Michael J. Arndt, M.F.A.

Professor of Theatre Arts

(805) 493-3416
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Besides teaching theatre courses in acting, directing and theatre history, Professor Arndt directs many of CLU's theatre productions. His recent CLU productions have included Sir Patient Fancy, The Trojan Women (which was selected as a regional finalist production for Region VIII Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival as was The Cherry Orchard in 2010,  Jekyll and Hyde the Musical, Pericles: Prince of Tyre, Anatomy of Gray, and The Threepenny Opera. Professor Arndt is also active in professional theatre and is founder and the artistic director of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company, a professional theatre company of CLU. Recent Kingsmen productions he directed include The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, King Lear, and Othello. He recently wrote and directed Under Fire: Stories of Combat Veterans Across Generations for the City of Ventura. He plans to continue to collect and dramatize stories of veterans from WW II through the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Among the awards he has been given are  the Thousand Oaks Arts Commission Certificate for Excellence in the Arts, the Excellence in Theatre Education Award from Region VIII of the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival and the CLU Community Leaders Association’s Bill Hamm Award and in 2014, the Alliance for the Arts' Exemplary Performing Arts Educator Award.


B. A. Augsburg College M.F.A University of Minnesota


Shakespeare in Performance,  Acting,  Directing, Vietnam Combat Veteran

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