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    Barton Theatre on InstagramBarton Theatre on FlickrBarton Theatre on FacebookWelcome to the Barton Theatre Department!  

    You are in for exciting times on the Barton stage, both in front of the lights and behind the scenes.  Develop a broad and rich knowledge of the theatre by studying acting, directing, dramatic literature, history, technology and design. Barton Student Theatre ProductionLearn and create in a diverse environment as you integrate your talent with the knowledge and skills you gain here.  Barton’s theatre instructors and staff members  possess a great depth of professional experience and seek to help you meet your individual educational goals in a friendly and personable way.

    Theatre is beneficial for everyone. While not everyone who studies theatre desires to dedicate their lives to the art, the skills acquired while studying theatre can be advantageous to many areas of your personal and professional life.

    • Oral Communication Skills - Acting onstage teaches you how to be comfortable speaking in front of large audiences. Working as part of a technical crew enhances your ability to communicate your ideas effectively to the team.
    • Creative Problem Solving Abilities - Acting, directing, and technical theatre work are excellent ways to learn how to think on your feet, identify problems, evaluate a range of possible solutions, and problem solve using the tools available.
    • Time-Management Skills - Theatre teaches you to use your time effectively. Juggling classes, rehearsal time and independent work forces the theatre student to organize her/his time in order to maximize productivity.

    About the Barton Program

    • Dedicated faculty at a supportive institution
    • Four theatrical productions per season
    • Student employment opportunities
    • Student directing opportunities
    • Meet like-minded creative people
    • Associated Degree in Theatre Arts
    • Generous scholarship opportunities


    People who become actors, producers, and directors follow many paths to employment. The most important qualities employers look for are creative instincts and the intellectual capacity to perform. The best way to prepare for a career as an actor, especially in the theatre, is through formal dramatic training. Some options for practice in the field are as follows:

    • Actor
    • Agent
    • Booking Manager
    • Camera Operation
    • Copyright Specialist
    • Costume Designer
    • Hair/Make-up
    • Instructor of Performing Arts
    • Lighting Designer
    • Playwriting
    • Producing
    • Screenwriting/Scriptwriting
    • Set Design/Construction
    • Stage Manager
    • Wardrobe
    • Writer/Editor 
    Curriculum Guides
    Curriculum Guides

    2018-2020 Curriculum Guides: Students who enrolled in their program prior to Fall 2020 should use should use the following Curriculum Guide. 

    Associate in Art
    2018-2020 Theatre 

    2020-2022 Curriculum Guides: Newly admitted or returning re-admitted students for Fall 2020 or later should use the following Curriculum Guide.

    Associate in Art
    2020-2022 Theatre 


    Current Season
    Current Season

    2021-22 Theatre Season

    Exciting things are happening in the Theatre Department at Barton! Either onstage or backstage, there are plenty of opportunities to participate.

    Next Show:  

    Visit for ticket information!  Contact: Director, Miller James with any questions email.

    Auditions for "MAMMA MIA!"

    Fill out the audition form at

    Spring Musical - MAMMA MIA!
    March 4-6 & 10-12
    Thursday, Friday & Saturday @ 7:30 p.m.: Saturday & Sunday @ 2 p.m.
    Fine Arts Auditorium/No livestream option.

    Student Usher sign-up

    Past Seasons
    Past Seasons

    2019-2020 Season

    The Diviners
    Original Plays Series

    2018-2019 Season

    The Proposal and The Bear
    Student Production
    Original Plays Series

    2017-2018 Season

    Student Production- Horror Movie Survival Guide
    Curtains - the Musical
    Original Plays Series

    2016-2017 Season

    Our Town by Thornton Wilder
    Student Production
    A Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni
    Original Plays Series

    2015-2016 Season

    Going to See the Elephant
    Barton Theatre Student Production - Said and Meant ( Ten Short Plays about Language and Misunderstanding)

    2014-2015 Season

    Steel Magnolias
    Barton Theatre Student Production
    Barton Theatre's Thespian Showcase 

    Meet Theatre Director James Miller
    Meet Theatre Director James Miller

    James MillerMeet the Theatre Director!

    James Miller
    (620) 792-9205
    Office: F-4
    M.A. Theatre and Dance: California State University, Los Angeles
    B.A. Drama: Seattle Pacific University
    Member of Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity Association 


    Acting I, Acting II, Stagecraft, Play Production, Introduction to Theatre, Music Theatre Practicum, Creative Dramatics: Children, Introduction to Film, Makeup for the Theatre.

    Meet Miller

    “Miller” is considered a Renaissance Man of the Theatre. He is a professional actor, director, and costume designer. As an actor he keeps busy in roles such as John Hancock in 1776! and William Barfée in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Miller has directed plays, musicals and operas professionally for over two decades and ran a Children’s Theatre for 9 years. 

    With his contacts in the theatre as well as the film and television industry, Miller has been able to bring professionals into the classroom to speak with students. His award-winning costume designs have delighted audiences and have been worn by the likes of John Cleese and Victoria Tennant. Miller previously taught at the SBTC Conservatory and as an adjunct at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA.