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Theatre Program

Theatre at WOU provides students with a solid base in acting, directing, technical theatre and design, performance, history, literature and theory. Each term students participate in professional productions in various styles ranging from contemporary to classical. Students are prepared for post-graduate opportunities including graduate program teacher licencor programs, internships, professional theatre and participation in the arts in their communities. 

Together we’re strong

In response to decisions from the Oregon Governor’s office, and other creative partners throughout the world, the remainder of our 2020 season will be postponed until next year, with and Twelfth Night opening in summer 2021.  

We share this announcement with a heavy heart, but trust that it is the best action to take in order to protect the safety of patrons, employees, and the community at large.

This is a difficult time for the arts and our spirits. The heart of theatre is bringing people together to tell stories. We wish you the best of health during this time and look forward to gathering again

We are here to help!

In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Orders 20-12 and 20-09, the creative arts buildings will be closed to the public at the beginning of spring term. However, we are dedicated to serving the WOU community and our remote services are strong! To ensure your academic success, the creative arts division is focusing in on student success via remote learning.  If you have questions or concerns please contact us.

Creative Arts Division:

David Janowiak, Division Chair,, 503-838-8310

Remote office hours: M-F 9-10 am, MWF 12:30-3:30, TR 12:30-2:00

Laura Killip, Office Specialist—Art/Theatre Dept.,, 503-838-8340

Please note: Remote service hours might change due to service demand and fluid extenuating circumstances.


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Dance Program

The Dance Program provides you the opportunity to develop creative, technical, pedagogical, and performance skills under the guidance of professional faculty in a supportive environment. The dance curriculum offers learning experiences that introduce students to historical, practical, technical, and creative aspects of dance. The degree offers a broad scope of applied dance skills and theoretical knowledge, preparing students for graduate study, teaching, and for a wide variety of professional opportunities in the performing arts.

Students dancing

2019/2020 Season

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Box Office 503-838-8462