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Join us for the 2024 Spring Season

Student Directed One Acts, February 29th - March 2nd at 7pm


View Past Season Fall 2023

Theatre Academy Fall poster



Theatre Academy Production Oct. 26-28


When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?

Written by Mark Medoff
Directed by Louie Piday

November 30, December 1 & 2, 7 pm

Matinee December 2, 2 pm

Going Mad: Alice in Hollywoodland
(a workshop production)

Written by Richard Alger
Directed by Tina Kronis

December 14, 15, 16, 7 pm
Matinee December 16, 2 pm



About the LACC Theatre Academy

The Theatre Academy at Los Angeles City College is one of the most highly respected theater training institutions in the United States. Since its founding in 1929, this professional theater training program has been dedicated to developing the skills, crafts, and attitudes of students to prepare them for careers in professional theater, as well as television, film, and other areas of the entertainment industry.

Professional theater training is offered in three areas or concentrations:

Acting/Advanced Acting  Costume Design  Technical Theater Entertainment Technology


All prospective Academy students are required to apply for admission to the Theatre Academy.

Apply to the LACC Theatre Academy

* The Theater Department also offers courses for the AA degree and for transfer that can be taken independently of the professional program. Departmental theater classes


Acting Program Applicants

Three Actors Performing on Stage

A School for Scandal
Preview the Acting Program

  • Acting candidates are required to audition and/or interview before being invited to train at the Academy. Those interested in auditioning for the LACC Theatre Academy should fill out the Online Acting Program Application. They will then be contacted by phone with an audition appointment.
  • The LACC Theatre Academy will accept online auditions. In an online Zoom audition, we ask the actors to perform one monologue (2 min) instead of two. Next scheduled audition time: TBA
  • Do you have other questions? See also Theatre Academy FAQ
  • If accepted to the Academy, students must also apply and be accepted to Los Angeles City College apply to Los Angeles City College


Costume Program Applicants

Woman Making Costumes

Technical Theater Entertainment Technology Applicants


Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival


Each April, the Kennedy Center welcomes about 125 outstanding theater students to the KCACTF National Festival. Student awardees in design, performance, directing, playwriting, stage management, dramaturgy, arts leadership, and theatre criticism, are invited from all eight Regions. 

Through master classes, presentations, conversations, and staged readings, students learn from and connect with established theatre artists, as well as their peers from across the country.



In Spring 2023 our National Costume finalist, Maria Catarina Copelli was awarded 2nd place in a separate competition and workshops. She was flown to Washington DC for the week.

Actress Performing in Melancholia Show

Melancholia was honored with 11 additional ‘National’ awards:

  • Distinguished Production of a Play
  • Distinguished Director of a Play (Jose Luis Valenzuela)
  • Distinguished Performance and Production Ensemble
  • Citizen Artist Award
  • Distinguished Production Design
  • Distinguished Achievement in Stage Management (Melanie Hatzenbuhler, Cristian Venegas, Sophia Marcos-Jeronimo, Emma Baker)
  • Distinguished Sound (John Zalewski)
  • Lighting Design (John A. Garofalo)
  • Costume Design (Maria Catarina Copelli)
  • Distinguished Achievement in Movement Direction
  • Distinguished Performance by an Actor (Valerie Vega, Arnol Zepeda)
    melancholia cast on stage
    Cast of Melancholia on set

    Production photos

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    Technical Load-in
    Man Acting in the Theater

    !!Slow connection? Having trouble with the online application? You may also download a printable application and mail it to:

    Theatre Academy
    Los Angeles City College
    855 N. Vermont Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90029

    If accepted to the Academy, students must also apply and be accepted to Los Angeles City College.

    Technical Load-in

    What's Next?

    Students completing their training will have developed a respect and appreciation for all aspects of Theater, and strengthened their talents and skills to move directly into the profession.

    But you're not looking for a full-time theatre program? Maybe just a class or two to transfer?

    Check Out Theatre Departmental classes

    See our Theatre Archives for photos of past productions!


    All prospective Academy students are required to apply for admission to the Theatre Academy.

    Apply to the LACC Theatre Academy


    Mission Statement

    The LACC Theater Arts Department and Theatre Academy foster student learning in creative exploration through robust conservatory training in the fields of acting, costuming, and technical theater.


    Course Descriptions

    Academic Programs: Theater Arts / Theatre Academy [PDF] (Theater awards & certificates, p. 61)
    College Catalog (Theater class descriptions pp. 178-184)

    Class Schedules
    Spring 2024

    (begins Feb. 5)


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    Learn more about the Theater Arts program at LACC



    Department Office

    TA 208
    To leave a message:
    Phone: (323) 953-4000 ext. 2970
    Email: lacc-@email

    Department Chair:
    Eddie Bledsoe
    TA 208
    Email: @email

    Theater Department Box Office:
    To leave a message:
    Phone: (323) 953-4000 ext. 2990

    Free parking is included for all patrons attending a Theater production at LACC. Park in Lot 4 (Faculty & Staff Parking) on North Heliotrope Drive. Signage will be placed at the entrance of the parking lot to indicate where to park.
    Visitors do not require a parking permit to attend a Theater production.

    Visitors and playgoers: Please visit LACCD Check-In before arriving.

    ​​​​​​Acting Program:
    Costume Design Program:
    Eddie Bledsoe
    Email: @email

    Technical Theater Entertainment Technology Program:
    TA 202
    Johnny Garofalo
    Email: @email