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… Caylin Morrison!

Caylin is a sophomore earning a BFA in Acting/Directing with a minor in Music.

Caylin says, “I love the PLU Theatre and Dance Department because I feel like I am part of a community and a family. I haven’t been at PLU long, but I already feel like I have grown so much as an actor, dancer, crew member, and person. This is because PLU Theatre and Dance has created a space in which students can collaborate instead of compete. It is such a welcoming yet challenging atmosphere and this cultivates student growth.

In my time at PLU so far, I performed monologues and got to work closely with the author, Dr. Yetta Young. I have also worked backstage and learned all about hanging and focusing lights. In January, I performed in a brand new musical written and produced by PLU students! For 2020-21 I joined the Student Advisory Board for the School of Arts and Communication; I am very excited to have a say in our future here at PLU. There are so many opportunities for people interested in theatre at PLU and newcomers are always welcomed with open arms!”

Caylin Morrison


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