May 28, 2024  
2023-24 Catalog 
2023-24 Catalog


Theatre Performance, Design, and Production - including Dance Studies, Musical Theatre Studies, and Shakespeare Studies
Theatre 108
Director of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University:  David R. Humphrey, MUS 142
Co-Chairs of the Theatre Program: Jackie Apodaca and Sean O’Skea


Professor Assistant Professor Emeritus Faculty
Jackie Apodaca Brendan McMahon Alan Armstrong
Laurie Kurutz Michael Stanfill Craig N. Hudson
David McCandless   Dale R. Luciano
Sean O’Skea Instructor Chris Sackett
Deborah Rosenberg Jesse Purkerson Dennis L. Smith
  Jane Hickinbotham  

The Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University Theatre program offers an undergraduate BFA education in all areas of theatre, including acting, directing, costuming, stage scenery, lighting, sound, makeup, management, dramatic literature, and theatre history. Theatre majors participate in the department’s active and ambitious production program and experience the close working relationships that develop between faculty and students as they produce live theatre together.

Through its presentation of classic and contemporary dramatic works, the Theatre program contributes significantly to the social and cultural enrichment of SOU and southern Oregon communities. Dedicated to creating opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and skills in practical ways, the program not only supplies performance opportunities for students, but it also mounts productions that are often designed and predominantly executed by students.

The Theatre program maintains a positive formal relationship with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). Adjunct faculty, guest artists, and lecturers from OSF enhance the program’s curriculum. Students of merit may be recommended for internship positions during their junior and senior years.

As an Oregon University System designated Center of Excellence in the Fine and Performing Arts, SOU aims to provide high-quality education within a framework of an intensive program of preprofessional training. Fundamental to this mission is making the living art of theatre an essential element of theatre students’ training. Learning in this program is a collaborative experience that encourages professional standards in the studio, the classroom, and the production experience.

Teacher Licensing

Students who would like to teach theatre at the middle school or high school level in Oregon public schools must complete a bachelor’s degree in theatre before applying for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching Program (MAT)  program at SOU. Interested students should consult the MAT Chair regarding admission requirements for the MAT program.

Students must prepare in advance to increase their chances of acceptance into this competitive program. Practica, internships, and volunteer experiences working with children in the public schools prior to application to the MAT program are required.

Program Requirements



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