• Getting Started in Theatre

  • The MHCC Theatre Arts program provides students with an excellent foundation in theatrical performance and hands-on production design techniques. The faculty is dedicated to providing students with a highly personalized and comprehensive education, including main stage and studio theatre productions, comedy-improv shows, outreach experiences and guest artists. A balanced, well-rounded theatrical experience helps you develop confidence and public-speaking abilities, enabling you to move from competence to excellence in whatever profession you choose.

    Our curriculum offers two tracks of coursework: Theatre Arts/Performance, for those students interested in developing their acting abilities and Theatre Arts/Production-Designeer, for students interested in art of stagecraft production. See our Theatre Arts Program page for more details on our curriculum options.

    MHCC has an open-entry general admission policy and welcomes all students regardless of their educational background. A high school diploma or GED are required for the Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Anyone interested in studying Theatre Arts at Mt Hood Community College should contact one of the faculty advisors below as soon as possible.

    Follow this 3-step process to register

    1. Submit your MHCC Admission Form: New students and those returning after having been away for four terms or more will need to submit an MHCC Student Admission Form available online.

    2. Log on to MyMHCC portal: You will receive an acceptance letter that lists your MHCC student identification (ID) number. This is your student user name.

      Log on the MyMHCC, using your ID user name and your six-digit birth date as your password. After you log on the first time, you will need to create your own password.

      If you are a new, degree-seeking student or applying for Financial Aid, you may need to take the College Placement Test (CPT). There is no charge. The test is administered by computer, and takes about an hour. To find out if you are required to take the CPT. Please visit www.mhcc.edu/testing for “Frequently Asked Questions”, or contact Testing Services at 503-491-7678.

    3. Select your classes and register! Once you have your ID, password and if necessary, completion of the CPT placement, you can register for your classes. If you are a new student and interested in pursuing a degree with a music emphasis, we strongly urge you to make an appointment with one of our music faculty once the term begins to help you with an overall plan. For first year full-time students who wish to complete an Associate’s degree with a music emphasis, we recommend registering for the following courses offered fall term:
    First Quarter/Theatre Arts: Performance (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    TA106 Theatre History: Origins to the Renaissance 3
    TA141 Acting Fundamentals I 3
    TA153D Theatre Workshop: Children’s Workshop - First Year or TA227 Theatrical Makeup 2-3
    WR121 English Composition 4
    Oral Communication requirement1 3-4
    First Quarter/Theatre Arts: Production Designer (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    TA106 Theatre History: Origins to the Renaissance 3
    TA111 Technical Theatre: Scenery and Rigging 3
    TA114A Technical Theatre Workshop: First Year 1-3
    TA114B Technical Theatre Workshop: First Year 1-3
    TA114C Technical Theatre Workshop: First Year 1-3
    WR121 English Composition 4
    Oral Communication requirement1 3-4

    If you need in-person assistance with registration during the summer, please visit the Orientation Center in room AC1002 on the Gresham Campus. If you need your student ID number, please call the Admissions and Records office at 503-491-7393.

    Still have questions about the Theatre program?

    Contact any Theatre Faculty via Email. We are happy to meet with prospective students throughout the academic year during our office hours.