Production; Performance; Perfection

The theatre department is a student-centered, merit-based, professional training program. Students from our program have gone on to work for Phoenix Theater, Ballet AZ, Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival, Arizona Theatre Company, Childsplay, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, and Disney. Other students have transferred to major universities including USC and ASU’s film schools. Some students have become film directors, writers, and producers.

Our partnerships with The Bridge Initiative and Southwest Ballet Theater allow students opportunities to engage with working professionals and get hands-on production experience. Select students can also work at EMCC’s Performing Arts Center to gain practical experience and have professional references upon leaving EMCC.

Theatre, Theatre and Film, and Theatre Performance and Production courses we offer:

THE 111: Introduction to Theatre

THE 118: Playwriting

THE 220: Modern Drama

THF 115: Makeup for Stage and Screen

THF 205: Introduction to Cinema

THF 210: Contemporary Cinema

THP 112: Acting I

THP 201AA: Theatre Production I

THP 212: Acting II

THP 213: Introduction to Technical Theatre

THP 214: Directing Techniques

THP 217: Introduction to Design Scenography

THP 270: Musical Theatre Workshop

THP 270AA: Musical Theatre Workshop

THP 271: Voice and Diction


Explore degrees and career information on Theatre here:

Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Theatre

Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Musical Theatre

EMCC Fine & Performing Arts Info Page

Performing Arts Center

The centerpiece of arts at EMCC is the Performing Arts Center (PAC) – a 30,000 square-foot free standing fine arts building at the Avondale campus. The PAC opened its doors to students in fall 2015, and is home to individualized learning areas, including a dedicated Black Box Theater, a Dance Studio, a Media Technical Laboratory, a Costume Shop, and a Music Studio. Entering the PAC, guests are greeted by a gallery providing exhibition space for local, national, student, and faculty art shows, with a beautiful light sculpture titled "Breaking Sound" hanging above the lobby. The Main Theater, seating almost 300, is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies (i.e., digital projection capabilities) and professional structures (e.g., pipe grid, crossover orchestra pit and pit lift platform). For more info, go to: