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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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… Annika Nordleaf-Nelson (she/they)!

Annika is a current junior double majoring in theatre and art history with a minor in gender and sexuality studies.

Annika says, “The reason I love PLU Theatre and Dance is not only the incredibly warm and welcoming community but also the vast variety of opportunities that we’re able to take. Many theatre departments have intense levels of competition and exclusivity, but PLU Theatre and Dance ensures that everyone has a place in this department whether it’s working backstage on run crew, working in the costume or scene shop, stage managing a musical, or even directing one of our entirely student-produced shows. Had it not been for both my professors and peers alike I don’t know if I would have been challenged and supported the way that I have been to truly explore theatre and discover myself as an artist.”



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