Theatre Outreach

Learning out of the classroom and beyond the stage

Western Washington University Theatre and Dance students enjoy a rich variety of opportunities. Students get to stretch their limits outside the classroom, into the community.

Through a variety of programs, our students

  • Work with Bellingham K-12 students
  • Perform for varied audiences in outdoor venues on and off campus
  • Travel abroad
  • Expand horizons by working with diverse groups and guest artists

Commedia in the Park

A group of students wearing troll masks performing in a park

“Commedia” is a highly physicalized, masked comic performance. It originates from the Italian Renaissance. Performers are Theatre students in the “Advanced Acting Topics” course taught by Rich Brown. The show features well-known stock characters such as the tricky servants, young lovers, and foolish old men. The summer show takes place at Maritime Heritage Park, usually in early July. All are welcome! It's FREE!

Contact Rich Brown for more information.



Thirteen students on stage in brightly colored MOTley t-shirts

The Multicultural Outreach Tour

A fun, lively and educational project offered in the Fall. MOTley reaches about 7500 elementary-age students, teachers and staff. Tours are 1-hour, literature-based, all-school assemblies. We perform a collection of stories from different cultures, countries and ethnicities. Each year stories focus on a different theme. Previous themes included: Heroes, Collaboration, Friendship, Wisdom, Origin Tales, and Honesty.

Students interested in the MOTley program go through audition. We spend course time researching folk tales and building the show. Next, we take the show on tour! We tour three times per week to schools in Whatcom, Skagit, Nooksack, and Island Counties. Teachers and staff of each school can get a list of stories, resources, and curriculum support materials.

Contact Deb Currier for more information.


Movement Graffiti

Two performers striking a dramatic pose

Dance Theatre

Movement Graffiti: Dance Theater is a touring company in residence at Western. As movement theater, it runs the gamut from the rhapsodic to the comedic - abstract to narrative. Dances may be as sweet as a first kiss, thought-provoking and mysterious. The company comprises the best of the best in choreographic works and dancers. Dancers come from the BA/BFA dance program at Western.  
Movement Graffiti: Dance Theater is first in the Western Summer Theatre series.  Performances are family friendly and delightful for warm summer evenings.  The dancers are accessible and charming. Choreographers give introductions. The Artistic Director includes talk backs at the conclusion of the show.
Artistic Director Nolan Dennett is a long-time instructor and renowned choreographer.  Movement Graffiti: Dance Theater is available for additional touring the weeks of August 9th and September 14.
Our mission is to bring high quality Movement Art to under served areas of Washington. We provide touring opportunities to our most talented performers and choreographers. They get to showcase their work before stepping into the professional world.
For more information and touring possibilities in your region contact Artistic Director, Nolan Dennett.