For the aspiring young actor, the Theatre Department offers an intense, conservatory-styled, professional training program. While the major concentration is on acting, students are given the opportunity to study technical theatre and theatre management.
Theatre Department training prepares students to enter into a professional acting career, college, university or conservatory, providing students with many career choices.
Indeed, graduates are found continuing their post-secondary education at New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts, Columbia University, Cincinnati School of Music, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, the University of California at Berkeley, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Irvine, and San Diego; Syracuse University, State University of New York Purchase, CalArts, Howard University, Stanford University, University of Southern California, the London Academy of Dramatic Arts, Minnesota School of the Arts, North Carolina School of the Arts, University of the Arts, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Juilliard, to name a few.
For the aspiring young actor, the Theatre Department offers an intense, conservatory-styled, professional training program.
The Theatre Department has a multi-level, continuous curriculum, with a scope and sequence that offers beginning to advanced techniques in acting, voice, movement, dance, stagecraft, history, and literature/criticism. The curriculum requires a high level of commitment from students who train three hours each day. The program emphasizes individual growth and personal discovery while building ensemble. The faculty consists of working professional artists and designers who share their expertise, experiences and passion for the art of theatre.
LACHSA theatre students graduate not only as trained actors with artistic integrity and shared standards of excellence, but critical thinkers, arts leaders and advocates for the theatre arts.
The four-year course of study provides a multi-dimensional experience that captures the breath and depth of theatre as an art form and exposes students to historical, contemporary, social, multicultural, and cutting-edge concepts in theatre. Students are actively involved as creators and evaluators of theatre arts. LACHSA theatre students graduate not only as trained actors with artistic integrity and shared standards of excellence, but critical thinkers, arts leaders and advocates for the theatre arts.
All theatre majors are required to take the first two years of the curriculum. At the end of two years, students may elect to take the Tech Track for the remaining time. The Tech Program prepares students, through coursework and hands-on experiences, to work in technical theater and includes a range of topics designed to give students knowledge and proficient skills, while giving them the opportunity to work behind the scenes in theatre and other professional theatrical venues. However, all Tech students are required to take their Acting class for all four years.