Harper Joy Theatre

For more than 60 years, Whitman College students have graced the stages of this historic campus theatre with their talent and passion. Loves have been lost. Wars have been waged. Musicals, mysteries and comedies have enthralled audiences to the last curtain call.

COVID-19 restrictions mean performers and audiences can’t be together at Harper Joy Theatre this fall. Yet, our creative students, faculty and guest artists will bring audiences innovative offerings.

About Harper Joy Theatre

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.

Spring Guest Artist Series: The State of the Arts

Fridays from 5-7 p.m. (April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) via Zoom. Free to the public.

Our spring Guest Artist series will introduce our audiences to prominent artists from the world of performing arts in the contemporary United States, focusing on the topics, practices,  and conversations dominating the field.

April 23: “Putting the Middle East Center Stage”:

Originally from Iran, Torange Yeghiazarian, is the founding Artistic Director of Golden Thread Productions, one of the first Middle Eastern-focused theatre companies in the United States.  She will share her journey from her beginnings of the daughter of an Iranian film star and Iranian military officer / night-club owner, to her immigration to the United States following the Iranian revolution, to creating Golden Thread Productions, and bringing theatre about the Middle East and by Middle Eastern and Middle Eastern American artists to stages in the United States. The theatre is celebrating its 25th anniversary. She is also a director and playwright, and was also crucial in the founding of the Middle East America: A National New Plays Initiative (MEA). She will share the program’s lasting impact and the future of Middle Eastern American theatre. Read More...

April 30: The Business Side of Theater: Creative Approaches to Diversifying Arts Organizations from the Stage to the Board of Directors. 

Our guest Debbie Chinn will discuss her trajectory from college to high profile positions such as Managing Director of Anna Deavere Smith's Pipeline Project, Girls, Cal Shakes, and CENTERSTAGE; Executive director of Carmel Bach Festival ad Opera Parallèle; membership on Boards of Directors at various institutions. Chinn will share her insights into the business side of the arts, and her experiences on the successes and challenges of building diverse and inclusive organizations. Read More...