Certificates & Majors

For more information, please visit SRJC Career Certificate Programs.

SRJC Theatre Arts production

About Theatre Arts Majors

The Theatre Arts AA Major and the Theatre Arts Transfer Major are designed for students who are pursuing either their two-year Associate in Arts degree or who are planning to transfer to four-year institutions in Theatre Arts. Both majors provide a basic foundation in theatre history and literature, "hands on experience" in several theatre arts disciplines including Acting, Stagecraft, and Costuming, and cultural and historical background necessary to understanding Theatre Arts. The majors may be of interest to those seeking a foundation in related disciplines, such as television, film, and other media. The majors may also be of interest to those seeking a foundation for lifelong learning as well.

Theatre Arts AA MAJOR (Associate in Arts) (19.0-22.0 Units)

Theatre Arts for Transfer MAJOR (18.0 Units)

Recommended Course Sequence for the Theatre Arts AA Major (PDF)

About Career Certificate Program

The Certificate Program offers five areas of emphasis for the career-oriented theatre major: Acting, Costuming, Makeup, Stagecraft, and Theatre Management. Each of the five Theatre Arts Certificates offer a variety of classes designed to provide the student with specific skills and training. Students must choose an area of emphasis and complete the assigned courses with satisfactory grades. In addition, all students enrolled in the certificate program will be assigned a faculty advisor who will meet with them regularly to monitor their progress.

Career certificates are intended to certify that students have successfully completed this program and are prepared to enter the careers associated with each certificate. They take one to two years to complete. These programs are approved by the California Community College Chancellor's Office. The Theatre Arts Certificate Advisory Board is comprised of industry leaders from professional theatre companies in the larger San Francisco Bay Area.

Access the Acting Certificate Requirements

Access the Costuming Certificate Requirements

Access the Makeup Certificate Requirements

Access the Stagecraft Certificate Requirements

Access the Theatre Management Certificate Requirements

Certificates & Major Contact: Leslie McCauley (707) 527-4248

For more information, please visit SRJC Career Certificate Programs.

Our Certificate Advisory Committee Members 

L. Peter Callender: Artistic Director, African American Shakespeare Company

Laxmi Kumaran: Equity Stage Manager and Instructor, California Shakespeare Festival and UC Berkeley

Brent Lindsay: Artistic Director, The Imaginists

Craig Miller: Artistic Director, 6th Street Playhouse

Barbara Murray: Costume Instructor, Santa Clara University Department of Theatre and Dance

Frank Sarmiento: Technical Director, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Tony Taccone: Artistic Director, Berkeley Repertory Theatre

John Wilson: Lighting Designer and MFA Coordinator, San Francisco State University


YOUR FUTURE: Opportunities and Scholarships

The programs offer the opportunity to transfer, in high standing, to a university or technical trade school. Graduates of SRJC Theatre Arts Department transfer to four-year universities, as well as professional schools in New York, Los Angeles, and abroad.

The student who successfully completes a certificate program will qualify for entry-level employment and apprenticeships for stage, film, and TV work. Many of our best graduates are working in professional and resident theatre companies throughout California and across the country.

For information about scholarships, please visit SRJC Scholarship Office.

Theatre Training at SRJC is Affordable

SRJC enrollment fees are still among the lowest in California and the nation. Financial aid is available for qualified theatre students in the form of scholarships, student employment, and work-study. Contact SRJC's Financial Aid Office in Plover Hall for more information.
Call the Financial Aid Office at (707) 527-4471 to schedule your appointment.

Summer Repertory Theatre

The Summer Repertory Theatre (SRT) is Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts Department's professional training program for career-orientated theatre students. The program is an 11-week intensive exercise designed to offer career-oriented students the opportunity to experience a professionally run theatre company first-hand. Participation in SRT is determined by audition/interview only. For more information please visit our SRT web site or contact Artistic Director, James Newman, at jnewman@santarosa.edu