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Drama and PCPA

Drama and Theatre Arts Programs

The Associate in Arts in Theatre Arts for Transfer Degree (AA-T in Theatre Arts) and the Drama Certificate of Accomplishment are both non-audition academic programs. Click the catalog links below for more information on these two programs. 

Explore Drama and Theatre Arts Degrees and Certificates


Michael Dempsey, Professor of Theatre Arts
805-922-6966 ext. 3508


Fine Arts Department, Building F
Department Secretary
Phone: 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3252 


Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Summer:  closed

PCPA Conservatory Programs

Allan Hancock College is home to two Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in Professional Acting, and Technical Theatre, for the development of skills and experience necessary for the aspiring theatre artist to pursue a professional career.

Students are admitted to the two-year programs by audition/interview only. Once admitted, students receive instruction from members of the professional Equity theatre company, PCPA - Pacific Conservatory Theatre.

In addition to the PCPA programs of Professional Acting and Technical Theatre, PCPA offers Professional Internships which are also accredited through the CTE program of study.

See the PCPA website for more details on the following programs.

Technical Theatre Advisory Committee
Professional Acting Advisory Committee


Columbia Business Center
890 E. Stowell Rd.
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: 1-805-928-7731 ext. 4114