About the Program

Why This Major Is Relevant

We live in an increasingly diverse, polarized, and complex society. Our lives are constantly touched and challenged by the issues that arise from this complexity — issues like poverty, globalization, and war. Theater artists play a critical role in examining the human condition, and deal with matters of conscience, beauty, and the soul to illuminate not only our problems, but also our possibilities. The B.A. in Theater Arts program graduates students concerned with impacting society, shaping culture, and revealing the human condition in a variety of settings.

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Gain In-depth Learning Experiences

APU theater arts majors are presented with many venues through which they can hone their skills in theater design and technology, stage management and production, playwriting, directing, and community development and education. The theater department produces four main stage productions per year, ranking among the leaders in providing students with opportunities to practice their craft. In addition, students can participate in ongoing projects such as the Fringe Festival, Azusa Renaissance, and the 24-hour playwriting festival. Theater Arts students may also take advantage of study abroad opportunities, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Degree coursework culminates in a capstone project, ensuring students graduate with tangible proof of their skills.

In addition, students often take advantage of internships. These opportunities provide theater arts majors with hands-on learning, ensuring that they graduate with experience on their résumés and contacts in the field.

Why This Program is Relevant

Theater Arts students are uniquely equipped with core competencies required in today’s marketplace: collaboration, imagination, administration, and creativity. As students direct, write, produce, design, manage, and evaluate critical and creative efforts, they are challenged to examine the intersection of Christianity and the arts, as well as the impact of theater on social justice, faith, education, and community development. Theater Arts majors leave APU with the skills needed to enter the marketplace—skills that reflect both the highest artistic standards and a Christian worldview.

Students engage in hands-on learning as crew members, stage managers, lighting and sound technicians, and designers in the department’s six main stage theater productions. Opportunities to participate in a variety of ways in many smaller student directed productions and capstone projects are also available. Additionally, several off-campus performance and production opportunities exist: The Azusa Renaissance Project, an outreach program that brings theater and theater training to the community and its children; The ZuKeepers Improv Team; and participation in study away programs such as the Edinburgh International Theater Fringe Festival and Oxford.

Program Highlights

Students in the Theater Arts major will:

  • Develop an understanding of the whole of theatrical practice.
  • Prepare for a wide variety of careers.
  • Integrate a Christian worldview in the field of theater.
  • Participate in hands-on learning through on campus productions and off campus internships.
  • Utilize critical thinking through an understanding of the human condition.

Career Opportunities

The program prepares students for a variety of careers. Alumni are currently working in areas such as:

  • Teaching
  • Stage management
  • Technical theater and design
  • Production
  • Directing
  • Performance in drama ministry or social change
  • Playwriting
  • Dramaturgy
  • Arts Ministry

Theater Arts Learning Outcomes

  • Artistry – Integrate the technique and skills needed to become a transformational artist; acquire a creative and critical voice
  • Technical Practice – Demonstrate proficiency in the use of lighting, sound, or scenic design
  • Knowledge/Analysis – Describe the development of theater as an art form and the role it has played historically and in contemporary culture; apply analytical approaches to drama
  • Professional Development – Prepare for professional protocol and understanding of current styles
  • Spiritual/Faith – Identify the contribution and impact of Christian faith and practice in the arts
Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.