Students and faculty earn ariZoni awards and honors

Linda Pauley, Aurelie Flores and Allison Ortega, costume designers for Seussical. MESA, Ariz. -- October 25, 2019 – Mesa Community College Theatre and Film Arts Department and Musical Theatre students and faculty earned awards and recognition for their talent at the annual ariZoni Awards of Theatre Excellence held at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts on Sept. 23. The ariZoni awards promote the visibility, cooperation and growth of theatre in the Valley and are dedicated to recognizing excellence in theatrical performances, as well as individuals who produce exceptional work in all aspects of theatre.

MCC Director of Music Theatre Sue Anne Lucius received the Kyle Lawson Outstanding Contribution Award. This honor acknowledges her as an individual from within the theatre community who has served in a profound way through personal investment of time, energy, vision and talent. Lucius has staged, musically directed and produced over 200 musicals, operas and showcases in her 41 years with the college.

“I thank all of the hundreds of students and colleagues who have enriched my life,” she said. “It’s thrilling that many of my former students are now winning awards and teaching, performing and directing.”

Kevin Dressler, MCC Theatre & Film Arts performance faculty said, “At this event, MCC competes against local theatre companies in addition to the larger academic institutions such as ASU and GCU. It should also be noted that MCC Theatre and Film Arts has won the Best Overall Production in three of the last four years. We’re pleased by the recognition our students and faculty received.”

MCC Theatre & Film Arts honors

Best Overall Production: The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow|Noises Off

Actress in a Major Role: The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow - Lillian Gastelum

Actor in a Supporting Role: The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow - Ezra Storment

The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow - Patrick Walsh
The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus - Kevin Dressler

Scenic Design:
The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow - Chloe Lewis
Noises Off – Jeff Thomson

Media Design:
The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow - Cody Plumb

Lighting Design:
The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow - Aaron Roberts

Sound Design:
The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow - Quinn Rupp
The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus - Brian Honsberger

Property Design:
Noises Off - Dillion Girgenti
The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow - Kevin Peterson

MCC Musical Theatre honors

Kyle Lawson Outstanding Contribution - Sue Anne Lucius

Best Overall Production: Seussical

Actor in a Major Role: Seussical - Rio Chavez

Musical Direction: Seussical - Cathy Hauan

Costume Design: Seussical - Aurelie Flores

Scenic Design: Seussical - Mandy Crandall

Hair and Makeup Design: Seussical - Melody Stuart

Property Design: Seussical - Mary Cox

Lighting Design: Young Frankenstein - Cody Soper

MCC Musical Theatre students were coached by Sue Anne Lucius, Director of Musical Theatre; Cathy Hauan, Music Director; Valerie Tanner, Co-Director; Hannah Guy, Production Manager.

MCC students were coached by MCC Theatre & Film Arts Department staff Kara Thomson, design faculty; Kevin Dressler, performance faculty; Addy Diaz, Costume Shop supervisor and adjunct faculty; Chris Tubilewicz, production manager; Stephanie Salem, technical director/scene shop supervisor; and, Jeff Parulski, lighting and sound supervisor.

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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. The college serves 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 online, at its two campuses, the Mesa Downtown Center and additional locations. Through the implementation of Guided Pathways with Integrated Support Services, MCC is transforming ways it champions student success; college completion, university transfer and career attainment for all students. MCC is a Hispanic Serving Institution. The diverse student body includes more than 400 international students representing over 60 countries. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training to empower MCC students to compete locally and globally. Located in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, MCC is one of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. Learn more at

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Publication Date: 
Friday, October 25, 2019