Theatre

Become a Student

Contact the Program Directors

Kevin Dressler

Residential Faculty - Performance Faculty - Theatre

480-461-7538

Kara Elizabeth Thomson

Residential Faculty - Design for Theatre & Film

480-461-7975

This program is part of the Communication, Theatre & Film Arts Department.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Visual and Performing Arts
Theatre

A well-made production, be it live theatre or a skillfully crafted film, is not easy to do. But for some, the foundational skills needed for quality production design and technique is an appealing challenge.

If the arts of theatre and film have always held your interest, why not make a career of it? Our experienced theatre and film school instructors will teach you the world of technical theatre, how to work on professional stage productions and the art of filmmaking. Aside from the experience you’ll gain from theatre and film making, you will develop a portfolio of academic work to showcase throughout your artistic career.

Now’s the time to make it happen. Start your education in theatre today.

The Right Pathway for You

MCC offers Certificates of Completion and Transfer Degrees for this program. Your interests and goals will guide you in selecting the pathway that is ideal for you. You may find a combination of certificates or transfer options is the fastest way to realize your dreams.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Certificates

The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.

A list of available certificates offered in the Theatre program
Name Type Title Courses
Certificate of Completion CCL Costume Design and Production, Level I
Certificate of Completion CCL Technical Theatre
Certificate of Completion CCL Technical Theatre: Audio Technician
Certificate of Completion CCL Technical Theatre: Cosplay I
Certificate of Completion CCL Technical Theatre: Costuming
Certificate of Completion CCL Technical Theatre: Hair and Makeup
Certificate of Completion CCL Technical Theatre: Lighting
Certificate of Completion CCL Technical Theatre: Properties
Certificate of Completion CCL Technical Theatre: Puppetry
Certificate of Completion CCL Technical Theatre: Set/Scenic Construction
Certificate of Completion CCL Technical Theatre: Stage Crew Technician

Transfer Degree

Want to pursue a bachelor’s degree? Save money by starting at MCC in manageable, small classes taught by renowned faculty. Our transfer pathways with Arizona universities help you achieve two goals: completing an associate’s degree while also staying on track to earn a bachelor’s degree at your transfer destination. MCC’s university partnerships throughout the nation assure your seamless transition toward a four-year degree.

A list of available transfer degree options for the Theatre program
At MCC, get an... Emphasis in... Transfer to... To get a... Courses
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA) - Theatre Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Theatre Arizona State University (Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts) Theatre
(Bachelor of Arts)
Arizona State University (Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts) Theatre (Acting)
(Bachelor of Arts)
Arizona State University (Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts) Theatre (Design and Production)
(Bachelor of Arts)
Grand Canyon University Theatre and Drama
(Bachelor of Arts)

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of a certificate within the Theatre program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Educational, Guidance, and Vocational Counselors

$52,924

Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers

$26,352

Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers

$71,144

Stage, Motion Picture, Television, and Radio Directors

$50,048

Theatrical and Performance Makeup Artists

$51,340

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

Meet with an Advisor

Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with the academic advisor in the Theatre Arts program.

If you're interested in Theatre Arts Performance schedule an appointment with Kevin Dressler by email at kevin.dressler@mesacc.edu or by phone at 480-461-7538.

If you're interested in Theatre Arts Design or Technical Production schedule an appointment with Kara Thompson by email at kara.thomson@mesacc.edu or by phone at 480-461-7975.

Together you’ll lay out a program or career path that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success, so don’t skip it, okay?