Theatre

HairsprayHairspray, spring 2018  Photo credit David Todd


About the Theatre Program

Prepare yourself for a creative job in the exciting world of live theatre and musical productions. Modesto Junior College's Theatre program offers many opportunities to collaborate on live performance events.

The Theatre Program at MJC is designed to prepare students to work in professional or semi-professional theatre situations or to transfer to four-year colleges and universities to pursue additional classes that may include preparation for teaching theatre. The program is designed to teach students the techniques of acting, dance, costuming, directing, playwriting, lighting, make-up, oral interpretation, stage design, and children's theatre. Students have the opportunity to act in major productions.

Opportunities also exist for narrators, costume designers, wardrobe workers, make-up and hair stylists, lighting designers, stage managers, and actors. Graduates find marketing and advertising positions, becoming publicists, booking agents, or sales representatives.

Degrees and Awards

Associate in Arts for Transfer:  Theatre
The Associate in Arts in Theatre Arts for Transfer Degree (AA-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system leading to a baccalaureate degree in Theatre Arts which can lead to careers in teaching, design, technical theatre, theatre management, professional performance, stage direction, stage management, etc. Please consult a counselor regarding specifi c course requirements for the transfer institution. Completion of the Associate in Arts in Theatre Arts for Transfer Degree also provides guaranteed admission with junior status to the CSU system. Upon completion of the Associate in Arts in Theatre Arts for Transfer students will understand and be able to demonstrate the fundamental performance and technical production processes for the Theatre Arts, demonstrate knowledge of the historical and cultural dimensions of theatre and understand the interaction between script, actor and audience and the areas of scenery, lighting, sound and costume. The Associate in Arts in Theatre Arts for Transfer Degree is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts at a CSU campus. Students completing this degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept this degree will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree. This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Associate in Arts:  Theatre
The Theatre Program at MJC is designed to prepare students to work in professional or semi-professional theatre situations or to transfer to four-year colleges and universities to pursue additional drama classes that may include preparation for teaching theatre. The program is designed to teach students the techniques of acting, costuming, directing, lighting, makeup, oral interpretation, stage design, and children’s theatre. The Theatre Program provides students the opportunity to act in major productions.

Associate in Arts:  Dance
The Associate in Arts in Dance is intended for students who plan to enter the workforce as a choreographer, teacher or performing artist. Dance as an academic discipline focuses on dance as a performing art, as well as its social functions in other areas, including education, health, cultural studies, art, history, and the science of human movement. This degree provides an educational and practical foundation for students pursuing a professional career in dance. It is designed to create avenues toward further study in educational dance, intermediate to advanced technique, choreography, and dance performance. The Associate Degree in Dance will prepare students to gain entry level employment with private dance studios, charter schools and recreational programs with a dance emphasis. Career opportunities also exist in highly competitive professional dance companies, amusement parks, commercial dance, and teaching. There are choreography opportunities with dance and theatre companies. Students should be aware that career opportunities in dance performance related fields are highly competitive.

Skills Recognition Award:  Design and Technical Theatre
The Theatre Program at MJC is designed to prepare students to work in professional or semi-professional theatre situations or to transfer to four-year colleges and universities to pursue additional drama classes that may include preparation for teaching theatre. The program is designed to teach students the techniques of acting, costuming, directing, playwriting, lighting, makeup, oral interpretation, stage design, and children’s theatre. The Theatre Program provides students the opportunity to act in major productions.

Skills Recognition Award:  Theatre Performance
The Theatre Performance Skills Recognition Award at MJC is designed to prepare students to work in professional or semi-professional theatre situations or to pursue additional drama classes that may include preparation for teaching theatre. The program is designed to teach students the techniques of acting, improvisation, and storytelling. The Theatre program provides students the opportunity to act in major productions.

Skills Recognition Award:  Recording Arts
The Recording Arts Program at Modesto Junior College provides students the technical and musical skills to meet the challenges of today’s ever changing fi eld of modern music production. The program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in the Sound Engineering, Sound Design, Music Production, Live Sound, Music Sales and Music Composition for Radio, TV, Film, and Video. The topics include recording studio techniques, live sound engineering, music production, sound design, synthesizers, music technology, music notation and music composition. Opportunities for hands on recording sessions, live sound mixing, original music composition and performance in concert are provided.

Faculty

Michael Lynch
Michael Lynch
, PAC 210
209.575.6734
Acting, Directing 

Lynette Borrelli
Lynette Borrelli-Glidewell
, PAC 217
209.575.6621
Acting, Directing, Improvisation

Ty Helton
Ty Van Helton
, PAC 132
209.575.6446
Adjunct Instructor - Stagecraft
Performing Arts Production Specialist

Kevin Saunders
Kevin Saunders
, PAC 132
209.575.6261
Adjunct Instructor - Stagecraft, Lighting Design
Performing Arts Production Specialist

Mary Reilly
Mary Reilly, PAC 251
209.575.6442
Adjunct Instructor - Costume and Makeup Design
Performing Arts Costume Specialist

Anne Shanto
Anne Shanto

Adjunct Instructor, Introduction to Theatre, Script Analysis

Stephanie Jacobs
Jacquelin Wingett
, PAC 205
209.575.6444
Adjunct Instructor - Stage Management
Administrative Specialist

 

 

2020/2021 Theatre Season


SHREK THE MUSICAL
March 26 Student Preview
March 27 at 7pm
March 28 at 2pm
April 3, 4 at 7pm
April 5 at 2pm
Performing and Media Arts Center, Main Auditorium
$15 General / $12 Students & Seniors
Tickets Available Online, at the MJC Box Office and at the Door
Lynette Borrelli-Glidewell / borrellil@mjc.edu


MJC Theatre Course Planning Schedule 

Revised June 11, 2019

 
Fall 2020 (even years)

THETR 174 - Stage Makeup
THETR 196 - Stage Management
THETR 164 - Improvisational Acting

Spring 2021 (odd years)

THETRE 182 - Practical Stage Lighting
THETR 161 - Intermediate Acting
THETR 114 - Script Analysis

Fall 2021 (odd years)

THETR 105 - Introduction to Stagecraft 
THETR 164 - Improvisational Acting

Spring 2022 (even years)

THETR 175 - Stage Costuming
THETR 161 - Intermediate Acting

Fall 2022 (even years)

THETR 174 - Stage Makeup
THETR 196 - Stage Management
THETR 164 - Improvisational Acting

Courses Offered Every Semester

THETR 100 - Introduction to Theatre  *offered online
THETR 123 - Storytelling
THETR 160 - Fundamentals of Acting
THETR 190 - Theatre Production Workshop
THETR 131- THETR 136-  Rehearsal and Performance 1-4

For more information about the Theatre program please stop by the Arts, Humanities & Communications Division located on the second floor of the PAC building in room 205.