The Department of Theatre and Communication Arts houses two distinct but related academic programs, Theatre Arts and Communication Arts.
Those who study communication arts explore the role of communication in human interaction. Topics range from public speaking and rhetoric to persuasion and political communication to interpersonal, nonverbal, and intercultural communication. Linfield’s Communication Arts program sponsors one of the oldest forensics (competitive speech and debate) programs in the United States. Students compete regionally and nationally in individual speaking and interpretation events as well as British Parliamentary (Worlds) debate.
Students involved in Linfield theatre are part of one of the most honored small college theatre programs in the Northwest. During the past twenty-five years, students and faculty have received numerous regional and national honors. The Theatre Arts program typically stages four major productions a year as well as several other theatre events. Participation at any level in these productions is open to all students. First-year students, seniors, majors, and non-majors work side-by-side with faculty as actors, directors, designers, and technicians.