Dance Department Presents Annual ‘People in Motion’ Virtually

Every year since the 1980s, the Cypress College Dance Department has put on its People in Motion dance concert. With the campus closure due to COVID-19, there was a possibility of not holding the concert. However, in an effort to continue the tradition, People in Motion was performed virtually.

Students and faculty came together via the internet to present what they’ve worked so hard on throughout this semester. Check it out on YouTube.

Cypress College Commencement Efforts Lauded in News Coverage

Media coverage of Cypress College’s amazing 53rd Commencement ceremony on May 22, 2020 continues to come in. Today, Kylie Christensen, one of nine Presidential Scholars of Distinction, was profiled by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez of KPCC-FM and LAist.

Christensen, who represents the Fine Arts pathway, was the subject of both an audio and a written profile.

 

The commencement was also covered by David N. Young at the Event-NewsEnterprise. The feature highlighted 2020 Outstanding Graduate Elise Cunanan and the Presidential Scholars of Distinction: Brandon Nguyen, Business/CIS; John Lasater, CTE; Christensen, Fine Arts; Christina Williams, Health Science; Frankie Islas, Kinesiology; Nate Garcia, Language Arts; Anh Nguyen, L/LRC; Connor Kilzer, SEM; and Sarah Queneau, Social Sciences. Young also highlighted the Academic Senate’s faculty awards — which were presented to all full-time faculty, all adjunct faculty, and Distance Education Coordinator Kathleen McAlister. The awards recognize the tremendous effort necessary to transition the college from in-person instruction to remote nearly overnight in mid-March.

Female Graduate posing on campus for news article

On Wednesday, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office spotlighted Cypress College, specifically the work of the Charger Experience team with a photograph and caption at the top of their daily report: “Members of Cypress College’s Charger Experience team pause for a photo while distributing regalia to the college’s Promise students. The drive-up distribution supported participation in Cypress College’s virtual commencement on May 22. The Charger Experience Program supports the college’s Pledge/Promise students and their transition into college, connecting them to services and people on campus to help ensure a successful higher education experience.”

Faculty wearing masks on campus in news article

Finally, on the Sunday prior to commencement, the Times Orange County printed an article about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on OC graduations (the article also appeared online earlier that week). The coverage included a color photograph of Cunanan. Ada Tseng of the Times wrote: “The processional will include a 2019-20 highlight video, a roll call of graduates, as well as a video of their 2020 Outstanding Graduate Elise Cunanan and their 2020 Presidential Scholars of Distinction. President JoAnna Schilling, Chancellor Cheryl Marshall, Academic Senate President Craig Goralski, Associated Students President Presten Jimenez and Student Trustee Ester Plavdjian will give remarks.”

News article clipping

A complete recap, including the full video along with individual segments, is available online.

MAD Film Fest Premieres Online

The Media Arts Design Film Showcase debuts today, to display the work of MAD students and , this year, to offer alumni contributions. In keeping with government guidelines to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, this year’s festival will take place online.

According to Professor Ian Holmes, digital cinema coordinator, the virtual event features 50 works from live-action narrative films, to stop-motion animations, to motion graphics title sequences. You can see all entries here.

Originally, the MAD department planned to hold an alumni film showcase in April, separate from the the annual student event. The campus closure related to COVID-19 caused organizers to rethink the two events and combine them into one.

Student Finalists in National Video Contest

Cypress College students have gained national attention in a contest called “Stay Home and Sing,” with a video featuring their adaptation of a song from the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical “In The Heights.” The students performed the song “96,000,” selected from their spring production of the musical, which was cut short due to the Coronavirus-related campus closure.

If the students earn enough votes, they could win thousands of dollars for a charity of their choice and a chance to perform their musical number for a public audience. The team entered in the “Open” category, and became one of three finalists in that group on April 27.

Voting ends April 29. Click here to support the Cypress College entry, under the header “Open”: https://inspireamarillo.com/#/home.

The contest was created by a group from the Texas panhandle called Inspire Amarillo. According to the contest page, their goal is “to ‘connect’ with our family, friends and colleagues” through videos of teams performing their favorite songs.

The Theater Department’s adaptation of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical “In The Heights” was directed by Angela Cruz, a Professor of Theater at Cypress College. It premiered Friday, March 6, and ended its run Sunday, March 8; the campus closed before the second weekend of the performance, because of government-mandated shutdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The sets still stand in the Cypress College theater awaiting the scheduled shows that never took place.

