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Theatre, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Oregon, OH, United States
The Theatre program from Lewis and Clark College is dedicated to nurturing a dynamic and diverse artistic and scholarly community.  Our productions include new works as well as contemporary, modern, pre-modern, and classical plays.  
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Fir Acres Theatre hums with activity and creative enterprise 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 make theatre and put theory into practice.

Collaboration, critical thinking, and creative expression are our core principles.

The goal of the Theatre program from Lewis and Clark College 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. 

  • Our classes are open to all students, do not require an audition, and emphasize theatre and dance as an integral part of a liberal arts education.
  • Our productions are open to all students, majors and non-majors alike, and incorporate opportunities in acting, dance, playwriting, dramaturgy, design and stage tech.
  • Our major exposes students to the full variety of the theatre arts with concentrations in Performance, Dramatic Literature/Theatre History or Design/Technical Theatre. 
  • Each senior theatre major completes a thesis in their final semester, which normally includes both a significant creative project and a substantial written essay.
  • We offer minors in both Theatre Studies and Dance. 
  • Other opportunities include theatre-centered Overseas/Off Campus programs in London, Ireland, and New York, as well as internships with companies in Portland and beyond. 
  • Our majors go on to pursue a broad spectrum of careers from graduate school in various disciplines or find professional jobs in the theatre, education, non-profit administration, business or international relations.

The outlook and the habits of mind we foster prepare our students for the future, but not a future narrowly defined.  We want our students to go in whatever direction and however far their talents might take them.

The Department honors the diversity of our community, and students can fully participate in our productions regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, socio-economic status, or disability.  The Department seeks to represent a diversity of voices on our stages, to practice open, non-traditional casting, and to respect – particularly with regard to new and contemporary plays – the playwright’s vision.

Learning Outcomes

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, who master discipline-specific skills, and who make compelling artistic choices on stage.  The Theatre Department expects that upon graduation all students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the social and artistic movements that have shaped theatre and dance as we know it today.
  • Apply discipline-specific skills to the creation of performance.
  • Analyze, and interpret texts and performances both in writing and orally.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of theatre and dance history and literature and draw connections between theatrical practices and social contexts in both modern and pre modern periods.
  • Practice collaborative skills in various theatrical contexts.
  • Develop and apply process skills in rehearsal, production and classroom settings.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills in the creation of artistic work.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in one or more area-specific skills: acting, directing, choreography, design, technical theatre, management, playwriting, or dramaturgy.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Stage Makeup
  • Fundamentals of Movement
  • Ballet
  • Contemporary Dance Forms
  • Theatre Laboratory
  • Theatre Laboratory

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Online Common Application or Paper Application with essay attached.
  • Official transcripts of all secondary school and college grades. 
  • Financial Documents
  • Proof of English proficiency.
  • School Report.
  • Teacher Evaluation, completed by a teacher who has taught you in an academic course (English, mathematics, science, foreign language, history, or social studies). 
  • SAT and/or ACT scores are optional for international student applicants, but are highly recommended for applicants who attend international/American schools. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52346 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52346 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52346 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52346 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Oregon

  • 1031 - 1710 USD/month
    Living Costs

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