Get on stage with a Theatre Degree

A vibrant theatre community with hands-on experience

Pursue a theatre emphasis degree at Colorado Mountain College and you’re likely to earn a role on every playbill, on stage or backstage. In contrast to most large universities, our students have many opportunities early in their study to assume a variety of production roles from acting to set design.

The hands-on experience you build here at CMC with a theatre degree will form an excellent foundation for entry-level jobs or transfer to a four-year program. Our campus at Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley is situated in a culturally-active community, midway between Aspen and Vail. You’ll have the unique opportunity here to work alongside seasoned local actors.

Our New Space Theatre seats 100 and is fully equipped with a versatile stage and customized control booth to orchestrate lighting and sound. In a typical year, the Sopris Theatre Company (formerly known as CMC Theatre) showcases three to four performances. Click to view our archive of past productions.

The CMC theatre degree program includes a strong emphasis upon theatre appreciation. Because the theatre has long held a central cultural position in societies past and present, the study of theatre is truly a study of many things, including history, philosophy, psychology, religion, politics and more. Playwrights reflect, analyze and challenge issues and themes of their times. Theatre offers a unique insight into how societies view themselves and matters of great importance.

Get a hands-on theatre education

Colorado Mountain College is the ideal setting for pursuing a theatre-emphasis degree. If it's acting you're interested in, you'll be on stage. If you're interested in production, you'll have some starring roles in set design, lighting, and sound.

The classes you will take complement each of these performing and technical aspects of theatre. Our faculty will be your personal trainers, coaching you one-on-one with their many years of experience. You can expect a great deal of attention from them, given our small teacher-to-student and director-to-student ratios.

Each of our Theatre Production classes requires 60 hours of participation in set construction, scenic artistry, costuming, lighting, sound, and stage managing for the Sopris Theatre Company performances. You will study elemental production theories and put them into practice at the same time.

In addition to reading and dissecting some of the great plays of history, you will have the chance to write plays and produce student-centered works in collaboration with others.

Our theatre degree program is designed to give you perspective from many angles on this living, breathing, changing performing art. Prepare to jump in!

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CMC's theatrical production company produces plays and musicals at the New Space Theatre on the Spring Valley Campus and other venues.

Download the CMC Theatre Program Brochure (pdf)