Actors dressed in various pirate costumes confront each other onstage during a rehearsal for "The Pirates of Penzance."

THEATRE

Kellogg Community College offers nearly a dozen academic and practical Theatre courses, in addition to performance opportunities, including two full-stage productions and two student-led theatre events each year. KCC Theatre studies emphasize collaboration, creativity and commitment to helping students raise their performance level regardless of their major.

KCC’s Theatre courses in acting, children’s theatre, film production, film and video studies, stagecraft and theatre appreciation are aimed both at students looking to transfer to a four-year theatre program and those simply seeking a fun and engaging way to to broaden their horizons and enhance their confidence, communication, leadership and personal marketability skills.

Advising & Transfer

KCC Theatre studies help prepare students for careers in the arts and for transfer to other arts programs at four-year schools. View transfer guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Contact Academic Advising at 269-965-4124 or [email protected] to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan.

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Theatre Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
THEA 121 Theatre Appreciation 1* 3
THEA 125 Stagecraft 1 3
THEA 218 Acting 1 3
THEA 220 Acting 2 3
THEA 225 Stagecraft 2 3
THEA 251 Introduction to Children’s Theatre* 3
THEA 280 Theatre Practicum 1
THEA 281 Theatre Practicum 3
THEA 297 Theatre Special Topics 3

 

Theatre Careers


KCC Theatre students broaden their horizons and enhance their confidence, communication, leadership and personal marketability skills for the world beyond the stage. Theatre and film are collaborative efforts that require all types of people with all types of talents and interests to create a meaningful process and powerful end product. Through working and communicating with all types of personalities in a creative, deadline-based process, theatre studies serve as highly accessible, experiential training grounds for life in the workforce at large. KCC Theatre studies help prepare students for careers in the arts and for transfer to other arts programs at four-year schools.

Possible job titles for graduates with an education in theatre include:

  • Actor
  • Art director
  • Choreographer
  • Commercial/industrial designer
  • Craft artist
  • Director
  • Fashion designer
  • Producer
  • Set/exhibit designer

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Information

For the latest employment and wage estimates for theatre careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mi.htm.

Why Study Theatre at KCC?


KCC’s Theatre curriculum emphasizes collaboration, creativity and commitment in the productions and courses offered to students and the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo areas at large. KCC understands and believes in the power of performance and KCC Theatre programming exists to demonstrate what theatre can do for students in the classroom while entertaining students and community members alike.

Theatre Productions

KCC offers two mainstage productions each school year, including a drama or comedy each fall and a musical each spring. The production season offers opportunities for KCC students and community members alike to gain practical and artistic experience both onstage and backstage. KCC holds open auditions for each production and welcomes anyone interested in donating their time and energy in the areas of set construction, stage lighting, stage management, costuming and makeup.

The Binda Theatre and Davidson Auditorium

The centerpiece of KCC’s Binda Performing Arts Center, the Binda Theatre, is where each KCC Theatre production is held. Extensive building renovations in 2014 doubled the size of the lobby, improved acoustics and other functional aspects of the theater space and allowed for the integration of new technologies. The 300-plus-seat theatre also serves as classrooms for several KCC Theatre classes each semester.

Also recently renovated, the Davidson Auditorium, located in the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center, includes seating for more than 100 and houses several smaller-scale productions each semester in addition to serving as a teaching space for KCC Theatre students.

Encore Theatre Company

KCC’s student theatre club is known as the Encore Theatre Company. Encore is open to all students interested in developing theatrical experiences on and off campus. The goal of the company is to entertain and educate audiences, explore theatre and expose drama to all age groups. Students are encouraged to offer their support and talents to the community. In addition to other arts-based initiatives, the student-led theatre company produces two mainstage “Mich-Mash” theatre productions each semester.

Theatre Contacts

Brad Poer

Brad Poer

Faculty/Coordinator, Theater

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