Department Chair: Chris Burnett
Department Office: Theatre Arts (TA), Room 221
Telephone: (562) 985-7891
Faculty: Alexandra Billings, Andrea Caban, Anne D'Zmura, Joanne Gordon, David Jacques, Danila Korogodsky, Ezra LeBank, Hugh O'Gorman, Nancy Jo Smith, Shanti Pillai, Jaye Austin-Williams
Undergraduate Advisor: Cody Arnold (562) 985-4042
Graduate Advisor: Josh Nathan (562) 985-4042
Administrative Coordinator: Jennifer White (562) 985-7891
Actor • Director • Stage Manager • Lighting Designer • Costume Designer • Set Designer • Technical Director • Teacher • Theatre Administrator • Theatre Manager • Director of Development • Box Office Manager • Managing Director • Artistic Director • Marketing Director • Playwright • Writer (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see www.careers.csulb.edu.)
The Department of Theatre Arts offers the Bachelor
of Arts degree with opportunities for options in
Performance (acting) and Technical Theatre (scenery/costume/lighting).
The Department of Theatre Arts offers graduate study leading to the Master of Fine Arts degrees. The candidate is urged to observe the general requirements stated in this Catalog, as well as the specific departmental requirements stated here and, more fully, in the Department Program Planners, available upon request from the department.
The Theatre Arts Department holds division II membership in the National Association of Schools of Theatre (National Association of Schools of Theatre, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190, phone: 703-437-0700). The Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Fine Arts degrees are accredited by the association. The department is also a member in good standing with the Theatre Communications Group, the International Theatre Institute of the United States and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology.
All majors are required to participate in the departmental production program. Furthermore, majors enrolled in any acting course are expected to audition and participate in departmental productions in that semester. The student is expected to accept any role in which he/she is cast. Majors are also expected to seek approval from their advisor before making any commitment to a theatre program which lies outside of the departmental academic program.
The W. David Sievers Memorial Scholarship in acting, named for the first faculty member of the theatre program, is awarded annually to new students who exhibit potential in the field of performance. This award consists of a modest sum and is determined through competitive audition judged by faculty. In addition, the Fine Arts Affiliates of the University and the Dramatic Allied Arts Guild of Long Beach provide for monetary awards to qualified students in all areas of theatre. For further information contact the Department of Theatre Arts.