Mesa Community College premieres first feature film: Antigone

Antigone by Sophocles MESA, Arizona – March 29, 2021 -- Mesa Community College’s first feature film, Antigone, premieres on April 2, 2021. The film, featuring more than 30 theatre artisans including MCC students, faculty and alumni, is based on the Greek tragedy written by Sophocles around 441 B.C.

Antigone, pronounced ann-TIG-ə-nee, features the question of the difference between the spirit of the Law and letter of the Law. The ancient play highlights themes of honor, loyalty, love, betrayal and conviction.

Work on the project started in August 2020. A student-designed film, the work began as the Fall 2020 semester did. After online rehearsals, filming commenced in February 2021 on the MCC Southern and Dobson Campus while observing CDC social distancing guidelines.

Eleven student actors and nine student designers contributed to the project, in addition to MCC faculty and staff members. The film also features six MCC alumni: Travis Masala, AJ Young, Sean McBride, Billy Jones, Jason Kleinschmidt and Kristi Quiroz Kleinschmidt.

The film is a labor of love for Kevin Dressler, director of the MCC Theatre and Film Arts department. Directing Antigone is his last major MCC performing arts project before retiring.

“I think everyone will be surprised with the Theatre & Film Arts film of Antigone. It’s the first full-length movie the department has ever produced,” Dressler said. “Given the fact that the entire film was shot in 10 eight-hour days, while also adhering to Covid protocols, the end product is remarkable. And, it was a terrific introduction to the work of the film industry for all involved, especially our students.”

Alumnus AJ Young served as the Director of Photography for the MCC presentation of Antigone. He graduated from the MCC in 2010, and has built a career as a Director of Photography for a number of feature films and music videos. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

Travis Marsala, Associate Director of Antigone, also graduated from MCC in 2010. He now resides in Chicago and has worked as a screenwriter, director, and is an accomplished puppeteer and cartoonist.

The film will be streamed virtually in six showings the week of April 2 - 10 and two drive-in movie showings for the premier April 2nd and 3rd. Tickets can be purchased at (

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Media contact: Dawn Zimmer, MCC,, 480-461-7892

Mesa Community College is nationally recognized as an Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College and is known for service learning, career and technical programs, civic engagement and innovative approaches to education. For more than 50 years, the college has served as a resource for career readiness, transfer education, workforce development and lifelong learning. Host to more than 30,000 students annually, MCC offers degree and certificate programs at its two campuses, additional locations and a combination of online formats. Through Guided Pathways with Integrated Support Services and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, MCC is transforming how it champions student success, college completion, university transfer and career attainment and advancement. MCC is a Hispanic Serving Institution and nearly 50% of its students are the first in their families to attend college. Its American Indian Institute serves students from the 22 federally recognized tribes of Arizona as well as out-of-state tribes. MCC has the largest indigenous student population of all the Maricopa Community Colleges. The diverse student body includes more than 300 international students from 55 countries. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training that empowers MCC students to successfully transfer to a university or compete in the workforce. 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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Publication Date: 
Monday, March 29, 2021