Acting • Stage Combat • Stage Management • Directing
Key Program Features
Theatre performances are works of art that communicate experiences through a variety of forms and senses. The mission of LLCC’s theatre program is to embrace and engage its community through curriculum and programs that advance theatre, arts and the community of theatre artists. Those aspiring to work on or behind the stage can expand their skills in courses such as acting, improvisation, directing, stage combat and theatre appreciation. The theatre program provides space, resources and encouragement to an array of activities that serve the needs of the college and the community in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration.
Learn more by viewing “Ready for life’s stage: Theatre” in LLCC’s FORWARD magazine!
Visit our Theatre Productions page to learn about upcoming productions!
Employment with a theatre degree can vary greatly. According to the U.S Department of Labor Statistics, employment for an actor is estimated to grow 12 percent from 2016-2026, which is faster than the average job growth. The median pay for actor in 2016 was $18.70 per hour. Employment for a director is also expected to grow 12 percent from 2016-2026 and the average pay in 2016 was $70,950 per year.
LLCC offers the following associate degree program to prepare students for transfer to a four-year institution. Read more about the courses in this program:
Time to completion: 2 years
Investment in Your Future
The 2019-2020 standard in-district tuition rate is $131.50 per credit hour for theatre program courses. Fees are $11 per credit hour. View Summer 2019 tuition information. Get more information on tuition and fees.
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Mark R. Hardiman, Professor
Mark Hardiman is an assistant professor of theatre at LLCC, where he teaches acting, improvisation, directing, nine weapon forms of stage combat, theatre appreciation, movement and voice and history of theatre. He is an active member of the Society of American Fight Directors. Hardiman’s professional work as an actor, fight choreographer and director has been seen on stages in San Diego, in Chicago and vicinity. He co-founded and served as artistic director of a critically acclaimed and Joseph Jefferson cited non-profit professional theatre company for 15 years in the Chicago area. He studied at the University of Washington in Seattle; University of California in San Diego; and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. He holds two masters degrees — an MA in communication from Northern Illinois University and an MFA from Ohio University in directing.
David Kelm, Adjunct Instructor
David A. Kelm teaches Lighting Design I (THE 299-SS). Kelm has served as lighting designer for LLCC Theatre since 2012. Kelm has also designed lights for various productions at the Springfield Muni Opera, the Springfield Theatre Center and at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Kelm holds a BFA in lighting design from Illinois State University, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Montana and a Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law.