The Harper Joy Theatre is located on the Whitman College campus south of Isaacs and between Penrose and Park Streets. We house two performance spaces, the 310 seat Alexander Stage and 100 seat Freimann Studio Theatre.

A Welcome from the Director of Theatre

Welcome to the 57th season of the Harper Joy Theatre at Whitman college! We have an exciting set of performances be envisioned this year. There is a long history of theatrical performance at Whitman. The first play performed on the campus was in 1904; She Stoops To Conquer, directed by Edith Merrell Davis. This production was driven by students and their love of theatre. Interest continued to build over the years. The Drama Club was formed in 1914 and continued to produce theatrical productions until 1950 when the “Dramatic Arts” major was created. Since then the faculty and staff of the Department of Theatre and Dance have continued to focus on student input, involvement, and training. The students are our greatest asset and we rely on their love and dedication to the art form in order to produce our season.

Over the years, theatrical styles and pedagogy has changed. But, we have always strived to provide the highest quality productions that serve both the needs of our talented students and our supportive community. The faculty work hard to train our students in the best practices of theatre in order that they may take this knowledge forward into the next generation of the art. Harper Joy Theatre is our lab… our crucible where all of the training and hard work becomes visible to the audience. Join us as we unveil what we have to offer. As the new Director of Theatre, I am proud to take on this role and am excited about the season we are now embarking on. I look forward to seeing you all at the show.

Daniel Schindler
Director of Theatre

2016-17 Season


    Harper Joy Box Office

    In the lobby of the Harper Joy Theatre
    Mon through Fri 9:00-12:30, 1:30–4:00, and one half hour before each performance.
    (509) 527-5180

    Harper Joy Theatre 2016-17 season