Bachelor of Arts in Humanities



The Musical Theatre program builds on top of core classes in classical acting. You’ll study the terminology and techniques of Stanislavski, which are the foundation of all contemporary acting, then bring it all together with performance analysis, script analysis, and Meisner exercises to develop emotional honesty and reliance on impulse.


Once you’ve received the training of a well-rounded actor, you’ll launch into deep exploration of the acting, vocal singing, and dancing styles specific to different kinds of musical production. The curriculum covers a wide range of periods in the history of musical theatre, and you'll have the opportunity to develop your skill set through regular productions of contemporary musicals.


This formation combined with the rigorous Humanities core will enable you to become a well-rounded artist and scholar with professional competence and intellectual depth.



Stage Acting & Musical Theater




Grow in faith and understanding, with a rich sequence of coursework in Scripture, Theology, and Philosophy.


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

Liberal Arts

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


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

  • 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.
  • A writer, a produced playwright, and has poetry published in several poetry publications.
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  • 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.
  • 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.



Professor of Acting

Professor & Chair of Acting

  • A veteran actor with experience in both New York City and Hollywood, working on the sets of hundreds of television and film projects.
  • Has 17 yrs experience teaching in the arts and entertainment industry.
  • Her work on television shows include Desperate Housewives, Scrubs, Jimmy Kimmel Live, 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, and several international ads.
  • A theologian and musician. He is experienced in a wide variety of production venues including theatre, liturgy, television, film, and social media.
  • The founder / owner of Camden Music Studio, an 11 year-old small business which provides commercial services and products to local emerging and established performing artists.
  • Enjoys evangelizing the Gospel message in all aspects of his life and career, driven and guided by his deep passion for the Catholic faith.

Gina Fricchione


Professor of Acting

Professor of Theology & Humanities

  • A theologian, poet and artist. His diverse experience includes being an impassioned educator and mentor, a committed literary artist and performing musician, and a youth minister and high school teacher.
  • Currently, concluding work on two books. One, a lyrical memoir, is titled The Lion’s Mouth and details his return to faith after living for fourteen years as a bohemian artist. He is also wrapping up the second volume of a large-scale poetic work based on the Triduum and the Stations of the Cross.
  • An award winning composer, performer, and educator.
  • Has appeared throughout the United States and Europe, most notably in a special audience for Pope John Paul II, at the United Nations UNESCO concert in Paris, and at a special anniversary celebration in Cologne, Germany.
  • Has recorded six studio albums and written two novels, most notably Three Landscapes, for which he received a MACRO award.


Robert Giracello

Professor & Chair of Theology & Humanities

Adjunct Professor of Music



The Crucible

Summer 2018

October 4th - December 5th

December 6th - 8th


2018-2019 SEAson

Guys and Dolls

November 2018

January 8th - March 6th

March 7th - 9th

A Midsummer
Night's Dream

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

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