Theatre: Acting/Directing


Embrace the power of performance and cultivate your artistic vision through the magic of theatre. Complement your major by refining techniques used in a wide range of public-facing careers.

Why Minor in Theatre: Acting/Directing?

Enhance your creative skills and learn how to channel them in a way that is impactful and effective. You'll learn the fundamentals of acting, movement, voice and speech, character and textual analysis. You will apply both traditional and modern directing techniques. Since theatre is naturally collaborative, you will also experience team-building exercises and problem-solving approaches that can guide you in any future career.

Why Study Theatre: Acting/Directing at CSUN?

Live the World of Theatre

The curriculum is designed to give students the experience of staging a production from start to finish. We cast, rehearse and mount at least seven full-length productions throughout the year. As a student you can audition to be part of the cast or volunteer to be part of the technical crew.

Professional Performance Spaces

Our campus boasts the 400-seat Campus Theatre, the 200-seat Little Theatre and a black box theatre inside The Soraya. You will also have access to a rehearsal room, scene shop, costume shop and lighting design studio.

National Recognition

The Theatre Department is accredited by National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). CSUN Theatre is also a member of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). Students regularly attend the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and have been recognized for their work there. Featured alumni include Charles Martin Smith, Teri Garr, and Donald Petrie.

What You'll Learn

As a Theatre: Acting/Directing minor, you'll take classes on acting fundamentals. You'll study movement, voice and speech, character and text and the principles of directing.

For your upper-division classes, you'll choose courses that allow you to deepen your performance and directing techniques. Topics include:

  • Movement
  • Voice and speech
  • Advanced acting
  • Advanced directing

You will also be required to participate in at least one of CSUN's theatre productions.


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