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    Welcome to the Barton Theatre Department! 

    Barton Student Theatre ProductionYou are in for exciting times on the Barton stage, both in front of the lights and behind the scenes.  Develop a broad and rich knowledge of the theatre by studying acting, directing, dramatic literature, history, technology and design. Learn and create in a diverse environment as you integrate your talent with the knowledge and skills you gain here.  Barton’s theatre instructors and staff members  possess a great depth of professional experience and seek to help you meet your individual educational goals in a friendly and personable way.

    Theatre is beneficial for everyone. While not everyone who studies theatre desires to dedicate their lives to the art, the skills acquired while studying theatre can be advantageous to many areas of your personal and professional life.

    • Oral Communication Skills - Acting onstage teaches you how to be comfortable speaking in front of large audiences. Working as part of a technical crew enhances your ability to communicate your ideas effectively to the team.
    • Creative Problem Solving Abilities - Acting, directing, and technical theatre work are excellent ways to learn how to think on your feet, identify problems, evaluate a range of possible solutions, and problem solve using the tools available.
    • Time-Management Skills - Theatre teaches you to use your time effectively. Juggling classes, rehearsal time and independent work forces the theatre student to organize her/his time in order to maximize productivity.

    Call for Play Submissions - Original Playwright Series

    Barton Theatre is soliciting for brief one-act plays to be considered for production on April 29, 2020 on the Great Bend campus. All playwrights need not be Barton students but must reside in the Barton service area (including Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth). The submitted plays must be original and never produced. Please see the presentation notes used in our Playwriting Workshop lead by local playwright Rob Munden.

    Rules for submitted plays:

    • 2-5 characters
    • One set * - Barton theatre will design a simple interior set. Playwright can dress the stage  (couches, chairs, etc) as they wish.  All the action takes place on that one stationary set.
    • To be performed in 20-30 minutes (equals approx. 20-30 pages)
    • No profanity in dialogue

    All submitted manuscripts must reach the Barton Theatre office by Feb. 28, 2020, subject to change.

    c/o Theatre Director & Instructor
    Barton Community College
    245 NE 30 Rd.
    Great Bend, KS 67530

    Or electronic copies to:

    About the Barton Program

    • Dedicated faculty at a supportive institution
    • Four theatrical productions per season
    • Student employment opportunities
    • Student directing opportunities
    • Meet like minded creative people
    • Associated Degree in Theatre Arts


    People who become actors, producers, and directors follow many paths to employment. The most important qualities employers look for are creative instincts and the intellectual capacity to perform. The best way to prepare for a career as an actor, especially in the theater, is through formal dramatic training. Some options for practice in the field are as follows:

    • Actor
    • Agent
    • Booking Manager
    • Camera Operation
    • Copyright Specialist
    • Costume Designer
    • Hair/Make-up
    • Instructor of Performing Arts
    • Lighting Designer
    • Playwriting
    • Producing
    • Screenwriting/Scriptwriting
    • Set Design/Construction
    • Stage Manager
    • Wardrobe
    • Writer/Editor

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