Program Purpose: Students participating in the theatre arts program will express themselves creatively through application of the theatrical skills of acting, directing, design, technical production, stagecraft, costume craft, or make-up, collaborate as an effective member of a team to perform the work of others or to create original work, apply learned knowledge and skills to new and varied situations, use feedback to improve performance, implement time management skills to complete a task, recognize a problem, devise and implement a plan of action.

Program Description: The Theatre Arts Department provides both academic and production experience in all aspects of theatre. A comprehensive set of undergraduate courses fulfill general education and transfer requirements, and students may obtain an AA in Theatre Arts or work toward Certificates of Achievement in acting, directing, technical theatre production, costume, and make-up. Students majoring in theater may transfer to four-year universities to further their education at the Bachelor level. The study of Theatre Arts encourages all students to enrich their appreciation of varying forms of art, and enhances their abilities in communication, critical analysis and self-expression.

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Department Chair: Jay Varela
Phone: (805) 289-6000 x 6261

Area Dean: Dr. Gwendolyn Lewis-Huddleston
Phone: (805) 289-6388
Office: LRC-353

The Theater Arts program provides hands-on, high quality theatre education and experience, preparing students to go on to four-year universities, professional training programs, to work in the theatre, film, or television industry, or to simply and more fully appreciate the arts. The program is structured to provide students with multiple performance opportunities and learning experiences. There is an opportunity to be active both onstage and backstage. The program produces four plays each year, including two Festivals of One-Act Plays directed by students. The productions, which vary in content and style from year to year, are cast completely from the college's own students, and it is the program's goal to provide every interested student with a chance to direct.