Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts – Our Stage Is Your Classroom!

Whether their passion is working onstage or behind the scenes, the College of the Mainland’s Theatre Program prepares young artists through a long-standing tradition of producing exceptional, quality theatre. The program combines the expertise of an outstanding faculty/staff and the real-world experience gained through being a member of a thriving community theatre.

College of the Mainland’s Department of Theatre is uniquely qualified to offer this student-centered education through a well-rounded curriculum that identifies and nurtures outstanding young creative talent through rigorous training, learner-driven education and practical experience gained while working alongside professional actors, designers and guest directors.

This collaboration of professional and student artists are the core of our professional model curriculum, which builds our student artists’ expertise and knowledge through exploration of all facets of theatrical production. Whether our graduates plan to launch careers as stage actors, stage crew members or theatre educators, they are prepared for that “next big step.”

Throughout the school year, students have opportunities to perform on stage or work in technical positions while learning from our highly qualified faculty and staff and from professional actors and designers on the COM Community Theatre main stage. Our goal is to offer an individualized, hands-on, faculty-guided experience in a comprehensive Associate of Arts degree program designed to prepare students to work toward a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre.

WHY COM THEATRE? – Our Top 10 List!

Nationally Recognized Theatre Faculty – COM’s theatre faculty are innovative, professionally active artists known nationwide in their areas of expertise.

Small Classes – An incredibly low student/faculty ratio means you will get lots of quality, personalized attention and one-on-one theatre training.

Stage Time/Design Opportunities – Smaller numbers for us means more performance/design opportunities for you! Plus, we only have you for two years, we’ve no choice but to use you onstage and off. Some schools won’t even allow you to audition for the main stage until your sophomore or junior year – why would you want to sit on the sidelines?!

Stage Combat Certification – COM is one of only three other schools in the entire state able to offer stage combat weapon certifications through the Society of American Fight Directors. Stage combat is one of the most highly sought-after methods of physical actor training. You can graduate not only with an associate degree in theatre but also become an SAFD-recognized Actor Combatant as well!

Professional Guest Artists – Every show at the COM Community Theatre incorporates professional directors, designers and/or actors for our theatre majors to work alongside and learn from – just think of the networking opportunities!

A Thriving, Established Theatre Season – COM boasts six main stage plays and musicals each year and one of the largest season subscriber bases of any level of theatre in the greater Houston area – surpassed only by The Alley, Stages and Main Street Theatres!

Age-appropriate Casting – COM Community Theatre casts actors in age-appropriate roles using professional actors from across Houston for older roles. (18-year-old characters are played by 18-year-old student acting majors; 60-year-old characters are played by 60-year old-actors, etc.). You’ll train and perform alongside seasoned actors in COM productions, preparing you for the real-world casting of professional theatre.

Graduate "Core Complete" – Once you are awarded your Associate of Arts in theatre from COM, the four-year Texas school you transfer into must accept you as “core complete.”

Service After the Sale – Before you graduate from COM theatre, we prepare you for your next step. Whether it’s preparing your audition package for the four-year college theatre programs of your choice or researching professional theatres and audition opportunities in theatre rich cities across the country … we’ll get you there!

Affordable – With full-time student costs as low as $5,845 per year, COM is an amazing value, one of the most affordable tuitions in Texas! Plus, with available financial aid opportunities, work-study programs, grants and scholarships – we can’t be beat!

From Our Graduates

COM theatre graduates have risen to success in independent films and New York productions, including the recent Broadway productions of "42nd Street," "Damn Yankees," "Titanic" and "Avenue Q."

“COM Community Theatre gave me the opportunity to speak in front of people and to be persuasive. So many people fear public speaking. If you are able to master it, it is an asset...”

– Alicia Devoy O'Neill

Financial Aid

COM helps students launch their college education at a fraction of the cost of a university. Plus, students may qualify for scholarships or financial aid. For more information on scholarships, visit or call 409-933-8508. For more information on financial aid, call 409-933-8274 or stop by the COM Financial Aid Office.

Associate of Arts – Theatre Arts

Suggested Study Plan

Semester 1

Course Name
PSYC 1300 or EDUC 1300 Psychology for Success 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
Mathematics Select from Core Curriculum 3
DRAM 1351 Acting I 3
DRAM 1330 or DRAM 1342 Stagecraft I or Intro to Costume 3
Semester Total 15

Semester 2

Course Name

ENGL 1302

Composition II 3
HIST 1301 U.S. History I 3
DRAM 1352 Acting II 3
Life and Physical Sciences Select from Core Curriculum 4
MUAP 1181 Applied Voice 3
DRAM 1120 Rehearsal and Performance I 3
Semester Total 15

Semester 3

Course Name
HIST 1302 U.S. History II 3
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
DRAM 2351 or DRAM 1330 or DRAM 1342 Acting III or Stagecraft I or Intro to Costume 3
Language, Philosophy and Culture Select from Core Curriculum 3
DRAM 1310 Introduction to Theatre 3
Semester Total 15

Semester 4

Course Name
HIST 1302 Texas Government 3
Life and Physical Sciences Select from Core Curriculum 3
SPCH 1315 or SPCH 1318 Public Speaking/Interpersonal Communications 3
DRAM 1121 Rehearsal and Performance II 3
Social/Behavioral Science Select from the Core Curriculum 3
Semester Total 15

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