Students and faculty receive awards and recognition at regional arts festival

MESA, Ariz. -- Mesa Community College students from the disciplines of design, dance and performance both non-musical and musical performing arts competed in the 2023 Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Las Vegas, Nevada this spring.

The annual KCACTF recognizes and celebrates the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theatre, dance, and musical theatre programs. During the festivals, students showcase their talents in a vast array of theatre specialties and earn recognition with students from other community colleges, four-year institutions and graduate programs. Nationally, 550 colleges compete in KCACTF, with 71 competing in Region VIII. Approximately 45 of the colleges in Region VIII are four-year schools with the remaining being two-year institutions.

The following MCC students received honors and awards at the Region VIII KCACTF.

Jose Andres Uribe Garza: Regional Winner for the Musical Theatre Initiative (Dance), received a $1000 scholarship to The Open Jar Institute in New York and will participate in a national competition and Musical Theatre Initiative Finalist (Singing)

Halle Glazebrook Porter: Second Place for the Regional Musical Theatre Initiative (Dance), received a $500 scholarship to The Open Jar Institute in New York.

Rodrigo Sandoval and Cid Alford: The Rising Sun: Cirque du Soleil Choice Award

Cid Alford, Rodrigo Sandoval, Bo Stass, Neeki Roshan and Teagan Saunders: Heart of the Art Award for their Costumes, Sound, Make-up, Hair, Lighting, and Props design for Lady Demands Satisfaction. Rodrigo Sandoval was also the Sound Design Regional first Alternate for sound design for Lady Demands Satisfaction.

Meghan Perales and scene partner Mia Lucas: semi-finalists, Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship

Maggie Ogelsby and scene partner Andy Gongora: semi-finalists, Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship

Rio Chavez: honorable Mention for Musical Theatre Initiative (singing)

Suzy Olson: Musical Theatre Initiative Finalist (Singing/ Dance)

Halle Glazebrook Porter: Musical Theatre Initiative Finalist (Singing)

Competing students are coached by MCC faculty and staff who specialize in their field: Mace Archer, Performance Faculty; Kara Thomson ADG, Design Faculty; Jennifer Seigle, Dance Faculty, Dr. Leia Wasbotten, Musical Theatre Performance Faculty; Adriana Diaz USA, Adjunct Costume Faculty; Chris Tubilewicz, Performing Arts Facilities Director; Anthony Januzzi, Adjunct Lighting Faculty and Jessie Soper Adjunct Properties Faculty.

Visit to learn more about the arts programs at MCC and the schedule of upcoming performances.

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The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a year-round program in eight geographic regions in the United States. Regional activities are coordinated through eight KCACTF regional chairs and eight KCACTF playwriting awards chairs. With funding and administrative support from the Kennedy Center, the regional chair coordinates with the Co-Managers of KCACTF all aspects of productions on the local and regional level and supervises regional-level KCACTF award competitions. In January and February of each year, regional festivals showcase the finest of each region’s entered productions and offer a variety of activities, including workshops, symposia, and regional-level award programs. Since its inception, KCACTF has given more than 400,000 college theater students the opportunity to have their work critiqued, improve their dramatic skills and receive national recognition for excellence. More than 16 million theatergoers have attended approximately 10,000 festival productions nationwide. For more Information, visit

An education in Theatre & Film Arts at MCC provides a valuable base from which to launch careers in film, television, stage, management, marketing, advertising, law, politics, theology, social work, or therapeutic fields. Students are provided opportunities to work with industry professionals from across the country and be successful at national competitions such as the national Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and the AriZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence. Experience ranges from acting, design, writing, directing and serving as a crew member in a variety of productions. Learn more about the program and upcoming performances at

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, May 4, 2023