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STUDENT ARTS COLLECTIVE LoW-DoWn:

 
FYI:  (6/12/10) -- This page is UNDER CONSTRUCTION.... but AC's "Mission & Values" are the same... feel free to take a look!  Updates on the way this summer 2010!!!
STUDENT ARTS COLLECTIVE F.A.Q. LINKS
 

WHAT is the Arts Collective?

AC's Mission, Core Values... and Vision:

  • Programming: 
    AC responds enthusiastically and responsibly to the emergent interest and increasing excitement within the Arts at Howard Community College via vital
    and dynamic programming, bringing students, staff and the community into
    the college’s performance spaces, rehearsal halls, and classrooms.
     
  • Education and Training: 
    AC believes in the unity of the Arts and its crucial role in education.  Dedicated
    to educating the whole person, The Arts Collective fosters artistic excellence
    within the areas of Theatre, Dance, Music, Design, and Technical Theatre.  The
    Arts Collective is committed to offering artistic, hands-on training, on and off
    the stage, to future practitioners interested in pursuing careers in the Arts
    (within educational, community, and professional arenas) under the guidance
    of professional leaders.
     
  • Integrity and Truth: 
    AC promotes artistic integrity within its programming and within its participants, seeking always to inspire, nurture, challenge, and empower artists and audiences. The Arts Collective explores truth within the arts by taking risks, asking questions
    and pushing for answers within a safe and disciplined environment.
     
  • Collaboration:  
    AC values the exchange of ideas within the sphere of artistic collaboration through innovation, imagination and, above all, participation.  Fusing artistic and technical knowledge, experience, talent, and vision - live - at the center of each artistic venture, elevating the total experience for all.

What IS AC REALLY?

  
Born in 1994, the Arts Collective, (formerly known as the STUDENT-ALUMNI ARTS @HCC,) funded by Howard Community College, has become a respected and professionally run Artistic Organization, enjoyed year after year…  by folks like you.
 
AC PRODUCES a myriad of eclectic, collaborative, artistic events, showcases, info sessions, workshops, and more... year 'round, proudly showcasing the work of HCC Students, Alumni, Staff, and Professional Guest Artists.
 
AC is all about offering inspiring, diverse, rousing, thought-provoking projects each and
every season!  We're ALWAYS looking to get folks INVOLVED & EXCITED about the ARTS @HCC!

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AC Offers WHAT, Exactly?

  
... The LoW-DoWn on recently featured AC Events & Happenings:
      
 
  • AUDITIONS
    Auditions are held for our productions, improv group, dance company,
    and special projects.  They are open to all current and past students,
    staff, and, from time to time, local guest artists.  Notices are posted via our website, mailing lists, and around campus.
     
    Q:  HOW CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT AC AUDITIONS:
     
    Join our E-Mailing List by writing to: 
    studentarts@howardcc.edu
    ... Or check our fabulous WEBSITE: 
    www.howardcc.edu/visitors/studentarts

  • PRODUCTIONS
    Three to four major productions are mounted each year, usually in HCC's Horowitz Center's Studio Theatre.  AC productions feature professional and student directors, designers, stage managers, technicians, run crew, carpenters, electricians, etc., and many, many outrageously gifted student and alumni performers!  (See HOW MANY PRODUCTIONS? below for more info)!

  • NEW:  Musical Theatre Revues
    Inspired by HCC's new Musical Theatre Major, AC now produces one Musical Theatre Revue each year, featuring the various exciting styles included in this popular genre... as well as many incredible performers, choreographers, and musicians!

  • DANCE COMPANY
    AC offered it's first Dance Company performance during March, 2007, 
    with OURSPACE, directed by Jenny Male, previously HCC's Coordinator of 
    Dance & Movement.
    This new entity, now under the direction of Renee Brozic Barger, AC's Dance
    Company promises to offer future 
    opportunities within the world of dance! 

  • ACTORS' STUDIO; WORKS IN PROGRESS
    An AC entity that develops and performs original productions over the
    span of one semester… usually every other year.  This group began as
    a touring troupe, but now makes its home in HCC's Horowitz Center's
    Studio Theatre.  (We'll soon link you up to our Original Works History Page
    ... it's pretty impressive - something AC is very proud of)!

  • ORIGINAL PLAY READING SERIES
    One bare stage.  Words.  Voices.  A branch-off of AC's Actors' Studio;
    Works In Progress.  Student, Alumni, Staff, and Local Playwrights are
    invited from time to time to submit original works.  Those chosen in the
    past have received readings in front of a live audience over several consecutive weekends.  The directors are comprised of students and
    guest artists.  The actors featured are our most gifted students and
    alumni.  Certainly an entity that continues to grow, offering more opportunities for writers, directors and actors... and audiences yearning
    for fresh voices. (Again, posting soon:  Original Works History Page)!

