Southeast Community College will begin teaching theatre courses
in Lincoln this fall and has expanded its curriculum within that
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
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
"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.