Theatre Major

Study theatre at a Christian university that values you as an individual.

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 program presents three main-stage productions each year: a comedy in fall, a musical in winter, and a drama in spring. There are also student-directed works, evenings of improvisational theatre and performances by the University Players, George Fox's touring theatre troupe.

Our Christian theatre college 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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Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

George Fox theatre majors get the opportunity to perform in main-stage productions such as Thoroughly Modern Millie.

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
  • Executive Artistic Director, 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
  • Artistic Director, Catalyze: A Theatre Collective
  • Actor, Oregon Children’s Theatre Touring Ensemble
  • Assistant Professor of Theatre, Southwest Baptist University
  • Arizona State University (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. 
  • Open Jar Musical Institute, New York
  • Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, McCall, Idaho
  • Profile Theatre, Portland, Ore.

Student Experiences

Megan Weaver, executive artistic director (FullStop Collective, NYC)

“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, executive artistic director (FullStop Collective, NYC)

Stephen Pick, artistic director (Valley Repertory Theatre, Newberg, Ore.)

“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, artistic director (Valley Repertory Theatre, 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

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.

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