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Monica Ganas, Ph.D.

Professor, Theater Arts
Phone: (626) 815-5460
Fax: (626) 387-5747
Monica Ganas, Ph.D., is a full professor in the Department of Theater Arts at Azusa Pacific University where she teaches acting and directing classes, as well as courses in critical studies, and the interplay of faith and culture. She is a recipient of Undergraduate Scholarly Achievement Award and a two-time recipient of the Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award. She has directed over 20 main stage shows on and off campus. She is a 30-year-veteran of the entertainment industry, performing as actor, writer, and occasional producer/director, principally in satirical comedy. Credits include The Pee-Wee Herman Show (HBO) and The Billy Chrystal Comedy Hour (NBC) as well as stage work at Minnesota’s Guthrie Theater and L.A.’s Universal Amphitheater.

She recently wrote and performed a one-woman show at the Marsh Theater in San Francisco. Her areas of scholarship, publication and teaching are acting, theater, popular culture, community development and social change through the arts. She is co-founder of the Azusa Renaissance Theater Company, which aims to restore theater arts in Azusa through workshops and performance venues. She chairs the Television Area of the Southwest American/Popular Culture Association. Her book, Under the Influence: California’s Intoxicating Cultural and Spiritual Impact on America, was published by Brazos Press in 2010. Her mission is to equip the next generation of artists to do excellent meaningful, and imaginative work in service to neighbor and culture.


Ph.D., University of Kentucky
M.A., San Francisco State University
B.A., San Francisco State University


  • College of Music and the Arts: School of Visual and Performing Arts
    • Theater Arts
  • College of Music and the Arts


  • Acting/Directing/Improvisation
  • California culture
  • Faith and the arts
  • Film and society
  • Popular culture
  • Women and media

Courses Taught

TFT 101 – Christianity and the Creative Process
TFT 113 – Acting Fundamentals
TFT 351 – Film and Social Issues
TFT 360 – Studies in Popular Culture
TFT 365 – Civic Theater
TFT 414 – Student Broadcast Workshop
TFT 435 – Acting Styles and Techniques
TFT 496 – Senior Seminar: Ethics in Theater, Film, and Television

Office Location

Building Three, TFT Office Suite, Room 168, West Campus, West Campus

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