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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.

Virtual Performances available to be streamed on demand November 5-7
Scheduled Streamed performances on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 7pm followed by a talkback with the Company via Zoom. Please visit our Got Culture? page for more information.

Open Auditions


Directed by Kelly Ford - Kaminski

Chaffey College theatre department is proud to present the 1940s "Golden Age of Radio".  Come celebrate the 100 year Anniversary of Radio by tuning in to the likes of George and Gracie, Jackie “Moms” Mabley, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, commercials and Jingles from the past. Let the comedy, music and mystery of 1940s era, entertain you at home.

But wait…………. there's more! (Cue Foley sound fx of wood creaking by twisting celery sticks)
What's that creeping behind you?
Can you hear the door creak open? (Cue Foley sound fx by opening squeaky door prop)
Are you lost in a dark unfamiliar place? (Cue Foley sound fx wind by blowing into the mic)
Or have you entered into (Cue Spooky Organ music) the "Inner Sanctum".

Set your Radio dial and tune in Wednesday night, April 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 2021, at 5:00pm to find out if you have made it out……. ALIVE!! (Cue Spooky Organ music)

Virtual Performance dates and time:
Wednesday, April 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 2021 at 5:00pm

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 @ 2:30pm via Zoom meeting
Monday, February 1 and Tuesday, February 2, 2021 @ 2:30pm via Zoom meeting

Please prepare a one minute comedic monologue from a 1940 radio program or stand up routine. Monologue must be memorized.

Students interested in the Technical side of the production please contact Sheila Malone at Sheila.Malone@Chaffey.edu

Rehearsals begin Monday February 8, 2021 to May 12, 2021
Rehearsal run Monday thru Wednesday @ 2:30pm-6:20pm via Zoom

To participate in rehearsal and performances of The Golden Age of Radio, students must enroll in
THEATRE 50 or 52 Main Stage Production
Auditions to be held by Zoom.
Email Kelly Ford - Kaminski for a time and date to audition via Zoom

For More Information e-mail Kelly Ford-Kaminski at:  Kelly.Ford@Chaffey.edu


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