The El Camino College Theatre Department offers a comprehensive foundation in the theory, history, and practice of theatre to students seeking a degree, a certificate, or preparing to transfer to four-year degree programs. Students receive a structured program of study in history, dramatic literature, acting, performance, technical theatre and related crafts.What We Offer
Associate in Arts Degree
Upon completion of the required courses, students can earn an Associate in Arts Degree in Theatre with options for emphasis in acting, technical theatre, and production.
Certificate of Achievement – Entertainment Lighting and Technology
Students who complete the required classes may earn a certificate in Entertainment Lighting and Technology.
Specific major requirements for all degrees and certificates can be found in the College Catalog.
Preparation for the Transfer Major
Master Classes and Events
Students are encouraged to attend professional and student productions presented by the El Camino Center for the Arts and to participate in or observe master classes presented by visiting artists. Upcoming performances, events, and ticket information is available through Center for the Arts.
Students have the opportunity to perform in five or six productions each year, including main stage, workshop, and major musical productions with a live orchestra.
Fundamentals of Acting • Intermediate Acting • Audition and Cold Reading Workshop • Acting Shakespeare • Improvisation • Stagecraft • Lighting • Costuming • Theatrical Makeup • Intelligent Lighting
Our facilities include a 350 seat Campus Theatre, with a proscenium style thrust stage, a removable orchestra pit with full flying capability, and sufficient wing space for rolling scenery. Attached are a green room area and two large chorus dressing rooms. The theatre is equipped with wireless microphones and state-of-the-art lighting equipment. In addition to providing well-stocked costume and property rooms, we provide theatre students access to a fully operational scene shop where they can build scenery.
Our theatre classes can be a student’s first step towards a variety of careers in theatre including:
Actor • Acting coach • Advertising/marketing specialist • Agent • Announcer • Booking manager • Casting director • Costume designer • Costumer • Critic • Director • Drama coach • Entertainment lighting • Lighting designer • Make-up artist • Movie theatre manager • Narrator • Playwright • Producer • Prop manager • Rigger • Scene painter • Script coach/manager • Set designer/carpenter • Sound designer • Stage manager • Talent scout • Theatre arts instructor • Theatre manager