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… Dylan Ruggeri (he/they)!

Dylan is a junior triple majoring in political science, environmental studies, and theatre with a concentration in stage management.

Dylan says, “I feel so grateful to be a part of the PLU Theatre and Dance community. We are made up of a group of students and faculty with diverse talents and interests because we are all encouraged to explore many aspects of theatre. I chose PLU because of the diversity of perspectives and talents in the department and because I knew I’d be allowed to participate in theatre even if it wasn’t what I chose to study. Not only does this happen in faculty-directed shows, but there are multiple student-produced, directed, and written shows every year. We, as theatre students, create art and tell stories with students studying english, communications, political science, psychology, and many other majors. Getting a theatre education at a liberal arts school has been so important to becoming a well-rounded theatre practitioner.”

Dylan Ruggeri


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