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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.

Remembering Emeritus Theatre Professor Grant McKernie

Grant as Mrs. Malaprop

Grant McKernie died Saturday morning, September 1, 2018. He was born in Moline, Illinois April 7, 1942 to Walter and Sheila (Kilpatrick) McKernie. Heather(sister) and Cliff Carlson and their son Adam are his immediate survivors.

Grant received his BA from Northwestern University in 1964, an M.A. in Political Science in 1965, and his Ph.D. in Theatre, from The Ohio State University in Sept, 1972.

Grant taught for the department of Theatre Arts at the University of Oregon from 1979 to 2008.  He was well known and beloved for the excellence of his teaching, for which he


Study Abroad


Program Overview

The London Theatre program is a 9­ week intensive study program offered every other Spring term (odd years).

During the study term, you will attend live professional theatre performances, sometimes including mixed media concerts, opera, ballet, or modern dance. In addition to contemporary London theatre, you may elect to study performance with London theatre professionals, meet with guest speakers, and have ample free time to explore London’s museums and other historical sites. In addition, you will travel to Stratford­Upon­Avon, Kenilworth and either Sudeley


Welcome New Students!!

Welcome back returning theatre students and welcome to new theatre majors and minors!

Please join for our week of welcome student party!  All are invited! 

Friday, September 21 at 7pm in the Hope Theatre.  Free snacks!

Also, join us during the first week of school for a FREE staged reading of two student plays:

Wednesday, September 26 at 7:30 pm Hope Theatre

“Smudge” by Meg Schenk In life it’s not always smooth edges and easy transitions, but sometimes puzzles get solved. This group of women in their early 20s navigate the befores-betweens-afters of their shared lives.