Theatre Arts

Program Overview

Theatre arts is the study of acting, technical theatre, and dramatic literature. Drama is an ancient art form used by civilizations to teach, inform, entertain, and bring the community together in a positive environment. The word drama implies a composition in verse, or prose intended to portray life, or a character, or a story through action and dialogue that is designed for theatrical performance. This department explores the history, theories, dramatic modes, techniques, practices, and technical aspects of production. This major area qualifies for admissions into the California State University system through the Associate Degree for transfer program.

Degrees & Certificates

Associate in Arts Degree: Transfer Preparation

  • Theatre Arts - Performance
  • Theatre Arts

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available for the theatre arts major. A few require an associate degree, most require a bachelor's degree, and some require a graduate-level degree: actor, director, producer, public relations specialist, advertising personality, theatre technician, stage designer, choreographer, makeup artist, costume designer, high school or college instructor, theatre manager, set designer, scriptwriter, lighting specialist, construction crew member, and community theatre administrator.

Contact Us


Michael Buckley

Ruff Yeager


Department Chair

Dr. Teresa Russell


Phone: (619) 421-6700 x5679