Introducing Our New Majors: Beatrix & Adam!


Beatrix Ketcham is freshman transfer originally born and raised as a missionary kid in France, but now lives in San Clemente. As a musical theater major, Beatrix chose Vanguard because of its reputation for strong community and awesome theater department. One of Beatrix’s favorite things to do is dance, especially swing and hip-hop.



Adam Dovel is a freshman performance and directing major from Nebraska. He chose Vanguard because of it’s small size and community feel. He wanted a nice place away from home to further his education in a solid Christian atmosphere. Adam says, “Since day one I’ve always felt welcome and wanted.” When not doing theater, you can find Adam doing a variety of activities from playing guitar to downhill mountain biking.

We’re so excited to watch these two new faces grow and learn as they study what they’re passionate about. Look for them in upcoming productions!


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Life Without Parole is coming to LA with your help

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Dear Theatre Patrons,

Life Without Parole, a play inspired by the work and research of the late Dr. Elizabeth Dermody Leonard, will be professionally produced at the Edgemar Theater in Santa Monica for three weeks in October and November 2016 by American Coast Theater Company. Written by Professor Warren Doody, Life Without Parole tells the story of Helen Broker, a woman serving fifteen years to life for the second-degree murder of her abusive husband, and who is seeking parole for the first time. This Los Angeles premiere will be directed by VU Theatre Arts Chair Susan K. Berkompas.

The Global Center for Women and Justice is serving as a producer for this show, and we are asking for your help in meeting the various costs associated with this production. The theater itself has already been rented and reserved, but the production still needs to raise the $15,000.00 necessary to pay the professional cast and crew. The Elizabeth Dermody Leonard Memorial Fund, designed specifically for those projects that continue and extend her research, represents a means for you to contribute to this project, one intended to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence.

Robert Leonard, her surviving husband, has written of the play and the memorial fund,

“Nothing would have pleased Elizabeth more than to know that the work that meant so much to her continues, thanks to the continued efforts of those who share her desire for justice for all women who have suffered from an abusive relationship or who have been denied justice by our legal system.”

 If you are willing to help raise the funds necessary to produce this work, please send your tax-deductible donation to the Elizabeth Dermody Leonard Memorial Fund at the address below. Please make checks payable to Vanguard University—GCWJ in Memo. If you would like to make an online donation, please visit

Vanguard University
Attn: Global Center for Women and Justice
55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Yours in peace and grace,

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Sandra Morgan, PhD, RN
Director, Global Center for Women and Justice
Vanguard University

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~Bon Voyage, Class of 2016~

Our 2016 Theatre Graduates

Come this may our department will have seven of our majors graduating. These majors include Austin Nunn (Performance/Directing), Winter Bassett (Musical Theatre), Josiah Dominguez (Musical Theatre), Kristina Leopold (Double major in Musical Theatre and English), Caitlin Leamon (Performance/Directing), Tricia Foster (Technical Theatre), and Kayla Dowd (Musical Theatre). Each of these students has made a lasting impression on our department. We are sad to see them go, but also excited to see them grow as artists. Bon Voyage, Class of 2016!


The Addams Family

The Addams Family

A Musical Comedy that breathes new life into this beloved ghoulish family

Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on Characters Created by Charles Addams
Directed by Vanda Eggington

Characters from the popular 1960s television show are brought back to life in this new Broadway musical. The Addams Family, led by the elegantly gaunt and seemingly undead Morticia and her ever-devoted husband, Gomez, is in turmoil. Their daughter Wednesday, now age 18, finds herself falling in love¬—a sensation that is unsettling for both her and her family of endearing misfits. When she invites her new boyfriend and his ‘normal’ family to become better acquainted with the Addams household, comic chaos ensues. | Suitable for teens and older

Friday, April 8 8:00 pm (Open Forum)
Saturday, April 9 2:00 and 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 10 2:00 pm
Thursday, April 14 8:00 pm
Friday, April 15 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 16 2:00 and 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 17 2:00 pm
Thursday, April 21 8:00 pm
Friday, April 22 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 23 2:00 and 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 24 1:00 pm

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FIDM Field Trip

FIDM Field Trip

This past weekend our Costume Design class taught by Professor Lia Hansen took a field trip to FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in LA. They had approximately two dozen displays in their costumes from major motion pictures exhibit which also featured all the costumes from the 2016 Oscar Nominees. In addition to that there was also an exhibit on women’s fans which discussed their historical importance and how they set women apart in different social standings. During the trip we discussed the different styles of sewing and techniques of costume design. Professor Hansen walked us through each display from Disney’s Cinderella and Star Wars to Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s The Revenant and asked questions on whether the stitching was primarily vertical, horizontal, or curved linear; what the costume designer’s intent was when they decided to enhance certain features; etc.

