An Impressive Showcase for Music, Dance, Theatre and Art
A flourishing arts and entertainment resource for more than 50 years, Arts at MCC continues a legacy of performances and exhibitions by renowned visiting artists and promising students who receive extraordinary training by acclaimed faculty. Infused with the passion, knowledge and dedication of accomplished arts instructors and mentors, inspirited novices devote countless hours honing talents that are showcased to local, national and global audiences. Preeminent performance facilities and a new Art Gallery maximize award-winning set designs, imaginative choreography, expressive music, remarkable performances and innovative artistry.
Excellence nurtured by acclaimed faculty
Art tracks costs of Valley progress, hope for future
This student-designed 60’ x 20’ mural on the west side of Studio 28 at the MCC Southern & Dobson campus incorporates many themes highlighting the heritage of the Southwest. Women’s rights, the cultural gap between generations, urbanization, water rights and the concept of past, present and future are all interwoven into the design, which seeks to bring awareness to the good and bad consequences of expansion. The project involved months of student research, design and execution and included a Community Paint Day, which drew over 70 participants from MCC and the community.
Completed in Spring 2016 under the direction of artist Hugo Medina. This collaborative project was overseen by a cross-disciplinary team and made possible through a 2015-16 Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction grant and MCC contributions.
Art faculty watercolor on display
Pieces showcased at First Studio in Phoenix
Two original works from MCC Art faculty member, Cynthia Peterson-Fimea, were showcased as part of a No Consensus: 15 Artists, 15 Directions exhibit on display at First Studio in downtown Phoenix from December 2015 through January 2016.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Local theatre reviewer writes of MCC's presentation of a Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, "Mesa Community College's production sizzles with passion and greed."
Ezekiel E. Barkman in the MCC Theatre & Film Arts Department won a 2015 ariZoni Theatre Award of Excellence in Set Design for a Non-Contracted Theatre.
Craig Peterson, MCC’s Director of Choral Studies and Music Department Chair, performed as part of a Grammy-winning choir on Rachmaninoff: All-night Vigil. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences bestowed a 2016 Grammy for Best Choral Performance for the recording which combined 56 singers from the Phoenix and Kansas City chorales. The recording was released March 10, 2015, the 100th anniversary of the world premiere of Rachmaninoff’s classic, which was first performed by the Moscow Synodal Choir.
MCC student pursues acting career
Janae Dunn fell in love with the theatre at an early age, the thought of playing challenging characters driving her career goals. At MCC she was cast in “Rumpelstiltskin”, and took on one of the most challenging roles she had ever played. Her professor, Kevin Dressler, helped her through the transformation and the show, but also with her career. “It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” Janae says, “It helped me develop self-confidence, skills, and intuition to propel my career forward.”
National Recognition of Theatre and Film Arts Student
MCC student Jessica Thompson won the national competition for Theatre Sound Design during the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in April 2014. Jessica competed and won in regional competition against 54 colleges and universities, nearly three-quarters of which are four-year institutions, many with graduate school programs. Typically, 550 college and university theatre programs compete at KCACTF nationwide.
MCC Dance Company
The MCC Dance Company gives dancers the opportunity to learn about all forms of dance, perform and choreograph. "Our dancers come from many different backgrounds which allow us to feature diverse styles in our performances. Guest choreographers and performers also contribute to our productions adding originality and excitement. Our performances are exciting to watch and enjoyable for all walks of life." Tina Rangel, MCC Dance Program Director for more than 20 years.
Scholarships awarded to MCC Fine Art students
Three Arizona Watercolor Association Awards Scholarships
Three MCC Watercolor students, Amber Walkawiak, Cassandra Scott and Diana Jacobson each won a $1,000 Scholarship from the Arizona Watercolor Association. Students from all ten Maricopa colleges competed for the 3 available scholarships.
Teaches Lindy Hop, a popular 1930-40s swing dance
Steve Conrad, MCC Dance faculty and executive director and founder of the Arizona Lindy Hop Society, shares his passion for swing dance far beyond the campus dance floor, including Hollywood where he joined icon Jean Veloz to teach JoJo The Bachelorette and a suitor to Lindy Hop.
Conrad teaches and learns about dance and cultures in many countries. He is especially proud of a dance program for homeless adults in Maricopa County saying, “Some people hadn’t experienced touch or a safe embrace for years – it profoundly changes lives.”
[Pictured with MCC Dance Program Director Tina Rangel]
Distinguished faculty of musical theatre
SueAnne Lucius has taught singing and musical theatre classes at Mesa Community College since 1978. She has performed and guest directed for Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra, Arizona State University's Lyric Opera Theatre and several other musical organizations throughout the valley. Lucius is the recipient of several AriZoni Awards for Excellence in Theatre as a producer, director and for her hair and makeup designs.