• <a href="/live/image/gid/6/width/650/91490_211024-passionplay_0109R8xSs.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image91490"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/6/width/720/height/690/crop/1/91490_211024-passionplay_0109R8xSs.rev.1637099371.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/6/width/720/height/690/crop/1/91490_211024-passionplay_0109R8xSs.rev.1637099371.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/6/width/720/height/690/crop/1/91490_211024-passionplay_0109R8xSs.rev.1637099371.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/6/width/720/height/690/crop/1/91490_211024-passionplay_0109R8xSs.rev.1637099371.jpg" alt="Fall 2021, Theatre returned to the Main Stage with a full evening work of Passion Play, by Sarah ..." width="720" height="690" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/6/width/720/height/690/crop/1/91490_211024-passionplay_0109R8xSs.rev.1637099371.jpg 2x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="1974" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-split_image_caption collapsable-caption"> Fall 2021, Theatre returned to the Main Stage with a full evening work of <em>Passion Play,</em> by Sarah Ruhl.</div>

We are a community of artists, scholars, choreographers, designers, technicians, writers, and critics. Our goal is to nurture artist-scholars who are well read in dramatic literature, who understand the social and historical contexts of that literature, who appreciate contemporary performance and dance, who think critically, and who translate this knowledge into compelling artistic choices on stage. Fir Acres Theatre hums with activity and creativity from the first morning classes to rehearsals late into the evening. From department mainstage productions to dance concerts to student-driven festivals, our students have many opportunities to create performance and put theory into practice.

The Lewis & Clark Theatre Department production program is dedicated to nurturing a diverse and inclusive artistic and scholarly community. The selection of plays for our season our productions include new works, as well as notable contemporary, modern, and classical plays. The Department is committed to choosing material that represents the diversity of our community. Students are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the program from production to performance, regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, socio-economic status, or ability. All plays we produce are open to all members of the Lewis & Clark community and we practice a nontraditional, identity-concious casting policy, which takes into consideration the role of race, ethnicity, gender and class in the stories that we tell.

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  • I landed the role of the Emcee for our hybrid production of Cabaret, our first-ever musical done in two theatre spaces (in order to adhere to COVID capacity guidelines) and sung completely in plexiglass boxes . . . I was lucky enough to be in an ingeniously designed “cage” on wheels!

    Ezri Reyes BA ’22
    Theatre (performance) | San Jose, California
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  • My favorite thing about living in Portland is the friendliness and acceptance of the community. Every time I go downtown, I’m reminded of how nice and welcoming people can be, from the smiles and hellos on TriMet to food cart owners remembering my face and asking me about life. 

    Malavika Arun BA ’19
    Psychology, Theatre (double) | Palakkad, Kerala, India
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  • My theatre classes have taught me so much about my body and voice, helped me create a foundation for my art, and showed me it’s okay to take up space in the world.

    Haley Wildhirt BA ’22
    Theatre, performance concentration | Longmont, Colorado
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Past Events

April 24, 2022

ART CLUB - Theatre Thesis Festival 2022

The annual Theatre Thesis Festival showcases the work of our senior theatre majors.
April 23, 2022

A Muse - Theatre Thesis Festival 2022

The annual Theatre Thesis Festival showcases the work of our senior theatre majors.
April 23, 2022

It’s All About Pumpkin - Theatre Thesis Festival 2022

The annual Theatre Thesis Festival showcases the work of our senior theatre majors.

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