Inspire Amarillo describes itself as “a way for all of Amarillo, the Panhandle and the Nation to virtually speak, perform or sing words of hope.” The contest is sponsored by Fairly Group.

The grand prize is performing at the Amarillo Sod Poodles 2020 Opening Day Game. In addition, five entries with the most votes each get to pick a charity to receive $5,000.

Dance Students Chosen to Perform at CSULB

The Cypress College Dance Department participated in an annual conference put on by the American College Dance Association March 4-7. The ACDA’s Baja Conference took place at California State University Long Beach, and was open to faculty, staff, students, and musicians.

The conference was capped off with a gala performance at CSULB’s Carpenter Center.  The adjudicators picked 11 pieces to be featured in the Gala Performance, one of which was Cypress College’s “This Is Who We Are,” a piece choreographed by the students. The Student Equity and Achievement Committee provided funding to attend.

“Thank you Student Equity and Achievement Committee for giving our students the opportunity to experience a conference, master classes, performances, and to share the stage with so many academic programs in dance,” Maha Afra, chair of the Cypress College Dance Department, said. “Our students and faculty represented all of you Chargers. The faculty taught classes and students performed.”

Cypress College presented another piece called “Sui-T-able,” choreographed by faculty member Francesca Lee, with costumes by Marci Alberto and Francesca Lee. “This Is Who We Are” featured costumes by Becky Ogden.

“The three adjudicators’ feedback was an endless stream of accolades for both pieces,” Afra said.

The conference portion of the event featured four days of classes, workshops, adjudication and informal concerts, feedback sessions, scholarly presentations, and faculty-only classes.

The students who attended were Astrid Ardon, Anthony Capulong, Kylie Christensen, Nickolas Currenton, Xavier Contreras, Briyanda Fresquez, Gabriella McQuoid, Michael Moseray, Brittany Post, Briana Sanchez, Isaiah Singleton, and Rochelle Villaroel.

CSULB student Production Assistants worked to design and produce Baja at the Beach, the sixth ACDA conference held on the CSULB campus, according to the university.

Go MAD This Semester

This spring, several courses offer a variety of ways to learn or improve computer illustration, modeling, and projection mapping, among other skills. These Media Arts Design classes can help expand and enhance your professional portfolio or provide enrichment if you are simply interested in digital design.

Learn art that you can apply with the following courses, which still have availability for the upcoming spring semester. Visit myGateway today to enroll.

MAD 104 C – Intro to 3D Graphics-Mac (3 units)
MAD 105 C – Intro to 3D Graphics-Win (3 units)

Find out about 3D computer graphics, with an emphasis on 2D paint and 3D modeling and animation software used in animation. You’ll create original 3D still and animation imagery for your portfolio. This course is a gateway into the variety of classes for the Art Computer Graphics program, where you can pursue more in-depth study on the topic(s) you were drawn to during this introductory class.


MAD 106 C – Social Media Vlog Production (3 units)

Examine the evolving role social media and video play in cultural and corporate 21st Century life. You will learn to create a Vlog (Video Blog), and shoot and edit video and audio content. You’ll create a plan to distribute and market your Vlog brand identity.


MAD 112 C – Electronic Illustration-Mac (3 units)
MAD 113 C – Electronic Illustration-Window (3 units)

Learn how to generate Mac and Windows Postscript (vector) images for desktop publishing/page layout software and as standalone images with high-resolution output. In these classes, professional artists can build basic Mac and Windows skills needed for employment and/or advancement.


MAD 120 C – 3D Modeling-Mac (3 units)
MAD 121 C – 3D Modeling-Windows (3 units)

These courses focus on the introduction of Mac and Windows creation techniques for making three-dimensional computer graphics content. Classes emphasize 3D modeling and animation tools, menu structures, and model-building applications.


MAD 201 C – 3D Typography for Media Design (3 units)

This intermediate typography course focuses on graphic communication usage. Learn how to develop concepts, layout, and presentations. Projects include lettering design, layout, and 3D typography. You’ll learn electronic design techniques in 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional forms.


MAD 207 C – Projection Map/Live Entertain (3 units)

Get an overview of the many uses of projection mapping with an emphasis on 2D and 3D design to make digital presentations. You will create projection mapping projects for public display.

