To keep in line with Doane University’s mission to prepare students for lives rooted in intellectual inquiry, ethical values, and responsible citizenship - the theatre department guides students into a general knowledge of theatrical skills required to understand, appreciate and create artistic works.
Our department is hands-on and in-depth. Our students build sets and props, make costumes, manage productions and our cast is never chosen based on favoritism or class standing. Doane University offers a safe environment to experiment with any, and every form of theatre or art that you can imagine. Students are immersed in collaboration and are mentored by industry professionals whose credentials include the prestigious Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and 37 Broadway Productions.
Theatre Buildings and Auditoriums
Whitcomb Lee Conservatory
Constructed in 1906/1907; then renovated in 203/2004 is a national landmark that houses Doane University’s Theatre Department. This intimate performance venue won the 2005 American Institute of Architects’ Nebraska Design Award features state of the art lighting and sound equipment, making it an ideal location for the majority of our department’s performances.
A proscenium-style stage that seats 500 audience members.
Seating up to 1,000, this open-air theatre takes full advantage of Doane’s gorgeous scenic campus.