Nurturing the Individual

The Seattle University Theatre program nurtures your ambitions and strengths while delivering you a comprehensive education in all areas of theatre, including acting, design, directing, history and production. We offer major and minor degrees as well as Departmental Honors.

You will have the chance to take advantage of our faculty mentorship, a signature characteristic of our educational philosophy. Our small class sizes allow you to develop close one-on-one working relationships with theatre faculty.

Practical Learning

In tandem with classroom learning, you will receive practical training through our Mainstage Season working on all aspects of production: from acting to stage management, dramaturgy to assistant direction, backstage crew to design. The Mainstage Season is produced in the Lee Center for the Arts, which features a state-of-the-art 120-seat flexible space theatre, costume and scene shops.

Further performance and production opportunities are available to you  through programs such as Scratch, a student-run showcase series; Stretch, which brings together artists-in-residence to work with you and faculty on workshops and performances; directing scene showcases; and student honors performances.

Our Degrees

If you are interested interested in a holistic education in all areas of theatre, Theatre at Seattle U is for you. You receive the opportunity to work with faculty and in the community through university productions and internships with local theatre groups

Connecting to Community and the World

Seattle is, at its heart, a hotbed for theatre and the performing arts. Through our program, you can connect to the wider arts community in a variety of ways: the theatre faculty is comprised of working artists with strong ties to the professional theatre community; artists-in-residence are brought in to work with faculty and students through our Stretch program; professional guest artists work alongside you in the Mainstage Season and you are encouraged to connect with the rich and vibrant theatre scene in Seattle through internships.

We encourage you to go beyond our town and study abroad and learn about theatre traditions and practices in other cultures. Theatre students have studied in London, Italy and Ireland.

Our ultimate goal is to equip you with a strong foundation in all aspects of theatre, in order to prepare you to enter the professional theatre community as resourceful emerging theatre artists or to pursue specialized training in graduate schools.

Learning Outcomes

Theatre students should be able to:

  • Embody and communicate their artistic vision
  • Analyze and Interpret theatre texts and performance with an understanding of historical and social contexts
  • Understand and apply design principles and processes
  • Understand and apply performance principles and processes
  • Collaborate effectively in the production process
  • Engage as professionals in the culture of theatre
Gabrielle Sigrist ('18)
Gabrielle Sigrist ('18)

Recent graduate Gabrielle Sigrist performed in Madcap Melodrama’s production of THE DIABOLICAL ELIXIR, a live radio show gothic melodrama mash-up adapted and directed by Seattle University Professor Ki Gottberg. To see more about what Gabby is up to, see here

Ivan Guillermo
Ivan Guillermo ('19)

Student Ivan Guillermo spent the summer acting in Seattle Shakespeare's Wooden O's production of King Lear, which toured various outdoor parks in the Pacific Northwest. 

Adrian Alonzo Padilla
Adrian Alonzo Padilla ('19)

Student Adrian Padilla spent the summer acting in Seattle Shakespeare's Wooden O's production of King Lear, which toured various outdoor parks in the Pacific 

Audition for our next production


Rosie Sabaric

Program Coordinator


Em Olson

Operations Manager


Rosa Joshi

Department Chair


Ready to Transfer to SU?