Student Art Featured in CCAG Exhibition

This year our art students exhibited their self-selected best works for display in the student art show at the Cypress College Art Gallery. The exhibition ran from May 7–16.

Among the many featured were pieces by Juliana Montenegro, Phat Huynh, and Zimmo Mojica.

Montenegro submitted a photograph she took of Disneyland at night, which is part of a series she is doing for independent study. The series aims to show the theme park in a different light—revealing there is so much more to the park than the rides.

Artist: Juliana Montenegro

Huynh’s “Scoliosis” piece was his first-ever painting. He used acrylics to portray a personal aspect of himself.

Artist: Phat Huynh

Mojica’s anime artistry has been featured previously on campus. This time, he brought forth his favorite piece for the show.

Artist: Zimmo Mojica

Cypress College Art Gallery (CCAG) presents both professional and student exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and visiting artists’ projects. CCAG is located in the gateway area of the Cypress College campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and by appointment.

Love the Arts? Take Media Arts Design!

Are you artistic? Are you interested in learning more or fine-tuning your artistic skills? We encourage you to enroll in Media Arts Design-Mac (MAD 100, CRN 22555) or Media Arts Design-Win (MAD 101, CRN 22556).

Each class gives an overview of the many uses of electronic or digital; paint, drawing, digital imaging, video capture and output, animated gif’s, and page layout programs on the Macintosh or Windows, with an emphasis on traditional 2D design and digital publishing. Students create personal 2D images and video content for their portfolio.

Enroll today by visiting myGateway.

MAD 199 Open Lab Available to All Art Students

Are you looking for some extra units or to work on a special project? Did you know that the Art Computer Graphics Lab is open for use to all art students?

You can sign up for the MAD 199 open lab, CRN 20060 (1 unit), when you register for classes this semester. Enrollment is repeatable up to 10 units and you can use the lab anytime during lab hours. You do not need to be concurrently enrolled in any other class to enroll in MAD 199 Open Lab. You can use the lab equipment to develop and refine your portfolio. Instead of working at home, work in the lab and receive extra units. Develop a self-promotional website of your work. Use the lab and production equipment to work on current or self-assigned projects.

The lab offers the following software: entire Adobe CC (Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design, Premiere, Dreamweaver, Muse, etc), SketchUp, Final Cut Pro HD, Motion, CINEMA 4D, Adobe Acrobat, Corel Painter X, and Maya. The lab is PC and MAC Friendly.

The semester starts January 28. Register as soon as possible! If you have any difficulty registering, please contact Professor John Bilotta at jbilotta@cypresscollege.edu.

Enroll in Intro to Electronic Media Today

Interested in electronic media? Our Multimedia program is offering a class for you!

MM 100, Intro to Electronic media, introduces the history, structure, function, economics, content and evolution of radio, television, film, the internet, and new media, including traditional and mature formats. This is an online class that begins January 28. To register, please visit myGateway. CRN: 23480

Preproduction for Filmmakers Class Available

Interested in becoming a filmmaker? Our Media Arts Design program is offering a class for you!

MAD 183, Preproduction for TV, Video, and Film, prepares students to make a film by teaching the necessary steps leading up to shooting the film in production. Topics covered include script, proposal, treatment, casting, crew, locations, financing, personnel, permits, unions and talents. This is an online class that begins January 28. To register, please visit myGateway. CRN: 23136

 

#CYProfessional: Michael Coronado, Instructor, Journalism

At Cypress College, we are proud of our employees and realize that recognizing personal and professional achievements, along with establishing a human connection between students, faculty, and staff, promotes a collegial atmosphere imbued with the Charger Spirit! Our employees always strive for excellence and make significant contributions to the campus and surrounding communities every day. We are pleased to feature distinguished #CYProfessional educators like Journalism instructor Michael.

What was your path to Cypress?
For two decades I worked as a professional journalist at The Orange County Register and The Press-Enterprise, first as a staff writer, then later as an editor. As a reporter I covered military affairs, the prison system, city and county government, and various beats. In 2003, I reported from Iraq as a war correspondent for nearly two months. In 2013, I was appointed editor of The Press-Enterprise, overseeing nearly 80 journalists at the Inland Empire’s largest news-gathering organization. I had the opportunity to teach part time in 2013 at OCC, and in 2016 discovered an opportunity to teach full time at Cypress.

