Edinburgh Summer Program

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(This program is currently not accepting applications)

The Theatre Program

Scottish Hospitality

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 

Introduction

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.

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 and other dates TBA. There may be an exception to this if the student is already in an international program for the Spring of 2020. This will be decided on a case by case basis.

Program Dates

June 27th, 2020 - August 21st, 2020

The dates listed above are departure dates from LAX and from the program location back to LAX.

Costs

Tuition: $1,745 per unit
Room & Board: $4,560
Program Specific Costs: N/A

Required Vital Documents and Deadlines

Completed IP Document Submission Form, including the following documents:

  • Passport Copy: due January 17, 2020
  • Health Clearance Form: due April 10, 2020
  • Visa Copy (for students requiring a visa only): due April 24, 2020

Course Requirements

5 unit minimum requirement.

Course Offerings

ENG 380 Topics in Literature (4)

Prerequisite: ENG 101 or equivalent

GE: Literature

  • 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)

GE: Christianity & Culture

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)

GE: Fine Arts

  • 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)

GE: Fine Arts

  • 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 Play Production (1)

Prerequisite: THEA 240 or consent of instructor.

  • A laboratory-format technical theatre course offered in conjunction with the major theatrical productions. Crew heads for departmental productions may be chosen from this class. Open to theatre majors and non-theatre majors with fewer than forty units.

THEA 450 Play Production (1)

Prerequisite: THEA 240 or consent of instructor.

  • A laboratory-format technical theatre course in conjunction with the major theatrical productions. Crew heads for departmental productions may be chosen from this class.

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

Office Location: CAC 202A

Office Hours: Coming Soon 

Cathy Thomas-Grant trained at the American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco. She has served as the Pepperdine University Edinburgh Program Director since 2000 and is currently a Professor of Theatre at Pepperdine University. Productions for the Fringe include: Mr. Happiness/The Water Engine, Necessary Targets, The Kentucky Cycle, The Fastest Woman Alive, Language of Angels, musical direction for The Grapes of Wrath, Forget Fire in collaboration with J C Marshall, The Abode by Davey Anderson, and the Fringe First Award winning productions of Why Do You Stand There in the Rain? by Peter Arnott and The Interference by Lynda Radley. Selected Pepperdine directing Credits include: Heritage, by Nicola McCartney, Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, The Seagull (translation by Martin Crimp), Michael Redhill's Goodness, The Rivals, Fiddler on the Roof, King Lear, Man of La Mancha, Much Ado About Nothing, and Death of a Salesman. Selected professional acting credits include: 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, (American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco), The Comedy of Errors, A Winter's Tale, Macbeth, and Tartuffe, (American Players Theatre of Wisconsin) Steel Magnolias and The Octet Bridgeclub (Actors Co-op of Hollywood). Professor Thomas-Grant is a recipient of the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence.

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Updated: 11.13.19