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Communication and Performing Arts Department Showcase

Spring 2014 Semester Series

Unless otherwise stated, all events in this series are free for all students and $5 for everyone else.  See note below regarding free student tickets.
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  Company E Dancers Communications  & Performing Arts Department presents
Company E
Friday, February 7 & Saturday, February 8 at 8p.m.
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE with Company E - Communication and Performing Arts Department Showcase Series presents
Company E, a world class contemporary dance company focused on international collaborations, filmmaking, education, and interdisciplinary art. We're very lucky that Company E is based right here in Washington, DC, even as it makes its home around the world. The College is presenting this very special performance free to students, and in the interest of community outreach just $5 for all others. We strongly suggest taking advantage of advance ticketing reservations online.  Cultural Arts Center Theatre I.
This show is general admission seating. 

Free for students/$5 all others.


Readers Theatre: Notes on the Cold War in Kansas PromoReader’s Theatre Production--Directed by P. Schwartz

February 28, March 1, 7, 8, 14, and 15, 8 p.m.

March 2, 9, 16, 2 p.m.

Stories render unforgettable views of Kansas while simultaneously capturing widespread American yearnings, disappointments, and triumphs. Readers Theatre is a hybrid form of theatre in which actors read narration from a given short story, acting out the character dialogue with scripts on music stands, all set against a black backdrop. Each actor portrays different characters in the various stories and sometimes several characters in one story. Reader’s Theatre allows the audience to see the events in their minds as the narrators and characters perform the words on stage.

Free for students/$5 all others.


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Alain Nu, Mentalist
Saturday, September 21, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Cultural Arts Center Theatre 2

Mysterious energy, the power of thoughts, and mind-over-matter has piqued our interest throughout the ages. Alain Nu will show even the most skeptical audiences the awesome powers of the mind with his amazing and spellbinding talents.





Martin Family String Band


The Martin Family String Band
Saturday, October 26, 8 p.m.
Cultural Arts Center Theatre 2

The Martin Family Band is an internationally known folk music group from Maryland. The band has an unmistakable signature sound that draws on the traditions of Old Time Appalachian string band music, dance music of Ireland, and colonial music.


Student Theatre Production: “Speech and Debate” 
Directed by Sasha Olinick
November 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8 p.m.
November 17, 24 at 2 p.m.
Cultural Arts Center Theatre 2

Three teenage misfits in Salem, Oregon discover they are linked by a sex scandal that's rocked their town. When one of them sets out to expose the truth, secrets become currency, the stakes get higher, and the trio's connection grows deeper in this searching, fiercely funny dark comedy with music. Playwright: Stephen Karam.


Student Performing Arts Showcase
Thursday, December 6, 6–8 p.m.
Cultural Arts Center Theatre I

Join us for an evening showcasing our students’ work.  Performances in dance, theatre, music, and the presentations of short student films. FREE.






UpRooted Dance and Happenstance Theatre Present
"Heartstrings and Shoestrings: Stories of Love & Woe" 


Heartstrings & Shoestrings-Stories of Love and Woe, a dance theater event by UpRooted Dance and Happenstance Theatre.  Take a spin with UpRooted Dance as they jump aboard the love carousel and take you on a journey through the poetic contemporary dance theater movement of choreographer Keira Hart-Mendoza.  Get into the mood with Sabrina Mandell from Happenstance Theatre as she narrates this story of six female performers lost in the space and time of heartbreak.   

Drawing from popular contemporary music and older classics, the dances are set to tunes that will evoke “that lovin’ feeling.”  The female performers of UpRooted Dance will woo audiences with their grace, charms, sorrow, and movement... all telling their personal stories of love and loss.  Through spoken word and poetry Sabrina Mandell will guide the audience through a more intimate understanding of each woman’s journey.

Visit for more information about this performance!  Don’t miss it!

Regular Admission $10, Seniors/Students/Children/Military/Vetrans/MC IDs $5  




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About the Artists

Keira Hart-Mendoza is often found wearing more than one dance hat at any given moment.  She is the artistic director and choreographer for the DC based dance company UpRooted Dance.   She is often found performing and creating work in and around Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.  Keira's choreography and video work has been shown nationally and internationally in Arizona, Washington, North Carolina, across the state of Virginia, the DC-Metro Area, and in Mexico. 


