MCC students and faculty earn ariZoni awards and honors

MESA, Ariz. – Oct. 31, 2023 – Mesa Community College students and faculty from the Theatre and Film Arts Department and Musical Theatre Department were recognized for Women and men in costumes on stageCast of Something Rotten. Photo credit: Nick Woodward-Shaw their talent at the ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence ceremony held on Oct. 2, 2023 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

The annual ariZoni Awards ceremony brings the community together to celebrate the creativity and artistry of Arizona theater.

MCC’s musical production Something Rotten received top honors, winning Best Overall Production with guest director D. Scott Withers receiving Best Director.

Twenty-three additional nominations were also received for Something Rotten, The Mad Ones and And Then There Were None.

MCC Music Theatre Program Director, Darin Shryock, recently received a lifetime achievement award from the Arizona Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (AzACDA). The award honors choral directors who have made outstanding contributions to choral music in the state and exemplify distinguished service to choral music, singers and the art of choral singing.

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Mesa Community College is nationally recognized for university transfer, career and technical programs, civic engagement, service-learning and innovative approaches to education. Host to more than 24,400 students annually, MCC offers degree and certificate programs at its two campuses and additional locations. On average MCC students provide 23,000 hours of community service annually. For more than 50 years, the college has served as a resource for education, workforce development and lifelong learning. MCC is transforming student success through Guided Pathways with Integrated Support Services and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. MCC is a Hispanic Serving Institution. Nearly 50% of MCC students are the first in their families to attend college. MCC has the largest indigenous student population of all the Maricopa Community Colleges. The American Indian Institute serves students from 22 federally recognized Arizona tribes and out-of-state tribes. Our diverse student body includes hundreds of international students from around the world. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training that empowers MCC students to attain their goals. Located in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, on the traditional territories of the O'odham, Piipaash and Yavapai Peoples, MCC is one of 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. Visit to learn more.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2023