Why Major in Theatre at Vanguard University?

Students choose to major in theatre at Vanguard University because of our robust nationally accredited program, our outstanding faculty, the availability of in-training experience, and the exciting opportunities that are available to our graduates. The best preparation for a career in theatre must be broad in scope, encourage excellence as well as versatility and creativity, and provide opportunities to learn through hands-on experience. We offer well-qualified faculty, comprehensive curricula, and extensive student participation to provide this training. At VU you can major in theatre arts with concentrations in Musical Theatre, Performance/Directing, or Design/Technical; or you can pursue a Liberal Arts degree with an emphasis in Theatre Arts. You can also minor in theatre.


The Theatre Department currently produces five mainstage shows each year, plus a Senior Showcase by our graduating seniors. Our majors are also involved in writing and acting for VU’s annual Ten Playwriting Showcase, and coffee house productions in The Cove. During the summer months, the American Coast Theater Company operates on-campus as VU’s resident professional theatre company, and offers professional internships to our students. All of our shows are presented on-campus in the Lyceum Theater, an intimate 180-seat three-quarter thrust stage.


Vanguard University’s strategic location in Costa Mesa — The City of the Arts for Orange County — offers our students many opportunities to see and hear world-class performing artists, ensembles, and theatre. The Orange County Performing Arts Center, South Coast Repertory, and Irvine-Barclay Theater are all just minutes away from the VU campus.


A program can be evaluated by its graduates. VU has ample reason to be proud of its theatre alumni who are finding increasing opportunities in both church-related and professional performance venues, educational theatre, and in business.


It is our mission to provide each student with a well-rounded, quality education in theatre from a Christian worldview. We accomplish this by focusing on two aspects of education: professionalism and mentoring. By setting high standards across the department, we ensure you will be getting some of the best private training that higher education has to offer. However, professionalism and knowledge are empty without the Lord. In addition to high quality instruction, VU provides caring mentors who help shape your career and your commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ.


We encourage you to take full advantage of your educational experience at VU. This opportunity for you to invest your gifts, passions, time, energy and resources will garner great personal rewards for you, multiple benefits to the world around you, and eternal treasure where it really matters.


In Christ’s Service,

Susan K. Berkompas, MFA

Chair, Department of Theatre Arts