wwudrama is the Theatre Arts program on the Walla Walla University Campus. We are dedicated to producing uplifting, creative, and meaningful theatre for the community.
In 1961 Professor Donnie Rigby directed a stage play for the Walla Walla College women's club weekend. From this humble beginning, drama offerings expanded to a fully staged play being produced at least once a year. The rich tradition continues today, growing into two facilities and a full season, including two main stage productions, and an annual student-directed Festival of Shorts.
Auditions are now open for the Festival of the Actors. Auditions will be virtual and are open to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Simply fill out the form here and submit a video of your monologue. Both in person and virtual roles are available. Auditions are due Monday October 19 and the cast will be announced Wednesday the 21st.
This year's festival will feature 6 scripts from 4 student writers:
"What Tomorrow Brings" - Alexandra Duncan
A college senior grapples with the changes brought by COVID while anticipating graduation.
"Sully's Epistle" - Josie Henderson
It's 1750 and a wife learns that her husband's ship has been lost at sea. Is all lost?
"The Pie" - Claira Eastwood
A woman receives some unexpected help from a wrong number caller.
"Help" - Josie Henderson
Can you trust your loved ones to be there in your time of need?
"Amnesia Bot" - Daniel Trethewey
A twenty-fifth century tale of redemption.
"The Pater Holiday Tradition" - Josie Henderson
The Pater family struggles to adapt their traditional Thanksgiving celebration to a virtual one.
The Festival of the Actors serves as a showcase for student talent both on and offstage. Over the years the festival has seen everything from monologues, staged readings, fully produced student-written plays, to even a musical. The festival always has been focused on allowing students a chance to showcase their talents whether that be scriptwriting, directing, producing, set design, costume design, acting, or any other area of interest.
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Walla Walla University Campus Theatre Venues
One of the oldest buildings still standing on campus, Village Hall is an ivy-covered icon of Walla Walla University. The building, with its castle-like tower, was built in 1920 as the campus church. It served as a church until 1971, when it became the headquarters for Walla Walla College drama. There have since been a few changes to the building. Most of the original stained glass windows remain, but the old church benches have been replaced with much more comfortable theatre-style seats. There is no longer an organ in the organ loft above the stage, but the space is still used, whether as a bridge to jump from or a frame for a living portrait of Queen Victoria. With its imposing exterior and charming interior, Village Hall is a truly beautiful space for theatre.
Directions: Village Hall is located on the Walla Walla University Campus (204 S College Ave, College Place, WA 99324.) It is on College Ave directly across from the new administration building.
The Donnie Rigby Stage
Named for Donnie Rigby—who founded and spent 31 years leading Walla Walla College Drama—the Donnie Rigby Stage is wwudrama’s state of the art theatre space. The Stage’s key characteristic is its flexibility. Seating changes for each show, allowing for anything from multiple stages to theatre in the round. A lighting grid covers the entire room, allowing any part of the theatre to be lit. This theatre has no "front" so the stage is also very intimate, with seating for only about 100 people, which allows for state of the art equipment, incredible flexibility, and a sense of closeness to the action.
Directions: The Donnie Rigby Stage is on the west end of the Walla Walla University Campus in the Canaday Technology Center. The parking lot is on the corner of SW 4th St. and SW Davis Ave. The Entrance is located to the left of Positive Life Radio.