Theater Arts

I regard the theater as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.

― Oscar Wilde
Students acting on stage

The Cypress College Theater Arts Department offers a full range of classes for students interested in transfer or vocational pursuits in acting, directing, musical Theater, and all areas of technical Theater and design. We also produce two plays and two musicals each year, supported by our 580-seat Campus Theater, and our intimate Studio Theater.

Our faculty provide a disciplined, practical and supportive environment where you can cultivate and advance your skills to pursue an AS degree in Theater Design, an AA degree in Performance, or an AA-T degree in Theater Arts, which provides a path to guaranteed admission to one of California’s CSU campuses, as well as certificates in Costume/Makeup Design, Lighting/Sound Design, Musical Theater, Acting for Stage and Screen, or Technical Theater.

What You’ll Study
  • Theater
  • Play Analysis
  • World Theater History
  • Diversity in American Theater
  • Playwriting
  • Stage Management
  • Industry Prep
  • Acting
  • Dynamic Movement for the Stage
  • Improvisation Technique
  • Musical Theater Techniques
  • Acting for the Camera
  • Voice and Diction
  • Acting Workshop
  • Musical Theater Performance
  • Rehearsal Performance
  • Auditions for Theater/Film
  • Summer Musical Theater Workshop
  • Theater Design
  • Video and Projection Design
  • Sound Design
  • Stagecraft
  • Lighting Design
  • Costume Design
  • Scene Painting
  • Stage Makeup
  • Production Techniques
  • Stage Crew Running
  • Stage Crew Production Preparation
  • Stage Crew Costume/Makeup
  • Stage Crew House Box Office
  • Production Techniques
  • Computer Drafting
  • Scenic Design for Theater
  • Directing for the Theater
  • Directing Actors for Film and TV
  • Experimental Theater
  • Prosthetic Makeup

Visit our catalog for more information about the degrees and certificates, courses, and program learning outcomes for students majoring in Theater.

Careers & Salary


  • Actor
  • Teacher, Postsecondary
  • Entertainer
  • Performer
  • Producer
  • Director


  • Low: $18k
  • Average: $63k
  • High: $208k+

Program Mapper

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Adjunct Faculty
  • Marcella Alberti
  • George Allen
  • Keenah Armitage
  • Doug Cooney
  • Jamal Douglas
  • Shaylene Garber
  • Raymond Gibson
  • Paul Hadobas
  • Michael Kirby
  • Bradley Lock
  • Cailin Luneburg
  • Beckett Ogden
  • Jenna Riley
  • Arthur Ross
Theater Arts Department

Location: Campus Theater, Room 222
T: (714) 484-7201
Department Chair: Donny Jackson,