- Friends of GCC Theater
GCC’s Theater Program focuses on theater theory and performance skills. You’ll study the fundamentals of the art, including stage craft, acting, and directing. Advanced courses let you specialize in one or more of these areas, and you’ll have the opportunity to participate in plays at GCC. A course in Shakespeare will enrich your understanding of the influence his work continues to exert on theater, while courses in either dance or music will round out your performance skills and open new audition opportunities for you in the future.
Theater at GCC provides a strong foundation in the basic disciplines involved in the world of contemporary theater, as well as a broad range of liberal arts studies. The curriculum includes studio, performance, production and academic work.
Please note that transfer to many four-year colleges and universities may require the completion of four sequential semesters of World Languages. Transfer specialists recommend using electives to start language requirements at the community college prior to transfer.Curriculum documents
- Theater (LAT) required courses – from our official academic catalog
- Degree completion checklist (2021-22) • Worksheet to track your progress towards completing this program if you start this year
To plan degree completion, see the course descriptions in the academic catalog which specify the planned semester(s) in which required classes are to be scheduled.
This is just one way you might complete the Theater program in 4 semesters over 2 years of full-time study, or 8 semesters over 4 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information, download the Theater program description from our official academic catalog.
Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses Fall 1 Spring 1 Fall 2 Spring 2
ENG Comp. I
ENG Comp. II
Sample 4 Year Sequence of Courses Fall 1 Spring 1 Fall 2 Spring 2
ENG Comp. I
ENG Comp. II
Fall 3 Spring 3 Fall 4 Spring 4
Student learning outcomes
Future careers may include acting, directing, writing or design for theater, film or television, professional production stage crew, theater education, theater business and arts management.
Consider this program if
- You want a broad as well as deep understanding of theater.
- You want to work in theater as an actor, director, playwright, designer or technician.
- You want to pursue higher academic study in theater.
By taking classes in a Liberal Arts option, students complete courses that help develop 100 and 200 course level knowledge and skills in a particular field. If you don’t satisfy the requirements of a specific Liberal Arts option, you may still be able to fulfill the requirements of another option, or fulfill the requirements of the Liberal Arts General degree. Students are advised to work closely with their GCC advisor to select the specific courses that will help meet their career or transfer goals. Note: Students who complete a Liberal Arts option will graduate with the degree “Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts.” Your area of concentration is reflected only in your transcript, not your diploma.
Not all classes are available each term. For current availability, see our online course schedule.
Please support our friends in local theater by planning a night out of live theatre!
- Amherst College
- Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater
- Arena Civic Theatre
- Double Edge Theatre
- Double Take Fringe Festival
- Hampshire College
- Holyoke Community College
- The Majestic Theatre
- Mount Holyoke College
- New Century Theatre
- Northampton Center for the Arts
- Shea Theater
- Smith College
- Springfield College
- Vermont Theatre Company