Jeff Tirrell, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Theater Arts and Department of Practical Theology

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3710
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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.


  • Ph.D., Claremont School of Theology
  • M.A., Biblical Studies/Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Communication Studies, Azusa Pacific University

Academic Areas

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


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

Courses Taught

  • MIN 108 – Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry
  • THTR 101 – Christianity and the Creative Process
  • THTR 355 – Theater Education, K-12