The Performing Arts Theatre Program is designed for students seeking practical experience and course work in theatre. The program provides a comprehensive two-year associate degree which students can transfer to a four-year theatre program, or students can seek continued employment in the entertainment industry using the enhanced professional skills they have acquired.
In addition to the associate degree, the theatre program offers a one-year Certificate of Technical Studies in Theatre. Also, Technical Competency Area (TCA) certifications are available in Acting, Directing, Costume Design, Scenery Design, Lighting Design, Stage or Theatre Management, and Theatre Technician.
In a high tech theatre boasting the hottest digital lighting and sound equipment in the industry, our students are provided the skills and knowledge to work in the performance and/or technical area of theatre.
Within the AA in Performing Arts, The Theatre Program maintains a 2 + 2 articulation agreement with Northwestern State University (NSU) allowing students who earn an Associate of Arts in Performing Arts at BPCC (Theatre or Musical Theatre concentrations) to transfer all credit hours designated by the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between BPCC and NSU toward completion of the Bachelor of Science in Theatre at NSU. Interested students should see the Dean or a Performing Arts Advisor for more information about this 2+2 agreement.
Associate of Arts in Performing Arts with a concentration in Theatre
Full-tuition theatre scholarships are available. Contact the Theatre Program Director for more information on obtaining a theater scholarship.
See also: Financial Aid
Acting and Directing
Theatre performance students are instructed in basic and advanced acting and/or directing and audition techniques, through a combination of coursework and practical onstage experience through the program’s main stage productions and the student-directed One Act Play Festivals. Program completers have the skills necessary to compete in the fast paced self-driven world of live performance and film. Performance studies coursework at BPCC includes acting, directing, voice for the stage, theatre dance, and stage combat.
Stage and Theatre Management
Stage management students are instructed in the skills and experience necessary to successfully run backstage and onstage activities surrounding the theatrical production. Students in Theatre management gain instruction and experience needed to fund, run, and promote a successful theatre. This area of theatre study includes coursework in stage management and theatre management at BPCC.
Scenery and Lighting
Students interested in the technical aspects of theatre will enjoy what we have to offer in stagecraft, lighting, scene painting, properties, special effects, and scenic design With the ability to focus in different areas, students can find their areas of expertise while putting their knowledge to practical use through coursework, school productions, and real world applications. Students can look to find jobs in local and regional theatres, movie productions, industrial shows, and church productions. With BPCC Theatre, you have the ability to express your artistic side while making money as many of our graduates do! Click the above links for more information on our technical courses.
Costuming and Makeup
Through a series of courses, students are taught the practical considerations that must be considered at every stage of the costuming and makeup process. Students receive hands-on instruction in costume design, costume construction techniques and makeup application.