Meet the Faculty

  • A veteran actor with experience in both New York City and Hollywood, working on the sets of hundreds of television and film projects.
  • Earned her SAG/AFTRA membership in 1984 and worked with Academy Award winning directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, David Fincher,  Woody Allen, and many others.
  • Her work on television shows include Desperate Housewives, Scrubs, Jimmy Kimmel Live, My Name is Earl, The Neighbors, etc.; film productions include Hitchcock, Iron Man 2, Ocean's 13, Godfather III, Rumor Has It, Lucky You, etc.; and TV commercials include Mercedes Benz, Neutrogena, Toyota, Hilton Hotels, Daihatsu, and several international ads.
  • Has 17 yrs experience teaching in the arts and entertainment industry, and looks forward to preparing JPCatholic students with industry knowledge, combined with faith based guidance.
  • A professional actor, director and teacher for 20 years. Worked at The Folger Theatre, The Denver Center Theatre Company, the Kentucky and Virginia Shakespeare Festivals and The National Players, as well as The Actor's Playground, a Los Angeles theatre company which he co-founded with Rick Wasserman.
  • Spent his time in Hollywood as an acting coach, working with diverse talent, from comedians and magicians to series regulars on network television & in feature films.
  • Incorporates Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body (TOB) into his work with artists and he is currently completing requirements for certification from the Theology of the Body Institute.
  • Holds an MFA in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory and a BA in Drama from The Catholic University of America.

GINA FRICCHIONE

LEE ESKEY

Professor of Acting

Professor of Acting

  • Brings abundant theatre experience to JPCatholic.
  • A long-time professor at Texas A&M.
  • Authored The Longman Anthology of Drama and Theater, a seminal text used in many acting programs, and Directions Indirections: John Barton of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • Holds a double Bachelor's degree in Drama and Journalism from the University of Southern California, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of San Diego/Old Globe Theatre Professional Training Program, a Master of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literature from San Diego State University.
  • Her theatre credits include roles performed at the Old Globe Theatre; San Diego Repertory Theatre; Coronado Playhouse; La Jolla Stage Company; and the McCallum Theatre.
  • Directed/produced over forty stage productions ranging from classical Shakespeare to contemporary dramatic and musical theatre productions.

MIKE GREENWALD

Angie Bitsko

Professor of Theatre Arts

Professor of Production

graduate in 3 years

Our unique academic model prepares students for the real-world pace of professional life in the industry, with a focus on hands-on projects, internships, and portfolio preparation. The program is structured on a year-round quarter system, and you graduate with your Bachelors Degree in just 12 quarters. Each quarter is 10 weeks long, with about 3 weeks of break between each quarter.

what makes us different?

acting curriculum

core curriculum

communication

Learn the practical tools of Communications and be prepared to speak the language of production professionals, a useful skill for any screen actor.

BUSINESS

Prepare yourself for the industry with foundational skills in marketing, management, and entrepreneurial thinking.

HUMANITIES

Study the human condition by actively engaging in an exploration of theology, philosophy, art, literature, culture, politics, and more.

quarter in LA

Summer of senior year, media students have the opportunity to study at a satellite campus in Burbank, located right up the street from the Warner Bros. studio lot. These 10 weeks open up a host of new opportunities for internships, networking, and experiencing life in the entertainment capital of the world.

located in san diego county

John Paul the Great Catholic University is centered in north county San Diego, just a 35-minute drive from downtown in America's Finest City. Southern California is famous for its fantastic weather, beautiful beaches and mountains, and bustling metropolitan areas. Our campus is just 15 miles from the beach, a short trip by car or train. And with Los Angeles and Hollywood within striking distance, students have even more opportunities for internships and networking.

our authentically catholic community

Our campus is a place where students can grow both professionally and spiritually. We’re a unique community of artists and innovators, centered around our faith in Jesus Christ and the beauty of the Catholic faith. Immerse yourself in an abundance of opportunities for spiritual growth, including Daily Mass, Confession, Adoration, Rosary, Retreats, and Service Projects.

our small campus environment

With a total student body under 300, JPCatholic offers a warm, tight-knit campus community. Foster lifelong friendships, form creative partnerships, and surround yourself with a supportive environment that encourages your growth in both virtue and artistic excellence

Our small classroom sizes offer the chance for one-on-one mentorship from industry professionals who have worked at Pixar, Warner Bros., Disney, and Hanna-Barbera Studio

 

overview

The Acting program at John Paul the Great Catholic University is dedicated to the training of exceptional actors who are prepared to use their skills in service of the New Evangelization. The acting curriculum is designed to develop body, voice and speech, as well as intellect and spirit, to form a person who is prepared to bring his or her gifts to the Church and the world. Graduates will pursue careers in theatre, television, and film.

You'll learn to develop the character from the self, as well as mastering rehearsal and performance techniques. You will become familiar with the terminology and techniques of Stanislavski, which are the foundation of contemporary acting. Then you'll bring it all together with performance analysis, script analysis, and Meisner exercises to develop emotional honesty and reliance on impulse.

ACTING PROGRAM

for stage & screen

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At John Paul the Great Catholic University, we believe in the power of beauty to transform culture. We’re shaping the next generation of artists and innovators with academic excellence, unparalleled creativity, and an authentic community centered on Jesus Christ.

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