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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.

    AA Degree in Theatre: 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.

    Barton Bards Theatre Troupe: Our resident student traveling theatre ensemble, Barton Bards. Throughout the academic year, Barton Bards will have various opportunities to perform in for school assemblies and classes, within the community and on campus. Auditions for Barton Bards will be held twice a year at the beginning of fall and spring semesters.  

    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

    Theatre Scholarships


    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 theatre, 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

    Curriculum Guides

    2018-2020 Curriculum Guides: Students who enrolled in their program prior to Fall 2020 should use should use the following Curriculum Guide. 

    Associate in Art
    2018-2020 Theatre

    2020-2022 Curriculum Guides: Newly admitted or returning re-admitted students for Fall 2020 or later should use the following Curriculum Guide.

    Associate in Art
    2020-2022 Theatre