Courtesy of The Press-Enterprise/David Bauman

What inspires you as a teacher?
I get inspired by students who learn about journalism and media in-depth for the first time and a light goes off. They realize that asking the right questions in today’s connected world is vital to understanding facts. I get inspired by students who understand why a free press is so important to our democracy. I get to talk about these things every day—and they pay me! How cool is that?

Courtesy of The Press-Enterprise/David Bauman

How do you balance your work as an instructor with your other professional/creative work?
My family keeps me busy. Along with my wife, Amanda, my family consists of our two girls, Gabriella, 6, and Alessandra, 3. Much of my career has revolved around journalism, learning, and teaching, so I’ve had to get used to figuring out a good balance, but it’s worked out pretty well.

Is there anything else you’re working on at the moment?

Our student newsroom in November put out its first edition of the Cypress Chronicle newspaper in many years. It’s great that we have the student voice back on campus. Now, we’re working on rebuilding our existing digital news platforms while creating new ways of telling stories and expanding our class offerings. In Spring, I recruited Michael Goulding, one of the finest photojournalists in California, to teach visual journalism and photography alongside our newsroom staff. I want to build the finest journalism program in the community college system and that will take time but it’s a lot of fun. Our student newsroom is a blast to be around. If you want to join us, sign up for JOUR 225.

Art, Music Departments Release Interactive Sound Sculpture

As you approach the Fine Arts building, the automatic doors slide open. You can’t help noticing the giant wooden sculpture in the middle of the lobby. The rectangular box with the eye-shaped cutout appears oddly placed in an arts building, looking slightly like something that would beckon students on skateboards. However, it is right at home in this spot, serving as an interactive sound sculpture dubbed “The In-Between.”

The In-Between from Ed Giardina on Vimeo.

According to a post Art Professor Ed Giardina wrote on Vimeo, “Participants are invited to lie down inside and press the sound triggers to create their own sonic compositions. The sculpture is intended for group open-ended play, exploration, relaxation, and introspection.”

The project, which contains eight-note sound elements recorded on campus, is a joint venture between Giardina’s Art 149 Beginning Sculpture and Professor Marcus McMillan’s Music 124 Recording Studio 1, as well as Fine Arts Tech Kirk Pickler.

“Both the sculptural form and sound elements were created in response to coursework exploring ‘Freud’s Iceberg,’ a popular influence on both Dada and Surrealist music and art,” Giardina wrote. “The sculptural form presents a subsurface environment that allows participants to be both literally situated into a typical position for meditation and/or psychoanalysis activity as well as metaphorically below the surface of Freud’s notion of the conscious in the ‘iceberg’ model.”

The sound elements used in “The In-Between” were recorded by students who “capture[d] and manipulate[d] these ‘subsurface’ sounds (i.e. infrared door sensors, electromagnetic fields generated by a variety of electronic devices, WiFi traffic, etc.) that exist all around us, but are outside of our audible range,” according to Giardina.

The Cypress College community who have experienced “The In-Between” this semester are invited to share their thoughts and experiences in the comments.

Ed. – The students who were involved in the creation of this project are Dayonne Reid-Payton, Timothy Efseaff, Brandon Ramos, Moises Flores, Xitlalitl Gomez, Henrik Monfiero, Chanelle Tran, Maurice Morrell, Frank Ly, Frank Nguyen, Adri Perrucci, Ivan Norwood, Jules Cuevas, Jonathan Phan, Karen Franco, Skyler Pierce, Ashley Chunadi, Andrew Samaniego, Michelle Allen, Eliana Torres, Kris Damogo, Anthony Villalvazo , Connie Lopez, Elino Villegas, Patrick Ferrel, Peter Calvillo, and Paul Jimenez.

Media Arts Design Receives Approval for its First Associate Degree

The Cypress College Media Arts Design (MAD) department recently received state approval to offer an Associate in Science in Film, Television, and Electronic Media.

“While the MAD department has over ten skill certificates it offers students, this is our first two-year degree,” MAD Department Chair Ian Holmes said. “This means that now Cypress College and the MAD department have for the first time an official Film, Television, and Electronic Media major and degree.”

