The theatre program helps students with a general interest in theatre to interact with people in the working world. Theatre majors should plan their program with the requirements of their selected four-year college in mind

Students who follow the program are assured performance opportunities each semester during the two-year program. Students may apply directly to the department for a scholarship.

Directors Statement

Welcome to the Department of Theatre at Kansas City Kansas Community College. The Department of Theatre is rooted in the liberal arts tradition.

We offer both an Associate of Arts Degree in Acting and an Associate of General Studies in Theatre Technology and Design.

Our exciting, new program is noted for its professional atmosphere, its comprehensive nature, and its close faculty/student working relationship. In the department you'll have the benefits of a small, close-knit program within the environment of a comprehensive, urban community college with courses taught by some of the best professional actors, designers, and technicians in the Kansas City area.

Theatre students are most likely to succeed when they understand completely the theoretical, historical, and practical elements of the theatre. 

Current Play

Anything Goes

”Anything Goes” is based on a book by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse. It tells the story of stockbroker Billy Crocker who falls in love with Hope Harcourt, a beautiful girl who he meets in a taxi. When he finds out she is sailing for England, he sneaks aboard. Although Hope is engaged to Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, Billy works to win Hope’s heart with the help of the ship’s passengers. With music and lyrics by Cole Porter, “Anything Goes” has been a Broadway favorite since its debut in 1934.  Both the 1987 and 2011 Broadway revivals earned Tony Awards including those for Best Revival of a Musical.

“Anything Goes” is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, 16 and 17 at the KCKCC Performing Arts Center. There is also a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for non-KCKCC students and senior citizens. The musical is free to all KCKCC students, staff and faculty with a valid KCKCC I.D.

Upcoming Productions

Anna in the Tropics

By Nilo Cruz
February 11-13 at 7:30 p.m.
February 14 at 2:30 p.m.

A poignant and poetic play set in Florida in 1929 in a Cuban–American cigar factory, where cigars are still rolled by hand and "lectors" are employed to educate and entertain the workers. The arrival of a new lector is a cause for celebration, but when he begins to read aloud from Anna Karenina, he unwittingly becomes a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the tropics and the American dream prove a volatile combination.

Almost Maine

By John Cariani
March 3-5 at 7:30 p.m.
March 6 at 2:30 p.m.

"…a whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance. Magical happenings bloom beneath the snowdrifts." —NY Times. " On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night's dream.

The Original Student One-Act Play Festival

April 14-16 at 7:30 p.m.
April 17 at 2:30 p.m.

 Always fresh and new as today’s headlines, the Festival provides opportunities for our talented student playwrights, directors, actors and designers to produce their own works.

Student Dance Concert

May 8-9 at 7:30 p.m.

Here the spotlight is on our choreography created by our professional instructors and students alike highlighted by our wonderfully talented student dancers.

Upcoming Shows

Contact Information

Dr. Charles Leader
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