The Phoenix College Theatre and Film program is one of the oldest and most respected theatre programs in Arizona, preparing students with foundational skills in all aspects of theatre, from acting and directing to theatre technology, including set design and construction, lighting and prop design, costuming and make-up, and stage management. Students become an integral part of every aspect of production work.
Recent productions have included work in Theatre for Young Audiences, as well as Spanish-language productions. Students and faculty have regularly participated in the Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival where they have placed in Stage Management, Technical Theatre Design, Playwriting, and Acting competitions.
With classes including Creative Drama, Theatre for Youth, Playwriting, Acting for the Camera, Directing Techniques, Stage Movement, Voice & Diction, Women and Film, and a myriad of design classes, students gain a well-rounded and holistic theatre education. Student directors and designers have the opportunity to apply their skills in the Student Director Showcase.
The program prepares you to work on college and professional productions immediately. We have partnerships with several local theatre companies where students and alumni work with playwrights on new plays, stage manage workshops, and observe productions in rehearsal and performance. We have also developed inter-departmental hands on applied theatre experiences with the Nursing and EMT programs.
Program Learning Outcomes
Skills and knowledge gained from the successful completion of this program include the ability to:
- Demonstrate foundational skills in design, technical, and performance practices for effective communication and personal expression.
- Apply critical thinking and research skills to the creative process.
- Collaborate effectively, recognizing diverse opinions and cultural and individual differences.
- Generate ideas, creations, or models that express the human condition and one’s relationship to the culturally diverse world.
- Interpret dramatic works within historical, cultural, and contemporary contexts.
- Engage in ethical personal and professional artistic practices, in accordance with copyright laws, intellectual and artistic freedom, civic responsibility, and standards of the field.
- Use technical theatre techniques in productions under the direct supervision of technical theatre faculty and staff.
- Develop a portfolio of artistic and academic work to support university transfer, career development, and/or personal use.
The program also offers the opportunity to earn an undergraduate AAFA transferable degree with an emphasis in acting, directing, and design.