Whether you’re eager to explore theatre as a career, an avocation, or an interest*, the Parkland Theatre program offers you the chance to pursue your passion, find your talent, and develop skills that can enrich your life in theatre and beyond.

Our two-year, multi-option degree program and our certificate program both provide a wide range of learning experiences, on-stage and off. In the classroom and during Parkland Theatre productions each season, you’ll work hands-on and side-by-side with veteran faculty, staff and visiting artists who are industry professionals and experts in the field of performing arts.

Theatre Arts Program Curriculum

Parkland’s associate-degree program (AA) in Theatre Arts allows you to choose from two focus areas of study. These degree options hold particular appeal for students interested in transferring to a bachelor’s degree program specializing in performance or design. The AAS degree is for students pursuing an entry-level position in technical theatre upon graduation.

In addition, our Entertainment Technology certificate builds a solid foundation in the technical skills you’ll need in the entertainment industry, meshing those skills with practical application through inclusion in theatre courses and production experience. This 27-credit-hour certificate, which you can earn in just two semesters, is well-suited for students interested in working for touring/resident companies in backstage technical areas.

Parkland's Catalog lists required courses, recommended course sequences and course descriptions. View Theatre Arts–specific catalog pages for:

  • Theatre Arts Catalog
  • Theatre Arts Course Descriptions

  • Parkland full catalog:

  • Parkland Catalog
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    *All Theatre classes are open to non-majors.

    Parkland Theatre

    The beautiful 315 seat proscenium theatre serves Parkland theatre students, the Parkland college community and the wider Champaign- Urbana community. Holding open auditions and bringing in designers and directors from other venues gives students invaluable "real world" experience working with persons of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Parkland Theatre is proud of its hands-on, active and involved student body. 

    Scheduled to open in fall of 2014 a new state of the art black box theatre to be used as a second venue for classroom and production.