Edinburgh Summer Program
The Theatre Program
I saw a stranger yestreen;
I put the food in the eating place,
Drink in the drinking place,
Music in the listening place;
And, in the sacred name of the Triune,
He blessed myself and my house,
My cattle and my dear ones.
And the lark said in her song,
Often, often, often,
Goes the Christ in the stranger's guise;
Often, often, often,
Goes the Christ in the stranger's guise.
— Old Gaelic Rune recovered by Kenneth Macleod
One of the most challenging and life changing experiences that the Pepperdine Theatre Program offers is the Edinburgh Summer Program. The Pepperdine University Theatre program has participated in the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe since 1985. This popular bi-annual program always runs at full capacity and serves as an exclusive academic program for theatre majors.
In the summer of 2012 we were awarded a Scotsman Fringe First Award for innovation and outstanding new writing for our production of Why Do You Stand There in the Rain? by Scottish playwright Peter Arnott. This trip marked our first experience in commissioning a new work written specifically for us. We are commissioning another new work from Scottish playwright Rob Drummond for the summer of 2016.
In order to be selected for the program a student must:
- Furnish all materials requested by International Programs
- Be in good standing with the university
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
- Fill out an Edinburgh Program Application furnished by the program director
- Interview/Audition for the program director
- Furnish two recommendations 1) From faculty or staff in their major course of study 2) and academic recommendation from either a general education or first year seminar professor. The program director will send the on-line recommendation form to the specified faculty/staff member.
- Be available over the week of spring break 2016 to workshop the play. Monday 24 February – Friday 28 February 2016. There may be an exception to this if the student is already in an international program for the spring of 2016. This will be decided on a case by case basis.
The company will be selected by TBA Date. For further information please check the Edinburgh Callboard in the hallway located to the left of Smothers Theatre after September 5th, 2017.
June 22nd, 2018 - August 18th, 2018
The dates listed above are departure dates from LAX and from the program location back to LAX.
Courses (these courses are not yet updated to reflect the summer of 2018)
Students must take a minimum of 5 units and a maximum of 6 units:
ENG 380 - Topics in Literature (4) Fulfills Upper Division Literature GE/Prerequisite: ENG 101
- Examines a given topic in literary studies. The course may be focused on a theme, a movement, a historical period, or a genre (May be repeated once when topics vary).
REL 301 Christianity and Culture (3) Fulfills Christianity and Culture GE/Prerequisite: REL 101
- A study of ways in which Christianity shapes such aspects of culture as art, literature, music, medicine, law, secularization, ecology, racial and ethnic issues, and education, and ways in which these, in turn, influence Christian life and faith.
THEA 150 Theatre Ensemble (1-2) Fulfills Fine Arts GE
- Participation in Theatre Program productions. A maximum of four units may be counted toward graduation requirements (If taken in partial fulfillment of fine arts general education requirements, must be taken for at least 1 unit credit with a letter grade).
THEA 350 Theatre Ensemble (1-2) Fulfills Fine Arts GE
- Participation in Theatre Program productions. May be repeated when cast in main stage productions (A maximum of four units may be counted toward graduation requirements. If taken in partial fulfillment of fine arts general education requirements, must be taken for at least 1 unit credit with a letter grade).
THEA 250/450 Play Production (1)
- A limited number of students are allowed to take this course. One of the requirements for this course is to attend the Edinburgh Tech week on the Malibu Campus beginning June 17th, 2016.
The Edinburgh Visiting Faculty
The Visiting Faculty Member for the Edinburgh Theatre program will be Cathy Thomas-Grant. To contact Cathy Thomas-Grant, click here.
Cathy Thomas-Grant earned her Bachelor's degree at California State University Northridge in 1984 and her Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from The American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco in 1992. She currently serves as Coordinator of the Theatre Program teaches Acting I: Introduction to Acting, Acting III: Role Development and directs in the main season. She is ecstatic to be going to London for the 2014-2015 school year. A city where performance of all kinds THRIVE.
Professor Thomas-Grant has been Director of the Edinburgh Program since 2000, leading Pepperdine theatre majors to perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Edinburgh directing credits include Mr. Happiness/The Water Engine by David Mamet (2002), Eve Ensler's Necessary Targets (2006) Robert Schennkkan's The Kentucky Cycle (2008), Karen Sunde's The Fastest Woman Alive and Naomi Iizuka's Language of Angels (2010) and Musical Direction for The Grapes of Wrath (2004) and most recently the Fringe First Award winning production of Why Do You Stand There in the Rain? (2012) by Scottish Playwright Peter Arnott. In the summer of 2013 the Theatre Program toured this production throughout the Lowlands and Highlands of Scotland. Professional directing credits include: Bringin' Home the Girl at Here Space, (New York), The Water Engine/Mr. Happiness for the Ashbury Actors Group (LA), Desdemona, A Play About a Handerchief for American Inside Theatre (Wisconsin), Scorchers at The Intersection for the Arts (San Francisco). Pepperdine directing Credits include: Hello Dolly, Sweeney Todd, The Seagull (translation by Martin Crimp), Michael Redhill's Goodness, Damn Yankees, All My Sons, The Grapes of Wrath, The Music Man, The Rivals, Fiddler on the Roof, King Lear, Man of La Mancha, The Diviners, Two Rooms, Much Ado About Nothing, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Death of a Salesman.
Some of her professional acting credits include; Weathered, feature short, supporting role (Matt Barber, Matthew Webb directors), The Imaginary Invalid, Judevine, 1918, the premier of Jane Anderson's Food and Shelter, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Nagel Jackson's adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities, for The American Conservatory Theatre. The Comedy of Errors, A Winter's Tale, MacBeth, andTartuffe, (American Players Theatre) Steel Magnolias and The Octette Bridgeclub (Actors Co-op of Hollywood). Professor Thomas-Grant was awarded the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009, and the Graves Award in 2003.
Please see the callboard hallway for more information.