Working interdisciplinary and collaborating with artists in all fields is an essential aspect of Keira's work.  She has worked with musicians, filmmakers, engineers, actors, motion capture technology, and fashion designers.  Keira herself jumps in and out of roles such as costume designer, set designer, and video artist.  She also won "Best Student Work" for her video piece entitled "Seeing is..." at the American Dance Festival's Dance for the Camera Film and Video Festival 2005. 


In the DC Metro Area, Keira has presented work at Dance Place, Joy of Motion Dance Center, Sylvia Greenberg Theater, Sydney Harman Center for the Arts, Reston Town Center, the store front windows at Miss Pixie’s Furnishings and Whatnot…, L2 Lounge in Georgetown, The Capital Skyline Hotel Pool, and Sidebar in Silver Spring.  Her goal is to show work both in the theater setting and in other unique and unlikely settings in and around town. 


During her dance training Keira has had the opportunity to attend numerous dance and film festivals in the US and abroad.   Keira has been a guest artist at James Madison University, University of Virginia, Coppin State University in Baltimore, and at Arizona State University. She also performs with Daniel Burkholder/The Playground. 


UpRooted Dance is currently based in the Washington DC Metro Area with roots specifically in Montgomery County MD.  In 2012 the company was awarded a project grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County MD.  


UpRooted Dance began as part of Keira Hart-Mendoza's vision to create a contemporary dance company that could easily be uprooted and taken with her wherever she travels in life.  Uprooted is interested in exploring performance and dance settings apart from the proscenium stage.  UpRooted's first creative season began outside at a barn in the beautiful Madison County Virginia on cold December night in 2007. Since that first cold December night UpRooted has presented work in other a-typical settings including the Harlowe-Powell Auction Gallery in Charlottesville, the Charlottesville Community Design Center, Lexington's Lime Kiln Theater, Swimming Pools, Local Bars and Nightclubs, and even Storefront Windows. UpRooted’s more traditional performances have been held at the Dance Place DC, The Dance Exchange in Takoma Park MD.  Greenberg Theater in DC, MLK Performing Arts Center in Charlottesville, Live Arts in Charlottesville, McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, Lenfest Center of Lexington VA, and the Jack Guidone Theater in Washington DC.  In 2009 the company traveled to Mexico to perform in PERFORMATICA, a dance festival at the University de las Americas in Cholula/Puebla Mexico.  


Uprooted's work can best be described as a visual feast of color, shape, and design, and places emphasis on the presentation of dance.  The works created are complete microcosmic worlds of any particular idea choreographer Hart-Mendoza may come up with~ whether it be the behavioral patterns of birds, or the forces of technology on our movement and relation to one another in space, or an individual's relation to a group of people.  All of the work metaphorically explores various aspects of the human condition.  With the help of costume design, set design, and video Keira often creates rich visual worlds in which her dances live.  Keira's goal is to make her work accessible for audience members to enjoy and/or evoke an emotional reaction.


Keira has worked as a guest artist at James Madison University, University of Virginia, and at Arizona State University creating new work on dance students in the university setting.  She has also worked with pre-professional dancers in Harrisonburg at Dance & Co.  In her graduate studies Keira was the rehearsal director for DART (Dance Arizona Repertory Theater), which was comprised of a large group undergraduate students who performed and worked with outreach partners.  As an educator, Keira has taught at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville VA and at Coppin State University in Baltimore MD.  She also teaches as a guest artist in and around the DC area at the Dance Exchange and Joy of Motion Dance Center. 


The company currently operates as a project based pick-up company and has worked with a number of dancers from the Washington DC area.


Past Productions

Arts Alive Presents
The College Performing Arts Series
Fall 2012

All This Intimacy

ALL THIS INTIMACY by Rajiv Joseph is a comedy about friendship and lust and how the two don't mix.   This production is the Metro DC area premier of ALL THIS INTIMACY.  According to the New York Times, the play has "a certain can't-look-away pull."  Mr. Joseph is also known for last year’s Broadway production THE BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO starring Robin Williams, and is a writer for the hit Showtime TV series, NURSE JACKIE.

Friday-Saturday, October 26, 27, November 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 8:00 p.m.

Saturdays-Sundays, October 27, 28, November 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 2:00 p.m.

Special Monday Performance October 29 at 8pm.

$10 regular admission, $5 All Student IDs





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