Mocks Crest is a semi-professional company devoted to a yearly summer production of comic light opera, primarily the operettas of Gilbert & Sullivan, that combines professional singers and musicians with the students, faculty and staff in the Department of the Performing and Fine Arts at the University of Portland. The production company was originally created under the guidance of Dr. Roger Doyle in 1990 with the support of the theatre faculty as his production team. The goal of this organization is to bring quality musical theatre to the University's campus, the local Mocks Crest neighborhood and the greater Portland area by remounting and reinterpreting these great works of music, and connecting the young performing artists at the University to the larger Portland music community.
The Performing and Fine Arts at the University of Portland are an integral part of campus life, the Portland Community, and our world. Every year, student and faculty artists in music, theater, and the visual arts perform and present their work in a variety of performances and events to audiences of over 10,000 who witness the creativity, expression, and passion of the collaborative work that happens within our Department. Students can earn both majors and minors in our nationally accredited programs.
The theater program produces four main stage productions annually in the Mago Hunt Theater, and between two and four student-directed second stage productions performed in our new black box theater. The music program presents 12-14 performance events, from its ensemble groups which includes the University Singers, the Women’s Chorale, the Jazz Band, the Wind Symphony, and Orchestra. There are weekly recitals presented by professional musicians and students in the Mago Hunt Recital Hall. The Mago Hunt Center, the department's home, houses a theater, recital hall, theater rehearsal space and shops, and music practice rooms.
Both theater and music students go on to graduate study and internship programs around the country. In recent years, theater students have won both regional and national awards in acting and design through the Kennedy Center’s American College theatre festival.