2023-2024 Pomona College Catalog 
    Jun 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Pomona College Catalog


Carolyn Ratteray, department chair

Associate Professors Lu, Ratteray
Assistant Professors Mills
Visiting Assistant Professors Bransky, French, Klein, Mendoza
Lecturers Giles, Jenkins, Knox, Patel, Portillo, Salazar-Thompson
Marja Kay, Theatre program administrator
Mary T. Rosier, Theatre administrative assistant
Adrienne Johnson-Lister, Theatre production manager


The Department of Theatre embodies the liberal arts education. Through a synthesis of body, mind and spirit, theatre celebrates the community of world cultures. In an atmosphere of freedom, discipline and passion, students, faculty, and staff approach intellectually and artistically dynamic creations of the human spirit both in the classroom and in production.


1On leave Fall 2023 2On leave Spring 2024 3On leave 2023-24


The Pomona College Department of Theatre serves as the theatre program for all five undergraduate Claremont Colleges. The curriculum includes the study of performance, theatre history, dramatic literature and design and technology.

Theatre students become proficient in devising creative solutions to complex problems. They also develop sensitivity to the interpersonal relationships inherent to the collaborative process. Thus, they are prepared for a wide variety of careers in organizations and enterprises that value these qualities. While encouraging such broad development, the department also prepares students for further study on either the graduate and/or professional levels. Many department graduates have become successful members of the professional community as actors, dancers, designers and technicians, producers, writers, dramaturgs, teachers, and administrators. Students may major or minor in theatre.

Many full credit Theatre courses fulfill General Education Area 1 (Criticism, Analysis, and Contextual Study of Works of the Human Imagination). Students may choose to satisfy General Education Area 6 (Creation and Performance of Works of Art and Literature) through a full credit course or a combination of partial and half credit courses. Refer to courses for information regarding Area 1 and Area 6 qualification. There are also theatre courses that meet the Speaking Intensive, Writing Intensive, and the Analyzing Difference overlay requirements.

The Department presents four major productions and a dance concert each year in the modern Seaver Theatre Complex. Students from all of the Claremont Colleges, majors and non-majors alike, serve as performers and production personnel. The Department also co-sponsors a dynamic season of student-generated productions.

The Philbrick Fund, a bequest of distinguished theatre historian Norman Philbrick ‘35, supports the Department’s Distinguished Visiting Artist/Lecturer Series. Past artist/lecturers have included author and director Luis Valdez, theatre scholar Martin Esslin, designers William and Jean Eckart, director/playwright George C. Wolfe ‘76, actress/playwright Anna Deavere Smith, actor Karl Malden, director-writer Eugenio Barba, The Shanghai Beijing and Shanghai Kun Chinese Opera companies, The Martha Graham Dance Company, performance artist Rachel Rosenthal, director Peter Sellars and residencies by Actors from the London Stage. The Marion and Charles C. Holmes Fund provides additional support for department activities.


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