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Arts and Humanities: Theatre Arts

Arts and Humanities: Theatre Arts

The Theatre Arts concentration provides students invaluable time on stage while introducing them to various aspects of acting and stagecraft. The program focuses on developing fundamental acting skills, as well as a deeper understanding of how to prepare for auditions, research characters, and develop a strategy for finding work as an actor.  

This program is open to anyone (it does not require an audition), and students are encouraged to enroll regardless of whether they have prior or formal theatre training. RCC regularly offers fundamental acting classes Acting I (HUM 141) and II (HUM 142), as well as History of the Theatre (HUM 240) and other special topics related to the craft. 

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Course Requirements

Semester One - Fall 2022 Credits
ACS102 The College Experience 3.00
ENG101 English Comp. I 3.00
IST120 or CIS141: Microcomp Apps 3.00
LANELECT Foreign Language Elective 3.00
MAT100+ MAT 100 or higher 3.00
Semester Two - Spring 2023 Credits
ENG102 English Comp. II 3.00
ENG110 Intro to Speech 3.00
LANELECT Foreign Language Elective 3.00
SCIELECT Lab Sci Elec See Hrs/Rec 4.00
TAELECT Theatre Arts Electives 3.00
Semester Three - Fall 2023 Credits
SCIELECT Lab Sci Elec See Hrs/Rec 4.00
SSIELECT Social Science Electives 3.00
SSIELECT Social Science Electives 3.00
TAELECT Theatre Arts Electives 3.00
TAELECT Theatre Arts Electives 3.00
Semester Four - Spring 2024 Credits
HUMELECT Humanities Electives 3.00
HUMELECT Humanities Electives 3.00
HUMELECT Humanities Electives 3.00
HUMELECT Humanities Electives 3.00
SSIELECT Social Science Electives 3.00

A strong foundation in the fundamentals of acting can open many opportunities for a dedicated student: from stage plays to broadcast media, the study of acting can prepare students to pursue a variety of different types of work in live theatre, film and television, commercials, voice-overs, theatre education, and more. Experience in a theatre can open a wide range of opportunities on the technical side as well, in stagecraft, lighting, sound, performing arts, and directing.  

This program emphasizes a well-rounded liberal arts education required to transfer into a related 4-year degree, while providing the foundational skills necessary to start exploring local production opportunities.  

MassTransfer - Through the MassTransfer program, your arts and humanities degree from RCC transfers as two years of completed work towards at Bachelor's degree at most state colleges and universities.  Review the A2B pathways on the MassTransfer website

RCC also has articulation agreements with private universities that allow for seamless transfer to a four-year school upon completion of your arts and humanities degree at RCC:

Arts and Humanities
First Name Last Name Title Department Phone Email Room
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Kevin
Dacey Adjunct Instructor Humanities kdacey@rcc.mass.edu
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Tereza
Swanda Adjunct Art Faculty Humanities tswanda@rcc.mass.edu 1-320
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Marisa
Jones Adjunct Theater Faculty Humanities mjones@rcc.mass.edu
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Gary
Duehr Adjunct Faculty - Art Humanities gduehr@rcc.mass.edu
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Cheryl
Hirshman Adjunct Faculty- Art Humanities 617-427-0060 x5181 chirshman@rcc.mass.edu 1-316
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Sharon
Shakur Adjunct Faculty- Modern Dance Humanities sshakur@rcc.mass.edu
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Joshua
Ziemann Full Time Faculty- Music Humanities 857-701-1128 jziemann@rcc.mass.edu 1-308
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Jeffrey
Lavoie Adjunct Professor Humanities 617-427-0060 x5197 jlavoie@rcc.mass.edu
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