My favorite part of the exhibit though wasn’t learning about the costume design techniques though (sorry Professor Hansen). It was being up close and personal with the costumes of some of my favorite characters from my favorite films. Being able to stand five feet away from Kylo Ren’s costume from Star Wars had me giddy on the inside. It was also really interesting to be able to see these costumes at such a close proximity because it gives you a renewed appreciation for the costume designer’s work who is often an unsung hero in the production of a show. The detail that you’re able to see in the costumes is amazing and was very interesting to be see the differences in how they appear in the film vs how they actually appear in person. Overall this was an amazing trip. Who knew you still got to take field trips in college?


KCACTF – Hawaii Bound!

This morning 10 of our VU Theatre Majors boarded a plane and set off to Honolulu, Hawaii to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival!  This is the 48th Annual Region VIII Festival and includes Universities from Arizona, Central and Southern California, Guam, Hawaii, Southern Nevada, and Utah.

Thanks to our patron’s generous donations through our Pass-the-Hat initiative we were able to raise over $8,000 and use that money to pay for the student’s registration fees, hotel accommodations, and our five performer’s plane tickets.

This year Austin Nunn, Brock Joseph, and Hannah DeBoer were nominated to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions. They will be performing in three rounds of auditions with their partners Pierre Ekladios and Nahtori Johnson for a chance to receive an incredible educational scholarship. These scholarships provide recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education. The Irene Ryan Foundation awards 8 regional awards and two national scholarships annually. There are two scholarships of $3,500 each for the winners at the national festival in Washington, D.C.

Brock Joseph and Nahtori Johnson were also invited to perform a scene from our production of Life Without Parole for KCACTF’s Evening of Invited Scenes. Their scene will be one of only 15 performing in this special event.

Throughout the week our students will participate in a wide variety workshops ranging from performance to design and directing. Special guest lectures are held and College productions from throughout the region are performed.

We couldn’t be happier for our students attending and ask you to join us as we pray for safe travels and a sound return.

For more information on the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival click Here.


The Winter’s Tale

The Winter’s Tale

A Romance Drama that takes the chill off of unwarranted jealousy and evil schemes

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Susan K. Berkompas

In terms of strength of character, unity of plot, and audience satisfaction, The Winter’s Tale may be the best of Shakespeare’s later romances. While still presenting the danger and power of evil in the world, its happy ending sets it apart from the earlier histories and tragedies. Warm up to this tale of true love and the healing of a repentant heart. | Suitable for teens and older

Friday, February 27 …………….. 8:00 pm (Open Forum)

Saturday, February 28 …………. 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 1 ………………… 2:00 pm

Thursday, March 5 ………………. 8:00 pm

Friday, March 6 ………………….. 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 7 ………………. 2:00 and 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 8 ………………… 2:00 pm

Visit or call the theatre box office at 714.668.6145 to purchase tickets. Ticket prices are $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors, children, and groups. All performances at the Vanguard University Lyceum Theater.


What it Means to be on Popular Demand

What’s it really like to be on Vanguard’s Popular Demand?

We Asked several of the members and here is what they said.


1. How would you define Popular Demand?

“I would define Popular Demand as an improv/sketch comedy group where a bunch of friends basically get to play around and make up really fun ideas for shows for our fellow students.” – Winter Bassett, Popular Demand performer, senior.

2. What do you love most about the team?

“I love the process of preparing sketches. It is fun to see how one person can bring in one idea and then through everyone else’s feedback, and feeding off of each other, it can morph into something complete. I also enjoy getting to perform with my friends!” – Johanna Jacobsen, Popular Demand performer, junior.

3. How’s your outreach been?

“Great! I have been a part of this team since it started my Freshman year here and it has been so cool to see it grow on campus. I love seeing new faces in the audience of people who have not come before!” – Kate Frampton, Popular Demand member and Team Leader, junior.

4. Any future plans for the group?

We hope to continue to grow and transition into more sketches rather than improv” – Kate Frampton

5. Are there any upcoming shows?

“We have some really fun things planned this semester! Nothing has been set in stone yet.” – Austin Nunn, Popular Demand performer, senior.


Popular Demand is Vanguard’s Theatre Department’s on campus sketch improv team. Four of the members are theatre majors and the other four members are from a diverse amount of departments across campus. Their work typically consists of a mix between improv games and sketches though according to team leader Kate Frampton they are aiming to make the shift to more consistent sketch work rather than improv games. There are plenty of shows to come up this semester, but the seats fill up FAST, so make sure to grab your friends and head out for some laughs ASAP.