Theater, AS

Room: C-Building, C-745

Phone: (718) 482-5690


The Theatre program introduces students to skills and knowledge necessary to begin a career in the theatre. Classes lay the foundation for a concrete approach to working in the theatre by exposing students to fully-produced plays, devised theatre, and theatre for social justice. Students gain vital practical skills and insight that prepares them not only to work in theatre but to engage with the world in which we live. Skills learned and applied in theatre productions can be transferred to many other fields. Additionally, through a partnership with the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC), students have the opportunity to observe and work with top theatre and entertainment professionals on their theatrical projects.

Are You Interested In...

  • Working in a creative field?
  • Collaborating with other creative people?
  • Telling stories?
  • Entertaining?
  • Performing?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Acting techniques
  • Script analysis
  • Basic skills in design for theatre
  • Collaboration
  • Networking
  • Self-worth
  • Adaptability

What makes this major unique?

Students develop production skills through a combination of classroom training and theatre experience. Studying classic and modern plays is part of every students’ program.

Students also gain a foundation in academic theatre. Studies include the ability to analyze, critically assess and write about theatre through rigorous courses in theatre history, dramatic analysis and the contemporary New York theatre scene.

This balanced approach to the AS in Theatre degree provides students with a strong foundation in which to pursue a career in performance or production (acting, design, directing, stage managing, producing) or a scholarly career (critic, dramaturge, historian, teacher, playwright). Even if a student chooses not to pursue a career in theatre, these skills are transferable to many other fields.

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Career Possibilities

The Theatre Program at LaGuardia Community College encourages students to transfer to a four-year college upon graduation. While this is not necessary to begin a career in theatre, the program believes that it will foster stronger artists and collaborators. By completing a four-year degree, students will be able to explore and study theatre more deeply. They will gain greater knowledge, and greater experience that will help them begin a career in whichever path of theatre they choose.

The Theatre Program recognizes that many students begin their education with a goal of becoming a professional actor. While this may be possible, the program encourages its majors to also explore some of the many other job opportunities that exist in the world of theatre.

The Theatre Program takes advantage of its location in New York City by providing many opportunities to introduce students to the professional world of theatre through classroom visits by working artists and administrators, theatre tours, internship opportunities, discounted and/or free tickets to performances, etc.

  • Actor
  • Technician
  • Stage manager
  • Designer
  • Producer
  • Technical Director
  • Playwright
  • Director
  • Professor of theatre
  • Dramaturg

Transfer Possibilities

  • City College – BA in Theatre
  • Lehman College – BFA in Multimedia Performing Arts/Theatre Track
  • Brooklyn College – BA or BFA Program
  • Queens College
  • Lehman College
  • SUNY Purchase

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition I – 3
    (or ENA101 depending on placement)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature – 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits
Select one of the following courses:

  • MAT107 Mathematics and the Modern World
  • MAT123 – Modern Problem Solving (depending on placement)
  • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry (depending on placement)
  • MAT119 Statistics with Elementary Algebra (depending on placement)
  • MAT120 Elementary Statistics

Life & Physical Sciences: 3 credits
Select one of the following courses:

  • SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences
  • SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • SCC101 Topics in Chemistry
  • SCC102 Chemistry of Photography
  • SCP101 Topics in Physics
  • SCP105 Life in the Universe
  • SCP140 Topics in Astronomy

B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 18 credits
Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories AND one additional course from any flexible core category

    • World Cultures and Global Issues
    • US Experience in its Diversity
    • Creative Expression
    • Individual and Society
    • Scientific World


Students are advised to select one Urban Study course to complete college requirement. To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed on the program website. Note: Students can select only two courses from any one discipline.

Courses Credits
HAF090 First Year Seminar for Theater and Photography 0
Theater Required: 24 Credits
HUT101 Art of Theatre 3
HUT110 Acting I 3
HUT111 Acting II 3
HUT115 Script Analysis 3
HUT122 Introduction to Design for the Theatre 3
HUT210 Theatre: Pre-history to Renaissance 3
HUT250 Voice and Movement for the Stage 3
HUT299 Experiential Learning in Theatre 3
Theater Electives: 6 Credits
Select two of the following courses:
HUT175 Directing for the Stage 3
HUT195 Theatre Production Workshop 3
HUM201 American Musical Theatre Workshop 1 1
HUM202 American Musical Theatre Workshop 2 2
HUT220 Contemporary Latina/o Theatre 3
HUT230 Acting III: Auditioning 3

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