Three Northeast Alabama Community College theatre scholarship students as well as Theatre Office Manager/Theatre Outreach Coordinator, Regan McClung, along with 4,000 other theatre professionals, recently travelled to the 67th Annual Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) in Greensboro, NC. While this is the 11th year for NACC to travel to the convention, each year brings new and exciting workshops, play festivals, job interviews, and audition opportunities for students.
All three NACC students auditioned for colleges, and they have received a total of 99 callbacks from colleges interested in them. One student, Zack Reed, received a record number of 50 callbacks from colleges. Additionally, after last year’s SETC auditions, Savannah Owens, who has done original choreography for Big Fish, received an invitation to the prestigious Open Jar Institute, which she attended in Fall 2015. The Open Jar Institute is New York City's most Broadway-integrated actor training program, and it provides select students intensive one-on-one training with some of Broadway's biggest stars, performers, directors, choreographers, agents and casting directors. Lastly, pictured with the SETC group is a familiar face, Autumn Brown. Autumn graduated from NACC in 2010, and she finished her Bachelor in Theatre at JSU in 2012. She now works for Birmingham Children’s Theatre as the Director of Education and Assistant Production Manager, and she was at the convention hiring actors for their upcoming season.
Regan McClung, Theatre Office Manager & Theatre Outreach Coordinator, presented an Arts Educational Outreach workshop at the convention. The workshop explored NACC’s use of Arts Education as a powerful outreach tool, which NACC employs to reach approximately 3,000 area elementary and high school students each year. This is in addition to the 10,000 audience members that we have at our productions. Many theatres from Alabama were represented in the workshop, including representatives from UAB, Theatre Tuscaloosa, Shelton State Community College, Fantasy Playhouse in Huntsville, UAH, Dora High School, and Shades Valley High School.
McClung said, “It was an honor to present at the regional convention, but it was even more rewarding having our students participate as facilitators in a professional workshop. Due to their extensive work in NACC’s outreach programs, they led group discussion about outreach implementation techniques. Savannah Owens, a product of NACC’s outreach efforts, served as a co-presenter. Savannah started out as an outreach student for many years then received an NACC Drama scholarship. She now teaches outreach for NACC and owns her own dance studio in Rainsville. Autumn Brown, an alum of our program, now works doing outreach for Birmingham Children’s Theatre, and she was able to share how outreach has led to her success. Autumn is one of five NACC Theatre alum who are currently employed in arts education. I am very appreciative of Dr. David Campbell’s (President of NACC) support of arts education, and I feel he is arts education’s biggest fan. Without Dr. Campbell these students would not be where they are today, and 13,000 people would not get to experience the arts at NACC every year.
“At NACC theatre we train students to embrace their passions, and we help them to achieve their goals,” continued McClung. “Conferences such as SETC provide our students the opportunity, training, and experience to become effective communicators, which helps them find success no matter where their career path leads them. The wide array of professional opportunities offered at NACC give students the training to face tough auditions for scholarships, roles, or even job interviews. We invite everyone to join us for our upcoming production of Big Fish to get a chance to see these incredible students and our many community members in action.”
Performances of Big Fish are April 21-24 & 28-May 1. Tickets are currently on sale for only $5.00 each. For more information about tickets, contact the NACC Theatre Department Office at (256) 638-4418, ext. 2218, or visit our website at www.nacc.edu. For additional college information, go to www.nacc.edu or download the college’s free App from the App Store or by going to www.naccmobile.com.