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.
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.SEE COURSES
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.SEE BACKSTAGE VIDEOS
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.SEE ELECTIVES
Receive a well-rounded education that provides insights into the entertainment industry, career strategies, and visual storytelling through the Communications Media classes.SEE MEDIA CORE
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.
Impact culture for Christ and grow in faith and understanding through a rich sequence of Scripture based Theology courses and Philosophy courses.
Prepare for your career in acting with foundational skills in contract negotiation, marketing, career planning, and leadership.
Study the human condition by actively engaging in an exploration of art, literature, culture, politics, economics, and more.
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.
Pride & Prejudice
Fall 2019See Backstage Video
The Addams Family
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
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.LEARN MORE
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.SEE STUDENT STORIES
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.LEARN MORE
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.LEARN MORE
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.LEARN MORE
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.LEARN MORE
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.LEARN MORE
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.
Professor of Acting
Professor and Chair of Acting
Adjunct Professor of Acting
Adjunct Faculty for Vocal Performance
Dr. Robert Giracello
Adjunct Professor of Music
Professor of Creative Writing and Chair of Humanities and Theology
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