Sep 24, 2023  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Film and Theatre

Office: Hugh Gillis Hall 100

Telephone: 408-924-4530



Radio, Television and Film


Kimb Massey, Ph.D.
Alison McKee, Ph.D.
Babak Sarrafan
Scott Sublett

Associate Professors

Harold Mathias
Elisha Miranda-Ramirez, Chair

Theatre Arts


Amy Glazer

Assistant Professors

Andrea Bechert
Kristen Brandt


The Department of Film and Theatre prepares students for successful careers and leadership roles in performance and media. We develop media artists, directors, screenwriters, actors, designers, cinematographers, producers, technicians, educators, and scholars of the highest possible caliber. The entertainment industry is one of the largest contributors to the national economy, and media creators and performers are some of the strongest influencers in our society. To produce and distribute media that influence cultural dialogue, requires a rigorous liberal arts education. All aspects of Film and Theatre are under the guidance of award-winning filmmakers and theatre professionals, many of whom work in the industry. As a center for the training of future artists the Department of Film and Theatre is committed to introducing a diversity of fine arts and cultures to students. The Department provides students with the foundation to enter the entertainment industry, giving them excellent preparation to attend graduate school or enter the profession directly after graduating with their program degree.

The BA in Radio-Television-Film focuses on the development of creative voice and artistic expression in the context of a rigorous liberal arts education. This comprehensive program emphasizes a hands-on, project-based approach in which students will learn all the aspects of radio, television and film production through the use of our state-of-the-art facilities and best industry practices. Students will receive a solid foundation in the areas of Television/Film Production, Screenwriting, Radio-Television-Film Studies and Radio/Audio Production. Our Radio-Television-Film Studies program offers a comprehensive study of media from historical, cultural, and critical perspectives. While earning a BA in Radio-Television-Film students gain industry experience working with Spartan Studios (our in-house film studio), developing their directing skills for television and film, interning for local film festivals, or working on numerous media projects from the Bay Area to Los Angeles, across the country, and internationally.

The BA in Theatre gives students an opportunity to participate in a strong professional theatre curriculum with high quality productions that serve as a learning laboratory in which students collaborate with faculty and guest professionals; through studio workshops and advanced productions at San Jose State University’s newly acquired Hammer Theatre. The Theatre Program offers three areas of study with the specific goals of serving each student: acting and directing for film, television and theatre; musical theatre; and design and technology. While earning their BA in theatre, students gain real-world experience from working onstage and backstage with professional organizations such as the California Shakespeare Theatre, Magic Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, TheatreWorks and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.