Theatre Arts

The Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Oregon is committed to a liberal arts approach to theatre education and to maintaining the highest standards both in academic pursuits and performance. We deeply believe in the value of theatre as a form of cultural formation and communication as well as a pathway for personal growth.

3-5

PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTIONS EACH YEAR
 

1
student-run playhouse
100+
students across majors participate in productions
Students in a play

 

Left Hand of Darkness, 2017

University Theatre

The University Theatre’s annual season includes productions ranging from traditional musicals and Shakespearean classics to contemporary and experimental works to student-written plays. Auditions are open to all UO students. Visit the University Theatre website to learn more about the current season and purchase tickets.

What You Can Do with a Degree in Theatre Arts

Theatre arts majors use their skills and liberal arts foundation for a wide range of professional employment, including professional theatre and other creative media, as well as education, law, and marketing. Theatre arts provides students with a foundation for employment in:

  • Community, regional, and commercial theaters
  • Repertory companies
  • Amusement and theme parks
  • Cruise lines
  • Radio stations
  • Television and motion picture studios
  • Acting conservatories
  • Arts councils
  • Talent agencies
  • Colleges and universities
Sean Andries, Executive director, Chehalem Cultural Center

How Theatre Arts Launches Your Career

“Studying theatre arts at the UO laid the foundation for me to build my life and career in the arts. Whether I am directing a show, delivering on stage, presenting in a boardroom, balancing budgets, or myriad other things I never imagined then, I know my time in Villard Hall prepared me well for all of it. All these years later, I have a career I'm proud of and a job I love.”

—Sean Andries '05, executive director, Chehalem Cultural Center

Our Degree Programs

Undergraduate students can major or minor in theatre arts. Graduate students can pursue a master’s or doctorate.

Students in a play

The Home Planet, 2019

Learn from Experts in the Field

As mentors, collaborators, and coaches, our faculty advise and coach students who are auditioning for professional training in acting or pursuing graduate training in stage management. They maintain a longstanding tradition of excellence and innovation as well as a liberal arts approach to theatre education.

Student in a play

Hay Fever, 2022

Get Real-world Experience

Students in the Department of Theatre Arts have many opportunities to participate in productions as actors, directors, designers, choreographers, playwrights, composers, musicians, technicians, dramaturgs, publicists, and arts managers. Our University Theatre serves as a laboratory for theatre arts majors to apply what they learn in their classes and develop practical job skills.

Scholarships and Funding

All theatre arts graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for annual departmental scholarships. Students can also seek funding from a variety of additional sources.

Undergraduate Scholarships Graduate Funding

Academic Support

Our academic advisors can help students understand their major or minor requirements, plan their course of study, explore study-abroad opportunities, and more.

Undergraduate Advising
Support for Graduate Students

Department of Theatre Arts News and Events

July 8, 2024
THEATRE ARTS - Jeanette deJong, associate professor of costume design, history and technology in the College of Arts and Sciences, brings decades of experience to the theatre arts. Whether leading a lecture or writing a book, deJong draws from her professional journey and offers methods and techniques that have been honed over the years.
April 16, 2024
CINEMA STUDIES - Dive into the art of producing with a hands-on immersive experience through the University of Oregon’s “The Art of Producing” Visiting Filmmaker Series 2024. Hear firsthand from the producer who brought “The Last of Us” to the screen, explore the craft of horror cinema and learn about a variety of possible careers in the film industry.
April 10, 2024
PHILOSOPHY - Cintia Martínez Velasco, an assistant professor of philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences, appears on an episode of UO Today, a production by the Oregon Humanities Center. Her research and teaching interests include feminist philosophy, gender theory, decolonial philosophy, and critical theory in Latin America.

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Coming to Oregon Graduate Student Group
Jul22
Coming to Oregon Graduate Student Group Jul 22
Coming to Oregon Graduate Student Group - evening session
Jul22
Coming to Oregon Graduate Student Group - evening session Jul 22
University of Oregon Night at the San Francisco Giants
Jul30
University of Oregon Night at the San Francisco Giants Jul 30 Oracle Park
Coming to Oregon Graduate Student Group
Aug19
Coming to Oregon Graduate Student Group Aug 19
Coming to Oregon Graduate Student Group - evening session
Aug19
Coming to Oregon Graduate Student Group - evening session Aug 19
UO Cinema Studies Alumni Gathering: Los Angeles
Aug25
UO Cinema Studies Alumni Gathering: Los Angeles Aug 25 Everson Royce Bar
Graduate Employee Day of Teaching
Sep25
Graduate Employee Day of Teaching Sep 25 100 Willamette Hall
The BIG 10+ Academia Career Fair
Oct16
The BIG 10+ Academia Career Fair Oct 16
Bob Bussel Labor History Lecture
Apr24
Bob Bussel Labor History Lecture Apr 24 William W. Knight Law Center

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