Degree Type: Associate of Arts Degree, AA

Pathway: Arts & Humanities

More Options: Classroom Based

Program Length: 4 Semesters

Location: Studio West

Transferability: Transferable

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Why study Theatre at PPCC?

Drama is one of the oldest forms of human expression and PPCC is dedicated to providing you with the academic training and hands-on experience they need to pursue it as a career. You'll learn about performing and production through classroom instruction and by staging productions of classical and modern theatre. A degree at PPCC can lead to work in acting, directing, screenwriting, theatre and stage management and costume, lighting and set design.

What do PPCC Theatre students study?

Courses in Theatre gives you 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.
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What kind of Salary Can You Expect?

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Theatre Classes You Might Take

As a student in Theatre you will learn fundamental performance and technical production processes for the theatre arts, discuss the historical and cultural dimensions of theatre, and understand the interaction between script, actor, and audience as well as the areas of scenery, lighting, sound and costume.

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.

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AJ Vafiades

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You made the right decision, coming to PPCC. Take your time. Education doesn’t have a time limit and you don’t need to rush it. Explore majors, interests, hobbies. University will still be there, should you choose to take it.

AJ Vafiades | Theatre Alumni
Class of 2018

Associate of Arts Degree (AA) in Theatre

The world is but a stage and we, merely players. If you want to know about entertainment and the theatrical business, this is the place to start. Acting, Directing, Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Costume Design Makeup Design, Sound Design, Playwriting, Stage Management, and more are offered. By the end our your PPCC experience, you will be ready to enter the entertainment field at what ever level you wish... professional, or avocation. Think about it. No matter what you do in life, theater will be there.

After earning your AA degree from Pikes Peak Community College, you are half-way towards a Bachelor's degree in Theatre by continuing your studies at one of several 4-year universities. Meet with an advisor for more information.

Student's interested in continuing their study in Theatre have developed the confidence they needed to move to excellence in the professions they have chosen. An education in theatre at PPCC provides students with a valuable base from which to launch a careers outside of television, stage and screen, to include advertising, marketing, management, politics, law, social work, and so much more. See an advisor for more details.

  • Discuss the history and development of theatrical practices from Ancient Greece to present as well as non-western forms of theater
  • Implement playwriting techniques emphasizing elements of dramatic structure, dialogue, styles, creative writing, and theatrical practices
  • Apply theories of theatre production as they relate to participation in set construction, scenic artistry, costuming, lighting, sound, acting, stage managing, and administration
  • Present a theatrical production to the public in a real acting environment
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1st semester plan

math & english requirements

1st semester plan

Courses & Credit Hours

  • ENG 1021 - English Composition I (3)
  • 1 GT Pathways Mathematics course from GT-MA1 (3) prefer MAT 1240 - Mathematics for Liberal Arts (3)
  • THE 1005 - Theatre Appreciation AH1 (3)
  • THE 1011 - Acting I (3)
  • 1 GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Sciences course from SS1, SS2, or SS3 (3)

Total Credits: 16

Courses & Credit Hours

  • ENG 1022 - English Composition II (3)
  • 1 GT Pathways Natural and Physical Sciences with Lab course from SC1 (4)
  • THE 1008 - Theater Script Analysis AH1 (3)
  • THE 1016 - Technical Theatre (3)
  • 1 Elective from the AA approved course list (3)

Total Credits: 16

Courses & Credit Hours

  • THE 2012 - Development of Theatre Restoration to Modern AH1 (3)
  • THE 2015 - Playwriting AH1 (3)
  • 1 GT Pathways History course from HI1 (3)
  • 1 GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Sciences course from SS1, SS2, or SS3 (3)
  • 1 Elective from the AA approved course list (3)

Total Credits: 15

Courses & Credit Hours

  • THE 1031 - Theatre Production I (3) or THE 1032 - Theatre Production II (3) or THE 231 - Theatre Production III (3) or THE 2032 - Theatre Production IV (3)
  • THE 2011 - Development of Theatre Greek-Renaissance AH1 (3)
  • 1 GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Sciences course from SS1, SS2, or SS3 (3)
  • 1 Elective from the AA approved course list (3)
  • 1 Elective from the AA approved course list (2)

Total Credits: 14

math & english requirements

MAT 1240 - Mathematics for Liberal Arts (3)

ENG 121 - English Composition I (3)

ENG 122 - English Composition II (3)

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