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Our program meets more than distributional requirements.  It challenges students to look at the possibilities of performance.  A multi-disciplinary approach to training ensure that our students are proficient in all areas of the theatre.  We educate students to understand the societal, cultural, and academic contexts of creating theatre in the 21st century.  We encourage experimentation and the use of technology while providing a strong foundation of classical and traditional texts and styles.  From the Greeks and Shakespeare to devising and puppetry, we don't just work outside the box...for us, there is no box!

Mission Statement

Promoting excellence in a diverse community by providing quality academic and CE/WF education in drama and performing arts in an urban multicultural setting and a global society.
Why El Centro Drama?

Diverse and exciting offering of courses:  We train students to create theatre that is forward-thinking, challenging and imaginative, preparing them for entry into competitive careers or advanced training programs. We emphasize collaboration and critical thinking, which prepares students to work in interdisciplinary contexts and as contributing members of their future communities. We offer numerous opportunities for hands-on learning, allowing our students to participate in productions from the very beginning of their training. Small class sizes - we value a deep level of mentorship and active engagement with our students, as teachers and advisors. The Drama program is comprised of and encourages multiple perspectives, including but not limited to those shaped by race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, class, ability and national origin. Partnerships with local and national theatres, providing workforce training and specialized internships.


Full Time Faculty

Dean Armstrong, Program Administrator HUMA/DRAM
Vanessa Mercado Taylor, faculty of Drama and Humanities

Adjunct Instructors

Eric Wilder,
For details about graduation rates, program costs and other important information, view the gainful employment disclosure.