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Open to all levels of experience and enthusiasm, JCCC’s Theatre courses provide hands-on participation from day one. Roll up your sleeves and get to work with courses from theatrical design and technology to acting and directing.

Enroll in a class that interests you and develop a new skill. Continue building your technique with our specialized courses. Is the theatre calling you? Find the foundation for pursuing a degree in Theatre at Johnson County Community College.

What will I learn in JCCC’s Theatre Program?

When you enroll in the Theatre Program at JCCC, you can consider a performance track or a technical track to an associate degree. You can also be set up for the next level with a bachelor’s degree. 

You will also have a chance to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). Past students have participated in the Irene Ryan Acting Auditions, have attended numerous workshops, entered student work for competition - all wrapped up in a week long conference each year.

Our professionally established faculty bring hands-on experience from day one. Build your portfolio through on-stage performances, production management, set design and costume construction in our innovative theatre spaces

New to theatre? Come ‘play’ with us!

Many students enroll in JCCC’s Theatre courses before setting foot on stage. Our program is a place where you can try something new, fulfill an elective requirement and discover a passion for the arts.

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Why JCCC for Theatre courses?

When you study Theatre at JCCC, you’ll have access to the following:

  • Production Season: These amazing productions provide a training ground where you can develop your skills in the areas of theatre that excite you. There are numerous acting and production opportunities with 4-5 shows produced each season.
  • Event Spaces: Our stages in the Midwest Trust Center include Bodker Black Box Theatre—reserved exclusively for Academic Theatre students—and Polsky Theatre. These spaces include awesome backstage facilities including our scene, paint and costume shops; props loft and student green room.
  • Expert Faculty Members: Our faculty comprise educators and professionals with real world experience, dedicated to furthering students’ skills in theatrical arts.
  • Comprehensive Courses: Take advantage of our extensive offering of performance and technical classes, including Stage Directing and Management, Voice and Speech, Improvisation, Movement for the Stage, Stage Combat and Business of Acting.
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At JCCC, the Academic Theatre program focuses on preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. Our strong foundation in analysis, design, stage management and performance creates a seamless transfer experience. Graduate with a professional, dynamic portfolio that sets you apart from other applicants. JCCC has over 60 transfer agreements—ideal for studying in-state or across the country.

Our department has spent decades developing relationships with local theatres and area professional playhouses. Ready to gain valuable onstage or backstage experience? We can help you find internships in the community that match your skill set.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

The financial burden of attending college can cause stress for many students. Fortunately, JCCC works each year to make tuition more affordable and ensure student success.

We can offer the following options at JCCC:

There may be additional fees for textbooks or other supplies. The cost of these items can vary depending on which Theatre courses at JCCC you enroll in.

There are several things to consider when budgeting for college. Visit our Cost of Attendance page for detailed information.

Resources and Tools at JCCC

JCCC offers an abundance of resources and tools for all of our students. Not only do we have one-on-one learning opportunities, but we also offer smaller class sizes and free tutoring services that are highly personalized to fit your needs.

Our Financial Aid Office is a great place for students to speak to counselors about lowering their out-of-pocket costs each semester. With our counselors, students can learn about and explore student loan and scholarship opportunities.

For students who are still figuring out their plans post-graduation, our Academic Counseling services and our Career Development Center are great resources.

JCCC also makes the process of transferring your credits to another university incredibly easy.