Theatre Emphasis



The Fine Arts Department at Riverland Community College is a comprehensive arts program dedicated to developing the students' intellectual and creative potential in art, music and theatre, through quality instruction and a variety of performance/exhibition opportunities by expecting a high standard in all artistic endeavors.

Theatre Department Overview

Riverland's Theatre Department is a high-energy performance oriented program. Plays produced vary from classical tragedy to modern comedy and from full-scale large cast musicals to intimate small cast plays. Students are encouraged to get involved in all areas of theatre production, including, but not limited to, acting, stage managing, set building and painting. Strong academic offerings provide challenges in and out of the classroom.

Why an AA in Theatre?

  • An AA communicates the focus is in the chosen art form - theatre
  • Students will have a directed course of study that will prepare them for transfer to a four-year university or to enter the field.
  • Transfer institutions will have a clearer understanding of the focus and scope of the student's training and education.
  • Practical application courses will ensure the student's involvement in play production.
  • The inclusion of the MnTC will foster communication and conceptualization skills necessary for further study or a professional career.

Why Riverland Theatre?

  • Excellent opportunity to participate no matter what your experience
  • Immediate opportunity to participate in all areas of theatre
  • Articulation agreements in place to ensure smooth transition to university work
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Opportunity to complete general education classes while focusing on the arts
  • Affordable on-campus housing
Location: Austin | Faculty: Lindsey Williams Lindsey Williams Edelgard Fernandez
Program Starts: Fall, Spring | Course Plan: Four Semesters

For in-depth information including outcomes, program fees, course descriptions, and more please visit the Theatre Emphasis program page at

Required Core Courses (20 credits)

ENGL2255 Introduction to Shakespeare (Goal 2 & 6) 3 CR
THTR1100 Introduction to Theatre and Film (Goal 6 & 9) 3 CR
THTR1120 Stage Make-Up 3 CR
THTR1130 Stagecraft and Technology 3 CR
THTR2100 Beginning Acting (Goal 6 & 7) 3 CR
THTR2222 Speech for Performance (Goal 6 & 7) 3 CR
THTR1111 Movement for the Stage I 1 CR
Approved Electives 4 CR

MnTC General Education Courses (40 credits)

ENGL1101 Composition I (Goal 1 & 2) 3 CR
ENGL1104 Composition II: Argument (Goal 1 & 2; Prereq ENGL1101) 3 CR
ENGL1105 Composition II: Research (Goal 1 & 2; Prereq ENGL1101) 3 CR
HUMA1101 Humanities I 3 CR
MUSC1111 Survey of Music 3 CR
SPCH1100 Fundamentals of Speech (Goal 1 & 9) 3 CR
- Goal 3 - Natural Sciences 9 CR
- Goal 4 - Mathematical/Logical Reasoning 3 CR
- Goal 5 - History and the Social & Behavioral Sciences 9 CR
- Goal 6 - Humanities and Fine Arts 3 CR
- Goal 7 - Human Diversity
- Goal 10 - People and the Environment

Electives (1 credit)

ENGL1113 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (Goal 6 & 7) 1 CR
ENGL1115 Creative Writing: Fiction (Goal 6 & 7) 1 CR
HUMA1102 Humanities II 3 CR
MUSC1114 American Popular Music 3 CR
THTR1001 Theatre Activities 1 CR
THTR1111 Movement for the Stage I 1 CR
THTR1112 Movement for the Stage II 1 CR
THTR1140 Television Production and Performance (Goal 6 & 8) 3 CR
THTR2295 World Cultural Studies 2 CR
THTR2297 World Cultural Studies – Research Option 4 CR
THTR2600 USA Cultural Studies 2 CR
THTR2710 Musical Theatre Performance (Goal 6 & 7) 3 CR
THTR2720 American Musical Theatre (Goal 6 & 7) 3 CR