Department Mission

The mission of Sinclair Community College’s Theatre & Dance Department is to provide academic training and practical experience in a demanding, yet supportive environment.


The Department is committed to a diverse and challenging production season to provide students with exceptional preparation to transfer to a four-year institution or to pursue careers in theatre.


Further, it is the mission of the department to broaden the liberal arts education for all students and community members who take part in theatre and dance at Sinclair.

The mission informs the program’s goals and objectives, as listed below:
I.                     Students will be able to analyze a play’s structure, character, themes, and production values by:
·         reading a play and identifying the inciting moment, exposition, rising action and climax of the play
·         reading a play and developing a character analysis
·         analyzing a play’s relationship to its original audience
·         attending a performance and listening to and writing about its inherent production values
II.                   Students will be able to articulate the differences among major periods of theatre history by:
·         reading, researching and writing about several plays from each major period of theatre history
·         tracing the development of costuming and set design through the major periods.
·         tracing the development of the playwright through the major periods.
·         tracing the development of lighting and sound techniques through the major periods.
·         tracing the acting styles among the major periods.
·         examining the relationship between theatre and other contemporary art forms.
·         analyzing the role politics played in the development of theatre within societies.
·         exploring the specific relationship between theatre and religion.
·         examining the audiences of various time periods.
III.                  Students will demonstrate competency in at least two different areas within the field of theatre by:
·         Performing in class scenes and/or in departmental productions
·         Serving as a crewmember on departmental productions
IV.      Evaluate the contribution of the director, actors, designers, and technical crew to a live theatrical production by:
·         Attending a performance and writing a critique of the various production personnel
V.       Demonstrate competency with basic audition and performance techniques by:
·         Presenting monologues in acting and audition classes
·         Auditioning for departmental productions
·         Auditioning for community and professional theatre productions
·         Participating in the Irene Ryan competition at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF)
VI.      Demonstrate competency with the basic skills needed in theatre technology as a technician or crew member (technical theatre majors only) by:
·         Building and painting scenic elements
·         Safely using shop tools
·         Using theatrical sound and light equipment
·         Developing a resume and portfolio
·         Interviewing for community or professional theatre productions
·         Serving as a crew member on departmental productions
·         Participating in the design and technology exhibits at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF)