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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

USITT Curators Select Alexandra Bonds’ Designs to Exhibit at PQ 15

Opening in June 2015 and coinciding with PQ 2015, the most comprehensive international costume design exhibit ever curated will be exhibited in the galleries of the A.A. Bakhrushin State Museum in Moscow, Russia.  The Bakhrushin Museum, considered Russia’s foremost stage museum, has the largest collection of theatre art in Russia and is well known around the world. The exhibit will be presented in at least six of the Bakhrushin galleries throughout Moscow. USITT member Igor Roussanoff is collaborating with the Director of the Bakhrushin, Dmitry Rodinov, to organize this extensive multi-country collection conceived to represent seminal costume designs between 1990 and 2015. 24 countries will be represented, including the USA, Japan, Hungary, Finland, The Netherlands, Australia, Spain, Venezuela, Italy, Serbia, Belgium, Slovakia, Pakistan, Brazil, United Kingdom, Denmark, Russia, Canada, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Mexico, Germany, and Poland. More info HERE.

Costume Professor Alexandra Bonds’ designs for Love Will Shake (University Theatre 2012) were chosen.


MFA Candidate in Costume Design Natalya Kolosowsky’s designs for ECSTASY, A Water Fable (University Theatre 2014) by Denmo Ibrahim, have been selected for presentation as part of the US Student Exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2015.



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 Michael Najjar Publishes New Book

Arab American Drama, Film and Performance A Critical Study, 1908 to the Present

Michael Malek Najjar


About the Book Beginning with early Arab American playwright, poet and novelist Kahlil Gibran and concluding with contemporary playwright Yussef El Guindi, this book provides an historical overview and critical analysis of the plays, films and performances of self-identified Arab Americans. Playwrights, filmmakers and performers covered include Ameen Fares Rihani, Danny Thomas, Heather Raffo, Ahmed Ahmed, Mona Mansour and Cherien Dabis. These artists, traditionally underrepresented in



Sonrisa Poster

Sonrisa del Coyote

Winner of the 2015 New Voices Playwriting Contest, Sonrisa del Coyote is a bi-lingual tale of siblings Danny and Lupa who are urged by their mother Sofia to travel from their home in rural Mexico to the United States. Along the way they encounter strange hermits and magical coyotes who teach them about their ancestral heritage and that what matters most in this world is family.

No advance ticket sales. First come, first serve basis. Come early, seating is limited!