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Theater Arts

APU’s theater arts major prepares students to integrate Christian faith and dramatic artistry. The degree provides a solid foundation in theater history, acting styles and techniques, and theater literature. These then serve as a foundation for in-depth study of the creative process, acting, directing, theater ministry, screenwriting, dramatic theory and criticism, scenic design, and stagecraft. Through APU’s theater program, the largest Christian theater program on the West Coast and only 25 miles from Hollywood, students practice artistic excellence in storytelling.

As students act, direct, write, produce, and evaluate critical and creative efforts, they are challenged to examine the intersection of Christianity and the arts, as well as the impact of Christian faith on social justice, ethics, and community development. Theater arts majors leave APU equipped to produce dramatic communication that reflects both the highest artistic standards and a Christian worldview.

Is This Major Right for You?

You’re a theater arts major if you:

  • Enjoy theater, film, and television.
  • Like to act.
  • Are empathetic and can easily put yourself in others’ shoes.
  • Have a creative streak.
  • Are a good storyteller.

Learn more about this major.

For details about current shows, schedules, and how to buy tickets, Visit the APU Theater website.

Azusa Pacific University also offers an Acting for the Stage and Screen major (BFA) for students who wish to pursue professional acting careers and graduate studies in performance.

“What makes APU’s theater department superior to others is its dual emphasis on Christ and excellence. Unlike most theater schools, the faculty, staff, and students have a spirit of love and community rather than competition.”

Joann Bicknell ’06

Note: This information is current for the 2014-15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.