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.
On the Main Stage
Experience the stage first hand through a variety of 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.
- Partner with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier
- Work along-side artists from the Chicago theater community and four-year colleges
- Connect with theater professionals of all types, which include scenic designers, costume designers, and various aspects of theater
- Academic shows are regularly entered into the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival
- 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
- Participate in workshops and shows presented by other colleges in addition to learning about transfer opportunities
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:
- Casting Director
- Dance Choreographer
- Production Manager
- Set / Costume / Sound / Lighting Designer
- Stage Manager
- Theatre Professor or Teacher
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.
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 include:
My Fair Lady
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Waiting for Lefty
Angels in America, pt. 1
Into the Woods
The Diary of Anne Frank
Crimes of the Heart
Measure for Measure
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Playboy of the Western World
The Taming of the Shrew
A Christmas Carol
A Doll’s House
The Merchant of Venice
Hand to God
The Winter’s Tale
Evil Dead, the musical
Antony and Cleopatra
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.
Contact the program coordinator Craig Rosen