Theatre


  • Liberal & Fine Arts

What Will I Learn?

In addition to courses that cover every aspect of the theatre discipline, and which transfer to a four-year university, JJC students get an immersive practical theatre experience with several productions held every academic year. This is a comprehensive program for those interested in acting, directing, design and any other aspect of theatre. 

What is Unique About Our Theatre Program?

One of the most unique benefits the theatre program offers JJC students is the opportunity to act in a major role or a be a technician who designs or leads a team in the backstage areas. Typically, in four year programs, these opportunities are available to upperclassmen first, then underclassmen. JJC theatre transfer students who have acted in our productions or designed in our program then have an advantage over other students at a four year institution. This advanced preparation has led them to successful careers and numerous professional opportunities.

All JJC theatre performances are open to the public, with a subscription program also available for audience members. 

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

Fall 2021 Plays

JJC will host virtual performances this year.

  • "Night of the Living Dead"

    Night of the Living Dead - An Audio-Only Performance

    Adapted and directed by Professor Tammy Perkins.

    Oct. 7-9, 7:30 p.m.
    Oct. 10, 2 p.m.

    This audio play is based on Night of the Living Dead, a 1968 American independent horror film, written, directed and photographed by George A. Romero and co-written by John Russo. The story follows seven people who are trapped in a rural farmhouse in western Pennsylvania, which is under assault by an enlarging group of cannibalistic, undead ghouls.

    Register to Attend

    Cast includes:

    • Shane Tierney as the Narrator
    • Sarah Gregurich as Barbara
    • Zachariah Mitcheff as John
    • Riley Harper as Radio Announcer
    • Lexy Martin as Telephone Operator
    • Jesse Hernandez as Ben
    • Tommy McElmeel as Tom
    • Michael Traver as Harry
    • Amiya Tongson as Judy
    • Mac Maher as TV Commentator
    • Jamison Gossen as Reporter Quinn
    • Michael Traver as General Robert Taylor
    • Lexy Martin as Professor Pierson
    • Riley Harper as NASA - Dr. Keller
    • Zachariah Mitcheff as NASA - Dr. Grimes
    • Lexy Martin as McClelland
    • Tommy McElmeel as George

  • Audition Information for "The Laramie Project"

    See the Script

    The script is available now on the JJC Players Facebook page

    Cast Needed

    Auditions are open to JJC students and community members.

    • 10 versatile performers who are comfortable auditioning, rehearsing and performing in masks* 
    • 1-6 additional stage roles in a supporting and/or cameo manner; one of these roles must be played by a woman of Muslim decent (ages 16-30)


    How to Audition

    All auditions will take place in person at the JJC Mainstage Theatre (J-Building) on:

    -Sept. 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. and then again from 6 to 8 p.m.
    -Sept. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m.
    -All participants will be masked and socially distanced.

    • Email the following to bfruits@jjc.edu
      • A date and time that you would like to audition on campus (Sept. 28 or Sept. 29) 
      • A picture of yourself or headshot
      • Resumes optional
      • Attach a completed audition card


    About the Rehearsals

    First Rehearsal: Monday, Oct. 11, 6 p.m.

    Rehearsals will typically take place Monday through Thursday at 6 p.m., with some possible Sunday rehearsals.

    Technical and Design Opportunities

    Want to be a part of the crew? Please contact Professor Julie Giampaolo at jgiampao@jjc.edu.

    Questions?

    Email bfruits@jjc.edu.

  • "The Laramie Project"

    The Laramie Project - An In-Person Performance at the JJC Theatre*

    Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.
    Nov. 13, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
    Nov. 14, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

    In October 1998, a 21-year-old gay man named Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and left to die on the plains outside Laramie, Wyoming. Over the next year, Moises Kaufman and a team of writers and actors from Tectonic Theater Project took six trips to Laramie, where they interviewed citizens of the town - some unconnected with the tragedy, and some intimately involved. With this research, they created The Laramie Project, a theatrical examination of the immediate reactions to the murder and to the underlying bigotry and hatred that enabled it.

    *Due to COVID-19, this in-person performance may be reformatted into a virtual performance. Please check back for more information as the dates get closer.

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