Theatre Arts

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What Do We Do . . .

Theatre Arts offers courses and creative activities in which students learn to make, understand, and evaluate theatrical events. In doing so, students acquire knowledge and skills that enable them to become collaborative, informed, imaginative, and engaged theatre makers, who - as artists, scholars, and citizens - will pursue paths after graduation in professional theatre, education, business, and other fields of endeavor. The faculty is committed to theatre as a liberal art and an emphasis on the total artist. Majors, minors, and non-majors develop skills and connect insights in acting, directing, design, production, dramaturgy, research, and writing throughout their coursework, culminating in thesis projects presented as part of Senior Theatre Festival. Through participation in student- and faculty- directed productions, students ground their study of theatre in rehearsal and performance. Department productions provide the university and local community with the opportunity to experience high-quality theatre of diverse style, content, and form from a variety of historical periods.

The department annually offers scholarships for incoming and continuing students: deadline, January 15 for incoming and March 25 for continuing students. For information, visit the department website or contact the office coordinator at 253.879.3330.

All students are welcome to audition for and participate in Theatre Arts productions.

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Opportunity for Playwrights!

New Human Horizons Virtual Ten-Minute Play Reading Festival

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 25th by 5pm 


Human beings are magical. Bios and Logos. Words made flesh, muscle and bone animated by hope and desire, belief materialized in deeds, deeds which crystallize our actualities. . . . And the maps of spring always have to be redrawn again, in undared forms.
–Sylvia Wynter, “The Pope Must Have Been Drunk, The King of Castile a Madman.”


The University of Puget Sound’s Department of Theatre Arts is soliciting new 10-minute plays for the New Human Horizons Virtual Ten-Minute Play Reading Festival. Plays open to all playwrights and any style of play; however, no musicals. We are seeking plays that engage in conversation with Sylvia Wynter’s notion of the Human as both bios and logos, magical, words made flesh. We are interested in plays that re-imagine and re-present new ways of being, living, caring, and loving in the world.
Plays can incorporate the themes of the quote in a variety of ways, for example,
• The relationship between Human beings and language, mythology;
• Representation of the Human and the body and/or flesh;
• New forms of Human interaction;
• Loving and caring beyond modern concepts of Human relationships;
• Connections between Humans and animals, Humans and the environment;
• Intersection between Human life, mortality, and immortal deities;
• Human and hybridity, cyborgs, pre/post-human;
• New imaginings and representations on what it means to be (or not to be) Human;
• Life and living on the margins of the Human as construct.
Plays will be read and evaluated by undergraduate students in the Theatrical Experience classes at University of Puget Sound. This is an exciting opportunity for students, playwrights, and community members to engage and encounter new theatrical works.
Six plays will be selected for the virtual reading festival on December 2nd and 3rd. Selected plays will be announced early November 2020. Playwrights maintain full rights to their material.
Selected playwrights will receive a $150 honorarium.
Submission Guidelines:
• Plays must be unpublished and un-produced;
• written primarily in English;
• incorporate the concept of the Human in some form;
• be no more than ten pages in length;
• not be a musical.
• Only one play per playwright.
*We prefer plays with 2-6 characters of diverse race, age, gender, and ethnicity.
Submission Process:
• Script should be in standard script format (see: http://www.caryplaywrightsforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/CPF_play_formatting-1.pdf;
• Include page numbers;
• Along with the submission, please submit a separate title page with title of the play and playwright’s contact information (name, email, phone number, and address).
• No personal information should appear anywhere else in the script.
• Accepting digital submissions only. Submit PDF copy to upsplaysubmission@gmail.com

Senior Theatre Festival

Senior majors in the Department of Theatre Arts complete a culminating thesis project that requires the planning, execution, and evaluation of a four-show festival of plays, collaboratively produced. This Senior Theatre Festival is the capstone of experiential learning in the program, and draws on all areas of study in the major, while also mirroring many aspects of professional work in the field post-degree. Through an intense supervised process housed in the THTR 490 class, the senior class reads extensively, selects four full-length plays to produce, and determines which seniors will direct, design, dramaturg, and act in STF shows as their thesis mainstage season.

Theatre Arts faculty provide guidance, beginning with thesis-oriented readiness assessment during junior interviews. The faculty project. This year-long ensemble process results in an April festival that is part of the department's emphasizes that success in STF, particularly in key roles such as director and dramaturg, correlates with three distinct modes of achievement: maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA across all theatre classes; participating in a faculty directed show in a high responsibility production role; and a strong experience in the 313 Directing class.