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Associate Degree in Theatre

Express your style and develop your voice in theatre arts through Northampton Community College’s Associate in Arts (AA) in Theatre program. On our Bethlehem campus, you’ll perform, design stages, direct shows and exercise all kinds of production skills in our two on-campus theatres or around the Lehigh Valley. NCC’s theatre major prepares you to kick-start your career or transfer to a BA theatre program at a four-year institution.

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Semesters: 4
Credits: 62
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Campus: Bethlehem
Program Type: Associate in Arts

Explore all aspects of theatre: acting, directing, design, technical skills and theatre education. You’ll integrate your classroom learning in practical settings from pre-production through theatre performance. Our associate degree in theatre is designed to parallel the courses and experiences you’d find in the first two years of a theatre BA degree, meaning if you choose to transfer to a four-year institution, you’ll be well positioned to thrive.


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Here, you’ll gain real-world experience on stage, in the wings and from the audience. You’ll join major NCC productions in our newly renovated 350-seat Lipkin Theatre and the 100-seat Norman R. Roberts Lab Theatre; venture to professional theatres in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia; and put your creativity to the test through touring, ensembles and experimental theatre productions.

Our expert faculty bring diverse experience in acting, directing, design, performance, speech communications, oral interpretation, education and children’s theatre. Through classes, workshops and mentoring, these leaders will equip you to create a capstone production that helps build your portfolio and prepare for your career.

Learn more about why you should study at Northampton Community College!

Completing an associate’s degree in Theatre at Northampton Community College can drastically reduce the overall cost of your education. Our tuition and fees are some of the most affordable in the region. On top of the low upfront costs, you can also take advantage of NCC’s substantial financial aid and scholarship opportunities—we have one of the largest community college scholarship programs in Pennsylvania!


Career Opportunities for Theatre Majors

An associate degree in theatre sets you up to stand out in a variety of careers, from professional acting to playwriting, directing, stage managing, teaching theatre, designing scenes and specializing in other production support roles. Here, you’ll establish broad and robust communication and organizational skills that translate smoothly into the highly competitive careers of the performing arts.

Our career services can help you find, apply and interview for jobs, connect with professional networks in a variety of fields and land internships that relate to your career goals.

The theatre major is also optimized for your success if you choose to transfer to a four-year institution. Our graduates have pursued bachelor’s degrees at a wide range of schools, including Temple University, DeSales University, Cedar Crest College, Albright College, Brooklyn College, University of Iowa, University of Missouri at Kansas City and University of Connecticut.

Future Career Paths

  • Actors
  • Costumer Designer
  • Set Designer
  • Production Designer
  • Educator
  • Technician
  • Director
  • Choreographer
  • Stage Manager
  • Theatre Manager
  • Playwright

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With Northampton’s Associate in Arts in Theatre degree, you’ll engage with fellow creatives in the classroom and on stage through a comprehensive curriculum that allows you to focus on the aspects of theatre that most relate to your goals. 

The hands-on experience and attention from expert faculty that you gain here will prepare you to succeed at a four-year institution or immediately in your professional career.