Theatre Arts Programs & Events

A life on stage, film, television, new media or in the wings. Performing or teaching others to perform. Using performance to build community and transmit values. These are the career and life goals of Theatre Arts majors at Cal Lutheran.

Theatre Arts at Cal Lutheran

Greek Mask Ritual

Drama class slideshow

Students in the Acting Styles class trek to the top of Mt. CLEF as part of an exercise in Greek Theatre.

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The Theatre Arts Department at Cal Lutheran is dedicated to providing students with both artistic and scholastic foundations to prepare them for a prosperous life and career in the theatrical and multimedia fields. We offer a series of fundamental and advanced courses in theatre along with numerous performance and technical opportunities in our highly regarded Mainstage, Blackbox, and film productions. Students participate in a yearly average of  four major productions, including classics, contemporary pieces, musicals, original films, improvisational theatre, and the student Blackbox series.

Not only do CLU students shine onstage — they're all also busy behind the scenes, taking positions of responsibility with publicity, sound, stage management, production management, and design opportunities including: lights, hair, makeup, costumes, and scenic. Opportunities for our students continue throughout the summer with internship opportunities for technical and performance emphases in both Camp Shakespeare and the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, a professional equity theatre company that performs on campus. For more information on Camp Shakespeare and the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, visit the website here.


What's Happening Now:

October 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th at 8pm, October 25th at 11pm.
Performed in the Black Box in the Theatre Arts Building.
Free Admission. First come, first served.

Night of the Living Dead" is a psychological horror about being hunted by an endless horde of predators. A probe returning back from Venus carries radiation that causes the dead to come back to life in a murderous rampage. In a world engrossed with bloodshed and murder, sevenpeople end uptrapped inside a farmhouse by being hunted by ghouls. Tensions in the house rise as betrayal, love and fear rise in the face of sheer death. The darkness of the night brings out the darkest of the occupants. It's only a matter of time to see if they can survive the night.

Please note that the doors will open at 7:45pm. Seating is first come, first served, and there will be NO saving of seats allowed. Also, no food or beverages are permitted inside the Black Box theatre. Thank you.

Performed in the Preus-Brandt Forum
November 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 at 8 pm, November 23 at 2pm
Admission is $10, free with CLU ID. All attendees will need to show proof of ticket reservation at the door.

For tickets CLICK HERE

Written by the first woman playwright of the English Restoration, this delightfully witty and farcical comedy gives us the age of the unbridled sexual libertine and the intellectual woman who was his equal. The play will be produced in full, extravagant Restoration style with fashion, intrigues, mistaken identities and misunderstandings. Characters like Lady Knowell and Sir Credulous Easy (whose names give clues to their characters) are sure to create a wildly entertaining period piece for the audience.

Directed by Michael J. Arndt

Tuesday and Wednesday, November 18th and 19th at 8pm
Performed in the Preus-Brandt Forum
Admission is free. For information, call 805 493 3415

Written by a recent Tony Award winner, the exquisitely crafted Songs for a New World runs the gamut of today's popular music. This highly theatrical song cycle transports the audience from the deck of a Spanish
sailing ship in 1492 to a ledge featuring an array of fascinating characters 57 stories above Fifth Avenue. Presented by the Musical Theatre Ensemble under the direction of Heidi Valencia Vass.


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