Theatre students performing onstage in a production of Cabaret.

The Theatre Arts program at LMU gives students strong comprehensive course work, training and experience in acting, directing, design, theatre technology, playwriting, history and criticism. Our intimate classes allow for close working relationships with the faculty and peers. Students receive a diverse theatre experience with classic, contemporary and new works that are multicultural, political and progressive.

Students also have opportunities to pursue individual research and creative projects as well as participate in an exclusive study abroad program in Europe. Our program focuses on professional preparation to enter the industry and world of professional theatre, the development of new work alongside a grounding in the classics, and theatre for social justice: how one can use one’s art to make the world a better place for others.

Through the theatre arts major, students can train for a variety of careers in film, television, theatre, producing, casting, playwriting, event planning, arts management and promotion, stage management, law, public relations or teaching. Theater arts majors will also develop practical communication and leadership skills and apply them in a humanistic context.

Alumni Reflections

A picture of Amber White on stage.

Amber White '01

“I honestly think that if I didn’t go to LMU, I wouldn’t be working in theatre today. The people I met there were so warm and welcoming – it really helped drive me.”
A picture of Linda Cardellini.

Linda Cardellini '97

“LMU was an incredible building block for my career and my life in Los Angeles. I didn’t have to start over in a new town like so many do when they come here.”