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.

Theatre and Dance's Fall 2020 Plans

The University and the School of Arts and Communication have outlined general changes. Read more about how the Department of Theatre and Dance is making plans to keep classes interesting and relevant while keeping students and faculty safe.


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 Hartman!

Anna is a sophomore Theatre major earning a BFA in Design Tech with a focus in costume design, and a minor in studio arts!

“Transfering from another school’s theatre department has taught me to embrace what PLU theatre has to offer—which is a lot of opportunity to get better at my craft! Since I’ve been here, I’ve gotten a job at the costume shop, been on crew for Songs I’ll Never Sing, been ASM for Cunning Little Vixen, and costume designed for the student-produced show Man Out of Time!

I’m new to tech, after originally focusing on acting, and the faculty and theatre community has been so encouraging while teaching me. Through that, I think I’ve grown a lot! The sense of family here is so strong and I am so proud I chose to come here to experience all that this lovely department has to offer.”

Anna Hartman


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