Associate of Arts - Liberal Arts - Theatre Arts Option

By offering a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum with core theatre requirements, the Theatre Arts program is designed for students interested in all facets of Theatre, Film or Communications. The curriculum intentionally emphasizes a comprehensive base in liberal arts education, the foundation from which the playwright, actor and director derive most, if not all, of their essential philosophies.
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I'm a firm believer that the best thing a person can do for themselves is to follow their dreams. Attending HCCC’s Theatre Program was my first step in that direction. I began my HCCC journey as a sociology major, and with the help and direction of Professor Gallo, I ended as a theatre graduate with the tools, and most importantly, the confidence to pursue my dream of being an actress.
Melissa John
Theatre Arts (Liberal Arts) AA Graduate, 2019

Melissa John currently works as a commercial actress and model in New York City.

Theatre Arts (Liberal Arts) A.A.


The AA Liberal Arts - Theatre Arts Option is designed for students who wish to complete a bachelor's degree or higher in the field of Theatre Arts. By offering a broad-based liberal arts curriculum with core theatre requirements, the option is ideal for students interested in all aspects of Theatre. Field trips to local NYC theaters will be integrated into the degree program.


Complete CSS-100

CSS-100 College Student Success

Complete the following courses:


ENG-101 College Composition I


ENG-102 College Composition II


MAT-123 Mathematics for Liberal Arts

Complete the following courses:


CSC-100 Intro to Computers and Computing

2 Lab Science Elective

Complete THA-207 or LIT-207.

THA-207 Introduction to Drama
LIT-207 Introduction to Drama

Complete LIT-208 or THA-208.

LIT-208 Contemporary Drama
THA-208 Contemporary Drama

Complete 2 Social Science Electives.

Complete the following courses:

HIS-210 History of Western Civilization I
HIS-211 History of Western Civilization II

Complete the following courses:

ENG-112 Speech
FLM-101 Introduction to Film
THA-102 Introduction to Theater

The Girl Who Got Frozen World Premiere


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HCCC’s Theatre Program has left me with people, memories, and experiences I will never forget. I entered with a curiosity in acting and left encouraged to be a serious actor. Also, performing in front of a live audience every semester was terrifying and exciting - so not a bad deal!
Raymond Miranda
Theatre Arts (Liberal Arts) AA Graduate, 2019

Raymond Miranda appeared in the movies Joker and the upcoming re-make of West Side Story. He is completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre at Rutgers University-Newark.


The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) campus is located only 17 minutes from New York City, allowing easy access to the heart of the Theatre District, where students see plays, musicals, and dance/theatre, on Broadway and Off-Broadway, and go on field trips to the Tony Award-winning Drama Book Shop, and the Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. 

Our classes are taught by an award-winning faculty, who also work professionally in the field, while Guest Artists are additionally brought in from New York to conduct workshops.  And each semester ends with a Theatre Festival, which showcases scenes, monologues, and songs presented in our state-of-the-art Studio Theatre Classroom.

HCCC also provides one paid internship annually at a partnering professional theatre company.


The theatre arts program at HCCC truly transformed me as an actor, student, and person. I was even hired for a paid theatre internship!  Professor Gallo’s teaching has better prepared me for a future in my career.
Leon Valencia
Theatre Arts (Liberal Arts) AA Graduate, 2018


Students completing the A.A. Theatre Arts Option will have fulfilled the necessary requirements to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year institution.  Recent graduates have transferred from HCCC to Montclair State University, NJCU, Rutgers-Newark, Kean University, Columbia University, Ramapo College, NYU, and the Disney Performing Arts program, among others. 



Out of the Box Podcast - Theatre Arts Program

December 2020
HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber and his guests – Assistant Professor Joseph Gallo, and student/playwright Rossella Lopez – put the spotlight on the College’s exciting Theatre Arts program in this episode of "Out of the Box."

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Contact Information

Joseph Gallo
Director of Theatre Arts

2 Enos Place (Room J-105)
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-5366