Theatre & Film

The Theatre discipline teaches understanding of current acting techniques and modern vocational skills to encourage student success in their artistic endeavors.

The Theatre discipline at MiraCosta College is committed to artistic enrichment and appreciation of the theatre arts for all students. The academic discipline seeks to present opportunities for students (1) to develop an appreciation for theatre; (2) to improve the knowledge and skills required to work in the theatre arts professionally and in related careers; (3) to gain awareness, as participants or audience members, of the influences of theatre in the world.

The faculty is dedicated to excellence in Theatre education that emphasizes transfer education, personal growth, professional preparatory training and community involvement. For the major, public performance is at the core of the discipline’s program.

Consequently, participation with theatre production activities is vital for all majors as is challenging scholastics and theoretical study. The main stage production season is composed of four stylistically different plays each year. For further training, The Actor’s Academy offers a conservatory style program that focuses on classical actor training. 

The theatre facilities include a 247 seat proscenium theatre has many unique features including a vomitorium and flexible thrust stage and the Little Theatre, a small proscenium space used primarily for experimental theatre.

MiraCosta College Theatre: your stage to outstanding theatre.

The Actor's Academy

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The Actor’s Academy is a 5-week midsummer program that runs from the June 13 to July 15.

Acceptance to the program is by audition only. These auditions are typically held at the end of March and the end of April. It is suggested that you try to get to the first auditions if possible. A student auditioning in round one has a chance to come and audition again at the later audition if they were not accepted. Approximately 20 new students are accepted each year.

The program consists of four essential courses that teach Voice and Diction, Movement and Mask Work, Text Analysis, Acting, Career Development and Performance.

Classes are 5 days a week, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 6:45 p.m. There is a public performance at the end of the term that rehearses nightly and will extend the hours of the Academy in the final week.


Romeo & Juliet

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Tracy Williams
September 29- October 9, 2016

These Shining Lives

By Melanie Marnich
Directed by Eric Bishop
November 10- 20, 2016


A Musical! Music by Richard Rodgers, Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by Tracy Williams
March 9- 19, 2017

Almost, Maine

By John Cariani
Directed by Eric Bishop
April 27- May 7, 2017

Career Options

Students who complete studies in performance and technical theatre may find career choices in live theatre, film, television, and broadcasting; academic research and teaching; and other communications-related fields such as advertising and public relations.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Andrew Layton
Office: Oceanside, Building 2010
P 760.757.2121 x6935

Dean: Jonathan Fohrman
Office: Oceanside, Building 4700
P 760.795.6818

Department: Theatre & Film

Administrative Secretary: Toni Sharp
Office: Oceanside, Building 4700
P 760.795.6844

Instructional Secretary: Leslie Kamps
Office: Oceanside, Building 2000
P 760.795.6816
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Full-Time Faculty

Instructional Associate

Associate Faculty

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