2017-18 Theatre Season

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George Fox University Theatre

The University Theatre is dedicated to cultivating artistic integrity in its students and its programs as we explore the craft of theatre in a Christ-centered environment. Our mission is to offer a safe, disciplined, and nurturing theatre program that prepares artists to make meaningful contributions to our world.

Theatre at George Fox University incorporates more than just acting – it is viewed as a form of communication with significant intellectual, social, moral and spiritual values for both participant and audience.

We offer a bachelor of arts degree in theatre with concentrations in acting/directing and design/technology. Each concentration features a balance between theory and performance and requires students to apply their knowledge through laboratory classes in conjunction with the university theatre’s main-stage season.

The theatre major prepares students to enter the competitive field of theatre as actors, directors, designers, technicians and managers. Ultimately, our goal is to offer a program that prepares artists to make meaningful contributions to our world.

Special Event: Big Bridge Play Reading

The Shakers of Mount Lebanon will hold a Peace Conference this Month
By Arlene Hutton

A Reading
Saturday, June 23, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Wood-Mar Auditorium


Please join us for a professional reading of the first draft of Arlene Hutton’s new play commissioned by the Big Bridge Theatre Consortium. During the week of June 18-22, Hutton and a host of professional theatre artists will work together to bring Hutton’s first draft to life. The play explores the 1905 Shaker community’s quest to sharpen their peace-witness to the world despite a community’s in-fighting, identity politics and struggle to survive.

Our play reading of the Big Bridge Theatre Consortium's first play is going to take place in Wood-Mar Auditorium on June 23rd, at 7:30pm

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Fall Comedy (family friendly)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Rhett Luedtke

Location: Wood-Mar Auditorium 

Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-28 at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.

Synopsis: This fall, we will produce Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy set in an enchanted forest with mischievous fairies, sparring lovers and a group of bumbling, amateur actors. Come laugh with Puck as he exclaims, “Lord, what fools these mortals be!” and with the Queen as she declares, “This is the silliest stuff that ever I heard!” This is a show for the entire family. See you all there.

Note: Closed captioning will be available for the final two shows, on Oct. 28 and 29.

Winter Drama (mature themes)

Tongue of a Bird

By: Ellen McLaughlin
Directed by: Audrey O’Farrell

Location: Wood-Mar Auditorium

Jan. 25-27 & Feb. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 at 2 p.m.

Synopsis: Maxine, a search and rescue pilot, returns in midwinter to her childhood home in the Adirondacks. There, she conducts a search for a girl who has been abducted by a stranger in a black pickup. The girl’s survival and rescue – if she is still alive - hinges on Maxine’s expertise. In the midst of the search, Maxine must deal with the girl’s distraught mother and her own grandmother’s eccentricities. And, while she dreams, Maxine pieces together her fragmented memories of her mother's suicide. Join us for a powerful journey into the lives of five courageous women struggling to face life’s challenges with tenacity and courage.

** Tongue of a Bird is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Spring Classic (family friendly)

Our Town

By: Thornton Wilder
Directed by: Cristi Miles

Location: Wood-Mar Auditorium 

April 5-7 and 12-14 at 7:30 p.m.
April 15 at 2 p.m.

Synopsis: Thornton Wilder’s 1938 American classic takes us to the mythical town of Grover’s Corners where two high school sweethearts, Emily Webb and George Gibbs, fall in love and begin their lives together. This simple story, set upon a bare stage with minimal production elements, asks essential truths about the meaning of love, life and death. Join us for an evening of thoughtful and heart warming theatre as Wilder reminds us what it means to live authentic and beautiful lives.

** Our Town is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Points of Distinction

  • Become a servant storyteller dedicated to integrating faith and artistic excellence in order to make an impact in our local and global communities.
  • Learn from theatre professors who have been nationally recognized by the Kennedy Center. Learn from working professionals who are currently engaged as directing, acting, design and theatre management professionals on the West Coast.
  • Experience the academic rigor, creative expertise, and emotional and spiritual stamina required to be a professional theatre artist.

Common Career Paths

  • Actor
  • Artistic director
  • Professional actor
  • Scenic designer
  • Costume designer
  • Sound designer
  • Theatre critic
  • High school drama teacher
  • Professor of theatre

Box Office Information

All ticket sales are final.

George Fox Employee & Student Complimentary Tickets

Special Events
In most cases, tickets for special events will be sold at the door. Please note that ticket prices may vary for special events such as student-directed works, Players Presents, and other productions hosted by the University Theatre.

Late Seating
Due to the intimate nature of our theatre, there will be no late seating for sold-out performances.


Ticket Sales: 503-554-3844
Box Office Location: The box office is located in the Bruin Store in the Klages Center on the Newberg campus.
Box Office Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Monday-Friday); available online (24/7); lobby box office is open one hour prior to each production
Group Sales (10 or more): Kathy Harris: 503-554-2670