Rigorous Performing Arts Training

Through a program of rigorous training, the Department of Theater Arts prepares outstanding, innovative, and influential artists in an ever-growing and multi-faceted performing arts profession.

Learn more about the Theater Arts programs, including a BFA in Acting for the Stage and Screen and a B.A. in Theater Arts, and check out upcoming shows.

Note: This information is current for the 2015-16 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

News & Features

Department of Theater Arts

  • Theater Student Voice: Joey Blog #2 Oxford

                 Greetings from overseas! Yes, I am currently in Oxford, England gearing up to begin my academics really soon. Just to review, my name is Joseph Reyes and I am a senior Theatre Arts major and Business Management minor at APU and will be graduating...

  • Ovation Nominated Andi Chapman Directs "As It Is In Heaven"

     Andi Chapman, director of As It Is In Heaven, is an Actress, Director, and Educator. She comes to us with years of of professional experience and training, giving our students first hand training and guidance in the industry. 


    Her Television, film, stage credits include: Transparent, Switched at Birth, Glee, Dexter, 24, Six...

  • APU's “American Idol” Contestant Jessica Cabral Shines

    When Jennifer Lopez reached across the “American Idol” judges’ table and handed APU senior Jessica Cabral a golden ticket, she felt like everything in her life had led her to that moment.

Elsewhere at APU

  • Positive Assist

    LyDell Cardwell ’15 grew up on the rough streets of East Palo Alto, California. Cardwell had every opportunity to get mixed up with violence, gangs, and negativity, but he didn’t.

  • Man Exonerated from Murder Conviction Speaks at APU

    Wrongly convicted of murder, Nick Yarris spent 21 years on prison’s death row before his exoneration. He spoke to students in the new Department of Criminal Justice, describing his journey.