  • IMPROV GROUP
    YO' MAMA'S COOKIN' is AC's extremely successful (and hilariously fun) 
    9 year-old performance group directed by Jenny Male, Sue Kramer and
    student directors.  Improv auditions new talent at the top of various semesters, with various Friday Night performances on campus.

  • OPEN-MIC'S & SHOWCASES
    AC Open-Mic's and Showcases are classified as one-day/night only 
    events.  Our Open-Mic's have been on hold for a while... but definately
    an event we're hoping to bring back... and soon!  Usually, they're open
    to all who wish to share brief artistic pieces including poetry, theatre,
    music, etc.  Past Open-Mic's have also featured visual art, and have
    been presented in venues in and outside of HCC's campus.  Showcases,
    on the other hand, are events featured each semester... they may
    include... just about anything, (such as AC's 13th Season PREMIERE)!   

  • FREE WORKSHOP SERIES & INFO SESSIONS
    AC's "friend raiser," offering brief, FREE training in dance, movement, audition techniques, etc.  Open to students, alumni, staff AND the community!  Hugely popular!  AC's INFO SESSIONS have provided a
    fabulous platform for Q & A Sessions, Meet and Greet Sessions... and
    are usually scheduled at the top of each semester or prior to auditions.
    Thus far, they've been crazy well attended!

  • TECHNICAL OPPORTUNITIES
    The beauty of offering opportunities in theatre within a community
    college; HANDS ON EXPERIENCE in the World of Technical Theatre! 
    We recruit folks with and without previous experience throughout the
    year!  We are always looking for committed folks interested in carpentry, lights, sound, props, costumes, run crew, etc… year 'round! Training provided.  Some positions are paid!  A must: folks who enjoy the
    Performing Arts!

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HOW can I get the LoW-DoWn?

  AC's Marketing Team works overtime getting you the info you need
to get involved... and into our performance spaces!
 
AC Reaches Out Via...
  
  • AC's WEBSITE:  www.howardcc.edu/visitors/studentarts
  • Mailing List: 
    -  Includes a host of individuals, theatres, colleges, high schools, etc.!   
    -  Folks can join our U.S. Mail and E-Mail Lists using our
    Web Form!
  • AC LoW-DoWn via E-Mail, per month... (sometimes more often)!
  • Postcards & Posters... Hardcopies... Posted everywhere!
  • Press Releases, (Baltimore Sun, Baltimore CityPaper, Washington Post, etc.)
  • Office Drop-By:  Folks are invited to stop by AC's Headquarters:  HVPA 126!
  • For SPECIFIC QUESTIONS, folk are invited to E-Mail studentarts@howardcc.edu

  AC's SEASON INFO on the WEB!
Fall & Spring Seasons are listed on our up-dated, fabulous WEBSITE:

www.howardcc.edu/visitors/studentarts
    

 Find everything you ever wanted to know about AC including:
 

 
  • Pages per Artistic Entity:   Productions, Workshops, Improv, & More!
 
 
  • SEASON-AT-A-GLANCE:  AC's entire Season, per month... We've Linked you up!
 
 
  • Event Details:   Dates, Times, Ticket Info, & Tons of Specifics
 
       Drill Down Deeper For...  
  • On-Line Tickets
    & Box Office Sales

  • Cast, Designer, &
    Production Staff Lists

  • Bios & Headshots

  • Project Histories

  • AC Staff & Resident Designers Bios/Contact
    Info

  • Mailing List Info
    Join Today!

  
  • Directions, Parking
  • Great Links (HCC Classes, Friends, Etc.)!
  • Photos &
    Graphics
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WHO can get INVOLVED?
  
  A N Y O N E !
  
  
  But... If you're talking about AUDITIONS... here's the deal:
 
  
  • AUDITIONS:
    Productions, Dance Company, Musical Theatre Revue, Improv Group, (&
    the occasional special Showcase/ Project):  Entrance into each AC project
    USUALLY follows an Audition or interview process.  Participants consist of current and past HCC Students and Staff Members.  (In other words, in order to perform on stage, you need to have taken a class at HCC at some point
    or be on staff).  However, our projects have featured Guest Artists… we love these folks!

