Community Outreach

Summer Youth Theatre Institute (SYTI)

Now in its seventh year, the Summer Youth Theatre Institute (SYTI) is a fun program for all ages that provides an opportunity for local community youth to collaborate with their peers, learn from WWU Drama in Education students, and PERFORM theatre in public showcases!

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Western Arts Preparatory Academy (WAPA)

The Western Arts Preparatory Academy features dance, music and theatre classes for youth, pre-two through twelve years old, in the community and on the WWU campus.

Participants will learn about the Arts through fun, age appropriate activities that build strength, awareness and social skills. Western Arts Preparatory Academy strives to enrich the education of youth while developing valuable life enhancing skills in organization, discipline, and communication.

WAPA teachers are seasoned professionals with expertise in both youth education and a specific area of the Arts. Fall offerings include Dance and Music; watch for additional offerings on WAPA's web site.

Summer Dance Programs

Each year, Western's Summer Dance Program features exciting opportunities for dancers, choreographers, and community members! We offer a Minor, B.A., B.F.A, and Teaching Endorsement in Dance. All summer courses are important components of the Degree Program, and could be your first step toward receiving your Degree in Dance at Western! Western also welcomes community members and visitors to register for non-credit status or clock hours.

Class vouchers are also available for up to six Modern and/or Ballet technique drop-in summer dance classes.

To take dance classes for credit, please visit the WWU Summer Session website. Tuition and fees are due at the time of registration.

Commedia in the Park

Presented by WWU Theatre students enrolled in the summer course “Advanced Acting Topics” taught by Rich Brown, “Commedia” is a highly physicalized, masked comic performance originating from the Italian Renaissance. The show features well-known stock characters such as the tricky servants, young lovers, and foolish old men. The show takes place on the lawn of the Maritime Heritage Park in the summer, usually in early July. All are welcome! It's FREE!

The Multicultural Outreach Tour (MOTley)

A fun, lively and educational project, MOTley tours every MWF in April and May and reaches approximately 7500 elementary-age students, teachers and staff each spring. The tour is a literature-based, all-school assembly, 1-hour performance of a collection of stories from different cultures, countries and ethnicities focused around a chosen theme for that particular year. Some past themes have included Heroes, Collaboration, Friendship, Wisdom, Origin Tales and Honesty. The students in the tour audition in the fall, spend the winter researching the folk tales and building the show and then takes it out three times per week to various school in Whatcom, Skagit, Nooksack, and Island Counties. The teachers and staff of each school are given a list of stories and where to find them as well as curriculum support materials if they so chose.