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HCC’s Arts Collective Presents “Making Advances: Revealing Stories About Gender and Sexual Identity“

Making Advances Cast Photo

Columbia, MD – Howard Community College’s (HCC) Arts Collective concludes its 23rd season with its eighth original devised work “Making Advances: Revealing Stories About Gender & Sexual Identity.” This production, conceived by the cast and creatives, will take place June 7-17, in the Studio Theatre located within the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA).

Arts Collective (AC) invites audiences to journey through unparalleled and unexpected styles of storytelling where gender and sexual identity are at its very core. The premiere of this original play will speak to how we see each other, how we want to be seen, and how we simply are – through self-discovery, censorship, provocation, and appropriation. “Making Advances” will engage, expand, and continue this necessary, ever-evolving, ever-revolving conversation – through evocative and imaginative movement, lighting, sound, media, costumes, with text woven throughout (stories familiar… or not), which will surprise, transcend, and explore these themes between the here and now to the ethereal.

Performances will take place June 7-17, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and 3:00 p.m. on Sundays, in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center’s Studio Theatre, located at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland 21044. The show’s duration is approximately two hours, with one intermission. There will be special post-show discussions at the Sunday, June 10 and Sunday, June 17 performances.

Parental guidance note: No one under 14 years of age will be admitted.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students, seniors, faculty, staff, and military. For tickets, visit or call 443-518-1500. The box office will also be open 90 minutes prior to each show time and Tuesday through Friday from 12 to 5 p.m.

Photographer Credit: Bruce F. Press Photography
Chania Hudson, Brichard Foley, Maia Krapcho, Douglas Beatty, Sarah Luckadoo, Michael Makar, Makayla Beckles, Kelli Jones, Allie Press, Daniel Johnston, Jamie Barrios.


Jamie Barrios, Douglas Beatty, Makayla Beckles, Chania Hudson, Daniel Johnston, Kelli Jones, Maia Krapcho, Sarah Luckadoo, Michael Makar, Allie Press


This project includes interviews via projections from the following folks… and then some!
Rachel Adams, Janelle Broderick, Timoth Copney, Brichard Foley, Trish Foley, Ashe Frost, Skyy Garcia, Jim Hart, Tara Hart, Steve Horvath, Valerie Lash, Nic Maloney, Ryna May, Stephanie May, Joan Nicholas-Walker, Colin Riley… and many, many more!


  • Director: Susan G. Kramer
  • Light Design: Andrew M. Haag, Jr.
  • Set Concept: Emma K. McDonnell, assisted by Chania Hudson
  • Costume Design: Jessica Welch
  • Video Production: Bruce F. Press
  • Concept Consultant: Brichard Foley
  • Sound Support: Emma K. McDonnell, Chris Sisson
  • Stage Management: Ashe Frost
  • Production Assistant: Michael Schreibstein
About HCC’s Arts Collective

Howard Community College's critically acclaimed Arts Collective engages performers, creatives, and audiences with innovative events that ignite our collective imaginations. For over two decades, Arts Collective has served as a creative cauldron, providing expert guidance and training to new and experienced artists in bringing vibrant life to diverse works on the stage; from the newly devised to the classics and all in between. Arts Collective’s positive, collaborative, educational environment is open to everyone. Join us in creating new heights of learning and possibility. Ignite your imagination!

Topics: Arts & Culture
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