Theatre Concentration, Arts & Sciences AA

Turn your passion for theatre into a career!


Small class sizes, dedicated faculty and the opportunity to work with professional theatre practitioners make Carroll the best choice to start your theatrical career.

Carroll’s Theatre program provides knowledge and skills in drama, expressive communication, performance, technical theater and production. This program carefully nurtures developing performing artists by providing the training, experience and artistic vision necessary to succeed in professional theatre.

Theatre teaches not only professional skills, but also the soft skills all employers need: problem-solving, creative and critical thinking, public speaking, clear oral and written communication, work ethic, teamwork, networking, time management and decision-making.  

Personal advising with Theatre faculty will make you well positioned to transfer to 4-year colleges and universities, conservatory programs and more.

Why Carroll for Theatre?

  • Learn professional production values for theatrical performances
  • Work with professional designers and directors–start networking your 1st semester
  • No upper classmen or graduate students to compete with for roles
  • Hands-on instruction teaching how to create the “magic” of theatre


“Carroll’s Theatre program helped me to become more confident in myself as an actor. It has also helped me in honing my craft, which prepared me for my UArts audition.”

–Mallory Kohn, Carroll Theatre graduate; accepted into the competitive BFA Acting Program at University of the Arts in Philadelphia

“Before I came to Carroll, I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life. Now, I have found my passion thanks to Carroll's Theatre program. This program and its incredible faculty have given me amazing opportunities and supported me through every step of my journey. I've even had the ability to work in my desired field right here as an Aide to the Theatre Department. The knowledge I've gained and the connections I've made here will invariably benefit me as I finish my bachelor's degree and begin my career.”

–Kalene Chmura, Carroll Theatre graduate  

For news and updates, visit the Carroll Theatre Program's Facebook page.

Theatre Concentration, Arts & Sciences AA

Program Director: Jane R. Frazier Phone: 410-386-8279 Email: Graduates following the Arts and Sciences Theatre Concentration are well positioned to transfer to four-year colleges and universities in Maryland as well as other states. The courses in the sequence are transfer oriented and form the basis of a solid foundation in the liberal arts. By using the online ARTSYS program,, students can plan additional courses will also transfer to a baccalaureate degree-granting institution. The Theatre Concentration will provide knowledge and skills in drama, expressive communication, performance, technical theatre, and production. This sequence carefully nurtures developing performing artists by providing the training, knowledge, experience, and artistic vision necessary to succeed in professional theatre. The following courses are required for this concentration: THTR-101; THTR-110 or -200; THTR-115, THTR-125, and THTR-137. *Elective recommendations for Theatre Performance studies: THTR-135, Movement for the Actor; THTR-136, Voice for the Actor; THTR-210, Advanced Acting). *Elective recommendations for Design & Technology studies: THTR-126, Theatre Practicum; THTR-145, Stage Management; THTR-245 Production Management; ENTEC-101, Introduction to Entertainment Technology or other theatre or entertainment technology courses.

Concentration Requirements

General Education Requirements


  • Take 1 elective credit if necessary to meet the 60 credit degree total:

Carroll faculty members are scholars, researchers and distinguished leaders who are selected for their academic and industry credentials as well as for their teaching abilities.



Jane R. Frazier

Jane Frazier, Carroll’s Director of Theatre and Entertainment Technology, holds an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and has over 17 years of experience in teaching and arts administration in higher education. This past year, she directed Carroll’s productions of Little Red and the Hoods and 1984, and she played Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest at Carroll. During the Fall 2017 semester, she was an actor for a staged reading of a new adaption of The Taming of the Shrew with Rouge Tongue Productions in NYC.

James Cox

James Cox is Technical Director/faculty member in Carroll’s Theatre department, with more than ten years of theater construction and production experience. After graduating from Carroll, he attended University of Maryland to study Linguistics while also working as a lead lighting designer in the D.C. area to expand on his passion for event productions.

Advisory Boards

Our curriculum is designed and continuously reviewed by an advisory board of industry experts and business leaders, ensuring the program meets all current skill and knowledge requirements. You can visit our Advisory Boards page to see the list of Business and Accounting Advisory Board members, as well as advisory board members for our other programs.

Carroll offers an exceptional education at an extraordinary value. If you start your education by earning an AA degree at Carroll, you'll pay less than half of what you would pay for the first two years of a typical four-year college.

What does this program cost?

You can complete an associate degree for less than the cost of one year at a 4-year college or university.

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Graduates of the Arts and Sciences Theatre Concentration program can continue their education towards a BA or BFA degree at other colleges/universities in Maryland or other states, or even conservatory programs.

Career possibilities are endless (due to all of those soft skills we teach). They may include, but are not limited to, Actor, Entertainer, Dramaturg, Designer, Technical Director, Director, Playwright, Educator or Arts Administrator. There are even CEOs of companies, marketing advisors, social activists, lawyers, judges and others who began with a Theatre degree.

There are more than forty Broadway theaters (seats 500 or more) and more than sixty Off-Broadway theaters (seats 100-499) in New York City.

There are several more theaters to work for across the United States. Check out the article by Theatre Communications Group about professional not-for-profit theatre in America.

I’m not in Carroll’s Theatre program. Can I audition for Carroll plays?

Yes! Auditions are open to all Carroll students and the community.

What show is Carroll putting on next?

Visit Carroll's Events Calendar to see our upcoming productions.

Can I rent out the Scott Theater?

Yes, you can. For more information, contact Roger Voter, Theater Facilities Coordinator, at or 410-386-8348.

Mission Statement

The mission of the A.A. Theatre program is to provide knowledge and skills in drama, expressive communication, performance, technical theatre and production. The Theatre program offers a liberal arts university-parallel curriculum, so that students of this program are well positioned to transfer to 4-year colleges and universities. This program carefully nurtures developing performing artists by providing the training, knowledge, experience and artistic vision necessary to succeed in professional theatre, by helping student artists develop their artistic potential. Students pursuing theatre design and technology gain necessary knowledge and experience, while developing their personal artistic vision through in-depth training.

Program Goals

  1. The student will demonstrate understanding of the structure of creative expression in Theatre arts.
  2. The student will discriminate between historical periods/genres of theatre.
  3. The student will develop the skills necessary to create performance-based or design-based Theatre art.
  4. The students will demonstrate an understanding of the effective application of theatrical concepts, by performing evaluations of performances and designs.
  5. The students will demonstrate the development of a personal, research-based Theatre art.