Common Career Paths
- Artistic director
- Professional actor
- Scenic designer
- Costume designer
- Sound designer
- Theatre critic
- High school drama teacher
- Professor of theatre
Theatre at George Fox University incorporates more than just acting – it is viewed as a form of communication with significant intellectual, social, moral and spiritual values for both participant and audience.
We offer a bachelor of arts degree in theatre (theater) with concentrations in acting/directing and design/technology. Each concentration features a balance between theory and performance and requires students to apply their knowledge through laboratory classes in conjunction with the university theatre’s main-stage season.
The theatre major prepares students to enter the competitive field of theatre as actors, directors, designers, technicians and managers. Ultimately, our goal is to offer a program that prepares Christian artists to make meaningful contributions to our world.
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Recent George Fox theatre majors are employed as actors, designers, technicians, theatre management professionals and educators. Our graduates leave George Fox as well-rounded theatre artists ready to make an impact on their communities. Some continue onto professional careers in the entertainment industry, while others use their creative talents to impact businesses, schools and churches. Regardless of where God directs their paths, our theatre majors remain servant storytellers for life.
- Artistic Director of Dramatic Productions, Mystic Seaport
- Resident Sound Designer, Pioneer Theatre
- Equity Stage Manager, B-Street Theatre
- Artistic Director, Valley Repertory Theatre
- Managing Director, Valley Repertory Theatre
- Director of Finance, FullStop Collective
- Assistant Professor of Theatre, Ball State University
- Drama Teacher, Rex Putnam High School
- Acting Teacher, Northwest Children’s Theatre
- Drama Director, South Meadows Middle School
- Assistant Professor of Theatre, Southwest Baptist University
- University of Arizona (MFA Directing)
- University of Portland (MFA Scenic Design)
- Cincinnati School Of Music (MFA Sound Design)
- Mary Baldwin College (MFA Acting, MA Shakespeare Studies)
- Portland Actors Conservatory (Acting)
- California State University, Los Angeles (MA Theatre)
- George Fox University (MA Teaching)
- Seattle Pacific University (MA Teaching)
- Louisiana State University (PhD Theatre)
- Core Company Ensemble, Orchard Project, N.Y.
- National Theatre Institute, Waterford, Conn.
- MFA Playwrights Festival, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
- Theatre for Young Audiences, Devos Institute, Kennedy Center
- Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Colo.
- B-Street Theatre, Sacramento, Calif.
- California Musical Theatre, Sacramento, Calif.
- Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland, Ore.
- Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Portland, Ore.
- Miracle Theatre Company, Portland, Ore.
- Northwest Children’s Theatre, Portland, Ore.
- Idaho Repertory Theatre, Moscow, Idaho
- Village Theatre, Issaquah, Wash.
- Newberg High School, Newberg, Ore.
- Grants Pass High School, Grants Pass, Ore.
- C.S. Lewis Academy, Newberg, Ore.
Points of Distinction
- Become a servant storyteller dedicated to integrating faith and artistic excellence in order to make an impact in our local and global communities.
- Learn from theatre professors who have been nationally recognized by the Kennedy Center.Learn from working professionals who are currently engaged as directing, acting, design and theatre management professionals on the West Coast.
- Experience the academic rigor, creative expertise, and emotional and spiritual stamina required to be a professional theatre artist.
Why George Fox?
- Christ-centered community
Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.
- Global opportunities
Nearly half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad. That ranks in the top 50 out of 1,400 American colleges!
- Small classes
Our 13.6-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you’ll get to know your professors on a personal level.
- National recognition
George Fox has been recognized as a top-tier university by publications like Forbes, U.S. News & World Report and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
Theatre Student Experiences
“When I came to George Fox I didn’t intend to study theatre at all. However, the shows were too good, its professors too quality, its community too warm and supportive for me to resist getting involved. Without the mentorship and really superb coaching of the GFU theatre faculty, I don’t think I would have found the courage to embrace theatre as a career path.”
- Megan Weaver (’06) professional actress, director and playwright (FullStop Collective, NYC)
“With its highly professional and servant-hearted theatre faculty, George Fox theatre is able and dedicated to preparing students to produce top quality work with integrity. We were always pushing the limits of whatever restraint we had – be it financial, spatial or otherwise – to produce meaningful and unique work. Our development both artistically and spiritually was always the focus of our professors.”
- Stephen Pick (’09), artistic director (Valley Repertory Theatre, Newberg, Ore.)