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Theatre Arts

Do you have your sights set on acting on stage, television or in movies? Or do you see yourself operating behind the scenes, handling lighting or sound? Chaffey College's theatre arts program can prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university or start a career in professional theater. We'll teach you theory and give you practical experience through various productions to help you gain employment in the industry. Students also receive opportunities to participate in the national Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. The passion and dedication of our faculty will inspire you to succeed.


Christa Havenhill El-Said Professor christa.el-said@chaffey.edu
Ashley Bilz Theatre Coordinator ashley.bilz@chaffey.edu
Kelly Ford Professor kelly.ford@chaffey.edu
Sheila A. Malone, Ph.D. Associate Professor sheila.malone@chaffey.edu

Lauren Graffin

Adjunct Professor lauren.graffin@chaffey.edu
Ryan Massar Stage Technician ryan.massar@chaffey.edu
Christopher Dievendorf Stage Technician christopher.dievendorf@chaffey.edu
Carrie L. Smith Costume Technician carrie.smith@chaffey.edu
Mark Gamez Adjunct Instructor mark.gamez@chaffey.edu
Michael Gilland Stage Technician michael.gilland@chaffey.edu
V. Michelle Griffiths Adjunct Instructor  
Steven Biggs Adjunct Instructor steven.biggs@chaffey.edu
Paul Hadobas Adjunct Instructor paul.hadobas@chaffey.edu

Dimyana Pelev

Adjunct Instructor dimyana.peleva@chaffey.edu

Tony Baltierra

Adjunct Instructor anthony.baltierra@chaffey.edu


Upcoming Productions


By Naomi Iizuka
An Adaptation of the Odyssey

Separated from his mother, a young refugee called Anon journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people — some kind, some dangerous and cruel — as he searches for his family and home. From a sinister one-eyed butcher to beguiling barflies to a sweatshop, Anon must navigate through a chaotic, ever-changing landscape in this entrancing adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey.

This production will be produced fully online in a networked environment using greenscreened, edited performances created through technologic, telematic constructions that question where the body ends, and how we communicate narratives across media through a cyberspatial environment.

Students will use digital tools such as Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, and After Effects to create this multi-media performance.

Auditions will take place in Canvas September 1- September 

For more information about auditions email Dr. Sheila Malone sheila.malone@chaffey.edu


Anon - Young protagonist. A refugee. Lost but determined, he is searching for his mother.

Naja - A young goddess and Anon’s biggest ally. She is here to help Anon on his quest.

Ali - Nasreen’s father and Ritu’s husband, with whom he owns an Indian restaurant.

Ritu - Nasreen’s mother. She is married to Ali and is the co-owner of the restaurant.

Nasreen - Ritu and Ali’s daughter. Befriends Anon.

Calista - Anon’s adopted sister in the US. She is blind to her privilege and proud of her riches.

Pascal - Adventurous, but not very cautious. Befriends Anon.

Mr. Zyclo - A butcher that eats people.

Zyclo’s Pet Bird - Zyclo’s fabulous bird.

Ignacio - The ghost of Belen’s father.

Belen - A friend of Anon’s.

Serza - A bartender.

Barfly - The Bar’s lone loyal customer.

Nemasani - Anon’s young mother. A refugee. She lost him at sea and now works for a sewing factory, hoping to find her son one day.

Mr. Mackus - Manager of the sewing factory. Aggressively interested in marrying Nemasani.

Senator Laius - Senator of the city, a figure of power and authority.

Helen Laius - Senator Laius’ wife. She shows interest in Nemasani’s story, but only to satisfy her morbid imagination.

Ensemble Auditions will take place in Canvas September 1- September 4

Once added to the Canvas Audition course (non-enrollment)- you will have audition activities to complete on Canvas

This production will be produced fully online with final edited pieces streamed November 5-7, 2020.


