Theatre Arts

Offered as a major (B.A.) and a minor

We are storytellers by nature, and theatre has existed in one form or another since before recorded history began.

A degree in theatre arts will prepare you for performances and technical productions in live theatre, film, television, and multimedia.

The Curriculum

Know your theory—and practice it

The program is designed to engage you with the art and craft of theatre by providing ample and varied opportunities for the study of theatre literature, history, and dramatic theory—all while emphasizing a practical application of theatre knowledge through production.

Discover theatre as an art form

Gain an understanding of the origins of the theatrical arts, theatre's subsequent history of performance, the dramatic literature and dramatic theory upon which theatre is based, and the influence of theatre upon societies throughout the world.

Hone your creative process

Crucial to your success is understanding the nature of aesthetic perception—the ability to communicate aesthetics through artistic expression. This will be honed through your extensive experience of bringing productions to life.

Award-winning players and productions

Our students have brought home top regional awards from the Kennedy Center / American College Theatre Festival. Not only do Cal Lutheran students shine onstage, they're also busy behind the scenes, taking positions of responsibility with publicity and sound, light, makeup, scene, and costume design.

Close to industry opportunities

The campus' close proximity to Los Angeles provides an arena for you to explore a variety of screen, stage, television, and musical presentations and connections with industry professionals. During the summer, take advantage of student internship opportunities in Camp Shakespeare and the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, a professional theatre company that performs on campus.

Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Scholarship

Incoming freshman and transfer applicants with superior talent in the areas of music, theatre arts, or visual art can apply and audition for a VAPA Scholarship prior to enrolling at Cal Lutheran. Learn more »


Offered as a major (B.A.) and a minor.

  • Musical Theatre
  • Performance
  • Technical Theatre

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The Experience
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Part of my goal as a professor and mentor, in helping students discover their purpose, is to nurture their interests. Because theatre is comprised of so many different areas, sub-disciplines and specializations, it's important to help the students discover their passion and desire within the industry. That may mean encouraging them to investigate a class they  may not have chosen to take on their own or exposing them to another area within theatre where you can see an interest in.

Erik Diaz
Assistant Professor
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My scholarship and creative work as a director and playwright helps to bring my students into close contact with the world of professional theatre. They can then make informed choices about whether they wish to pursue their own theatrical ambitions.

Michael Arndt
Your Future

Many graduates have achieved careers in the competitive world of professional theatre, film, and television. Graduates have also been accepted into graduate theatre programs at universities throughout the United States.

The theatre arts curriculum also provides practical performance, management, communication, and work skills that relate to many other career fields—making for a versatile degree.

Our alumni study at:

  • New York University
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Neighborhood Playhouse NYC
  • University of California San Diego
  • Lutheran School of Theology

They work for:

  • WayOut Productions
  • Arizona Broadway Theatre
  • Kingsmen Shakespeare Company
  • Oracle Films
  • UCLA
  • Academy for New Musical Theatre
  • California Music Academy

Career paths:

  • Producer
  • Writer
  • Carpenter
  • Lighting & Sound Technician
  • Actor
  • Welder
  • Electrician