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"The theater-goer in conventional dramatic theater says: Yes, I've felt that way, too. That's the way I am. That's life. That's the way it will always be. The suffering of this or that person grips me because there is no escape for him. That's great art — Everything is self-evident. I am made to cry with those who cry, and laugh with those who laugh. But the theater-goer in the epic theater says: I would never have thought that. You can't do that. That's very strange, practically unbelievable. That has to stop. The suffering of this or that person grips me because there is an escape for him. That's great art — nothing is self-evident. I am made to laugh about those who cry, and cry about those who laugh."
BERTOLT BRECHT, On Theatre
Theatre Transfer Guide
Degree and Transfer Requirements
There are many careers you can get with a theatre degree or in theatre/entertainment industry. Careers in theatre include director, designer (set, light, sound, costume, make-up), actor/actress, talent agent, special effects technician, administrator, theater critic, entertainment lawyer, playwrite, stage manager, producer, graphic desinger, accountant, marketing manager, and many more. These careers and skills learned in theatre can also lead to careers at museums, trade shows, politics, and many other fields. In the Other Links section there are some links that will explain more about careers in theatre and applying the skills you learn through theatre to other careers. Also, all of the full-time theatre faculty and staff have worked professionally in the entertainment industry. They are a great source for information.
SPAMO (Students of Performing Arts and Music Organization)
SPAMO stimulates interest in dramatic activities at IVCC and secure for the college all the advantages of a large national honorary fraternity, and by electing worthy students to membership, serve as a reward for their efforts in participating in the plays staged by the dramatic organization of the college.
SPAMO sponsers Improv at the college. Improvisation is the act of composing and performing without previous preparation. We welcome everyone to join improv. It is a great way to introduce yourself to the stage and work on acting skills without being in a show. Feel free to come and enjoy yourself! Improv rehearsals are usually on Tuesday's and Thursdays. Check out the SPAMO page for more information.
The IVCC Show Choir is a blend of high-energy song, dance, and showmanship. The Show Choir has been seen on the IVCC stage in past productions of their own, including Broadway revues, holiday revues, and as part of such shows as "The Roaring 20's Revue" and "The Haunted Halloween Show." The Show Choir has also performed at venues off-campus, as well as the occasional "Flash Mob." The group is also included in main stage title productions.
The Show Choir is especially important to theatre and performance majors, as every semester concludes with a live performance (as well as other shows). However, Show Choir also appeals to those who simply love to perform. Show Choir is open to the community members in addition to students.
The Performance group is open to all levels of dance abilities, and includes solo work, staged small group numbers, specialty numbers, and many company numbers. Auditions are always held at the beginning of each semester, along with auditions for that semester's productions. Show Choir officially meets once weekly, but other rehearsals of various times are scheduled throughout the week as needed for brush-up rehearsals.
Show Choir may be taken for credit under "Theatre Production" THE 1005/2005 section 04. Director/Choreogropher: Don Grant Zellmer.
About Theatre Careers:
The Advantages Theatre Majors Have For All Jobs
What Can I Do With This Degree?
Career Options for Theatre Arts Majors
Theatre Major Career Guide
Wicked: Behind the Emerald Curtain
The Road to Broadway Part 1
The Road to Broadway Part 2
Broadway.com (check out the videos)