GCU Theatre Department

The GCU Theatre Department can prepare students for a career in the entertainment and production sector. GCU’s theatre program in the College of Arts and Media is designed to provide students with a hands-on education that fosters creativity and collaboration. Degree programs within the department emphasize emerging technology trends within the industry to help students receive a technical education while also developing needed “soft” interpersonal skills.

Theatre and theatre education majors are instructed by knowledgeable faculty 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 supervised production and performance roles.

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Theatre Degrees

The wide range of skills provided by GCU Theatre’s training and curriculum can prepare 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 teaches students how to educate young people in theatre arts.

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GCU Theatre Faculty Spotlight

GCU Theatre students are taught by faculty members who have 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 can 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. They showcase their work at Ethington Theatre, where they receive training utilizing 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

Some students have 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 may allow students to potentially be seen by industry professionals.

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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