The AS-T degree, which took ten years from curriculum development through state approval, requires 18 units in the major, plus 30 units of general education courses, and transfers to universities. Students who have already taken as few as six classes in cinematography, single camera, motion picture, video editing, motion graphics, and other such classes, may already qualify to apply for this degree. Such students are encouraged to reach out to Fine Arts Counselors Renay Laguana-Ferinac or Renee Ssensalo.

For information regarding the degree, please click here.

 

Cypress College Hosts Summer Dance Festival 2018

Cypress College is offering two Summer Dance Festival classes (DANC 140 and 145) open to all—high schools, students, staff—at any skill level. Placement auditions will be held on Monday, June 11, at 11:05 a.m. in GYM2-125. There will be two culminating performances in mid-July in the Cypress College Studio Theater.

To register, visit myGateway. For additional information, please contact Maha Afra at (714) 484-7207 or mafra@cypresscollege.edu.

Cypress College Offers Four-Week Summer Theater Workshop

Actors! Directors! Playwrights! Cypress College offers a four-week intensive course in creating theater!

This workshop will cover various aspects of performance: acting, movement, voice, improvisation, puppetry, mask-work, and scene-study. The course also covers directing, script analysis, dramaturgy, and the basics of playwriting.

The month-long workshop will culminate in a celebration of new plays by professional playwrights, presented in staged readings by student-actors and directors.

Doug Cooney is a nationally recognized theater artist. His work includes dramas, comedies, musical theater, solo performance, dance theater, experimental theater, and plays for young people. He has been produced and developed by the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center Institute, the Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theater, South Coast Rep, and Sundance Theater Labs, among others. He has been honored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Performance Network, and the MacArthur Foundation. He received the Charlotte Chorpenning Cup from the American Alliance of Theater Educators for his body of work as a playwright. He was also recognized with an Emmy nomination for Disney’s “Sofia the First.”

THEA 236 C Summer Theater Workshop I

  • 2 Units
  • Prerequisite: Audition
  • Transfer: UC/CSU
  • This performance laboratory will introduce students to the basic fundamental skills of developing new plays and innovative performance works.
  • Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option
  • 30531, 001, 9:30 a.m.–2:40 p.m., Monday–Thursday, 6/11–7/16, Cooney, Douglas, TA-104
  • Last day to add: 06/13; Last day to drop without “W”: 06/13; Last day to drop with “W”: 07/05; Last day to drop for refund: 06/12

THEA 237 C Summer Theater Workshop II

  • 2 Units
  • Prerequisite: Audition
  • Transfer: UC/CSU
  • This performance laboratory will invest students with the intermediate skills of developing new plays and innovative performance works.
  • Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option
  • 30534, 001, 9:30 a.m.–2:40 p.m., Monday–Thursday, 6/11–7/16, Cooney, Douglas TA-104
  • Last day to add: 06/13; Last day to drop with “W”: 07/05; Last day to drop for refund: 06/12.

Enroll in the Summer Theater Workshop through myGateway.

New Play Festival Starts 18th Opening June 29

The Cypress College New Play Festival provides student actors and directors with a place to help develop new plays with professional playwrights from Los Angeles. We are celebrating our eighteenth summer season. Our festival won the OC Weekly best of 2008:

“Mark Majarian and the rest of this community college’s theater department deserve a chorus of hosannas for launching and growing a new-play festival as strong as any in Southern California. Many of the writers—and several of the plays—have subsequently received full-fledged productions at regional and off-Broadway theaters. They provide encouragement and incentive to playwrights, a strange breed of animal that chooses to work in an artistic field where recognition is hard to come by and financial compensation nearly impossible.”

Notable playwright collaborations have been with a reading and production of Oliver Mayer’s “Bold as Love,” Paula Cizmar’s “Venus in Orange” which was produced at the Victory Theater in Burbank, Jonathan Caren’s “Need to Know” produced at the Rogue Machine Theatre, Jennifer Maisel’s “@the speedofjake” produced by Playwright’s Arena, Erik Patterson’s “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” produced at the Theater of NOTE, Ruth McKee’s “Hell Money” produced at the Chalk Repertory Theater, Doug Cooney’s Long Story Short which won a design award and was invited as an “Invitational Scene” for the Region VIII, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Also, Mickey Birnbaum’s “Big Death Little Death” (developed during the 2002 Cypress New Play Festival) which opened the inaugural 2005-06 season of the Wooly Mammoth Theater Company (in Washington D. C.). Mickey’s other play, “Bleed Rail,” (developed during the 2004 Cypress New Play Festival) was performed at the Theater @ Boston Court in Pasadena. Other notable past collaborations were with Cody Henderson whose play, “Cold Tender” won the 2002 OC Weekly award, Annie Weisman’s “Be Aggressive” which was produced at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2001 and Robert Glaudini’s “Poison Tree” which was produced by the Mark Taper Forum in 2001 and Michael Golamco’s play “Year Zero” which went on to premiere at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago in the fall 2009.

