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About Cardinal Theatre Productions

CTP Mission


To produce Independent Student Theatrical Performances at the University of Southern California with an emphasis on making new, relevant or popular Broadway and Off-Broadway plays and musicals accessible to college-aged talent and diverse audiences.




Cardinal Theatre Productions (CTP) chooses to focus its operations as a true arts non-profit company. CTP takes pride and care in all aspects of producing a fine art. CTP’s vision includes incredible talent onstage to high production value, but goes beyond the theatre and has established educational programming for its surrounding community (bringing students from middle and high schools free of cost to see live theatrical productions that go beyond a performance—with pre and post show talkbacks moderated and prepared by local teaching artists) as well as a continued investment on emerging artists by engaging alumni and local promising artists to collaborate as professionals All current students and alumni at the University of Southern California, whether undergraduate or graduate are eligible to be members of CTP, and CTP is proud to have such a diverse group involved year by year.




Community Partnerships is of prime importance to Cardinal Theatre Productions, which is why we plan to continue our education program. Like last year, we will offer a number of free seats to local schools, bringing the experience of live theatre to young audiences, most of whom have never seen a live theatrical performance before. In addition to their free seats, an education guide encompassing sections on creativity, comprehension, and critical thinking will be provided for our 15-18 year old audiences to foster a connection between their own lives and the art of theatre. By providing educational literature and Q&A sessions with the cast and crew, we aim to make CTP-produced shows a truly immersive, educational, and worthwhile experience for our young audiences.




Manuel Prieto (Class of 2012) and Patrick Phillips (Class of 2013).

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