• Liberal & Fine Arts

Notice: The 3/3 performance of The Theory of Relativity has been cancelled. If you need a refund or would like to exchange your tickets, please email OR leave a voicemail at 815-280-2200. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

What Will I Learn?

JJC offers a practical, immersive education in theatre.

Our courses give students a broad overview of the theatre discipline. They can be transferred to a four-year university.

Students will also learn outside of the classroom. With four productions a year, there are opportunities for roles as performers, designers, and technicians.


What is Unique About Our Theatre Program?

In four-year theatre programs, lead roles or design positions are not always available to freshmen. At JJC, these opportunities and more are available to all students.

This advanced preparation helps our transfer students stand out as they continue in four-year programs. It also helps our students obtain professional opportunities earlier in their careers.

What Are My Career Opportunities?

  • Actor
  • Scenic Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Props Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Talent Manager
  • Teacher
  • Director
  • Arts Management
  • Arts Fundraiser
  • Lighting Engineer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Film Editor
  • Casting Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Playwright
  • Literary Manager
  • Producer
  • Dramaturge
  • Booking Agent
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Special Effects Technician
  • Radio/TV announcer
  • Theatre Critic
  • Events Planner
  • Advertising Specialist

Theatre Courses

  • Courses Offered

    JJC offers the following theatre courses:

    • Theatre Appreciation (THEA 101) that is an overview of the history and job opportunities available in Theatre.
    • Acting I and II (THEA 103, Thea 203) will introduce those interested in acting skills needed for this career and the second level builds upon the foundation laid in the beginning class.
    • In Technical Theatre I and II (THEA 104 and 105), students learn the basics of stagecraft and design, and the advances class builds upon Technical Theatre.
    • Stage Makeup (THEA 110) offers both the Actor and the technician skills in character analysis, basic application techniques, and design.
    • Costumes (THEA 108) Students learn basic garment history, sewing skills and design work in order to understand the role that costumes play in a production.
    • Directing (THEA 201) offers the opportunity for students to apply how a stage director functions and coordinates all the areas of theatre study to produce a performance.
    • Play Analysis (THEA 114) This course teaches the fundamentals of play analysis for a director, actor or designer/technician.  (Offered based on student demand and faculty availability only)
    • Special Topics in Theatre (THEA 299) This is a specialized class that is offered in a variety of topics, including American Musical Theaters, Improvisation, and children’s theatre to just name a few. (Offered based on student demand and faculty availability only)
    • Theatre Practicum (THEA 106) This is credit for practical application of theatre skills in acting, backstage or front of house work. (Offered based on student demand and faculty availability only)
    • Theatre Improvisation (THEA 115) Students learn basic improv techniques such as body control, vocal flexibility, creativity, quick thinking and ensemble work.

    View Theatre Courses in Our Catalog

2022-23 Season

  • The Theory of Relativity

    Notice: the 3/3 production of Theory of Relativity has been cancelled. Please contact OR leave a voicemail at 815-280-2200 for refunds and exchanges.


    The Theory of Relativity by Brian Hill & Neil Bartman


    Directed by Brian Fruits

    Music Direction: Debra Miller

    Design Coordinator: Julie Giampaolo

    Technical Director: Rachael Nuckles


    This 85-minute musical is a collection of seemingly unrelated songs, scenes, and monologues that come together to show the interconnected nature of humanity. These stories center around finding your true identity and discovering your place in the world. From falling in and out of love to allergies, the wide array of characters takes the audience on a journey through the wonders of human connection.


    March 2, 3, and 4th at 7:30pm

    March 5th at 2:00pm


    March 3rd will be an accessible performance offering both ASL Interpretation and Audio Description. For more information, email or call the tech office at 815-280-2200. Tickets are available now.


    View the virtual program!


  • A View From the Bridge

    Cast List

    Alfieri - Eric Malave

    Eddie - Zach Mitcheff

    Bea - Andrea Barròn

    Catherine - Diana Martinez

    Marco - Michael Traver

    Rodolpho - Luke Van Duyne

    Mike/Submarine 1 - Jack Magrini

    Louis/Mr. Lipari - Phoebe Carmine

    Submarine 2/Pre-show soloist - Peyton Weber

    Immigration Officer 1 & Understudy Rodolpho - Chandler Dukes

    Immigration Officer 2 - Niani Shaw McCain

    Mrs. Lipari - Anna Youell


    Stage Manager - Jamie Gossen

    Assistant Stage Manager - Riley Harper

    Assistant Stage Manager & Understudy Bea - Niani Shaw McCain


    Performances are April 13, 14, and 15 at 7:30pm and April 16 at 2:00pm


    Set in the 1950s on the gritty Brooklyn waterfront, A View from the Bridge follows the downfall of Eddie Carbone, who spends his days as a longshoreman and his nights at home with his wife, Beatrice, and orphan niece, Catherine. But the routine of his life is interrupted when Beatrice's cousins, undocumented immigrants from Italy, arrive in New York. As one of them embarks on a romance with Catherine, Eddie's envy and delusion plays out with devastating consequences.



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