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Performing Arts-Theatre, A.S.

Make the World Your Stage

Shakespeare was right: The world's a stage, and the people merely players. Bring your lead role energy to the next level with a Theatre degree from DCC.


credits to earn your degree


practicum credits for real-world experience


years of full-time study for most students

What You'll Study in Our Performing Arts-Theatre Program

In DCC's Theatre program, you’ll learn what to expect from a career in the performing arts, from your first audition to your first job. Whether you see yourself acting, writing or in the director's chair, the spotlight’s on you at DCC.

DCC allows you to focus on developing theatre skills within a broad performing arts curriculum including acting, directing, scriptwriting and more. Beyond your coursework, you'll gain hands-on experience working on fully integrated live performances on campus and in the community.

And, speaking of community, you’ll hone your craft in the heart of the Hudson Valley — home to dozens of theaters and venues, and just a train ride away from New York's legendary Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.


Sample Courses

THE 105: Theatre History I
Examine the elements of theatre starting with the ancient Greeks and through the 19th century

THE 110: How to Audition
Develop the basic skills for a successful audition, from writing a resume to finding an agent

THE 161: Theatre Practicum I
Experience the creation of a live performance of a professional play from start to finish


Where Do Performing Arts Grads Go?

Contact Us

Performing, Visual Arts, and Communications

Dr. Thomas B. Costello, Department Chair
Bonnie Foote, Senior Program Assistant

Phone: (845) 431-8610

53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601