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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.


Student Named National Fellow in Dramaturgy


Gemma De Leon was awarded The Dramaturgy Fellowship in association with ATHE and LMDA to the O’Nell Playwrights’ Conference Literary Office. The LMDA/ATHE/KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Award recognizes contributions by student dramaturgs to the conception, development and production of theater within their colleges and universities, or to educational projects in dramaturgy. The philosophical foundation of this award – like that of dramaturgy itself – rests in the belief that art benefits from examination on the parts of both artist and audience, and that creative inspiration accompanied by analysis and reflection is most likely to lead to productions and projects that fulfill the spiritual, social and personal potential of the theatrical event.



Former Student Receives Prestigious Teaching Award


Western Washington University’s Rich Brown, associate professor of Theatre Arts, has been selected as the 2015 Washington Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He completed his doctorate in Theatre from the University of Oregon in 2003. FULL ARTICLE



The Kennedy Center American College Theater Names Award for UO Professors

THE HORACE ROBINSON/JACK WATSON AWARD will be awarded to a Faculty Member in Region VII who shows dedication and support for their students above and beyond the normal duties expected of university faculty.

Horace Robinson was a member of the Theatre Department at the University of Oregon from 1933 to his retirement in 1975 and a co-founder of the Northwest Drama Conference, fore-runner of KCACTF in our region. In the early years Horace served as the President of the organization and organized the annual conference, usually held at the University of Oregon.

Jack Watson was a student of Horace Robinson who joined the faculty at the University of Oregon in 1987. He was Department Chair from 1995 to 2001 and led the popular Theatre Arts Study Abroad program eight times. He was very active in NWDC and KCACTF encouraging and working with UO students who were participating including graduate students who presented papers on a regular basis. Jack also served as an officer of both organizations including KCACTF Region VII chair and was twice a member of the National Selection Committee. -KCACTF Newsletter


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:

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