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2017-2018 Catalog: August 2017 Edition 
2017-2018 Catalog: August 2017 Edition [ARCHIVED]

Theatre Arts

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Dean: Joseph Poshek
Academic Chair: M. Scott Grabau
Faculty: Ron Ellison; M. Scott Grabau
Costume Designer: Nancy Bracken
Scenic Designer: H. Michael Collins
Production Manager: Patric Taylor
Operations Manager: Cecil Armstrong


The theatre curriculum at Irvine Valley includes courses in acting, directing, theatre production and theatre design. Theatre students are encouraged to participate in a variety of theatrical performances, among them dramas, comedies and musical theatre. The Department of Theatre emphasizes the development of the many and various skills required in the theatre-including stagecraft, lighting, costuming, production and video production. The curriculum also includes courses in theatre appreciation, voice and diction, and singing.


Students majoring in theatre arts concentrate on developing the expressive, interpretive, artistic and practical skills fundamental to the production of various types of dramatic literature. Students who wish to complete an Associate in Arts degree in theatre may select one of the following four options to fulfill the major requirement: (1) Theatre Arts, (2) Acting, (3) Technical Theatre, or (4) Theatre Arts for Transfer.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the theatre arts, acting, or technical theatre program, students will be able to

  • Perform a role in a theatrical production.
  • Construct theatrical elements.
  • Manage a theatrical production.
  • Apply fundamentals of theatrical design.

Potential Careers (For Non-Transfer Degree Recipients)

Theatre Arts majors develop an ability to project and present themselves before audiences in formal performances. Thus the major is appropriate both for students who are anticipating careers in acting, directing or theatre production, and for those who may choose careers with a high profile such as law, teaching, sales or management.


    Associate in ArtsAssociate in Arts for TransferCertificate of Proficiency

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