Associate of Arts, 60 Credits
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.
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.
Riverland Theatre produces four mainstage major productions each academic year: one classic musical, one contemporary musical, one comedy (modem or classic) and one drama (modem or classic). Students also have the opportunity to participate in Summerset Theatre, which has performed on the Riverland campus since 1968. Summerset mounts three main stage productions between June and August.
Riverland Theatre frequently brings professional theatre companies to campus to present performances and conduct workshops. Past guests include the Guthrie Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Project 515, and History Theatre. Travel-study courses such as Big Arts in the Big Apple (USA Cultural Studies) and London Dash give students the opportunity to experience professional theatre in major cities around the globe.
Our department provides a number of financial support opportunities for our students, including the New and Returning Theatre Talent Grant, Summerset Theatre Scholarship, Jerome L. Girton Scholarship, Iverson Family Scholarship, Katie Ann Nelson Scholarship, and numerous workstudy positions. In addition, Summerset Theatre provides paid work opportunities for students during the summer months.
Students who wish to pursue the AA in Theatre should take advantage of every performance opportunity available. Academic preparation should include the standard college prep courses and especially include any theatre, music or art classes available. Dance training and vocal lessons will further prepare the student for a successful experience.
Students completing an AA in Theatre can look forward to a smooth transfer to a university enabling the successful student to complete the BA degree in four years. The successful AA student also has a completed degree in hand and may choose to pursue a career in theatre at that point. In addition to theatre, many with a degree in theatre pursue careers in mass media, film studios, advertising firms, radio/television, business and industry, public relations firms and industrial studios.
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Riverland’s Theatre Department is a high-energy, performance-oriented program, providing strong academic offerings and excellent hands-on learning opportunities for students of all experience levels. Riverland Theatre produces four main stage productions each academic year: one well-known classic musical, one contemporary musical, one modern or classic drama, and one modern or classic comedy.
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