Theatre and Dance scholarships for talented students.


Theatre and Dance faculty are engaged, passionate, and eager to help launch the next generation of theatre artists. They are actively involved in their profession outside of the classroom, are published authors, and strive for excellence in their teaching.

Students will find many opportunities to interact with professors in classrooms, in the scene shop or costume shop, on stage and backstage, and within the PLU community. Faculty are mentors, leaders, and supporters of their students. Click on a faculty member’s photo to learn more about them!


Spotlight on… Anna Van Vleet!

Anna is a sophomore earning a BFA in Acting/Directing with minors in Dance and Religion.

Anna says, “The Theatre and Dance faculty at PLU are absolutely incredible. Because it is a smaller department, theatre students really get to know their instructors, and the professors go above and beyond to make students feel both supported and challenged. I chose PLU specifically because of the BFA program; I knew I wanted to focus on acting and directing. Since coming here, however, I have been blown away by how much I have learned and grown in technical theatre and dance courses and even Gen Eds. PLU gives me the opportunity to intensely study what I love while becoming a more well-rounded person and artist. My favorite accomplishment here has been performing in Vpstart Crow one-acts last winter. Being part of a show that is entirely written, directed, produced, and performed by students is such a unique opportunity, and I had so much fun being involved.”

Anna Van Vleet


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