Why Study Theatre at PPCC?

Drama is one of the oldest forms of human expression and PPCC is dedicated to providing students with the academic training and hands-on experience they need to pursue it as a career. Students learn about performing and production through classroom instruction and by staging productions of classical and modern theatre. Play the protagonist of your own life by pursuing Theatre at PPCC!

Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) Theatre Department and Dance Department present a collaborative performance of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith

A collaborative production of the Theatre and Dance Departments, this performance is an emotionally powerful and socially aware look at the 1992 Los Angeles race riots. Created in conjunction with the Pikes Peak Library District’s “All Pikes Peak Reads” program which selected Anna Deavere Smith’s book and Tony-nominated play as its city-wide pick, this docudrama brings to life the first-person accounts and experiences of those who lived through the riots. Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is co-directed by Theatre Chair Sarah S. Shaver and Dance Chair Stephanie Kobes-Newcomb and showcases PPCC current and former students, faculty, and staff.

Performances of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 will occur at the Centennial Campus Auditorium, located at 5675 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906. The play runs November 30th, December 1st and 2nd at 7:30pm, with an additional matinee December 2nd at 2:00pm, with a talkback to follow. PPCC ASL Interpreting Prep Program students will be interpreting November 30th and both performances Dec 2nd. General admission seating is not reserved; we recommend showing up early. Admission is free, but we are collecting non-perishable food and toiletries for the PPCC Food Pantry. Please be aware this production has adult language and content.

Cast (Alphabetically)

Bradley Birks, David Brown, Dejanique Calloway, Jade Dunham, Gabriel Espinoza-Lira, Zyee Evans, Ambrosia Feess-Armstrong, Kwamain Hall, Tristan Hilleary, Sean Hoskins, Dionne Howell, Regina Lewis, Gavriella Meola, Trey O’Brien, Carmina Paner, Mattie Rice, Danielle Sanchez, Caroline Sprengle, Caeleigh Stewart, JeZoravan Swisher, Mitchell Trieble, AJ Vafiades, Kristin Watkins, Jeremy White.

Dancers (Alphabetically)

Ambrosia Feess-Armstrong, Anna Arning, Nathan Bala, Kailani Dobson, Sathya McClain, Skyler Rufi, Olivia Sheley, Eden Sykes, AJ Vafiades

ASL Interpreting Prep Program Students (Alphabetically)

Fawn Bloom, Amanda Foster

Production Team

Sarah S. Shaver

Co-Director/Theatre Chair

Stephanie Kobes-Newcomb

Co-Director/Dance Chair

Rachel Whitmore

Stage Manager

Kwamain Hall


Brooke Hunter

Lighting Designer

Caroline Sprengle

Costume Designer

Carmina Paner

Sound Designer

Grant Craddock

Prop Designer

Tristan Hilleary

Multimedia Designer

Leeanna Wolf

Assistant Costume Designer

Tristyn Park

Assistant Stage Manager

About Pikes Peak Community College

Our mission is to provide high-quality educational opportunities to all with a focus on student success and community needs, including

Occupational programs, including certificates, associate and bachelor degrees, for youth and adults in career and technical fields;

Two-year transfer educational programs to qualify students for admission to the junior year at other colleges and universities; and

A broad range of personal, career, and technical education for adults.

Press Contact

Sarah S. Shaver

Karen Kovaly

What will I study?

Courses in Theatre give students a basic understanding of performance and production, allowing you to learn and grow in this exciting field. In pursuing an Associates of Arts Degree in Theatre, you will:

  • Learn about the history and evolution of drama from Ancient to Contemporary.
  • Analyze live theatrical performances.
  • Learn and practice the techniques of playwriting and dramatic structure.
  • Participate in set construction, stage management, scenic artistry, costuming, lighting, and sound.
  • Apply performance techniques that incorporate the body, voice, emotion, and intellect.
  • Connect with the community through performance, internships, and design opportunities.
  • Be able to transfer to a four year university.

Example Classes I Might Take

Includes discussions, workshops, and lectures designed to discover, analyze, and evaluate all aspects of the theatre experience: scripts, acting, directing, staging, history, criticism, and theory.
Covers basic acting techniques and approaches including scene study, improvisation, and script analysis. Includes practical application through classroom performance.
Surveys the history and evolution of drama from Ancient Greece to the Renaissance, emphasizing all aspects of the art from period values to analysis of dramatic literature and performance.
Gives students the opportunity to learn and practice playwriting techniques, thereby improving creative writing skills. Elements of dramatic structure, dialogue, styles, and theatrical practices are emphasized.

Career Options

A theatre degree from PPCC provides a variety of opportunities for students who love theatre, either acting in front of the audience, or working behind the scenes developing the production. Careers for theatre include the following:

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Designer
  • Drama Teacher
  • Stage Manager

Careers in Theatre

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Some of What We do.

We offer opportunities for students to participate in plays both at PPCC and within the community.

The Play, "After"

Sarah Shaver

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