Mesa Community College: Your destination for the arts

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.

3 World-class venues designed to best complement a variety of the arts
100+ Arts-related events hosted annually by MCC
27 Awards earned regionally and nationally for the past performance season

Excellence nurtured by acclaimed faculty



A wealth of entertaining ensemble performances annually bring classical, jazz and modern music to the expansive stage of the Performing Arts Center, an exemplary, professional venue highly valued by the East Valley cultural and business communities.

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MCC Dance features dancers, choreographers and visiting artists in an exciting world of ballet, jazz, ballroom, hip hop and modern movements that electrify audiences with thrilling traditional, global and leading-edge performances.

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The intimate MCC Theatre is a great place to take in one of the powerful and thought-provoking Theatre mainstage productions.

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Artistic activities and shows by students, faculty and accomplished artists are presented n campus and in the Art Gallery, which opened in 2016.

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Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre

MCC’s Musical Theatre productions feature explosive spectacle and joyful energy perfectly suited for the Performing Arts Center mainstage.

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The Future Is Indigenous

This mural combines many elements of the Arizona landscape, as well as an homage to the diversity among Native people, all coming together under the MCC Thunderbird mascots. The mascots are separated by an image of the traditional I’itoi (pronounced EE-toy), also known as the Man In The Maze, a prominent motif within the culture of the O’odham people of Arizona, which symbolizes ones journey through life, experiences along the way, and an eventual ending.

The artist's talent with the paintbrush was heavily influenced by her family of Hopi artists, none more important to her than her grandfather, the renowned Anthony Honahnie from Tuba City, AZ. Her work is focused on bringing together both traditional and urban Native American lifestyles.

MCC Student Win Big at KCACTF

Music and Theatre & Film Arts students annually receive awards and recognitions at KCACTF Regional Festival

MCC students annually compete for awards and scholarships at the Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). The Festival recognizes and celebrates the finest and most diverse work produced by university and college theatre programs. Many students earn recognition, honors and financial assistance to pursue further education. Awards include scholarships, honorable mentions, internships and invitations to perform during the festival.

Adriana Diaz

Adriana Diaz receives the 2019 Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) award for her innovative work with the MCC Immersive Total patient Management Experience (ITPME), a cost-effective, cross-disciplinary medical simulation creatively combining the strengths and skill sets of multiple occupational programs to create the most comprehensive two-day student learning and workforce experience possible.

MCC’s Canto Vivo Chorale performs in churches in Italy

Approximately 50 students and faculty presented musical selections including works from composer Domenico Gabrielli. The choir also performed American folk songs and spirituals. Participants also toured the Vatican Museum & St. Peter’s Basilica Roman Forum during their trip.

 Dr. Craig Peterson, director of Choral Studies said, “The tour was an outstanding opportunity for MCC students to see wonderful historical sites as well as perform at world-class venues.” 

MCC annual Festival of the Arts celebrates student talent

The annual celebration of student artists, musicians, poets, storytellers, dancers, and theatre performers brings MCC departments together. MCC art faculty member Gingher Leyendecker encourages community members to participate. There are demonstrations of painting, drawing  and ceramics on display throughout the event.

“We are very excited to present what MCC students are learning to our community,” Leyendecker said.

Xavier Patton

Xavier Patten was a Disney Program intern, while at MCC in 2015. The experience led him to become a regular performer at Disney World in 2016. Today he works for Walt Disney World in Orlando as a parade performer and at Universal Studios as a dancer.

“I just enjoyed the MCC dance class so much,” Patten said. “MCC gave me the core of my dance training and I feel like it was the best place for me to get that foundation. Without it, I would not be where I am.”

Five MCC student receive photography awards

Digital Arts students Jessica Swofford, Sadera Nye, Mihwa Werle, Ace Kennedy and James Maggio were chosen as finalists from more than 12,000 entries in the 38th Annual College Photo Contest, an international competition sponsored by Photographer’s Forum magazine and Fujifilm.

MCC art professor Tom Klare said, “I believe these recognitions will be just the beginning of many career accomplishments for these students.”

Dr. Carole Drachler donates one-of-a-kind Library of Art History

Dr. Carole Drachler, retired MCC art history professor, and her husband Dr. David Drachler generously donated $250,000 to launch a library of art history for students, instructors, staff and community members. The donation includes over 3,000 art and art history books collected during years of extensive world travels.

 “Books have been my passion, after family and teaching. I’m happy that generations of students will use the books I enjoyed,” she said.

Geoff Coppola

Alumnus Geoff Coppola's AllisOneenOsillA, a palindrome for All is One, One is All, was created in collaboration with MCC mathematics faculty Madeleine Chowdhury. The name chosen, AllisOneenOsillA, suggests how many small pieces make up a larger piece and an analogy of how many citizens make up one larger community, a tie to MCC’s International Education Department.

Students earn top 2019 ariZoni awards

MCC Theatre and Film Arts Department students earned awards and recognition for their talent at the 28th  annual ariZoni Awards of Theatre Excellence held at the Tempe Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 17, 2018. Top honors went to Lily Gastelum for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for "Story Theatre" and, to Steven May for Best Sound Design for "Eurydice."