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The Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Oregon serves a variety of students with a wide range of needs and interests. The faculty of this department are committed to a liberal arts approach to theatre education and to maintaining the highest standards both in academic pursuits and in performance. We deeply believe in the value of theatre as a form of cultural formation and communication as well as a pathway for personal growth.



University Theatre Designs Honored

Brad Steinmetz’s set design for Metamorphosis (Robinson Theatre 2009), Alexandra Bond’s costume designs for Love Will Shake (Robinson Theatre 2012), and Natasha Kolosowsky’s designs for a dance piece from before her time at UO were selected for exhibition in World Stage Design 2013. The curators chose 100 designs out of over 700 entries from countries around the world. webpage: In addition to the exhibits, there will be workshops. seminars, performances, etc. all celebrating design for performance.

In Memorium


In Memorium:

JOHN (JACK) WATSON 1942-2014

Jack Watson passed away on July 7 in Honolulu. His husband, Rick Turnbow, and sister-in-law, Carrie Perry, were at his bedside. Jack was a professor in the Speech and Theatre Arts Departments at the University of Oregon from 1987 to 2011. Previously he had taught for many years at McMinnville High School. Jack received his B.A. from Lewis and Clark College and his PhD. from the University of Oregon.

As a professor at the UO Jack taught Introduction to Theatre, Directing, and History of Theatre courses. He was the advisor for several theses and dissertations. Jack




Professor Theresa May Publishes Salmon Is Everything

Community-Based Theatre in the Klamath Watershed

Theresa May with Suzanne Burcell, Kathleen McCovey, and Jean O’Hara. Foreword by Gordon Bettles. First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies

After a devastating fish kill on the Klamath River, tribal members and theatre artist Theresa May developed a play to give voice to the central spiritual and cultural role of salmon in tribal life. Salmon Is Everything presents the script of that play, along with essays by artists and collaborators that illuminate the process of creating and performing theatre on Native and environmental



Najjar RAWI Panel

Professor Najjar Chairs RAWI Panel

Michael Malek Najjar chairs a panel about Arab American Playwrights with Leila Buck (on screen), Jacob Kader, Jamil Khoury, and UO Theatre Arts graduate student Zeina Salame.


The Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI) & Mizna came together for the 5th National RAWI Conference– three days of performances, readings, workshops, panels, a film screening, a mixer, and a culminating celebration which will include the Arab American Book Awards ceremony.  The conference took place at Open Book in Minneapolis, MN,  9/18-20, 2014. Details:

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