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Welcome to Opportunities in Entertainment & Theatre Technology

For many, theatre is a passion — and with the right training, it can also be a lucrative and dramatic career.

From performance to design, lighting, costumes, and stagecraft, Saddleback College offers everything students need to be successful in the entertainment industry. Entertainment and Theater Technology professionals in California earn some of the highest wages in the country. 

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Potential Salaries

$43,260 - $97,550

Per Year

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Set / Exhibit Designer

Makeup Artist

Companies Hiring for Accounting
Hiring Companies

Live Nation

Blizzard Entertainment

Young Ninjas USA

Many More!

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Salaries are dramatic for entertainment professionals. Here are a few of the many careers and their average salaries.

Actor - $69,480

Set / Exhibit Designer - $58,910

Makeup Artist - $72,160

Producer - $97,550

Costume Attendant - $43,260

Stage Director (w/further education) - $97,550

Drama Teacher, Postsecondary (w/further education) - $75,060

Saddleback College’s Entertainment & Theatre Technology department offers three associate degrees, one certificate of achievement, and two occupational skills awards.

For more information about these programs, you can also visit the main Saddleback website’s Entertainment & Theatre Technology page.

  • Theatre Arts (Associate in Arts for Transfer)
  • Theatre Arts: Performance and Acting (Associate in Arts)
  • Theatre Arts: Technical Theatre (Associate in Arts)
  • Theatre Arts Entertainment and Theatre Technology (Certificate of Achievement)
  • Scenic Art and Painting (Occupational Skills Award)
  • Screen Acting and Voice Performance (Occupational Skills Award)

California State University * American Musical and Dramatic Academy * Cal State Fullerton * Live Nation * Sounds of Color Studio * Young Ninjas USA * Blizzard Entertainment * inXile entertainment
* And Many More! *

The Entertainment & Theatre Technology Department (FA 124) can be contacted at (949) 582-4747.

Kent McFann, Department Chair - (949) 582-4757

William Francis McGuire, Instructor - (818) 434-7474

Saddleback College is proud to be Orange County’s premier provider of low-cost career education. See the 2019 Cost of Education Statement for the most recent information on cost of attendance.

For financial aid, visit the Student Financial Assistance & Scholarship Office online, for details on financial assistance sources, including grants, loans, scholarships, work-study opportunities, and more!

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