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.
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
A group of MFAPP students meet onstage inside Strub Theatre.
Students have access to premier facilities to support our classes, rehearsals, performances, and recreation time
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Our graduates go on to a variety of successful careers in theatre and beyond

Upcoming Events

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 20:00:00 -0700
    Songs for a New World April 20-22, 8pm, Drollinger Stage Written by Jason Robert Brown Director: Jon Rivera It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to...
  • Wed, 26 Apr 2023 20:00:00 -0700
    New Works Festival April 26-29, 8pm, Barnelle Theatre Our annual presentation of new student writing, directed, designed and performed by our talented students. Come see the...
Three students performing in Emperor of the Moon.
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.
Three students performing in In The Heights.
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.

In the News

Camila Robles Ruiz performing in In The Heights.
Meet Camila Robles Ruiz, a change-maker and actor committed to social justice as well as a 2022 recipient of Campus Compact’s prestigious Newman Civic Fellowship.
Two students have a conversation for a podcast.
As podcasting’s popularity soars, a new elective course has provided a venue for exploring the flourishing medium.
Screenshot of a group of students participating in a virtual meeting.
For the Theatre Arts, moving toward equitable practices and inclusivity in theatre extends beyond classroom discussion.

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