We Take Centerstage

We Take Centerstage

Production is at the very center of our award-winning Theatre and Dance program. Each season UAA Theatre and Dance produces four plays and two dance concerts on its "modified thrust" Mainstage, and in the Jerry Harper Studio Theatre, a fully-equipped, black-box space. Student-directed scenes, one-acts, and full-length plays are also presented yearly in the Harper. Department plays are cast at open auditions and on average more than 100 majors, non-majors and members of the community are involved in our productions each year.

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  • Meredith Mapes

    2016 UAA grad enlists students' help preparing for Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race


    The theater might be a strange place to look for a dog musher, but for 2016 UAA grad Meredith Mapes, it's an easy fit. "As a student, I spent several years here in the costume shop. Sewing dog booties is normally a lonely endeavor, but this is awesome," she said as she looked around at the dozen or so students cutting and sewing the 1,000 booties that her dog team will go through in the next year. (Read More)


  • Carmel Young

    Meet the legally blind UAA student who still has a vision for dance

     A lot has happened to Young the past few years. Her parents moved to Alaska for her father's job. Then her mom was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. After her mom died, Young started having trouble seeing. She went to an eye doctor at the Costco on DeBarr Road, who sent her to a neurologist. That's when she found out she has a slow-growing malignant brain tumor in her optic chiasm, which was affecting her vision. After surgery, her eyesight was "noticeably worse." (Read More)
  • Stalking the Bogeyman

    Hometown U: Interview with 'Stalking the Bogeyman' director

    Over in UAA's Fine Arts Building, the theater faculty and students are hard at work on an ambitious endeavor -- staging the first West Coast production of "Stalking the Bogeyman," based on Alaska journalist David Holthouse's personal story of childhood rape. (Read More)

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UAA's Theatre and Dance department has provided the Alaskan community with quality education and productions for over 25 years. If you would like to be a part of our continuing legacy of excellence,  please consider donating. 

Chandler Braley Memorial Dance Scholarship

Excellence in Dance Foundation Account

Masterpieces of the Theatre Foundation Account

William R. Wilson Scholarship Account

Dayle Skore Memorial Foundation Account

Distinctive Design in the Performing Arts Account

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