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Monica Ganas, Ph.D.

Professor, Theater Arts
Phone: (626) 815-5460
Fax: (626) 387-5747
Monica Ganas, Ph.D., is a 30-year veteran of the entertainment industry, performing principally in satirical comedy as an actor, writer, and occasional producer/director. Her areas of scholarship, publication, and teaching are popular culture, film, television, other media, theater, community development, and communication for social change. In addition to having developed the Media Studies emphasis in the Communication Studies major, the radio station KAPU, and local television programs, she co-authored APU’s Cinema and Broadcast Arts and Theater majors and helped create the Department of Theater, Film, and Television. She has also directed 22 stage shows, on and off campus, since coming to APU. The wife of a Lutheran pastor, Ganas is also co-director of the Azusa Renaissance Project, a grassroots movement to restore arts in Azusa through workshops and performance venues. She serves on the organizational boards of the City of Angels Film Festival and Reel Spirituality, is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, and chairs the California Culture area of the regional Popular Culture Association. She is also the author of Under the Influence: California's Intoxicating Spiritual and Cultural Impact on America (Brazos Press, 2010), a book about California pop culture.


Ph.D., University of Kentucky
M.A., San Francisco State University
B.A., San Francisco State University


  • School of Visual and Performing Arts
    • Theater, Film, and Television
  • College of Music and the Arts


  • California Culture and Automobile Culture
  • Christianity and the Arts
  • Cultural Democracy
  • Film and Society
  • Popular Culture and Theology
  • Women and Media

Courses Taught

TFT 113 – Acting Fundamentals
TFT 351 – Film and Social Issues
TFT 360 – Studies in Popular Culture
TFT 365 – Civic Theater
TFT 414 – Student Broadcast Workshop
TFT 435 – Acting Styles and Techniques
TFT 496 – Senior Seminar: Ethics in Theater, Film, and Television
TFT 101 – Christianity and the Creative Process

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

Ganas, Monica. Resisting McCulture: Reclaiming Community Development and Cultural Democracy, paper presented at Popular Culture Association National Conference, San Antonio, 2003.

Ganas, Monica. Moral Issues in Film, presented at Reel Spirituality Conference, Director’s Guild, Hollywood, 2006.

Ganas, Monica. Civic Theater and Social Change, paper presented at Connections Across Boundaries Symposium, University of Kentucky, Lexington, 2003.

Ganas, Monica. Cinematic Art in the New Media World, paper presented at Christians in Visual Arts National Conference, Azusa Pacific University, 2005.

Ganas, Monica. Are Horror Films Catholic? presented at Catholics in Media Conference, Directors Guild, Hollywood, 2006.

Ganas, Monica. "Positively the Same Dame: Forgiveness and Reconciliation in The Lady Eve," City of Angels Film Festival Publication and On-line Journal, Pasadena, (2005).

Ganas, Monica. "Monster and Man in Cocteau: La Belle et Le Bette," City of Angels Film Festival Publication and On-line Journal, Pasadena, (2004).

Ganas, Monica. Poppies My Dear: The Intoxicating Effect of California-ism, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Brazos Books (Fall, 2008 expected publish date).

Ganas, Monica. Bonhoeffer in Hollywood’s Courtroom, Mars Hill Review, No. 25, (2005).

Ganas, Monica. "Get Some Black Faces on That Wall: Communication and Identity in Do the Right Thing," City of Angels Film Festival Publication and On-line Journal, Pasadena, 2003.

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Professional Experience

Industry Experience
Performances in Comedy and Experimental Theater

Entertainment Development, Television Production Companies

Author and Guest Speaker, Professional Organizations, Special Events, and Lecture Series

Ministerial/Para-church Experience
Chapel Speaker, Wife of a Lutheran Pastor

Professional Involvement and Accomplishments

Associations, Boards, Committees
Area Chair, Southwest Popular Culture Association
Area Judge, Graduate Student Paper Competitions
Organizational Board, Reel Spirituality Coalition of Theologians and Film Industry Professionals, Fuller Seminary and The Director’s Guild of America
Member, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Member, APU Community Relations Committee
Member, National Popular Culture Association

Office Location

Building Three, TFT Office Suite, Room 168, West Campus, West Campus

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