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, technical theatre and design, to foundational dance styles, stage management, choreography, producing, directing, and playwriting.

The 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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MEET THE FACULTY

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!

The School of Arts and Communication Health & Safety Guidelines

The School of Arts and Communication has established these guidelines for all performances open to external audiences:

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the start time prior to entry into the performance venue. Those under 12 are excluded.
  • Masks, covering the nose and mouth, are required for audiences throughout the entire performance.

PLU community members (those with a PLU ID) are exempt from showing additional proof of vaccination status since their status has already been submitted and reviewed through PLU channels.

STUDENT PROFILE

Spotlight on… Miranda Gonzalez!

Miranda is a sophomore earning her BA in Theatre and minors in Philosophy and Writing.

Miranda says, “My experience in the Theatre & Dance Department has been truly amazing. I have been on costume crew for multiple shows and have made the decision to expand my horizons in stage directing; this is possible because of the amount of opportunities available in the department. If participating in shows isn’t right for you, classes are just as engaging and helpful! Through the Theatre & Dance Department I have been able to creatively showcase my skills all while creating amazing friendships along the way!”

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