Past productions

The Chaffey College theatre department has presented a wide variety of productions from "As You Like It" to "The Wiz." Past productions include:

Past production Past production Past production
The Miracle Worker The Full Monty I Love You, You're Perfect, Now CHANGE!
Circus Olympus Love and Information A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
All in the Timing As You Like It Bat Boy
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Grease Hair
Little Shop of Horrors Oklahoma! One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Rent Romeo and Juliet The Children's Hour
The Laramie Project The Vagina Monologues The Wiz
Avenue Q Spring Awakening Children's Theatre


Degrees and Certificates

Theatre Arts Associate Degree for Transfer

The Associate of Arts in Theatre Arts for Transfer (AA-T) prepares students to transfer into the Cal State University system to complete a baccalaureate degree in theater arts or a similar major. Various productions are offered to provide students with a broad range of practical training. The program is suited for students who will complete their education at Chaffey College with an associate of arts degree, as well as those students who will complete their Chaffey associate of arts degree and transfer to a 4-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree. Successful completion of the transfer degree in theatre arts guarantees student acceptance to a California State University (but does not guarantee acceptance to a particular campus or major) to pursue a baccalaureate degree.

Goals and outcomes for the theatre arts major include:

  1. Continued improvement and maintenance of a learner-centered environment for theater education that includes a dynamic and accessible performance program respectful of each student through varied delivery strategies.
  2. Introduction of general education, transfer and vocational students to the history of theater, classical stage acting techniques, musical theater techniques, acting for the camera techniques, stylized acting, stage movement, directing for the stage and main stage production, as well as instruction that integrates the appreciation of theater as an academic endeavor, comprehensive art and social form.
  3. Provision of safe, current and effective facilities and equipment that are up to professional industry standards for varied technical theater fields so that our students can create and enhance innovative projects/products.
  4. Preparation of students for seamless transfer to a California State University to pursue a theater arts baccalaureate degree pursuant the requirements of SB-1440.

To obtain an Associate of Arts in Theatre Arts for Transfer degree, students must complete all the major requirements listed below with grades of C or better

  • 60 CSU-transferable units with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better.
  • California State University General Education Breadth pattern (CSU GE), or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Develop a fundamental knowledge of the origins of theater
  • Recognize the aesthetics of design.
  • Critically analyze and appraise a theatrical performance and technical aspects of the production. 

Theatre - Performing Arts

The Associate of Arts in Performing Arts degree prepares students to transfer to 4-year colleges and universities other than those in the Cal State system to complete a baccalaureate degree in performing or theatre arts. If transfer to a CSU in performing or theatre arts is a student’s desired educational goal, the Associate of Arts for Transfer (AA-T) in Theatre Arts should be pursued instead. The focus of the performing arts degree is on performance, whereas the AA-T degree provides a broader coverage of the basic theory and principles of theatre arts.

The performing arts degree provides students with both the theory and practical experience necessary for either employment in beginning levels of professional theatre or transfer to a performing or theatre arts major at a 4-year institution other than a CSU.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Differentiate between theatre as a theatrical art and social form throughout history through technical skills development in the classroom and critical thinking development through theatre historical and theoretical analysis.
  • Exhibit improved creativity, self-confidence, script analysis, character development, observation, body awareness, vocal awareness and memorization skills, as well as collaborative problem-solving and diversity awareness through technical skills, acquired style, and performance skills.
  • Develop and exhibit acting technical skills and styles within a wide spectrum of acting methods while applying knowledge of the mechanical principles of stage performance for an expressive, communicative purpose.

Technical Theatre Certificate

The Technical Theatre Certificate of Career Preparation prepares students for occupational competency as a theatre technician; theatre manager in educational, community, and resident theatre venues; theme parks, television, and motion picture studios. Technical theatre technicians may work on set construction, theatrical carpentry, sound systems, lighting design, light board operation, stage lighting, scenery costumes, props, and special effects.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills that foster capacities of analysis, critical reflection, problem solving, communication, career development, and global and community awareness
  • Develop a fundamental knowledge of the origins of theatre
  • Recognize the aesthetics of design
  • Critically analyze and appraise a theatrical performance and technical aspects of the production.


Additional Links

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival - a national theater program involving 20,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide annually.

Chaffey College Theatre Club - Students who support the theatre department and its productions. 

Panther Improv Players