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… Jade Vanags!

Jade is a sophomore earning her BA in Psychology and minors in Dance and Holocaust/Genocide Studies. She is also one of the captains of our fabulous Dance Team!

Jade says, “PLU Dance has been an incredible way to continue my dancing experience that otherwise would have ended after graduating high school. I always have so much fun in Sarah Seder’s dance classes while still feeling challenged to push myself creatively. The first dance class I took, Dance and World Cultures, remains my favorite dance class. We watched historical excerpts of various cultural dances and took master classes every few weeks from people all over the world. I highly recommend that class to dancers and non-dancers alike! This is my second year on the student-run PLU Dance Team and my first year as a dance captain. The Dance Team Winter Showcase was my favorite freshman year experience by far. I had so much fun dancing with my friends, and I was able to choreograph a dance in the showcase too! I worked with lighting designers, costumers, and my team mates to create a dance beyond my expectations. Dance Team has certainly become my second family on campus! I am so happy to be a part of the dance program here at PLU; I could not imagine dancing anywhere else.”

Jade Vanags


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