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Portland,OR 97202
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Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

Bachelor of Arts in Dance-Theatre


Reed's Theatre Department mirrors the college's liberal arts mission. We believe that Theatre students should have a broad education in theatre history, theory, and practice. Our department serves students from across the college. Each year we have a vibrant group of majors in Theatre, interdisciplinary majors in Theatre/Literature and Theatre/Dance, and ad hoc interdisciplinary majors in subjects such as Theatre/Classics and Theatre/Anthropology. Theatre engages both the mind and body, and many students—both majors and non-majors—thrive in the community environment that is Reed Theatre.

Notable Alumni Include:

Faculty Info: Kate Bredeson, Caitlin Cisek, Catherine Ming T'ien Duffly, Peter Ksander.

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