Greetings from the Westmont College Theatre Arts Department! It’s truly a time of celebration and new beginnings here at Westmont with the completion of Phase I building and a gorgeous campus. Our new tenure track faculty member, Jonathan Hicks, is leading a revised program in technical production and design, and we just upgraded our costume shop, scene shop, and lighting systems with new equipment for students to learn on.
Our faculty and staff are comprised of talented teachers and theatre artists, with a great depth of professional experience. All of our faculty and staff work regularly in the professional theatre, and many have been recipients of major regional awards. Our faculty work closely with students, and since Westmont is a small school and our department is relatively small, each student receives a great deal of individual attention and training. In recent news, John Blondell directed Westmont’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance” which won three national awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts recognized outstanding work from eight regional festivals held Jan. 7-March 1 across the United States.
"Pirates” earned Distinguished Production of a Musical, Distinguished Scenography for a Musical for Danila Korogodsky, and Distinguished Director of a Musical for John Blondell, Westmont theater arts professor. Blondell has been invited to receive his award and participate in the 46th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C., April 14-19.
As you look into our program, please keep in mind these qualities of a Theatre education at Westmont. Most important, we learn and create in a Christ-centered environment. Our fundamental mission is to integrate our faith and the study of the theatre. Not only do we wish to develop a broad and rich knowledge of the theatre, but we are committed to studying the art form in the light of the heritage and principles that inform our faith.
I encourage you to explore our website to find out more about our outstanding faculty, scholarships and what we offer here, including major track in theatre. Additionally, if you are visiting campus we encourage you to visit a class, see a production, and set up an interview and/or audition time to get to know us better. All the best to you in your journey, and please contact us with any follow up questions you may have about getting involved in the Westmont Theatre and Dance program.
Department of Theatre Arts