ELAC offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of theater. Students are encouraged to attend classes while participating in our productions, to better understand all aspects the craft.

Although we offer specializations in acting, directing, designing, stage management, and theater in the community, we encourage students to expand their horizons and explore as many avenues as possible. 
Students during technical rehearsals


ELAC theater is officially a two-year program and offers an Associate of Arts Degree and an Associate of Arts Transfer degree (the transfer degree guarantees students priority consideration for admission into a California State University campus) along with Skills Certificates and Certificates of Achievement.

Draping on a dress form in the costume shop


Our faculty members are involved in the professional community and have the interest of the students at heart and are committed to:

  • Provide an equitable and safe environment for students to explore their artistic voices that supports and reflects our diverse community.
  • Empower our students with both theory and practice for all aspects of the theater process.
  • Give students mainstage opportunities, which are otherwise unavailable to undergraduates and create opportunities for students to flex their artistic muscles both on stage and off from process to production.
  • Prepare students for the professional world by introducing them to a multitude of techniques, theories, and practices. 
  • Provide access to industry jobs through internships and direct referrals. 


The Department of Theater Arts is part of the East Los Angeles College Campus. We are located in a new facility constructed in 2012.

Our two theaters (proscenium and blackbox), costume shop, scene shop, and classrooms offer access to state of the art equipment, under faculty supervision. The students interested in technical theater will have the opportunity to train on our fabric printer, CNC router, laser cutter, and an array of industry standard equipment.

Student-performers will also benefit from large rehearsal rooms, performance spaces and dressing rooms specifically designed to support their learning experience.

Get to know us

To know more about all the programs that we offer, explore the different menu options in the content section of this website or contact any of the faculty and staff listed below and come visit us on campus at ELAC, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754 , P2 building.


Department chair

Lisa Hashimoto Stone: stonelh@elac.edu

Acting & Directing departments

Vanessa Mizzone Pellegrini: mizzonv@elac.edu    
Cristina Frias: FRIASC@elac.edu

Costume department

Jessica Champagne Hansen: hansenjl@elac.edu
Talin Gharibi: GHARIBT@elac.edu

Scenic, Lighting, Sound department

François-Pierre Couture: couturf@elac.edu 

Nathan Davis: davisnb@elac.edu
Stephen Azua:  AZUASM@elac.edu

Theater in the Community department

James Buglewicz: buglewjv@elac.edu

Stage Management and Crew department

Jennifer Jacobs: jacobsjm@elac.edu
François-Pierre Couture: couturf@elac.edu 


Demetra Kareman: karemadp@elac.edu

Other classes and general information

Natalie Wong: wongnm@elac.edu
Lisa Hashimoto Stone: stonelh@elac.edu
Jessica Champagne Hansen: hansenjl@elac.edu
François-Pierre Couture: couturf@elac.edu

click here for a complete list & bio of faculty and staff

Enroll at East Los Angles College (ELAC)

If you are not yet a current East Los Angeles College student, the first step is to enroll in the college. You can start the process on your own by completing the on-line East Los Angeles College Application for Admission and following the enrollment steps that follow the application. To enroll, students must be a high school graduate or recipient of a Certificate of Proficiency from the State Board of Education (students currently enrolled in grades K-12 need to contact the admissions office for further information).
After applying to ELAC, you will receive an email with your Student ID number. Login to your account and reset your password immediately to be able to continue with the rest of the step.

Register for classes through My College.laccd.edu Portal. You can review instructions on how to navigate the student portal and register to classes by following this video: http://3cmediasolutions.org/privid/151037?key=a94f78938c1030e66bc9f36862047c3ac25310f0

Fees, financial aid and moreEnrollment fees for California residents are $46 per unit, $138 for the class. Out-of-state fees are $311 per unit, which is $933 for the class. This information is subject to varry, please visit https://www.elac.edu/Student-Services/Apply for more information regarding the application process.

To enroll, students must be a high school graduate or recipient of a Certificate of Proficiency from the State Board of Education (students currently enrolled in grades K-12 need to contact the admissions office for further information). New students need to complete and return the Application for Admissions, and present a photo ID and immigration/visa documentation (non US citizens). Students will be given an appointment to take the Assessment Test, and ultimately given a time/date to register for classes.

For US Citizens and Eligible non-citizens (Permanent Residents):

File a 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.govOur school code for the application is 001222. Best is using the IRS data retrieval function to download yours and your parents’ federal tax data. It will help expedite the application process.

Eligible-resident/AB 540 Student who does not have a Social Security number (Note: AB540 student who has a Social Security number and is an eligible citizen/non-citizen should complete the FAFSA):

File a 2020-2021 California Dream Act Application at  http://www.csac.ca.gov
Our school code for the Dream Act application is 02226000.

For more financial aid information, please visit : https://www.elac.edu/Student-Services/Financial-Aid