Theatre Arts

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 Arts

The stage is set. The house is standing room only. And it’s five minutes to curtain. This is your first performance but you’re not nervous at all. All of your study, training, and practice at MCC has paid off.

The Theatre Arts program provides you with an excellent foundation in theatrical production and performance and offers opportunities for participation to students, staff, faculty, and the community. We support a variety of theatre outreach experiences including four main stage productions, as well as student productions and showcases, original works, guest artists, workshops, and puppetry performances.

A balanced, well-rounded theatrical experience helps you develop confidence and enables you to move from competence to excellence in whatever profession you choose. A theatrical education provides you with a valuable base from which to launch a career in film, television, stage, management, marketing, advertising, law, politics, theology, social work, or in therapeutic fields.

The Right Pathway for You

MCC offers Certificates of Completion, Associate Degrees 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, degrees or transfer options is the fastest way to realize your dreams.

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 Arts program
Name Type Title Courses
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

Degree

MCC’s associate degrees enhance your resume and prepare you to enter the workforce with an advantage. Whether you are interested in simply completing basic, required college courses or specializing in a specific area, there’s a degree for you.

A list of available associate degrees offered in the Theatre Arts program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts AAFA Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Theatre

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 Arts program
At MCC, get an... Emphasis in... Transfer to... To get a... Courses
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Theatre Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Theatre Arizona State University Theatre
(Bachelor of Arts)
Arizona State University Theatre
(Bachelor of Arts)
Arizona State University Theatre (Acting)
(Bachelor of Arts)
Arizona State University Theatre (Design and Production)
(Bachelor of Arts)
Grand Canyon University Theatre and Drama
(Bachelor of Arts)

Additional Transfer Options

Below are some additional transfer options that may also be available to you. Please contact Academic Advisement to learn more.

A list of additional transfer options for the Theatre Arts program
At MCC, get an... Transfer to... To get a...
Associate in Arts Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts in Film (Film and Media Production)
Associate in Arts Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts in Film (Film and Media Studies)
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (Acting)
Associate in Arts Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (Design and Production)

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Theatre Arts 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

$50,939

Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers

$27,563

Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers

$66,408

Stage, Motion Picture, Television, and Radio Directors

$48,382

Theatrical and Performance Makeup Artists

$57,626

* 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?