Coronalogs: New Works Collaboration
The first Coronalogs: Explorations of Identity, Culture and Well-Being During COVID-19, a partnership between Arizona Theatre Company and local community colleges to create new works by student playwrights focusing on the human experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, will air during our podcast of Hang & Focus at 4 PM MST on Friday, January 22nd.
The Coronalogs project launched with a production by Mesa Community College (MCC) students in collaboration with ATC Associate Artistic Director Chanel Bragg, Director of Learning & Education Jasmine Roth, Artistic Associate christoper oscar pena, Community Engagement Manager Will Rogers and Playwright in Residence Elaine Romero.
The concept for Coronalogs developed from a passion project between Bragg and Ruth Sager, the theatre and film program production manager.
The effort also has received national attention with the Kennedy Center American Theatre including one of the Coronalogs plays – The D&D Thursday Night Scene written by MCC student Robert O’Brien – in a curated night of invited scenes as part of its virtual festival highlighting “the amazingly innovative work witnessed by their board and adjudicators as colleges went online during the pandemic and continued creating productions and storytelling,” according to a congratulatory letter sent to MCC.
The team handling production at MCC included Dressler, Sager and Kara Thomson from the design faculty along with Technical Director Benton Guy, Costume Shop Manager Adriana Diaz, Electrics Shop Manager Josh Hontz and the editing team of Tyler Foree, Trenton Flores and Michaela Wooldridge.
The MCC production will be followed this spring with presentations from students at Glendale Community College and Paradise Valley Community College.
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