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.
New BFA Program
Training Future Educators
The BFA in Theatre Education curriculum is designed to immerse students in the practicalities of theatre production, and to prepare the student for licensure to teach theatre at the middle school or high school level. Conservatory style training is augmented by traditional academic studies in theatre history, literature, criticism and play reading, and a fourth year in the School of Education.
This 113-115 credit professional degree program will give students the training they need to be an actor on stage, in TV, or in film. Master your craft in various acting styles by studying and implementing techniques in the classroom and on stage each term. By audition only.
Create a solid foundation for a career in technical theatre and design. Students have opportunites to grow their portfolio and have hands-on experiences in scenic, costume, lighting or sound design, costume construction, set construction, stage management, stage properties and technnical direction.
BA/BS in Theatre Arts
A Flexible Option
This program aims to provide a solid base in acting, directing, technical theatre and design, performance, history, literature and theory. Students will be prepared for a wide variety of post-graduate opportunities while still retaining the freedom to explore areas of specialized interest.
MINOR in Theatre Arts
Want to explore the art of acting, theatrical lighting or scenecraft? You can acquire an education and rich experience in all three if you choose a minor in theatre. In addition, you may explore costuming, international theatre and even directing when you enroll in those upper-division courses.
Valley Shakespeare Company
WOU’s Professional Summer Theatre Company
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.