A theatrical education provides you with a valuable base from which to launch a career in stage, film, television, management, marketing, advertising, politics, social work, and much more. Students who want a degree in theater can begin here with transferable coursework in the Associate in Arts degree program. Develop confidence that enables you to move from competence to excellence in whatever profession you choose.

Theater in the classroom is very hands-on with little lecture. It’s an active, high energy room that our teachers make fun. Class time can include improvisational games and exercises that are meant to free students and help them become more self-reflective. The curriculum is kept current and edgy by exposing students to things they didn’t know existed.

Student opportunities have expanded on campus through partnerships built with Moraine Valley. In addition to course offerings and extracurricular activities,  students have the opportunity to work with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier. Artists from the Chicago theater community and four-year colleges are consistently hired to work on the Academic Theater shows. This connects Moraine Valley students with theater professionals of all types, which include scenic designers, costume designers, and various aspects of theater.

Academic shows are regularly entered into the KC/ACTF, or the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival. Students get outside feedback, critique and a post-show discussion with all members of the cast, crew and artistic staff.  Select groups of students attend the annual festival each January providing them the opportunity to participate in workshops and shows presented by other colleges in addition to learning about transfer opportunities.

On the Main Stage

Experience the stage first hand through a variety of theater outreach experiences including stage productions, as well as student productions and showcases, original works, guest artists, and workshops.


Behind the Scenes

Get an introduction to the technical and artistic skills used in producing modern theatrical productions. Get hands-on experience with costuming, props, lighting, sound and special effects.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

By earning your associate in arts degree at Moraine Valley can make it more likely that you will transfer to a four-year school with junior status. Learn more about how you can complete the first two years of your college education at Moraine Valley before transferring to a four-year school to earn a bachelor's degree and further your training in Theater Arts.

Training in the Theater Arts provides a broad range of career choices: 

  • Actor
  • Agent
  • Casting Director
  • Dance Choreographer
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Production Manager
  • Screenwriter
  • Set / Costume / Sound / Lighting Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Theatre Professor or Teacher

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer Agreements
You can transfer credits from Moraine Valley's Theatre program to most four-year colleges or universities across the country. 

The college is proud to partner with four-year colleges and universities to ensure a seamless transfer experience for its students who desire to earn a bachelor’s degree. We currently have 2+ 2 agreements with Lincoln College and Western Illinois University in addition to our always growing articulation agreements. 

View our Transfer Programs page for more transfer guides and articulation agreements. 


Meet the Faculty

Moraine Valley 2017 Faculty of the Year

Fondly referred to as Doc by his students, Dr. Craig Rosen, the coordinator of the Academic Theater Program, directs many of the productions and is involved in the auditions. Dr. Rosen has expanded student opportunities on campus through the academic theater season, course offerings and extracurricular activities. He consistently hires artists from the Chicago theater community and area four-year colleges to work on the Academic Theater shows, which ultimately connects Moraine Valley students with theater professionals of all types.

Past Productions

Past productions include:

  • My Fair Lady 

  • After Ashely

  • No Exit 

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • Avenue Q 

  • Waiting for Lefty 

  • Angels in America, pt. 1 

  • Hamlet 

  • Into the Woods 

  • The Diary of Anne Frank 

  • Crimes of the Heart 

  • Measure for Measure 

  • Cabaret 

  • Harvey 

  • A Day in the Death of Joe Egg 

  • The Tempest 

  • Reefer Madness 

  • Betrayal 

  • Playboy of the Western World 

  • The Taming of the Shrew 

  • A Christmas Carol

  • Spring Awakening

  • A Doll’s House

  • The Merchant of Venice

  • Hair 

  • Hand to God 

  • Rabbit Hole 

  • The Winter’s Tale 

  • Evil Dead, the musical 

  • American Griot 

  • Little Women 

  • Antony and Cleopatra

Upcoming Productions

Stay up-to-date on all the upcoming shows scheduled

Stay up-to-date on all the upcoming shows scheduled

Yasir Muhammad

Yasir Muhammad

Theater Student selected for the cast of “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier in Chicago.

“At age 6, I wanted to be an author. At 8, I wanted to be a cinematographer. At 12, an actor and at 18, I wanted to be a singer. Now I’m 20, and I want to do it all. I couldn’t believe I made it into a professional theatrical production. It was a phenomenal feeling.”


Chrissy Monaco

2013 Graduate

"My love for theater began at Moraine Valley Community College. Alongside the several friends I made on campus, the faculty was always very supportive. Dr. Craig “Doc” Rosen and Professor Dan Scott provided me so many wonderful opportunities to hone my skills both on the stage and behind the scenes. I would not be the successful teacher and director that I am today without MVCC and will always be grateful for my time spent there."

Kelly Fitzgerald

Kelly Fitzgerald

Current Theater Student

"I knew that I wanted to major in theater but when I first came here I was a little skeptical because it was a community college. I can genuinely say that choosing to come here was one of the best decisions I have made from a professional and personal standpoint. The theater community here has helped me grow as a person and an actress."


Robert Free

Former Theater Student

“Coming to Moraine Valley was one of the best decisions of my life. I'm learning so much and am gaining skills that I know will help me with my future. I couldn't have chosen a better theater group than this. It has drawn out who I truly am inside."


Destiny Patino

Current Theater Student

"The Theater program at Moraine Valley has made me more open to other things. I'm allowed to express myself and show others what I'm good at. My creativity can run loose."

Theater Facilities

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.



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Konnor Parrish (Oak Lawn), shared his educational journey while on a panel for the Illinois Project Lead the Way meeting.


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