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If “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” as Shakespeare said, here’s your chance to take your place upon the stage. Enroll in a theatre class and build a strong foundation in the liberal arts.

The academic theater program at JCCC offers our students nationally recognized performance and production opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities. From courses in theatrical design and technology to acting and directing, JCCC’s curriculum provides the foundation for students pursuing a degree in theater.

JCCC theater students participate annually in the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. They consistently advance to the semi-final round of the Irene Ryan Acting Auditions and receive accolades for their work in dramaturgy, stage management, playwriting and design.

Why study theater at JCCC?

  • JCCC Theatre produces six shows each season offering students numerous acting and production opportunities from their first steps on campus. Students also have the opportunity to direct in the regular season.
  • JCCC Theatre faculty is comprised of educators and professionals dedicated to furthering students' skills in theatrical arts. Learning is also enhanced by visiting guest artists, who are currently working professionally in the areas of acting, directing, design and management.
  • JCCC Theatre's performance spaces are state of the art and housed in the Carlsen Center:
    • Bodker Black Box
    • Polsky Theatre
    • Recital Hall
    • Yardley Hall

JCCC In the Wings Guest Artist Series

Stage Combat Workshops

We’re excited to announce stage combat workshops facilitated by fight master David Miller. Sessions are scheduled:

  • 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6: Basics of unarmed stage combat
  • 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7: Intermediate unarmed stage combat (in order to attend this session, you must have attended the Oct. 6 workshop) 
  • Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2: Single blade armed stage combat (more details later). You must have attended the Oct. 7 workshop.

Spots are limited and must be reserved in advance. To reserve a place, or for more information, email Beate Pettigrew.

Through the In the Wings series, JCCC Theatre students are regularly offered the opportunity to learn from theater professionals in a workshop setting. Observers are encouraged to attend and watch the students work.