Festival of Shorts

wwudrama to present annual Festival of Shorts


This week, Walla Walla University’s drama program will present its annual Festival of Shorts. The show features eight student projects, including short films and one stage production. The show will run May 16, 19, and 23 at 7 p.m. with a late evening showing on May 18 at 9 p.m. The show will be held at the Donnie Rigby Stage in the Canaday Technology Center. 

This year’s show features student directors Sam Hodges, Ryan Smith, Colby Villa, Toby Pitton, Caeden Rogers, Brian Harris, Tyler Webster, and Nate VanKirk. Audience members may also recognize familiar campus faces such as Brian Schaffner, assistant professor of accounting; and James Foster, associate professor of computer science.

Beyond the experience of bringing a show or film to life for an audience, the Festival of Shorts also allows students to gain expert insight into their work. All productions are evaluated by an outside adjudicator, who is an expert from the field, and the directors each receive feedback.

The Festival of Shorts has been an annual tradition at WWU for 63 years. The annual festival is part of wwudrama’s mission to produce uplifting, creative, and meaningful theater for the campus and the community while teaching students the power of the performing arts. 

Tickets cost $12, and WWU faculty, staff, and student tickets cost $10. Seniors also receive a discount. Tickets are available now at wallawalla.edu/drama. The Canaday Technology Center is located at 306 SW Fourth St., College Place. The entrance for the Donnie Rigby Stage is to the left of the blue awning.

Posted May 14, 2024.

Caidyn Boyd rehearses for play
Caidyn Boyd rehearses with costar Emily Fry in stage production of "The Sequel."