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The Department of Theatre Arts offers a rigorous training program with a choice of the following concentrations:  Musical Theatre, Performance/Directing, or Technical/Design.  The goal of the Department of Theatre Arts is to prepare its graduates to pursue additional theatrical training, work in the theatrical profession, or a position in one of the many fields that utilize skills developed in a theatre degree program—collaboration, creative thinking, organization, discipline, critical thinking, etc.

The Vanguard University Theatre Department lives in the magical world of theatre, and we are passionate about contributing our talents to furthering your growth and participation in it. We have years of professional experience and knowledge that we want to apply to the shaping of your raw talents. We will develop your communication skills and give you the tools that you can apply to life career goals as well as personal goals. Our bachelor of arts program is carefully designed to line up with where you are when you enter the program and then propel you into your desired career in theatre.

  • Apply to Vanguard University through Admissions
  • Contact theatre manager, Nick Lazaris, 714-619-6425
    • Set up an on-campus visit
    • Set up an audition or interview
  • See a Vanguard University theatre show
  • Sit in on a class
  • Visit with current students
  • Consider scheduling this during PRE-VU week


All prospective students who are interested in performance/directing or musical theatre need to prepare two memorized, contrasting pieces (drama/comedy OR contemporary/classical).  The monologues should be 1-2 minutes each. Musical soloists should also prepare a Broadway standard (32 bars) that highlights their optimum range. Soloists need to sing a cappella or bring their own recorded accompaniment. A CD/mp3 player can be provided. If possible, photo/resume should be brought to the audition.

Design/technical concentration majors need to make an appointment with David Pecoraro for discussion about the program and about their interests and goals.

All prospective theatre majors need to meet with the Theatre Manager on the same day to fill out the personal information form.  They will receive a prospective student packet then as well.

Theatre Information Request Form
Please complete this online form if you are interested in attending Vanguard University as a theatre major and desire more information about the program. This also serves as initial contact to set up an audition with the department chair if you will be visiting the campus.

Theatre Minor Petition
This a mandatory form if you wish to minor in theatre. Please submit to the Theatre Department.