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Theatre Department

Are you drawn to serving the community through theatre? Are you interested in cultivating your dramatic gifts and talents? The Theatre Department at Seattle Pacific offers you training, experience, scholarship, and inspiration in the exhilarating world of theatre — preparing you for anything from participating in community theatre, to becoming a professional actor, to teaching high school drama.

The Theatre Department offers an extensive performance schedule divided among Mainstage, Studio, and Backstage productions. You, the students — both majors and nonmajors — make up the casts for these productions, and you are also involved in directing, set and costume design, lighting, stage management, and promotion and publicity.

Your study of theatre at Seattle Pacific will expose you to a broad cross-section of dramatic literature, theory, and historical perspective. You will develop an informed perspective of the role of theatre as a social, spiritual, and artistic institution. 

Theatre Major

The Theatre major at Seattle Pacific integrates both performance and production. You can also choose from three areas of emphasis: Performance, Production, and P–12 Teaching.

Theatre Minor

We offer a minor in Theatre that provides you with the foundations of theatre, including performance, production, and playwriting.

Scholarships and Auditions

Even if you don’t major in Theatre, you may qualify for a Seattle Pacific FPA scholarship, ranging from $1,000 to $3,000.

Theatre News

Cat Video Festival on April 11 to Feature Creator of Henri le Chat Noir

On Friday, April 11, SPU’s Theatre Department presents the Internet Cat Video Festival: 75 minutes of the best and funniest Internet cat videos. The festival will be followed by a Q&A with SPU alum Will Braden, award-winning creator of the Henri le Chat Noir film series, whose second film, Henri 2, Paw De Deux, the late film critic Roger Ebert called “The best Internet cat video ever made.” All proceeds of the festival benefit SPU’s Theatre Program.

Hedda Gabler Opens April 24

One of the most intriguing, perplexing, and complex characters of the modern stage beguiles E.E. Bach Theatregoers beginning April 24. Hedda Gabler is given a new twist in this adaptation by Jon Robin Baitz, which has been called “a Hedda Gabler for the 21st century.” It runs April 24–26 and May 1–3, with a matinee on May 3.

The 26th Anniversary SPAM Awards June 15

The first SPAM Awards ceremony held at Discovery Park in the summer of 1988 was literally a picnic. Join us June 15 for the 26th annual SPAM Awards in E.E. Bach Theatre, featuring special entertainment, awards, and good food and fellowship.

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P: 206-281-2959
O: McKinley Hall

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Why Study Theatre?

Why Study Theatre?

Studying theatre, performing theatre, and otherwise engaging in the world and work of theatre will enrich your life and offer you many career and life opportunities.

“Theatre’s roots lie in religion, community, celebration, myth making, and delight. Its sociological and philosophical complexity is overwhelming. As a human study it is eminently worthy of academic focus.”
James Chapman
1937–2002, SPU Theatre
Department Founder