Theatre Arts Program Goals
In the Theatre Arts department we are committed to the following goals:
- To develop an atmosphere where our creative efforts help us to appreciate our past and prepare for our future.
- To inspire and challenge ourselves and our audience into a richer and deeper experience of life through theatrical presentations.
- To study the traditions and encourage innovation in the theatrical arts as we provide a worthy training program for our students.
- To offer opportunities for actors, directors, designers and technicians.
- To encourage experiments and innovations with the integration of the lively arts of theatre.
- To strive for the highest standards of training and production that our talent and resources allow.
- To help our students to fulfill their vocational or avocational interests in the various arts and crafts of theatre.
Pacific's Theatre Arts program combines classroom training with hands-on experience. We produce at least four productions each year in addition to student-produced shows. Productions include plays of varying historical periods and dramatic styles, including musicals.
- All students, staff and faculty of the university and members of the Stockton community may audition for departmental productions.
- Performances are given on the proscenium stage of the Long Theatre or the intimate black-box DeMarcus Brown Studio Theatre (in the Drama Building).
- Our facilities are located in close proximity on the south campus.
Professional Theatre Internship Opportunities
We have a unique relationship with a professional theatre company, Shakespeare's Associates. Professor and Department Chair Lisa Tromovitch is the Producing Artistic Director and the founder of this great organization. Our students and alumni have worked as interns and professionals on stage and backstage, gaining a wealth of experience in the professional theatre. Here are some of our recent graduates taking part in Shakespeare's Associates:
Alison Koch (Class of '11, left) playing Nurse in the 2010 Livermore Shakespeare Festival's production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Professor Gary Armagnac.
2013 graduate La Tricia Vang performing in The Merry Wives of Windsor during the 2012 Livermore Shakespeare Festival. The play was directed by Shakespeare's Associates founder and producing artistic director and Pacific Theatre Arts Department Chair and professor Lisa Tromovitch.
Professor Randall Enlow enlists the help of acting apprentice Ashley Bonda (Class of 2013) to cast the faces of the actors of MacBeth. Bonda participated backstage and onstage (playing First Witch) for the 2011 Livermore Shakespeare Festival production directed by Lisa Tromovitch.
Our students have also worked as interns at the Sacramento Music Theatre, Sony Pictures in Los Angeles, Foothill Theatre Company, and many others. Recent alums have gone to top-ranked graduate schools in the areas of performance, producing, and technical theatre. Several of our graduates currently operate Red Brick Road Theatre in North Hollywood, California. We are very proud of our record of achievement and rededicate ourselves daily to our mission.
Theta Alpha Phi
The Theatre Arts department is home to the California Gamma chapter of the national honors fraternity, Theta Alpha Phi, the nation's oldest professional theatre society.
Feel the Excitement!
Watch this video to get a taste of the excitement and energy you'll experience by being a part of the Theatre Arts program at Pacific.