Performances: Thursdays 7:00 P.M. (June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, @ 7 P.M.) through July 27th. There will be a discussion with the writer following each reading. Admission is $5.00 to support the festival.

Studio Theater, Theater Building 9200 Valley View, Cypress 90630

For more information, contact Mark Majarian at (714) 484-7205 or email at mmajarian@cypresscollege.edu.

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“Shostakovich, or Silence” by Jason Grote, Thursday, June 29th at 7 p.m. (3 men, 2 women) 

Sometimes the things an artist must do to keep creating aren’t pretty, even if the art sometimes is. In Jason Grote’s riveting biographical play with music about the prolific Soviet-era composer Dmitri Shostakovich, the Great Terror is imprisoning and murdering writers and artists—and unfortunately for him, Shostakovich is out of favor with Stalin. But the human spirit is more powerful than any kind of artillery. And a composer must contemplate whether to use the power of art to change things, or remain silent.

Jason Grote

Jason Grote’s plays include 1001; Maria/Stuart; Civilization; and Shostakovich, or Silence. He has provided the text for various devised works, including David Levin’s HABIT (2013 OBIE), En Garde Arts’ Basetrack (NYT Top Ten of 2014), and Radiohole’s Tarzana. His work has been produced or developed at Playwrights Horizons, The Denver Center, Soho Rep, PS 122, The Flea, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Woolly Mammoth, Sundance, The O’Neill, The Watermill Center, Center Theater Group, and elsewhere, and translated into German and Slovenian. TV work includes “Mad Men,” “Hannibal,” and “Smash,” and the upcoming “Knightfall,” produced by Jeremy Renner. He has adapted works by John Cheever and Hillary Mantel for film.

“Goat Springs Eternal” by Paula Cizmar, Thursday, July 6th at 7 p.m. (3 women, 3 men or more) 

¡Goat Springs Eternal! is a darkly comedic riff on Lope de Vega’s Fuenteovejuna (1612 – 1614), in which a small town rises up against a voracious commander who never met a woman he didn’t want to abuse or someone else’s property he didn’t want to steal. This contemporary update transports troubling events from the time of Ferdinand and Isabella to the U.S. – Mexico border, where justice is for sale and American companies are eager to buy. But when it all goes wrong, can an entire town get away with murder?

Paula Cizmar

Paula Cizmar is a playwright whose work is concerned with the way stories get told in a culture—and with who gets left out of the discussion. Her work has been produced at Portland Stage Company, the Women’s Project (New York), the Jungle Theatre, San Diego Rep, Passage Theatre, and Playwrights Arena @ LATC, among others. New plays include Antigone X, produced at USC MFA Rep; January, presented in NYC in the New Play Development Series at MultiStages; and The Last Nights of Scheherazade, recipient of the 2016 Israel Baran Award. The Chisera (AKA Lost Borders), was selected for the Mach 33 Festival of Science-Driven Plays. Paula has received commissions from Center Theatre Group, Salt Lake Acting Company, Echo Theatre, Portland Stage Company, and Playwrights Arena. Among her many awards are an NEA grant and a TCG/Mellon On the Road grant. She is a member of the WGA and the Dramatists Guild and is an Associate Professor of Theatre at USC’s School of Dramatic Arts. More information: www.paulacizmar.com

“The Subject” by Carolyn Kras, Thursday, July 13th at 7 p.m. (7 women, 4 men) 

Princess Sophia’s dysfunctional royal family includes notoriously mad father King George III, drug-dependent mother Queen Charlotte, sex addict brother Ernest, and five eccentric sisters (a confident stutterer, an agorophobe, an artist, a bossy fashion plate, and an ardent teen). When Sophia is raped and fights to bring the criminal to justice,

her family seeks to mastermind a cover-up of the secret for fear of losing the throne. With its timely themes and strong roles for women, The Subject has been a popular new play with 16 readings (and counting) in 2016-2017. The Subject was commissioned by the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright LUSK Award, had a United Nations Orange Day reading in London, and was developed in Antaeus Playwrights Lab.

