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ARTS COLLECTIVE - Where Anything... EVERYTHING is Possible!

ARTS COLLECTIVE (AC) is a force to be reckoned with!  AC is entirely committed to offering diverse, awe-inspiring works across all genres – plays, musicals, improvisation, dance and more!

Established in 1994, Howard Community College's Arts Collective (AC) is a professionally run organization all about supporting, nurturing and fusing collaborative relationships between all artists – from students to professionals – on and off the stage - to  Howard County and beyond… Everyone!

For the past 20 years, AC is beyond proud of its well-respected reputation among all artists near and far (performers and creative teams) as well as audience, the media, and incredible partnerships with nationally known artists such as Steppenwolf Theatre with Alexandra Billings.

Reviewers have recognized AC’s work for its artistic bravery as well as its stellar productions and showcases, which raise the bar within each and every AC season. 

2014 "Best-Of" Honors & Awards:

(updated 02-07-2015)

          - DC METRO THEATER ARTS HONORS - View AC's over 20 Honors - Click here!

          - MARYLAND THEATRE GUIDE AWARD - View AC's Best Community Theatre Award - Click here!



DC Metro Theater Arts (DCMTA) posts over 2,000 reviews annually – covering the work of professional, community, university, school, and children’s theatre in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  Each year, DCMTA’s staff honors its “Best of…” plays, performers, directors, designers, and ensembles based on their reviews.
Arts Collective, in the Community Theatre category, received over 20 Honors in DCMTA’s BEST-OF 2014 in the company of so many stellar organizations!  
Special Award:
In 2014, DCMTA gave one if its Special Awards to HCC’s Arts Collective, with the following tribute:  
“Arts Collective @ HCC had a banner year with their exceptional productions of Ragtime and It’s a Wonderful Life. Under the leadership of Executive Producer Valerie Lash, Producing Artistic Director Susan G. Kramer, Associate Artistic and Managing Director Grace Anastasiadis, and Office Manager Darius McKeiver, they have touched so many lives and continue to produce high-quality and moving productions, and improv (WHAT IMPROV GROUP?!?! <W.I.G.>) and dance events (ACDC Dance Company).”
Best Musical:  RAGTIME (View DCMTA's 5-Star Review Here!)
Best Play:  IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (View DCMTA's 5-Star Review Here!)
Best Director in a Musical - Ragtime:  David Gregory
Best Musical Director in a Musical - Ragtime:  Mayumi B. Griffie
Best Directors in a Play - It's a Wonderful Life:  Gareth Kelly (HCC alumni) and Anthony Scimonelli (HCC alumni)
Best Performances in a Play – It's a Wonderful Life
     Best Actor: Noah Bird (HCC alumni) as George Bailey
     Best Actress: Rachel Bailey (HCC alumna) as Mary Hatch
     Best Featured Actress: Emma K. McDonnell (HCC alumna) as Clara Odbody
Best Performances in Musical – Ragtime:
     Best Actor:
           Jamar Brown as Coalhouse Walker
           Cory Jones as Father
           Jacob Stuart as Tateh
     Best Actress:
           Shayla Lowe as Sarah 
           Santina Maiolatesi (HCC alumna) as Mother
     Best Featured Actors:
           Theodore Yu as Little Boy 
           Brian Nabors (HCC student) as Younger Brother
     Best Featured Actress in a Musical:
           Gwendolyn Lowell as Little Girl
           Katie Tyler (HCC alumna) as Evelyn Nesbit
           Lauren Blake Williams (HCC AC summer camp alumna) as Emma Goldman. 

Best Ensembles:  Ragtime & It's a Wonderful Life

Best Designers:  Ragtime & It’s a Wonderful Life
     Costume Design: Shannon Maddox
     Light Design: Lynn Joslin
     Multi-Media Design: Riki K.
     Scenic Design: Jeff Harrison.  
     Sound Design:  Kevin Hill for It’s a Wonderful Life
     Sound Design:  Jeff Schabdach for Ragtime

AC congratulates all HCC Horowitz Center stellar entities and partners who also recieved DCMTA's 2014 Honors!

MDTG Readers Choice Awards 2014Arts Collective Awarded 2014's“BEST COMMUNITY THEATRE”

Maryland Theatre Guide 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards Announced!  

Maryland Theatre Guide’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards are designed to honor local performing arts, entertainment, and education organizations for their creativity, talents, and contributions across Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia. Over 5,000 votes were cast. 

HCC's Arts Collective was awarded BEST THEATRE COMPANY (Community Theatre) standing among stellar organizations!  AC is humbled and grateful to receive this honor… as well as extends appreciation and many thanks to the over 5,000 folks for voting!

AC congratulates fellow HCC entities for their MDTG honors: HCC's Dance and Theatre departments!



Here’s what the critics have to say about AC’s recent Events and Productions 2012 – 2013:


Show Logo for Prelude to a KissShow logo for A Cabaret 2013Photo from ACDC: Photo credit Enoch Chan 2012
Prelude to a Kiss:
May 3-19, 2013
Directed by Darius McKeiver
A Cabaret:
April 12 – 13, 2013
Directed by Grace Anastasiadis
Dance Company:
March 7 – 10, 2013
Directed by Renée Brozic Barger
image logo from What Improv GroupImage logo from A Christmas CarolLogo from Urinetown
What Improv Group (W.I.G.):
Sept 28, 29 –
Nov 8, 9 –
Feb 8, 9, 2012-2013
Directed by S.G. Kramer
A Christmas Carol:
December 6 – 16, 2012
Directed by Jenny Male
Urinetown – The Musical:
April – May, 2012
Directed by Jenny Male

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Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
Room: HVPA126

Phone: 443-518-1922

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