Theatre and Technology Certificate Program Trains Students for Production Careers

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Article by: Joe Clark,

 LARGO, Md.—Maryland residents can pursue a Theatre and Entertainment Technology certificate at Prince George’s Community College. As the only program if its kind in Maryland, the Theatre and Entertainment Technology certificate program offers training in lighting, video, sound, rigging operation and scenic carpentry fabrication. Graduates of the program have worked with productions including Circ Du Soleil in Las Vegas and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. 

“Students who complete the certificate program are qualified to seek employment in at a variety of theatre, entertainment and hotel venues,” said Gary Raymond Fry, Jr., assistant professor, Communication and Theatre Department. “The geographic location of Prince George’s Community College offers graduates a unique opportunity to work at some of the country’s most prestigious institutions,” he added. 

The college has an exclusive partnership with the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees Union Local 22. Industry veterans provide workshops at professional venues, and graduates immediately use their knowledge to apply for entry level jobs in the region.   

To obtain a theatre and entertainment technology certificate, students in the program must successfully complete a minimum of 33 credit hours. For more information about the program, call 301-546-0926.   

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at   

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