ELAC offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of theatre. 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 theatre in the community, we encourage students to expand their horizons and explore as many avenues as possible. 


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.


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

Our two theatres (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 theatre 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.

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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.

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    Department chair

    - Lisa Hashimoto Stone: stonelh@elac.edu

    Acting & Directing departments

    - Kelley Hogan:  hogankm@elac.edu - Vanessa Mizzone Pellegrini: mizzonv@elac.edu    
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