Whitworth Theatre offers students the chance to know themselves better by reaching beyond personal experience to portray characters from all walks of life. Students are encouraged to develop creative skills and find their own artistic voice – from stagecraft to character, from classroom to packed house.

Whitworth's talented theatre faculty stimulate creativity and discipline through a wide range of performance and production courses including beginning and advanced acting, design and production, movement and dance, and theatre history and theory.

The department features three annual main-stage productions; the Festival of Short Plays; staged readings, touring theatre performances; musicals in collaboration with the music department; dance showcases; senior capstone projects; and other performance opportunities.

Mission Statement

Whitworth Theatre is a collaborative training ground for storytellers, performers and theatre-makers. We believe theatre is rooted in the investigation of the diversity of the human experience and can only be successful when it is actively anti-racist and disavows all forms of oppression. Through rigorous personalized study, students learn to amplify their voices and articulate meaningful connections between the art they create and the beliefs they hold.

Important COVID-19 Guidelines: 

All attendees must be masked at all times regardless of vaccination status. The only exceptions include: Children 2 and under and those with a documented medical condition precluding the use of face coverings. Attendees are asked to physically distance themselves from others not in their household as much as possible. Attendees are asked to vacate the venue promptly following the end of the contest, taking care to avoid creating congestion in the exits. Whitworth University will continue to monitor changing conditions and adjust policies in conjunction with guidance from the Spokane Regional Health District and the Washington Department of Health. 

ASSUMPTION OF ANY RISK: Any public venue poses a risk for exposure and contracting of communicable diseases such as COVID-19. While precautions are being taken, Whitworth University cannot guarantee the absence of such diseases nor the viruses that cause them. Entrance into one of our venues indicates an assumption of these risks.

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