Honors Student Rachel Liuzzi's (BA'14, MFA '16) video about the Theatre Program at SU


Theatre Degrees

The Theatre program at Seattle University offers a conservatory style experience within the framework of a broad based Jesuit liberal arts education. Students are thrown into an immersive theatre experience that encourages a larger exploration of what it means to make theatre in the world today.


Tour to the Merc Playhouse

Seattle U Theatre tours to The Merc Playhouse in Twisp, WA every year. Through this outreach program, we bring American and world classics (The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere, Picnic by Inge, Women of Troy and Euripides, The Tempest by Shakespeare) to an underserved community. Additionally, our students learn the rudiments and joys of touring and empower themselves for a successful future of theatre making in all types of communities, not just the big city.


Ki Gottberg, MFA

Rosie Sabaric
Program Coordinator

Em Olson
Operations Manager




Shawn Ketchum Johnson
Shawn Ketchum Johnson

Professor Shawn Ketchum Johnson's scenic design will be seen in the upcoming production of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

at Seattle Shakespeare Company.

Harmony Arnold
Harmony Arnold

Professor Harmony Arnold's costume designs can be seen on stage in the new musical STRING at The Village Theatre.

Ki Gottberg
Ki Gottberg

Ki Gottberg “retired” after 4.5 years as Artistic Director at the Merc Playhouse, and was feted with a big party, funny roasts and heartfelt toasts on March 2.  SU Theatre toured 5 shows there during that time, and The Merc had numerous interns from SU in acting, sound, lights, costumes and stage management during the summers.

We plan to continue our association with The Merc.  The last show Ki directed there was The Real Inspector Hound this past summer.


a periodic open forum for students to experiment with performance for an audience of their peers


a program designed to bring visiting artists, faculty and students together in a creative exploration that artistically stretches everyone involved.