Theatre Arts

Become a Student

Contact the Program Directors

Kevin Dressler

Residential Faculty - Performance Faculty - Theatre


Kara Elizabeth Thomson

Residential Faculty - Design for Theatre & Film


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.

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
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Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Theatre (AAFA-Theatre) Theatre Emphasis Arizona State University Theatre
(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
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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 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.

* 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 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 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?