Theatre Arts

The Theatre Arts program at LMU approaches the study of theatre with the view that it is a laboratory for the study of life, allowing us to explore the human experience through performance. With comprehensive coursework and training in acting, directing, design, theatre technology, playwriting, history and criticism, our intimate classes allow for close working relationships with our international, award-winning faculty comprised of a Pulitzer Prize winner, Fulbright Scholars, Princess Grace Award recipient, Emmy-nominated, and many other accolades. We train students for a variety of careers in film, television and theatre, while encouraging them to develop practical communication and leadership skills for application in a humanistic context.

Two students performing in Intimate Apparel.

Our Program

Offering an accredited bachelor’s degree with a variety of emphases including performance, directing, design, playwriting, and history

A student in the spotlight of a New Works Festival performance.


We welcome students from a diversity of theatre backgrounds and training

Strub Theatre during a class.


Students have access to premier facilities to support our classes, rehearsals, performances, and recreation time

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Featured Alumni

Our graduates go on to a variety of successful careers in theatre and beyond

Upcoming Events
  • Tue, 23 Apr 2024 20:00:00 -0700

    Our annual presentation of new student writing, directed, designed and performed by our talented students. Come see the stars of tomorrow... today! Free entry.

Students performing in a production of Emperor of the Moon.

Past Performances

Our students are involved in every aspect of our performances, with opportunities to act, direct, write, design, manage, and construct for each of our productions.

Students performing onstage in a production of In The Heights.

Our DEIA Commitment

The department is collectively engaged in centering Anti-Racist and DEI practices and pedagogy, and is fully committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the selection of plays, playwrights, experiences, stories, roles, and courses.

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Students performing onstage in Runaways.

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Students participating in a European Study Abroad program.

European Study Abroad Program

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In the News

Camila Robles Ruiz performing in In The Heights.
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