Western’s Theatre Arts program is the premiere undergrad program in the Pacific Northwest. With 7-8 shows per academic year, Theatre students collaborate with faculty and peers to create performances the community can enjoy. Students reinforce their major studies in hands-on application of: performing, directing, stage management, choreography, costume creation, scenery design and building, lighting design, sound effects, and backstage "run crew".
Western's theatre productions have persisted through the pandemic by offering livestreamed performances. Cast, crew and production teams carefully coordinated and adapted their work from their individual locations to bring these productions together. Some productions are able to be modified for small teams to safely gather and perform in the theatre, livestreaming the on-stage show for audiences to tune in remotely. As we move toward the reopening of campus facilities, these extensive practices in collaboration and adaptation mean that students won't skip a beat in the valuable education that Western's Theatre Arts program provides.
You gift supports opportunities like:
Replacing outdated and worn out equipment
Travel to conferences for workshops, auditions, portfolio reviews and participation in competitions
Bringing in guest artists, playwrights, and lectures from prestigious institutions around the country
Networking and public celebration of student success to help build career paths
Creating educational programs that reach out to youth across the Cascadia region
Offering Theatre performances for our entire community