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.
The drama program at WWU continues despite restrictions placed on live performances due to COVID. The program looks to bring original work to the stage this fall with the return of the Festival of the Actors. The Festival of the Actors, which ran for several years on campus, served as a showcase for student talent both on and offstage. Over the years the festival saw everything from monologues, 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, or acting. This year we are wanting to highlight new works and are seeking new scripts. Follow the guidelines below to submit your script for consideration.
Festival of the Actors
Script Submission Guidelines
We are looking for original scripts written by students (faculty and staff may submit as well!).
All scripts must be:
- Original and unproduced
- No more than 10 minutes
- A small cast (1-3 actors preferred)
- A simple set
- Performable following current restrictions
- actors must be masked and able to maintain 6-foot distance if physically in the same space, or
- Teams/Zoom performances
- Filmable and appropriate for an online audience
We encourage you to be creative and thoughtful in dealing with COVID-related restrictions.
In order to be considered the script will adhere to wwudrama show criteria:
- Respect the name(s) of God
- Glorify good, not evil (by the end of the story)
- Family friendly
- Be sensitive to Adventist values
Submissions should include:
- Title of the script
- Name of playwright(s), year and major
- PDF of the script
Email submissions to email@example.com by 5 p.m. September 30, 2020
Sample script format:
(A young man sits at a small table. A young woman joins him as the lights come up. Notebooks open and papers everywhere.)
RON: Wow, it’s good to see you . . . It’s been way too long.
VERONICA: You never called. I thought you were going to take me to see Hamilton when I came out last May?
RON: You know how things are in Brooklyn for a playwright . . .
VERONICA: No . . . not really.
RON: Yeah, well, I’m just trying to pay off the school loans so I’ll take work pretty much anywhere I can get it. (Pauses to ponder) I’m always busy . . . cut me some slack.
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.