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Department of Theatre Arts

About the Department

The Theater Arts Department offers a solid foundation for further professional studies, a technical training program as well as an opportunity for students to explore and express themselves. We offer 2 mainstage productions each year, several productions in our Studio Theater, a monthly Brown Bag Theater production and an active improv troupe which performs weekly.

The Theater Arts Department gives students experience in performing, writing, designing, lighting, costumes, makeup and the construction of sets. It is an interdisciplinary, multi-cultural program involving movement, art, music, voice, writing and communication.

Please review the current schedule or online catalog for more information about our curriculum.

A Brief History

Since its inception in the Fall of 1964, the College of Marin Theater Arts Department has produced some of the most exciting and provocative theater seen in Marin County. Literally thousands of students have attended the College’s Theater Arts classes and our alumni have been successful in all feilds of theater and allied arts. Among these distinguished alum are: Robin Williams, David Dukes, Kathleen Quinlan and David Ogden Stiers to name a few. Currently we have students all over the world working in repertory, film and television, directing on and off Broadway, teaching theater in high schools, conservatories and universities as well as attending such institutions as Julliard, North Carolina School of the Arts, and New York University.

Highlights and Distinctions

2003 - The Theater Arts Department presented an original play - Eleven Variations on Friar John’s Failure - by one of its students, which is subsequently published by Playscripts and given a full run at the College.

1997 - The entire campus participated in an interdisciplinary study of the 1960s (politics, arts, culture) culminating in a production of HAIR which features 2 directors, 2 choreographers and 2 music directors, all faculty members. The 600 seat theater was sold out every night.

1984 - Nicholas Nickelby is the first college production to win a Bay Area Critics Circle Award.

1983 - A round-the-clock reading of Shakespeare’s complete works featured Robin Williams performing A Comedy of Errors as a solo piece.

1971 - Taming of the Shrew, wild west style, was invited to attend the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It won the Best Production and a command performance was given for Princess Margaret.

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Contact Information

Performance Box Office
415. 485. 9385

Carla Zilber Smith
Artistic Director
415. 485. 9557

Robin Jackson
Production Technician
415. 485. 9555

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