Theatre Arts


To be the premiere undergraduate Theatre and Dance Department in the Pacific Northwest.


To provide a transformative liberal arts education based in the rigorous study of theatre and of dance, while developing skills leading to artistic excellence in the practice of theater and dance. We promote an inclusive and collaborative view of performing arts education which leads to student success and future achievement, whether in the arts professions or as engaged members of a global community.

Major in Theatre

Western's Theatre Arts program offers a number of degree concentrations in performance, production, education, design and technology.


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Welcome from our Chair

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Thank you for your interest in Western’s Department of Theatre and Dance.  We’re excited to meet you and learn about your passion for theatre and tell you all about ours!  The best thing you can do when looking for schools is to visit, meet the faculty and current students, sit in on classes, and if the timing works out, take in a free show.  We offer free complimentary tickets to prospective students and family for our productions, and we welcome you to observe any of our classes and meet the faculty.  At Western, students can create their own path in the study of theatre by selecting concentrations within the major and being as active in the department productions as you desire (with our mainstage faculty-directed season, Student Theatre Productions season, and other theatre clubs, you can do theatre here from zero to 24/7, the opportunities abound, so it’s all up to you).  Hope to meet you soon!
Rich Brown, Chair
Professor, Physical Acting and Devising