GCU Theatre Department

The GCU Theatre Department prepares students for a successful career in the entertainment and production sector. GCU’s theatre program in the College of Arts and Media provides students with a hands-on education that fosters creativity, collaboration and the opportunity to use state-of-the-art equipment not typically available to undergraduate students. Degree programs within the department emphasize emerging technology trends within the industry to ensure students receive a technical education while also developing highly desired “soft” interpersonal skills.

Theatre and theatre education majors are instructed by seasoned professionals from their respective fields in acting, directing, lighting, costume design and technical direction. Students are given hands-on experience behind the scenes as well as onstage in expertly supervised real-life production and performance roles.

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Theatre Degrees

The wide range of skills provided by GCU Theatre’s training and curriculum prepares students for a broad range of opportunities in professional theatre through the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama, while the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre for Secondary Education gives students the chance to go on to teach young people the value of theatre arts.

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GCU Theatre Faculty Spotlight

GCU Theatre students are taught by faculty members who hold many years of experience in professional theatre and classroom settings.


Theatre Facilities

The theatre facilities run by the College of Arts and Media include technology and equipment that is used by many other top performance theatres.

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Theatre Performance Opportunities

The experience that GCU theatre students gain from putting on multiple mainstage musicals goes beyond the actual performances. All pre-production, lighting, set construction and costume design is done by students. Their work is seen by over 10,000 patrons a year in the state-of-the-art Ethington Theatre where they are trained using the latest technology.

For a deeper look into the award-winning work done by students, visit the Student Showcase page below.

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Internships and Post-Graduation Professions

Many students intern and work professionally with award-winning, nationally-recognized local theatre companies. Many of these internships have led to permanent full-time positions.

Students have also assumed mainstage positions for the annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, competing with thousands of students and graduates from across the country. This competition allows students to be seen by industry professionals and has resulted in numerous full-ride offers from graduate programs.

  • California Institute of the Arts
  • East 15 Acting School in London
  • Rutgers University
  • The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • University of South Carolina

GCU Theatre also has an academic relationship with many local and national organizations to provide numerous resources for students to hone their craft.

  • Arizona Theatre Company
  • AriZoni Awards of Theatre Excellence
  • ChildsPlay, Inc.
  • Christian Youth Theatre
  • Free Arts
  • Little Kids Rock
  • Mesa Arts Center
  • Phoenix Center for the Arts
  • Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture
  • Scottsdale Arts
  • Solid Rock Teen Center
  • The Phoenix Theatre Company
  • TheatreWorks!
  • United States Institute of Theatre Technology-Desert States
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