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
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
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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