Cultivate Your Creativity

Musical Theatre students become well-rounded artists ready for careers in Theatre through disciplined training in acting, singing, and dancing. Students begin with an acting formation based on Stanislavski and Meisner and progress into group and individual voice and dance lessons, resulting in triple-threats ready for a variety of musical genres and productions. There are multiple opportunities for students to develop their skills through regular productions of contemporary musicals during each theatre production season.

Coupled with a foundation in the Humanities, students are prepared for in-depth understanding of the larger cultural context that Musical Theatre is a part of as well as how to make a positive impact through their work in Theatre and beyond.

Musical Theatre Curriculum

General Education

THEOLOGY & PHILOSOPHY

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

BUSINESS

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

LIBERAL ARTS

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

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Culture of Production

With two musicals each theatre season and other opportunities to perform, our culture of production results in students building up a diverse repertoire of musical theatre experience starting their freshman year. Students also receive individualized training in vocal and dance techniques to continue their growth consistently. Learn more about how students challenge and support each other with each musical through our backstage videos.

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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.

Angie Bitsko

Angie Bitsko

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

Robert Giracello

Adjunct Professor of Music

Steven Kramp

Steven Kramp

Professor of Creative Writing and Chair of Humanities and Theology

Hear from Students & Professors

Love What You Do | Acting Professor Evangeline Angie Bitsko

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

Backstage with "Shrek the Musical"

Viva Valdez: Struggling with Comparison | Why We Create

Backstage with "Guys and Dolls" | Acting Program

Why Study Poetry

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