Jeff Tirrell, PhD


Adjunct Professor, Department of Theology

Jeff Tirrell’s area of expertise relates to the intersection of theology and the narrative arts. He has directed, produced, and acted in dozens of theatrical productions. Before teaching, Tirrell served as the APU Department of Theater Arts’ technical director from 2005-08. He has a passion for helping students grow in their spiritual encounters with theater and film.


  • PhD, Claremont School of Theology
  • MA, Biblical Studies/Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • BA, Communication Studies, Azusa Pacific University

Academic Area

  • School of Visual and Performing Arts (College of the Arts)
  • School of Theology


  • Practical Theology and the Narrative Arts
  • Theater Education
  • Film Criticism
  • Biblical Studies

Courses Taught

  • GE 100 - First-Year Seminar
  • MIN 108 - Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry
  • THEO 301 - Faith and the Arts
  • THTR 101 – Christianity and the Creative Process
  • THTR 355 – Theater Education, K-12