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.
Learn the practical tools of Communications and be prepared to speak the language of production professionals, a useful skill for any screen actor.
Prepare yourself for the industry with foundational skills in marketing, management, and entrepreneurial thinking.
Study the human condition by actively engaging in an exploration of art, literature, culture, politics, economics, and more
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what makes us different?
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
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.
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.
Quarter in L.A.
Fall of junior 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.
Meet the Faculty
Professor of Acting
Professor & Chair of Acting
Professor of Acting
Professor of Theology & Humanities
Professor & Chair of Theology & Humanities
Adjunct Professor of Music
BEHIND THE SCENES
VISIT STUDENT SHOWCASE
MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
October 4th - December 5th
December 6th - 8th
Guys and Dolls
January 8th - March 6th
March 7th - 9th
February 6th & 8th, 2019
April 2nd - June 5th
June 6th - 8th
Shrek the Musical
April 29th, May 1st & 3rd
July 2nd - August 28th
August 29th - 31st
September 3rd or 4th