Moraine Valley Community College || Fine Arts and Humanities || Theater


Moraine Valley's theater classes offer basic training in theater and drama that students need for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater. Our theater professors have advanced degrees from top universities and are innovative teachers and theater practitioners. The faculty is not only interested in teaching students, but in allowing you to try your own creative wings in a challenging and stimulating atmosphere.

Each year, the Theater Department stages several major productions with opportunities for actors and technicians. Student aide positions are available in the Box Office and scene shop, where you can earn money and learn the day-to-day activities of these important areas. Many productions are Associate Entries in the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival, and students and faculty receive feedback from objective respondents on their performances. Students nominated from these productions attend the KC/ACTF Region III Festival to compete for the Irene Ryan Acting Award and attend acting workshops.

Associate in Arts Degree
Students wishing to obtain a degree in theater may begin with transferable theater course work in the Associate in Arts degree program.

For more information about Moraine Valley's Theater Program, contact Dr. Craig Rosen, associate professor of Theater and Academic Theater Program coordinator, at (708) 974-5432 or

Courses Offered

Moraine Valley's theater courses run the gamut from artistic to scholarly. Theater Appreciation and History of the Theater satisfy IAI general education requirements while those aspiring theater artists can study acting as stagecraft.

THE-105—Theater Appreciation
THE-107—Introduction to Film
THE-110—History of the Theater
THE-115—Acting I
THE-116—Acting II

Theater Scholarships
Financial aid information can be found in the Financial Aid section. The Foundation also offers other scholarships that students are eligible for. Please contact the Foundation at (708) 974-5740.


In Moraine Valley's Theater Department, you'll find top-notch facilities designed to give you the best theatrical experience possible.

Dorothy Menker Theater
The 600-seat Dorothy Menker Theater is a proscenium theater with a movable orchestra pit. The theater is beautifully designed with excellent acoustics, sightlines, and cutting-edge theatrical equipment. Our theater productions are performed here, and you can enjoy superb professional productions in theater, dance, and music throughout the year.

John and Angeline Oremus Theater
Featuring an overhead "trampoline grid" for dynamic light and sound design, Moraine Valley's flexible theater space is the 150-seat John and Angeline Oremus Theater. In this "black-box" setting, productions can be mounted arena, thrust, proscenium, or environmental style, depending on the play's needs and the director's vision. It's also used as an acting and stagecraft classroom.

Costumes and Set-Building
Moraine Valley boasts highly functional set and costume-building spaces. The scene shop has all the necessary tools for building and painting sets. The costume shop has several types of sewing machines, as well as laundry facilities, a dye vat, and crafts area. In addition to attending classes in these facilities, you may be hired as a student aide to assist the technical director. 


Craig Rosen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Theater
Academic Theater Program Coordinator
Office Location: F246
Telephone: (708) 974-5432