The Theatre Department at WOU provides students with a solid base in acting, directing, technical theatre and design, performance, history, literature and theory. Students can pursue the more flexible BA/BS degree or advanced degree options (BFAs) which allow students the opportunity to engage in rigorous, specialized, pre-professional training in Acting, Theatre Technology, Design, Management or Theatre Education (with teacher licensure).
The Theatre Department produces one Mainstage production per term. There are also staged readings, student directed plays, smaller studio productions and film projects throughout the year. Participation in theatrical productions during the regular academic year are open to all registered students, faculty and staff. Additionally, WOU’s Valley Shakespeare Company produces a fully mounted Shakespeare or classical play every summer on the Leinwand Outdoor stage with students, faculty and community members and guest professionals.
Auditions for Acting, interviews for Tech and Education
Application Deadline March 1, 2021
Scholarships are available for incoming and returning students.
Valley Shakespeare Company at Western Oregon University strives to increase Oregon’s cultural visibility by providing Oregonians the opportunity to experience diverse, innovative, collaborative arts and culture through the presentation of unique theatrical works for little or no cost while supporting professional artists and arts education in the region.
The vision of Western Oregon University’s Valley Shakespeare Company (VSC) is to present quality outdoor theatre on the Leinwand outdoor stage on the campus of Western Oregon University. VSC is the applied creative extension of the department of theatre at WOU. VSC is built on a professional-centered theatre model and is committed to offering the highest quality theatre to the Willamette Valley.
Our aspiration is to use these shows to build and strengthen the relationship between the performing arts at WOU and the greater Willamette Valley and surrounding community, encouraging Oregonians to celebrate the rich tradition of excellence in the performing arts throughout the region.