Theatre @NCC

Students are encouraged to discover and develop their own voice and style in theatre arts. NCC's theatre program allows students to apply their skills in production settings, with public performances in the College's two theatres or in non-traditional spaces throughout the Lehigh Valley.

The curriculum for acting/directing, design/technical and theatre education majors closely integrates performance and academics. The associate in arts degree is awarded upon the successful completion of the program. The coursework intertwines the practical application of theatre arts and electives that will provide a solid foundation and ready students for transfer.

Performance opportunities include four major productions each season in the 350-seat Lipkin Theatre and the 100-seat Norman R. Roberts Lab Theatre. Other highlights of a program that provides students with a well-rounded theatre education include a fall tour at NCC's campuses, summer performances for new student orientation, trips to professional city theatres, specialized workshops, and student-directed plays.

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Your Career in Theatre

The career options that exist for theatre majors are quite extensive. They range from professional actors and actresses to playwrights, directors, stage managers, theatre educators, arts administrators, scenic designers, and other production support specialists. The study of theatre equips students with a broad range of communication and organizational skills that would be applicable to many of these careers, but as with any performing arts career, careers in theatre are highly competitive. Many theatre students will continue their education well beyond the first two years, and many theatre employees will find alternate work between productions. According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of actors is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2018. Competition for jobs will be tough because many highly trained and talented people are trying to become actors. Employment of producers and directors is projected to grow 11 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations, and employment of set designers is expected to grow by 10 percent by 2020.

Theatre Career Paths

  • Actors
  • Technicians
  • Designers
  • Directors
  • Educators
  • Theatre Arts
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