An Associate in Arts (AA) degree in Theatre prepares students to transfer to a university with a solid understanding of theatre history and the fundamentals in acting or stagecraft, which includes the technical aspects of theatrical production. Theatre majors also have the opportunity to include their performances as cast or crew members as departmental credit.

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Graduates of these programs will successfully complete the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of theatre literature and historical periods that includes Western and non-Western traditions
  • Demonstrate basic skills in acting, directing, technical theatre, and design
  • Demonstrate effective communication and/or criticism in theatre performance/production
  • Demonstrate the ability to create theatre events, projects, or productions through practicums, independent projects, or internships
  • Describe the value of theatre as a fine art and the necessity to become an informed audience member with an understanding of theatre as a way of learning about broader issues


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AA in Theatre

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Career Overview & Job Outlook

Successful completion of this program may lead to a variety of employment opportunities, most of which require continued higher education at the university level. Below are examples of related occupations and annual mean wages in Arizona according to a May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Actors *
Play parts in stage, television, radio, video, or film productions, or other settings for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audience. May dance and sing.
Sound Engineering Technicians
Assemble and operate equipment to record, synchronize, mix, edit, or reproduce sound, including music, voices, or sound effects, for theater, video, film, television, podcasts, sporting events, and other productions. 
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film
Operate television, video, or film camera to record images or scenes for television, video, or film productions.
Create new dance routines. Rehearse performance of routines. May direct and stage presentations.
Producers and Directors
Produce or direct stage, television, radio, video, or film productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Responsible for creative decisions, such as interpretation of script, choice of actors or guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.
Film and Video Editors
Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May work with a producer or director to organize images for final production. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.
Lighting Technicians
Set up, maintain, and dismantle light fixtures, lighting control devices, and the associated lighting electrical and rigging equipment used for photography, television, film, video, and live productions. May focus or operate light fixtures, or attach color filters or other lighting accessories.
Art Directors
Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual productions and media, such as print, broadcasting, video, and film. Direct workers engaged in artwork or layout design.

* Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid. 

Contact Information

Brad Pease
Division Chair, Fine Arts
Professor of Computer Graphics and Fine Arts
(928) 344-7707
Office: AB 101
Vanessa Lopez
Administrative Secretary
(928) 344-7708
Office: LR 067
Alexis Gorman
Senior Secretary
(928) 344-7591
Office: LR 068
Ann Wilkinson
Professor of Theatre
(928) 344-7592
Office: ES 109