Focus Program Tours CSUN Theater Arts

Our cohort of Arts students - aspiring stage actors, singers, dancers and visual artists - spent a day at CSUN exploring the undergraduate Theater  program and sitting in on a dress rehearsal of the Tony-winning musical 1776. We first met with Dr. Anthony Cantrell, Director of the Soraya Theater. Dr. Cantrell kindly arranged a tour of the university facilities and provided us time to chat with Stage Manager Matthew Jackson. Two insightful students enthusiastically shared about what it's like to study Theater as a college major. Their passion was very apparent and they clearly enjoy not only what they are studying, but their working relationships with their teachers and peers. After lunch we were seated front row in the Soraya Theater to watch a full dress rehearsal of the inspiring musical 1776, performed by the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Overall the day at CSUN and the Soraya gave students a good look inside the world of a theater major and working stage performers.