• Liberal & Fine Arts

What Will I Learn? 

In addition to courses that cover every aspect of the theatre discipline, and which transfer to a four-year university, JJC students get an immersive practical theatre experience with several productions held every academic year. This is a comprehensive program for those interested in acting, directing, design and any other aspect of theatre. 

Theatre Courses

What is Unique About Our Theatre Program?

One of the most unique benefits the theatre program offers JJC students is the opportunity to act in a major role or a be a technician who designs or leads a team in the backstage areas. Typically, in four year programs, these opportunities are available to upperclassmen first, then underclassmen. JJC theatre transfer students who have acted in our productions or designed in our program then have an advantage over other students at a four year institution. This advanced preparation has led them to successful careers and numerous professional opportunities.

All JJC theatre performances are open to the public, with a subscription program also available for audience members. 

What Are My Career Opportunities?

  • Actor
  • Scenic Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Props Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Talent Manager
  • Teacher
  • Director
  • Arts Management
  • Arts Fundraiser
  • Lighting Engineer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Film Editor
  • Casting Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Playwright
  • Literary Manager
  • Producer
  • Dramaturge
  • Booking Agent
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Special Effects Technician
  • Radio/TV announcer
  • Theatre Critic
  • Events Planner
  • Advertising Specialist
  • Courses offered

    • Introduction to Theatre (Thea 101) that is an overview of the history and job opportunities available in Theatre.
    • Acting I and II (Thea 103, Thea 203) will introduce those interested in acting skills needed for this career and the second level builds upon the foundation laid in the beginning class.
    • In Technical Theatre I and II (Thea 104 and 105), students learn the basics of stagecraft and design, and the advances class builds upon Technical Theatre.
    • Stage Makeup (Thea 110) offers both the Actor and the technician skills in character analysis, basic application techniques, and design.
    • Costumes (Thea 108) Students learn basic garment history, sewing skills and design work in order to understand the role that costumes play in a production.
    • Directing (Thea 201) offers the opportunity for students to apply how a stage director functions and coordinates all the areas of theatre study to produce a performance.
    • Play Analysis (Thea 114) This course teaches the fundamentals of play analysis for a director, actor or designer/technician.  (Offered based on student demand and faculty availability only)
    • Special Topics in Theatre (Thea 299) This is a specialized class that is offered in a variety of topics, including American Musical Theaters, Improvisation, and children’s theatre to just name a few. (Offered based on student demand and faculty availability only)
    • Theatre Practicum (Theatre 106) This is credit for practical application of theatre skills in acting, backstage or front of house work. (Offered based on student demand and faculty availability only)

  • Current Audition Information

    Auditions for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum  with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart.

    • Directed by Tammy Perkins, Music Direction by Debra Miller, and Choreography by Joey Fatigante
    • Wednesday, December 11 at 3 and 6 and Thursday December 12 at 3 and 6 p.m.
    • Please prepare up to 32 bars of music from a musical similar in style for this audition.  There will be an accompanist present.  Please notify the Theatre Office at 815-280-2200 if you need to have a way to play prerecorded music for this audition.
    • Please be ready to learn a dance combination and bring appropriate clothing, shoes, etc.

    For additional information, call Director Tammy Perkins at 815-280-2839 or email at or call the theatre office at 815-280-2200.

  • Spring 2020 Production Schedule

    The JJC Theatre is proud to update our Spring 2020 productions schedule.

    Running March 5-8, 2020, is our production of the musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. This lighthearted farce is set in Ancient Rome and features Pseudolus, a crafty slave, who struggles to win the hand of a beautiful (but slow-witted) courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero- in exchange for Pseudolus’s freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two. This show is fastpaced, witty, irreverent, and one of the funniest musicals you will ever see. Directed by Tammy Perkins and held in the JJC Fine Arts Theatre on Main Campus.

    Our second production is Bent, running over two weekends: April 16-19 and April 22-25, 2020. Tony Award nominee for Best Play the year it premiered, this powerful drama is the first play centered on the Nazis’ use of the Holocaust to persecute and eliminate gays. Set in 1934 and ranging from a nightclub in Berlin to the famous concentration camp of Dachau, Bent unfolds as a tribute to the power of the human spirit as it depicts the defiance of two brave souls. Held in the intimate Black Box Theatre on Main Campus, and directed by Clay Kirkland as his final production prior to his retirement at the end of Spring Semester.

    Please visit or call the JJC Theatre Box Office at 815-280-2200 to purchase tickets for our spring productions.