• Why Go into Theater
  • Black Curtain Society
  • Current Season
  • Sanctuary Stage
  • Careers
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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    Jan. 10th and 11th
    Performance at 7:30

    Come see the exciting annual Play-in-a-Day event where LBCC and OSU students partner as actors, playwrights, directors! The 24 hour event begins the night before when students meet and randomly pick the theme of the 10 minute plays that will be written and completed by the morning of the next day. Student directors and actors will then rehearse and performed that same evening. It's always an exciting experience!


    A Scarecrow in Oz

    45th Annual Children’s Theater Production presents “A Scarecrow in Oz: An Origin Story” Feb. 8 and 15, 2 p.m.

    The story follows the origins of the beloved Scarecrow from the 'Wizard of Oz” story. An original devised piece directed by Dan Stone and Written by the students and faculty of the LBCC Theater Department including original music developed and performed by LBCC students. This original production will provide great entertainment 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.

  • 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

  • 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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It is through work in the arts that I explore what it means to understand the human condition, the impermanence of our existence and how the sharing of a narrative can offer perspectives that otherwise might not be considered.
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

Visiting Faculty

  • Andrew Beck

  • Barbara Mason

  • Laura Blackwell