• Why Go into Theater
  • Careers
  • Current Season
  • Black Curtain Society
  • Sanctuary Stage
  • Why Should You Go into Theater?

    The broad range of subjects studied in theater enable the student to qualify for a wide variety of fields. Theater majors are found in the professional areas of live theatre, film, television, corporate and media training, radio, public relations, advertising, business law, teaching, and higher education. The diverse nature of theater explores expressions of human interactions and conflict. Theater students choose to concentrate in one of three areas once they have completed a common core of courses: acting, design/technical, or children's theater.

    The Theater program at Linn-Benton Community College is dedicated to and focused on using the arts to serve the communities in Linn and Benton counties. Through Touring Children’s Theater and the Annual Children’s Play, LBCC Theater provides opportunities to engage young audiences in the arts and allows LBCC students a hands-on, dynamic learning experience. LBCC Theater’s emphasis on Community Engaged and Devised Theater provides the student an opportunity to explore and experience one’s community more fully, create partnerships within the community, and produce a collaborative creation that both values the citizenry of the district and empowers the community to connect through story-telling and the arts.

    Theater study develops intellectual awareness about the human condition. It develops skills for working as a theater artist and as an individual who understands team work. Liberal studies majors will benefit from the departmental philosophy that good theater training is also excellent teacher training.

  • Career Information

    All career information and statistics listed below are based off of the State of Oregon. For more information go to our Career Coach page.

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  • Current Season

    Our 2019-2020 Season

    Russell Tripp Performance Center


    The Duelist

    Commedia dell' Arte play about love, lies and misfortune.

    Open seating in our black-box (limited) format.

    Performances: Nov. 15, 16, 22, 23 at 7:30pm; Nov. 16, 23 at 2:00pm.

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    A Scarecrow in Oz

    LBCC's 45th annual Children's Show presents an origin story for the beloved Scarecrow from the "Wizard of Oz" stories. Directed by Dan Stone and written by the students and faculty of the LBCC Theater Department, this original production will be fun for the whole family!

    Performances: February 8 and 15, 2pm

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    Student Original Play

    Original play written, directed, designed and performed by LBCC students

    May 15 - 23

    For more information, email or call (541) 917-4531.

  • Black Curtain Society

    In addition to participating in annual fundraising events, Black Curtain Society Club members participate in the annual Kennedy Center American Theater Festival where students compete, audition and attend professional workshops with theater students across the country.

    Black Curtain Society Club

    One of the most exciting events students have come to anticipate the annual Play-in-a-Day Event, a partnership with Oregon State University theater students, where students write, rehearse and perform Ten Minute plays within 24 hours.

  • Sanctuary Stage

    Sanctuary Stage is an outreach program of the Linn-Benton Community College Performing Arts Department. Our projects focus on creating original plays through Devised, Applied, and Community Engaged Playmaking platforms. We strive to promote diversity, social justice, and awareness. Our projects often focus on, but are not limited to, the stories of micro-communities found within the greater Willamette Valley Oregon.

    Find out more about Sanctuary Stage


Dan received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double emphasis in Acting and Dramatic Literature from Cal-State San Bernardino. He then finished his Master of Fine Arts degree at Humboldt State where his focus was directing and creating original works. Dan was fortunate to be personally mentored for three years under Dr. Ron Argelander, founder of the Experimental Theater Wing of New York University.
Dan Stone
I believe that the arts and the collaborative nature of the creative process are essential to the human experience. We are creatures of our environment, biological origins and a collective experience - I believe that the arts are what give us a voice, a platform for expression of our deepest emotions, hopes and dreams. Life would be hard to live without art.
Tinamarie Ivey
J. Richard Elvin holds a BA in Drama and Theatrical Arts from Washington State University and an MFA in Design and Production from the University of Arizona. In addition to theatre, Mr. Elvin holds a license in denture technology from the state of Oregon.
Richard Elvin