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Theater & Performance Studies

Explore. Discover. Create.

The study and practice of the art of Theater involves exploration of self and others through theory, production and performance — over time, across cultures, and technology.

Here in the entertainment capital of the world, you’ll be introduced to Los Angeles’ vast performance resources and connected with professionals and companies across the city. You’ll embrace the excitement of theater through an intense and joyful program of performance and study. Oxy’s theater curriculum provides a rich understanding of both the enactment of the written word and the essence of theatrical expression.

On stage, in studios and in classrooms, you will work intimately with faculty and guest artists who are professionals in theater, film and television, all the while developing insight and perspective within an excellent liberal arts college. Oxy’s program offers many paths to explore or follow—acting, directing, playwriting, design, production, technical theater, community-based theater, theory and history. From among these, you will find your own way to success.

Students experience the collaborative nature of theater through participation in the department’s annual major projects: two fall mainstage shows, the New WorksFestival, a spring musical or classical show, and the Occidental Children’s Theater during the summer. Workshops, internships, and study abroad further enrich your experiential and career exploration opportunities.

Many of our students complete double majors, and have pursued graduate programs or careers in law and medicine, geology, business, and other disciplines. Recent alums who have continued in theater have pursued graduate degrees in several areas, including design, writing for performance, acting, television and film production. Our alumni work across the country as arts administrators, writers, stage managers, production managers, artistic directors, actors and designers for theater as well as writers, producers, designers and actors for film and television.

Meet Our Faculty

What Our Graduates Are Doing

Broadway stage manager and technical supervisor

Laura Brown-MacKinnon
1988

Co-executive producer/writer, Fox sitcom "American Dad"

Joseph Chandler
2001

Production manager, TimeLine Theatre Company, Chicago

Maggie Fullilove-Nugent
2004

Managing Director, Center Theatre Group

Stephen Rountree
1971

Executive producer, ABC series "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon
1997

Costume designer; kimono specialist, HBO’s "Westworld"

Laura Wong
2008
Contact the Theater & Performance Studies Department
Keck Theater 202

Box Office: (323) 259-2922