 If you're talking about OPEN-MIC's & WORKSHOPS:  
 
  • OPEN-MIC's: 
    These AC showcases operate on a case by case basis… however, 99% of these events are open to Students, Alumni, Staff, and Guest Artists... folks from the community, via a SIGN-UP process prior to.  However, we have
    been known to audition folks for Local Band Concerts (i.e. MUSIC UNDER THE MOON).  It all depends on the event scheduled.
      
  • FREE WORKSHOP SERIES & INFO SESSIONS: 
    Open to EVERYONE and ANYONE.  We mean it:  student or non-students, with or without experience.  ALL ARE WELCOME!
 
 If you're talking about AC's Tech World:  
 
  • See "TECHNICAL OPPORTUNITIES" above or Click Here!  It says it all!
  

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How Many Productions does AC produce per year?
 

For now, we offer two to three major productions a year; however, you can count on one in the fall, one in the spring - absolutely!

AC's Priority:  Choosing literature from the inside-out.  It is important to us that we  offer smart, inspiring, interesting, edgy pieces to bring to the stage each year. 
       
AC celebrates the eclectic productions it's mounted each season; over the past 13 Years!  From Contemporary and Classical Comedies and Dramas... from Shakespeare to Original Works, from Theatre of the Absurd to Musicals, & more!

 

Visit our PRODUCTION HISTORY PAGE...
Enjoy the LINKS to PAST PRODUCTIONS!

Can I get College Credit for Participating in AC Projects?
  ABSOLUTELY!  A few projects you can get credit for…
 
  
 
  • THEATRE PRACTICUM CREDITS For...
    PRODUCTION, PERFORMANCE & TECHNICAL THEATRE WORK:

    If you are involved in a AC Production or other long-term AC project, folks can receive up to two "Practicum" Credits, per project/ semester, etc.  Each Practicum equals 1 Credit.  (Some AC projects require longer hours, hence, the 2 Practicum option).  It's up to you!

 
 
 
  • ORIGINAL Productions (Actors' Studio; Works In Progress I & II):
    This is a 1 to 3 Credit course, for those who wish register post the casting process.  For descriptions of past projects visit our ORIGINAL WORKS HISTORY WebWorld!  You'll never, ever learn so much - it's true!
 
 
 
  • YO' MAMA'S COOKIN' (Comedy Improv Group).
    Also a 3 Credit course, for those who wish to register... POST THE CASTING
    PROCESS!

 
 For more info, see HCC's Schedule of Classes:
 
 

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WHO is AC?
 A very small, but intensely committed core of folks who get excited at the prospect of integrating the talents belonging to HCC Students and Alumni… as well as those belonging to ANY Artist found working inside dens, basements, classrooms, living rooms, community and professional theaters anywhere…

We're a group of folks who are about Collaboration and Inspiration.  In the Arts.
 
  
AC's CORE PRODUCTION STAFF:
  
  

Valerie Lash, Executive Producer
 
Susan G. Kramer
Producing Artistic Director
Focused Projects:  
Production Director, Production Manager, Original Works, Community
Outreach, Marketing, Webmaster, Etc.

 
Carol McNeely
Associate Artistic Director, Props and Wardrobe Manager
Focused Projects:  
Production Management, Props Design, Community Outreach, etc.!
 

Jenny Male
Resident Musical Theatre, Movement and Vocal Coach
Focused Projects:
Director of AC's Musical Theatre Revues, 
Coordinator of HCC's Musical Theatre and Movement Department, etc.!

Renee Brozic-Barger
Resident Director/ Choreographer of AC's Dance Company

Coordinator of HCC's Dance Department!

  
  
Meet AC's ENTIRE STAFF:  (Bios Update Soon)!
  
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WHERE are you Located?
 HOWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
STUDENT ARTS COLLECTIVE
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Room HVPA/ Horowitz Center 200
Columbia, Maryland 21044
  AC's Headquarters:  HVAP-126
Theatre Shop:  Room A050
  
 VENUES:  
 
  • The Horowitz Center's Studio Theatre.

  • The Smith Theatre.

  • The Dreier Stage, (an outdoor space, located on the back lawns of HCC, lakeside).

   

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Still Have Questions?
 Stop by and see us or shoot us an E-Mail!  AC has an open-door policy!  We always want to hear from you! 
 
  
Suggestions?  Feedback?
 AC is always looking for ways to improve, inspire, challenge… meet your ARTISTIC NEEDS!  Just E-Mail us or stop by to see us!  Anytime!
  
How Can I CONTACT HCC'S STUDENT ARTS COLLECTIVE?
 
 

THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST
IN STUDENTS IN THE ARTS @HCC

 
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