Performing Arts


The Media Program in the Communication Studies Department offers a variety of activities, including practical workshop courses in film, video, and radio. Students create original film/video, projects, write film scripts, and produce radio dramas. The Media Internship Program with local television and radio stations is unique among two-year colleges in California. Graduates of the Media Program are employed in communication positions throughout the west. The Communication Studies Department grants a Certificate of Completion with an emphasis in Media.


Music opportunities are plentiful and varied. Performing organizations available to all students include choirs (both large and small), jazz singing, jazz bands, concert bands, orchestras, wind, string, and keyboard ensembles. Classical and popular singing classes, synthesizer, musical theatre, and improvisational jazz technique classes are available. Traditional piano, theory, history, and sight-singing courses are open to students.


Theatre Arts classes are exciting and challenging for all students. Theatre classes offer a wide range of topics from theatre history and character analysis to stage lighting, theatre design, and management. For students with specific interests, Theatre Arts offers specialized training through a certificate program in the fields of acting, costuming, makeup, stagecraft, or stage management. All students are encouraged to participate in our productions as performers, backstage technicians, or as part of the front of house management team. Theatre Arts supports the Student Theatre Guild and offers original productions of student work. A large variety of productions are presented throughout the school year as part of the regular instructional program and during the summer by a nationally acclaimed preprofessional training program, Summer Repertory Theatre. Auditions for school year shows are generally held in the first 10 days of each semester. Participation in Summer Repertory Theatre is based on special auditions and interviews held in February and March of each year. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in a program that will change the shape of your life.


Summer Rep is a complete and extensive practicum in all aspects of stage production. The program combines the talents of the professional directing, design, and production staff with outstanding students in acting, design, technical theatre, dance, music, and management. The ensemble will mount five productions, which are performed in full rotating repertory six days a week beginning in mid-June. Company members face the challenge of putting theory to the test and learning to work continuously under pressure in a professional system. Summer Rep offers professional production values and a positive and supportive work environment. The company also has the advantage of making contact with and working alongside professional staff members and other students from theatres and colleges throughout the country. Since 1972, Summer Rep has enrolled over 7,000 students who have received advanced training important to their professional goals. These students have gone on to employment with major schools, in the television and movie industry, and in theatres across the nation as teachers, actors, designers, technical directors, costumers, box office managers, theatre managers, and directors. Summer Rep is committed to helping our students further their careers once they leave Summer Rep . Events to facilitate this include auditions with area casting directors, portfolio review with visiting professionals, and targeted apprenticeships for our skilled artisans/technicians. 

SRT is a truly dynamic and unique program; it is a fantastic training ground, a great place to meet people and make connections, and home of some of the best theatre in the North Bay. Enrollment in the program is by audition or interview only. For more information, contact James Newman at (707) 527-4221, or visit 708 Elliott Ave.

For more information, contact Leslie McCauley at (707) 527-4248, or visit:; Lark temps room 2205T.