The Theatre Arts program at Chaffey College offers an extensive repertoire of courses that explore performance techniques, elements of design, historical perspectives, and technical artistry. Students may pursue an AA-T in Theatre Arts, an AA in Theatre Performance, and a Certificate in Technical Theatre. Although many students take theatre classes as general transfer electives or to meet the Humanities requirement, the courses will also help develop the necessary skills to pursue a career as a professional actor, stage manager, stage technician, or designer.
Each year, the department produces two to four challenging and exciting productions. Diverse styles of plays and musicals are selected each season to enhance student learning. The department regularly participates in the yearly Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival where nominated theatre students may compete for scholarships and participate in world class workshops. KC-ACTF participation also provides students the opportunity to hear valuable feedback to their artistic work. Many of Chaffey College Theatre students have been recognized by Region 8 for sound design, projection design, and stage management. In addition to KC-ACTF, the department prides itself in providing additional learning and work opportunities outside of the classroom through internships and work experience at area venues.
The Chaffey College Theatre Department is an inclusive environment where you are encouraged to express yourself, explore new techniques, and find your artistic voice. Further, the department actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. No matter what path you choose to explore, the knowledgeable faculty and staff will support you along your journey.