Receive a Well-Rounded Education for a Versatile Acting Career

Our program is designed for acting students to pursue career paths as unique as them and is dedicated to the training of exceptional actors who are ready to use their skills to impact culture for Christ. With the Bachelor of Science in Communications Media with emphasis in Acting, students are able to venture out into careers within theatre, television, film, and beyond.

Training for Stage and Screen

Strengthen your acting skills with individualized training that dives into both theatre and film. Further tailor your education through electives about Acting or from another program like Musical Theatre, Film, or Business, which can help you specialize or broaden your horizons.

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Culture of Production

Gather experience year round starting your freshman year with our annual theatre season that includes two plays, two musicals, and a plethora of student film opportunities.

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Voice and Dance Electives

Grow as a performing artist with electives in vocal and dance techniques. Students are able to apply the training directly to musicals as well as more broadly to voice acting, music videos, and plays.

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Communications Media Core

Receive a well-rounded education that provides insights into the entertainment industry, career strategies, and visual storytelling through the Communications Media classes.

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Explore Acting Courses

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.

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

General Education

THEOLOGY & PHILOSOPHY

Impact culture for Christ and grow in faith and understanding through a rich sequence of Scripture based Theology courses and Philosophy courses.

BUSINESS

Prepare for your career in acting with foundational skills in contract negotiation, marketing, career planning, and leadership.

HUMANITIES

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

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JPCatholic Theatre Productions

Make audiences laugh, cry tears of joy and sorrow, and think deeply; make an impact by showing the human experience through productions that span genres and time. Each JPCatholic Theatre Productions season includes four major productions a year that are performed at the California Performing Arts Center and alternates between plays and musicals.

2019-2020 Season

Pride & Prejudice

Fall 2019

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The Addams Family

Winter 2020

King Lear

Spring 2020

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Summer 2020

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.

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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.

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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.

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Alumni Success

JPCatholic alumni have found success in a variety of paths, ranging from Hollywood to independent media organizations, and from large corporations to nonprofits to their own entrepreneurial start-ups. View our placement rate and alumni jobs by clicking below.

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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, networking, and auditions.

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Quarter in L.A.

As an upperclassmen, media students have the opportunity to live in Burbank for a quarter, located right up the street from the Warner Bros. studio lot. These 8 weeks open up a host of new opportunities for internships, networking, auditions, and experiencing life in the entertainment capital of the world.

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Study Abroad

JPCatholic offers a unique model of study abroad with a variety of destinations. Each trip is an interactive academic experience that starts with ten weeks of classroom instruction on-campus here in Escondido and culminates in a week or two of travel led by the professor. Destinations may be international or domestic, and each course is specially designed to provide a unique cultural and educational experience to the student.

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Meet the Faculty

With small class sizes and mentorship, professors are able to provide individualized training. They bring decades of experience from varied backgrounds in theatre and film.

Abbie Cobb

Abbie Cobb

Adjunct Professor of Acting

Lee Eskey

Lee Eskey

Professor and Chair of Acting

Monique Gaffney

Monique Gaffney

Adjunct Professor of Acting

Rebecca Huber

Rebecca Huber

Adjunct Faculty for Vocal Performance

Robert Giracello

Dr. Robert Giracello

Adjunct Professor of Music

Steven Kramp

Steven Kramp

Professor of Creative Writing and Chair of Humanities and Theology

Hear from Students & Professors

Making an ASL Film | Acting Thesis Project "Rose and Raven"

Backstage with "Pride and Prejudice"

Love What You Do | Acting Professor Evangeline Angie Bitsko

Planning Fight Scenes with Codename Leto | Behind the Scenes

Margie Curran: Learning Virtue from Your Characters | Why We Create

Backstage with "Shrek the Musical"

Prof. Lee Eskey discusses the Acting program

Viva Valdez: Struggling with Comparison | Why We Create

JJ Schindler: Revealing Beauty to Audiences | Why We Create