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Our Mission

From day one, students in The Department of Theatrical Arts for Stage and Screen at Utah Valley University are engaged in an academically rigorous, high-impact learning environment. Students are taught and mentored by accomplished faculty and work with visiting industry artists to develop in-demand skills necessary for professional success. The heart of the students’ curricular experience is the practical application of their skills, resulting in award-winning productions. These engaged learning opportunities embody UVU’s commitment to radical inclusion by focusing on student success for our diverse populations across multiple and distinct disciplines. These artistically vital collaborations reflect and elevate our broader regional community.

Current Students

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Production History

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Why Theatre at UVU?

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UVU Theatre offers a variety of degrees suited to different student interests and needs. As a freshman or transfer student, all students are accepted to UVU as an open enrollment institution and can declare themselves a CP (Certificate of Proficiency), AA, AS or BA Major, or Theatre Minor. Additionally, UVU offers BFA degrees in Musical Theatre, Acting, and Design.  Students must audition or submit a portfolio for review for acceptance into these programs.

The Noorda Center for the Performing Arts presents, produces, and co-produces professional level productions that almost always include opportunities for students to work alongside industry professionals. Recent UVU theatre classes have even been instructed by Broadway performers. Additionally, students have frequent opportunities to connect with Broadway directors, playwrights, and performers.

Engaged Learning

Engaged learning is all about connecting students with professional organizations and opportunities in order to build bridges to better careers after graduation. Here at UVU, engaged learning is in our DNA. As the production partner of Sundance Summer Theatre, UVU theatre students have the chance to work alongside professionals each year as actors, assistant designers, and technicians. Learn more about engaged learning in The Department of Theatrical Arts and The School of the Arts.

Meet Our Faculty and Staff

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“The UVU Department of Theatre fosters an environment that encourages students to discover their unique voice in the world of theatre. Our commitment to individual growth makes UVU the perfect stage to launch your artistic journey.”

—La Beene, Chair of The Department of Theatre

See Our Faculty and Staff

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TYE Center

The Theatre for Youth and Education Center gives amazing opportunities to both the youth of the community and UVU students as they teach the youth in summer camps. The TYE Center also produces a touring show each semester that performs for almost 15,000 students. Sensory friendly performances of these touring shows are presented in partnership with The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism.

Land Acknowledgment

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Utah Valley University acknowledges that we gather on land sacred to all Indigenous people who came before us in this vast crossroads region. The University is committed to working in partnership—as enacted through education and community activities—with Utah’s Native Nations comprising: the San Juan Southern Paiute, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, Uintah & Ouray Reservation of the Northern Ute, Skull Valley Goshute, Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation, Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute-White Mesa Community, and urban Indian communities. We recognize these Native Nations and their continued connections with traditional homelands, mountains, rivers, and lakes as well as their sovereign relationships with state and federal governments. We honor their collective memory and continued physical and spiritual presence. We revere their resilience and example in preserving their connections to the Creator and to all their relations, now and in the future.

With this statement comes responsibility and accountability. We resolve to follow up with actionable items to make The School of the Arts at UVU and The Noorda Center for the Performing Arts an inclusive, equitable, and just space for all. There is much work to be done, and we are committed to putting these words into practice.


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Contact Us

Utah Valley University
Department of Theatrical Arts, MS 234
800 W. University Parkway
Orem, Utah 84058

Office: (801) 863-6939

Office Location: NC 756 , Hours: Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Curtis Cluff, Administrative Assistant: (801) 863-6939,

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