Theatre Arts & Cinema

  • Our newly revised AA is in effect!  The program offers tracks in Performance, Design/Technical Theatre, Applied Theatre, and Film/Cinema!  Certificates in Film and Technical Theatre coming soon.  See the 2018-19 catalog here: 
  • Please be sure to check under our new designator "Theatre Arts & Cinema" (TAC) for upcoming theatre and film classes.
  • Join us Dec. 7, 8, & 9 in the Studio Theatre, for our 2018 production of Ubu Roi, entered in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.  Last fall, we produced Antigone, and thanks to the support of our community and the generous contributions of our donors: including individuals and organizations such as the S.T.A.R. Foundation, the Associated Students of Hartnell College, and the Hartnell College Foundation, we've been able to travel annually to KCACTF Region VIII - this year in Los Angeles, 2017-18, in Mesa, AZ, and 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii, where our production of The Birds was selected among 75 nominees, to be one of the ten productions showcased in the Evening of Invitational Scenes.  See the 2017 show at:  See the 2016 show at:  Thank you to our donors! 
  • We also have workshops this year with Adrian Torres of el Teatro Campesino, and with Luis Xago Juarez of Baktun 12, through the Salinas Arts & Innovation Hub.  Contact for more info on this and on the Salinas Arts & Innovation Hub, currently in the works, thanks to a grant from the State of California Center for Cultural Innovation, and a grant from the Arts Council for Monterey County!
  • Hartnell Theatre & Cinema also regularly collaborates with other programs; this past summer bringing our devised theatre project on water & climate equity to the New Jersey Fringe Festival:                                                         
  • Learn about exciting new programming in Theatre Arts & Cinema at:
  • New course this year: Chicano Theatre, and new film courses on the way!
  • Learn about our theatre/nursing collaborations and watch student, Johnny Ray Avila's film on that: and his film with faculty advisor John Glazier created for the 2017 Ag Tech Summit:   
Actor practicing her linesTheatre Arts and Cinema (TAC) embraces the study of human expression culminating in live performance on stage or on site, as well as the study of contemporary media arts. The TAC program incorporates the study of literature, and the disciplines and technologies required for live and mediated performance works. Above all, the program provides an in-depth study of the human condition whose purpose is to promote sensitivity and deeper understanding of the self and others. Theatre Arts and Cinema at Hartnell College encourages participation by students of all ages and abilities. Courses include traditional classroom experiences as well as dynamic and hands-on production environments. Students will develop their imaginations and cultivate their creative and collaborative abilities.
Hartnell College is unique in that it has both a growing academic theatre and cinema program and a professional theatre company, The Western Stage, in residence. The collaboration between Hartnell and The Western Stage provides students the opportunity to learn their craft within a professional context, and campus-community partnerships continue to offer a variety of applied theatre and film opportunities for student internships and academic/career advancement. Academic courses are designed to expand the students' understanding and skill sets, with courses for the overall interpersonal development of the general education student; and with a growing program of study for the student interested in pursuing theatre and cinematic arts as a major or career. Some of these career options might include actor, designer, teacher or professor, writer, director,  agent, announcer, casting director, critic, or community organizer. Technical options might include theatre/film technician, audio technician, camera operator, theme park technician, stage manager, art director, videographer, facilities manager, or technical director.
Student holding the Complete Works of William ShakespeareUpon successful completion of the Theatre Arts & Cinema program, a student should be able to:

·        recognize standard practices in a rehearsal/performance environment.

·        compare and analyze the theories and techniques of acting/acting for the camera.

·        analyze texts and scripts as they pertain to narrative writing and performance.

·        demonstrate skill for technical and artistic aspects of acting, film, and cinema.

·        analyze theatre/cinema as a dynamic art form influencing society.

·        analyze the components of a theatrical/cinematic production.

·        apply imagination and character analysis to identify and describe the personality and motivations of given characters/media personalities.

·        apply technical processes, including lighting, set, costume, and/or stage make-up design, and audio/video editing as they pertain to a given production.


Hartnell's Theatre & Cinema program is currently undergoing pathway expansion.  Check back later this year for new and exciting updates to our programs, as well as course offerings on the main campus and the Alisal and South County campuses as well!

All photos courtesy of Joshua Vallejo, Student Photographer

Who to contact

Dean of Academic Affairs (S&B Sci, C&I Supp & FA)
Phone: 831-755−6764
D - College Administration (North)
Office: D-104
Building: College Administration (North)
Phone: 755-5091
D - College Administration (North)
Office: 103
Building: College Administration (North)
Theatre Arts & Cinema Faculty Lead
Phone: 319-331-4782
K - Performing Arts / Western Stage
Office: K 114
Building: Performing Arts / Western Stage