Technical

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PCPA's Technical Theatre Training


Pacific Conservatory Theatre’s two year Technical Theatre program encompasses all areas of technical theatre. The training models professional standards and practices through a master/apprentice approach. Students participate through invitation and advance based on demonstrated growth of skills and professionalism
PCPA's Resident Company is comprised of highly talented professional designers, technicians, directors, and actors who have a dedication to producing quality professional theatre and a deep seated passion to teach.
Click the faculty heading for a list of instructors and their bios.
Pacific Conservatory Theatre’s two year Technical Theatre training program offers intensive, vocational technical theatre training while participating in a Professional Theatre company. Based on industry models, the program guides the technical student from their discovery of concepts through professional level validation. Each student’s journey is uniquely tailored to meet the individual student’s desired focus, level of training, and educational need. Students train in lights, sound, props, paints, set construction, costumes, stage management, and more. Introductory and advanced study in theory and practice is designed to prepare the student for a career in the technical crafts of the entertainment industry. Students spend, on average, seven to ten hours per day in direct contact with working professionals. Self-marketing is an integral part of the program; students are instructed in the basics of cover letter, resume and portfolio preparation and presentation. During the second year students attend the USITT conference and interview with several professional companies. Our students have been highly sought after by companies like the Disney Corporation, Cirque du Soleil, ZFX, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Santa Fe Opera as well as schools like Cal State Fullerton, Penn State University, Boston University, University of Memphis, Southern Oregon University, and more.
Admission to the Conservatory is by application and interview. Advancement in the Conservatory is based on merit – maintenance of acceptable grade standards, demonstrated professionalism, and continued growth. Students are expected to adhere to the standards and best practices of the profession.

Please click here to submit an application on line.

Students applying for our two year Technical Theatre Conservatory need to provide:
• An application. Please click here to submit an application on line.
• Resume detailing education/training, theatre experience and/or special skills.
• Two letters of recommendation from teachers, employers, or directors. (not family)
• Your most recent school transcripts.
• Mission Statement: a two-page (minimum), typed
  • "Mission Statement" in which you discuss your educational, professional, and personal goals and why PCPA can benefit you.
• All material can be emailed to casting@pcpa.org
• Please schedule an interview at your earliest convenience once you have submitted the above material. You may schedule an interview by emailing casting@pcpa.org
• If you have portfolio material you would like to share with us it may be emailed or brought with you to your interview, however, a portfolio is not required for admittance to the Conservatory.
• If you are not able to travel to PCPA we are happy to interview you over the phone.


You need to have a high school diploma or be at least 18 years of age to attend the conservatory. Students who have not graduated from high school may be admitted to the program if they are 18 years of age and demonstrate in the interview that they are able to benefit from the PCPA program.
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• Pacific Conservatory Theatre is a very rigorous program. Technicians are in the shops, labs, classes, and performance 6 days a week 9:00 am to 10:30 pm. The conservatory requires full time commitment.
• You will not have time for an outside job
• We are all theatre all the time. We do not offer general education classes.
• Pacific Conservatory Theatre is a vocational program. We do not offer an associates or a bachelor’s degree.
• Pacific Conservatory Theatre's goal is to make sure you are ready to enter the professional world after graduation.
• Pacific Conservatory Theatre can be part of a four year path to a Bachelor’s degree. We have relationships with several Colleges and Universities that allow our graduates to start as Juniors if accepted into their program.
• You will need to cover all of your living expenses. PCPA can help you find housing and roommates, however, it is your responsibility to secure and pay for housing.

For more information please email casting@pcpa.org

PCPA values excellence and professionalism in all aspects of its company and public life. Integral to this position is the demonstration of practical initiative; respectful, courteous and cooperative relationships; affirmative, efficient and ethical working practices. Successful PCPA students derive deep personal fulfillment from the exemplary completion of their work, and in the flexibility required to respond to emergent challenges and opportunities, in accomplishment of the evolving work of the theatre and its training programs. PCPA expects a strong commitment to the mission of the theatre in service to task, colleague, company and community.

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Pacific Conservatory Theatre's Professional Acting and Technical Theatre programs are fully accredited career and technical education (CTE) programs of Allan Hancock College.
This two-year, state-supported Conservatory is part of the California Community College system; therefore, the cost of attending PCPA’s Pacific Conservatory Theatre is lower than that of other theatre training programs. California state residents pay a $46.00 per unit registration fee each semester.
PCPA Acting students typically register for 19 to 21 units per semester.
PCPA Technical Theatre students typically register for 16 units per semester.
To qualify as a California State resident, students must have physically resided in the state of California for one year prior to the first day of classes and must be able to demonstrate the intent to make California their home.
Enrollment fees for out-of-state residents are significantly higher (see below).
Additional fees and expenses include parking permits, books, and class supplies totaling approximately $400-$600.
Current registration fees are as follows:

Enrollment Fees
Resident Tuition - $46.00 per unit
Non-Resident Tuition for international students and non-California residents - $276

Health Fees
$19.00 Fall & Spring Semesters

Student Center Fee
$10.00 per academic year
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The enrollment fee is refundable up to the second week of the semester (not including summer which is the first week). The tuition fee for non-residents is refundable according to a sliding schedule, depending on which week the student withdraws from the program and depending on whether the classes are semester-length or term-length classes. Refund applications must be submitted to the Allan Hancock College Registrar within the first four weeks of the semester or the first two weeks of the term.
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Financial aid is available through Allan Hancock College.
If you would like to apply please contact (805) 922-6966 x3200
or email finaid@hancockcollege.edu
Business Office
805 928-7731
info@pcpa.org
Box Office
805 922-8313
boxoffice@pcpa.org