Be More Alive: be part of Theater Arts at Chabot College.
Theater Arts is dedicated to serving both the students and the community at
large by offering a wide range of productions that stimulate and vitalize the
audience. We are an essential component in a healthy, comprehensive college
where a thriving arts area is evidence of a productive and visionary college.
Theater Arts sizzles with an emphasis on play-making, the making of the whole
production, from the script to the ticket sales. We have a unique program in our
Emerging Work series, where student original scripts are granted fully mounted
productions each term. Some of these new plays have gone on to win awards and
successes beyond Chabot. There is no other college nearby that focuses on
student original plays like Chabot.
Studies in Theater Arts at Chabot College contribute to student success in four
main areas: collaborative learning/team-building; creativity/artistry; critical
thinking; and personal responsibility. The Theater program is dedicated to
educating the whole student; we emphasize story-telling as a window into the
ideas and reflections of the human condition, as well the craft of making good
We produce two "mainstage" shows a year--one of these shows is a
contemporary, while the other is more "classical." We often produce musicals in
these "mainstage" slots. These shows have professional directors and design
teams. Our parallel season is called Emerging Work, and each term we produce
two, four-student original plays or projects. These shows are performed during
Theater Week at the end of each term. Often these shows are student directed and
designed. We often have fund-raising theatrical events throughout the year,
including successive comedy nights and/or special student projects.
The Enjoyment of Theater Arts
We encourage participation in all areas of program by both
serious theater artists and general education students. All shows and courses
are open to all students of Chabot. Many theater courses satisfy general
All of our adjunct faculty work in the theater profession, and
many students have gained employment and/or internships as a result of a
teacher/student partnership. Collaborations include Berkeley Repertory Theater,
Campo Santo and Word for Word.
American College Theater Festival
Each production at Chabot has the opportunity to enter the
American College Theater Festival, a nationwide competition for actors and
production teams. Rachel LePell, lead instructor, is the Playwriting Awards
Committee Vice Chair of this organization and regularly supports student
playwrights around the Western Region of the US. All students have the
opportunity to travel to the annual Festival, held regionally.
Ashland Shakespeare Festival Annual Trip
Each year students in theater courses have the opportunity to
travel to this internationally recognized theater company and see shows and talk
to company members. For a reasonable rate, students and faculty travel together
Other Future Projects
We hope to expand our technical theater offerings in the future,
as well as our camera/electronic media connections.
All productions this term are in the Little Theater; a round
thrust stage with 180 seats. We also rehearse in 1328, a rehearsal hall, a large
empty room, equipped with a floor for marking scenery, a piano, chairs and other
rehearsal furniture. It is located in the theater building, behind the
performing areas. We also use a Callboard, in the lobby of building 1200, where
we post all department notices and activities.