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SCC hires new theatre instructor, expands curriculum

Michael Allen Hollinger.

Southeast Community College will begin teaching theatre courses in Lincoln this fall and has expanded its curriculum within that discipline.

Michael Allen Hollinger, an Ashland native whose professional experience lies in both the performance and production of film, television, Web, and theatre, is the new adjunct Instructor of theatre at SCC. He will be teaching theatre courses in Lincoln, and a new SCC Theatre Troupe, based at the College's Education Square location in downtown Lincoln, also will be directed by Hollinger. Students will audition to be part of this group and are eligible to receive scholarships during their time in the group.

The Troupe, designed as a small production with limited sets and costumes due to limited facilities and rehearsal space, will launch this fall.

"We are planning to offer scholarships to students who will then guarantee a certain number of quarters with SCC so that we can produce, rehearse and perform in the local area," Hollinger said. "The production will be short and child-friendly so that we may tour the local public and private schools, building a relationship within the theatrical community."

Hollinger hopes SCC theatre will be a spring board for students who would like to transfer to larger theatre programs.

"A touring troupe will not only allow us to inform the public about our growing dedication to the arts as an educational institution, but also, from an administrative side, show benefit in expanding the program and courses offered," he said.

Persons interested in becoming part of SCC's Theatre Troupe are asked to contact Hollinger at

Deborah Freeman, speech and drama instructor in the Humanities Department at the Beatrice Campus, said the theatre curriculum has expanded with the addition of Film Appreciation, which will be offered online.

"We would like to offer foundational courses in film and theatre that will be accepted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and other institutions," Freeman said. "We have plans for several new courses, such as Advanced Acting, Theatre History and possibly Stage/Film Combat. We would like to develop technical theatre classes with hands-on learning and high-tech equipment."

Freeman will be teaching Film Appreciation during the Fall Quarter. She explained the concept.

"Hopefully, students will gain an appreciation for the detail and work that has gone into making the films they watch," she said, "but they also will know how to break down a film or a scene in order to recognize and evaluate the components of that scene, such as marketing, camera, acting, color, editing, and so on. Students will study landmark films from the past as directed in the course, and they also will be asked to bring scenes and films from current films to share with each other."

One segment of the course and textbook focuses on global films, along with the various film genres. Part of the design of the course is to let students loose in the world of film and to teach each other, Freeman said.

"It's so great that we have access to so much via YouTube now," she said. "I found a terrific film titled 'Visions of Light' that I want to show at the start of the course. It's really inspiring. We might be able to discuss ways in which film not only reflects culture but also helps form our culture. Overall, in my classes I like to encourage each student to exercise their 'creativity' muscles. So along with analysis, I will encourage hands-on projects as part of the coursework."

Freeman said that in future quarters the course will be taught in both Lincoln and Beatrice, face-to-face and online.


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