Theatre Outreach

Learning out of the classroom and beyond the stage

Western Washington University Theatre and Dance students enjoy a rich variety of opportunities to stretch their limits out of the classroom and 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, and expand their horizons by working with diverse groups and guest artists.

 
A group of students wearing troll masks performing in a park

Commedia in the Park

Presented by WWU Theatre students enrolled in the summer course “Advanced Acting Topics” taught by Rich Brown, “Commedia” is a highly physicalized, masked comic performance originating from the Italian Renaissance. The show features well-known stock characters such as the tricky servants, young lovers, and foolish old men. The show takes place on the lawn of the Maritime Heritage Park in the summer, 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

MOTley

The Multicultural Outreach Tour

A fun, lively and educational project, MOTley tours every MWF in April and May and reaches approximately 7500 elementary-age students, teachers and staff each spring. The tour is a literature-based, all-school assembly, 1-hour performance of a collection of stories from different cultures, countries and ethnicities focused around a chosen theme for that particular year. Some past themes have included Heroes, Collaboration, Friendship, Wisdom, Origin Tales and Honesty. The students in the tour audition in the fall, spend the winter researching the folk tales and building the show and then takes it out three times per week to various school in Whatcom, Skagit, Nooksack, and Island Counties. The teachers and staff of each school are given a list of stories and where to find them as well as curriculum support materials if they so chose.

Contact Deb Currier for more information.

 
Two performers striking a dramatic pose

Movement Graffiti

Dance Theatre

Movement Graffiti: Dance Theater is a newly formed touring company in residence at Western Washington University.  Movement Graffiti: Dance Theater can be characterized by movement theater that runs the gamut from the rhapsodic to the comedic--the abstract to narrative--dances as sweet as a first kiss as well as thought provoking and mysterious.  The company is comprised of the best of the best choreographic works and dancers immersed in the BA/BFA dance program at Western.  
 
Movement Graffiti: Dance Theater will be the opening event of Western Washington University newly instituted summer stock season.  The performances are always family friendly and a delightful way to spend a warm summer evening.  The dancers are accessible and charming and the performances are often preceded by introductions by the choreographers and talk backs with the artistic director at the conclusion of the show.
 
Long time faculty member and renowned choreographer Nolan Dennett is the Artistic Director.  Movement Graffiti: Dance Theater is available for additional touring the week of August 9th this year and the week of September 14.
 
Our mission is to bring high quality Movement Art to the under served areas of Washington and to provide our most talented performers and choreographers a touring opportunity where they can showcase their work as dancers and choreographers  before they leave us as and step into the professional world.
 
For more information and touring possibilities in your region contact Artistic Director, Nolan Dennett at 360-650-3129 or nolan.dennett@wwu.edu