The Theatre Arts Major supports the goals and objectives of Loyola Marymount University by offering an academically rigorous undergraduate education in the humanities. The study of theatre engages the whole person (body, mind and spirit) and encourages students to see their studies in a broad social, ethical, and cultural context. The department approaches the study of theatre with the view that theatre is a laboratory for the study of the whole of life. The department is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as in cultivating an anti-racist ethos, practice and support system.
Accreditation and Affiliations of Our Program
The excellence of the academic and professional standards of the theatre program is confirmed by the accreditation awarded to the theatre major by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). The Theatre Arts Department is also affiliated with the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the California Theatre Educational Association (CETA).
Diversity & Inclusiveness
The department is collectively engaged in centering Anti-Racist and DEI practices and pedagogy by amplifying the voices of our BIPOC students, staff and faculty. The department recognizes the need to commit to diversity, equity and inclusion in the selection of plays, playwrights, experiences, stories, roles, and courses. The department is committed to creating a fully inclusive, dynamic season with the intent to recruit and retain a diverse and talented student body from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
- To promote academic excellence through courses and a season of productions that reflect balance and diversity. The Theatre program maintains a balance between pre-professional training and a liberal arts education.
- To live an institutional commitment to Roman Catholicism and the Judeo-Christian tradition. The season of theatre reflects the Jesuit and Marymount tradition of a liberal education, social justice and intellectual inquiry.
- To provide a liberal education. The Theatre Arts Program has a strong presence in the University Core Curriculum and in interdisciplinary courses.
- To foster a student-centered University. The Theatre faculty offer academic and career counseling.
- To create a sense of community on campus. The Theatre Arts Program provides a rich season of theatrical productions to the students, staff and faculty of LMU.
- To participate actively in the life of the larger community. The students may intern in equity and equity-waiver theatre. Some courses involve theatre-going in Los Angeles. The surrounding community is a welcome visitor to Theatre productions.