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. Theatre Arts majors choose one of four areas of emphasis:
- Acting: Employ Stanislavsky's acting principles; study classical authors, as well as advanced voice and movement techniques; participate in master classes led by professional teachers and performers.
- Musical Theatre: Focus on acting through dialogue and song; study classical vocal technique in private lessons to ensure healthy and sustained singing habits; develop dance skills through classes and performance opportunities.
- Directing: Explore the methods of new play development; conduct deep dramaturgical analysis; engage in the hands-on experience of directing and producing shows.
- Production and Design: Work side by side with professional faculty; integrate professional stage management training; apply current design techniques; participate in master classes led by professional designers and stage managers.
Musical Theatre Degree
The bachelor of arts degree in musical theatre 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
Our focus is on undergraduate training, and we keep our program small by design. We have approximately 75 theatre majors currently enrolled. We offer a bachelor of arts in theatre arts and a bachelor of arts in theatre and screen arts. Students may also pursue a secondary teaching credential through the Humanities and Teacher Education Division.
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.
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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