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Theatre & Dance

Experience the magic and wonder of live theatre

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.


Focus on Broadway Featuring Alice Ripley

February 15, 2020 at 7:30 PM


Spotlight on… Madison Willis!

Madison is a senior Communication major, Theatre minor.

“My favorite part about PLU Theatre and Dance is the high volume of student oriented opportunities there are. From the Vpstart program, to student clubs like Clay Crows, or PLU-tonic and Harmonic, this department is crafted by the students within it and it shows. My favorite accomplishments here are definitely my participation in the show Fences as Rose, as well as my participation in The Foreigner and co-directing Broadway Today! this year.”

Madison was cast in the title role of Medea and in PLU theatre’s first production to feature a cast of all black students, Fences. She was also seen in Night of Musical Theatre, The Foreigner, and Out of Silence and co-directed the musical revue Broadway Today!

Fences has always been one of my favorite productions and to get the chance to play this iconic role was incredible. Though it was emotionally taxing at times; I really wanted to approach Rose’s character in a unique light that would be applicable to me as a person. I love the script and the cast and it was an experience I will never forget.”

Vpstart Crow One-Acts

Vpstart Crow One-Acts

Jan 24-25, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Clay Crows improv group performs on stage in front of a red velvet curtain.

Clay Crows Improv

February 22, 2020 at 7:30 PM


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