The close proximity of Channel Islands to the greater Los Angeles area provides important opportunities for students. Industry professionals, guest artists and teachers are often present on campus. Likewise, students can participate in the robust local performing arts community and branch into professional opportunities in the entertainment capital of the world. On-campus, students can take advantage of productions, showcases, and various performance ensembles available each semester.

On-Campus Opportunities

There are several on-going campus opportunities, such as Open Mic night every week in the SUB, production classes every fall ranging from Shakespeare to contemporary original works, the annual spring research based extravaganza Arts Under The Stars, several music ensembles, dance ensemble, and end of semester class showcases.

First Ever CI Student Songwriting Competition

CI Students campus-wide are invited to participate in the first-ever CI student Songwriting Competition. The lucky winners will have a chance for their song to be recorded, mixed and mastered by four-time GRAMMY award winner, and legendary Beatles engineer, Geoff Emerick. The song will then be released on vinyl and over 25 internet musical distribution websites.

Songwriters must contact Dr. Paul Murphy at by October 31st, 2017.

Students will then be recorded performing their song at Napa Hall Studio by Performing Arts Student Assistant, Jonas Lee. The dates and times Jonas is available are: Sat. Nov 4th from 12 to 4, Wed. Nov 8th from 5 to 8, Fri. Nov 10th from 5 to 8, Sat. Nov 11th. Note: You must have your song recorded by Jonas Lee in the Napa Studio to qualify for this competition.

Arts Under the Stars - "Empathy" - (opening May 4, 2018)

Call for research and creative proposals due November 15, 2017
Learn more about Arts Under the Stars

The Importance of Being Earnest (opening March 2018)

Additional info will be announced at a future date

Open Mic Night - Fall 2017

Every Thursday, 5:30-7:30pm in the Student Union Building
All performers welcome!

Off-Campus Opportunities

Ventura County has a robust performing arts scene. Several students have taken advantage of regional opportunities such as, local community theatre productions, regional equity theatre opportunities at the Rubicon and 5 Star Theatricals, Namba performing Arts space, and many more. See the listings below for upcoming auditions.

Students in the University Chorus have the opportunity to collaborate with a professional orchestra in highly acclaimed annual performances. They also have the opportunity to give back to the community by collaborating with and performing for local service organizations.

Submit Opportunities for CI Students