The Theatre Program delivers rigorous training in the performing arts within the liberal arts setting of Seaver College. With high production values onstage and frequent master classes taught by professional guest artists, our students experience firsthand the excitement of becoming theatre professionals.
Our theatre arts majors become intellectually and artistically prepared for careers in acting, directing, media production, music, and production design by teaching students the professional skills needed for real-world application. Our students help enrich the cultural environment at Seaver College by participating in University productions in our state-of-the-art facilities.
Theatre Arts Degree
The bachelor of arts degree in theatre arts prepares students for immediate professional work, teaching, or graduate studies, while also enriching the cultural environment of the University and the surrounding communities. With a bachelor of arts degree in theatre arts, students choose between three areas of emphasis:
- Acting: Learn about Stanislavsky acting principles, classical authors, advanced voice and movement techniques, prominent master teachers, and celebrity artists.
- Directing: Explore the methods of new play development, deep dramaturgical analysis, and the hands-on experience of producing shows.
Production/Design: Work with veteran professional faculty, integrate professional stage management training, and apply current design techniques.
Theatre and Music Degree
The bachelor of arts degree in theatre and music combines the benefits of the distinguished faculty, leading soloists, and top studio professionals of the Pepperdine music department with the intensive performance training of the theatre program. As the home to one of the nation's top opera-training programs, we offer students the opportunity to develop superior singing skills and apply them in performance. Students may also take musical theatre dance training.
Theatre and Screen Arts Degree
Students in the bachelor of arts in theatre and screen arts program combine on-screen performance with behind-the-camera skills, and apply them to the production, business, and artistry of filmmaking. Taking advantage of our geographical proximity to Hollywood, students study real-life productions and then put these skills into practice in the classroom and in University productions.
- 4Mainstage Productions per Year
- ScotlandSummer Abroad Program
- 12:1Student:Faculty Ratio
- 3Performance Spaces
We offer a bachelor of arts in theatre arts, a bachelor of arts in theatre and screen arts, a bachelor of arts in theatre and music, and a secondary teaching credential.
Our theatre program faculty are committed to training, encouraging, testing, and ultimately challenging our students to achieve a higher level of artistry. We do so because we understand the potential for live theatre to serve as an agent of social change. Our students leave Pepperdine aware of their purpose as theatre artists, ready to serve their communities through meaningful, high-caliber performances, and prepared to lead their peers in creating art that has the power to change lives, hearts, and minds.
Our focus is undergraduate training. Through a rigorous audition and interview process, we enroll approximately 75 theatre majors across the program's three degree offerings and five subject specializations: acting; directing; technical production and design; theatre and music; and theatre and media production.
The average class enrollment is 12 students. Small classes allow more time for in-class projects, personal attention, and faculty feedback, while building camaraderie among the students.
We stage four major productions each year, provide the technical support for a fully-staged opera, and sponsor a season of student-directed projects. Beyond the performance/design opportunities in our main stage season, student-led organizations like Pepperdine Student Players, the Pepperdine Improv Troupe, and Dance in Flight provide additional creative outlets.
Edinburgh Summer Program - Pepperdine Scotland
Since 1985 our theatre program has proudly performed new and existing plays at the International Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. We offer a biennial summer program that begins in London, England, and concludes in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the renowned Festival Fringe.
Our University Center for the Arts hosts over 250 public events every year. Explore our state-of-the-art facilities, entertainment labs, theatres, and recital halls that serve as classrooms and performance spaces for our students.
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Fine Arts Division
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
Office: CAC 200
Divisional Dean and Professor I of Theatre
Danah S. Sanders
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