Carolyn Kras

Carolyn Kras was recently Playwright in Residence at Sell a Door Theatre Company in London through the support of the Fulbright LUSK Award. Her play The Subject had a United Nations Orange Day Reading featuring Alfred Enoch and has had readings throughout the U.S. and U.K. in 2016-2017 via The Subject Project: https://thesubjectproject.wordpress.com Carolyn received the Visionary Playwright Award and Commission from Theater Masters, and the resulting play Mine & Yours was named a top national new play by the Bay Area Playwrights Festival (Finalist), The Kilroys List Honorable Mention, and L. Arnold Weissberger Award Nomination. Her plays have been produced or developed at The Blank Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Stage Left Theatre, Live Girls! Theater, The Looking Glass Theatre, Centenary Stage Company, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, 20% Theatre Company Chicago. Honors include William Randolph Hearst Creative Artist Fellowship, Shubert Fellowship, Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, Disquiet International Short Play Award, and “Best Playwright” Award in The Looking Glass Theatre’s Writer/Director Forum. Carolyn has a B.A. in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University.

“Eight Nights” by Jennifer Maisel, Thursday, July 20th at 7 p.m. (3 women, 4 men) 

The lives that inhabit an apartment from 1949 to 2016. A young refugee woman finally free to start anew in the United States confronts the past that haunts her. How much can she move forward without forgetting those she loved? Is history always doomed to repeat itself? Or do you need to voice the darkness to move into the light?

Jennifer Maisel

Jennifer Maisel’s Pen West Literary Award finalist There or Here was workshopped at PlayPenn before its critically acclaimed run at New York’s Hypothetical Theatre and is in talks for a London premiere. Her The Last Seder premiered Off-Broadway after productions in Chicago, D.C. and LA. Plays include Goody Fucking Two Shoes (ATL’s Humana Festival), birds (Rorschach Theatre), Eden (Theatre of NOTE, Original Works Publishing) and Match (UArts New Play Festival). Awards: Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays Award, Charlotte Woolard and Roger L. Stevens awards; SCR’s California Playwrights Competition; two time PEN West Literary Award finalist; five time Heideman Award finalist, STAGES International finalist. Her #Sandy ran in Moving Arts’ The Car Plays at the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center and LiveGirls! in Seattle. She was commissioned by Chalk Rep for her If You Lived Here I Would Be Home By Now for their site-specific Flash Festival in the fall of 2014. She received an Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan foundation commission for Out of Orbit, developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab, the Gulfshore New Play Festival, the Berkshire Playwrights Lab and Cal Tech; Out of Orbit recently won the Stanley Award for Drama. Her newest play, @thespeedofJake, was Kilroy nominated. She also writes for film and television; her screenplay, Prodigal Son, went into production in November of 2014. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Ensemble Studio Theatre – LA Project, DogEar Playwrights Collective, Playwrights Union and the WGA.

“Losing My Religion” by Hannah C. Langley, Thursday, July 27th at 7 p.m. (3 women, 1 man) 

Charity, prized daughter of a radical anti-gay Church, struggles with her faith after failing to convert a nice Jewish boy over Twitter. With the guidance of her alter ego, Judy Garland, and a curious bartender, Charity sees the light and leaves her Church and its ways behind.

Hannah C. Langley

Hannah C. Langley is a playwright and novelist from Valencia, California. A recent graduate of University of California, Berkeley and a current Dramatic Writing MFA Candidate at University of Southern California, I write to expose the real life struggles of young women with a mix of mythology and magic. Her other creative interests lie in raising awareness about mental and physical illnesses as well as LGBTQ+ issues. Hannah currently works as a Teaching Assistant in the School of Dramatic Arts. Her mission is to help improve my students’ writing skills as well as their confidence.

Get Your Creative Work Published!

The Creative Guild, a creative arts club at Cypress College, will be producing Sole Image, a literary journal of writing and visual art created by Cypress College students.

All students are invited to submit their creative works to be considered for publication.

Submissions due Wednesday, May 3 at 11:59 p.m. All work must be submitted with a completed cover sheet.

To submit work digitally or request a digital cover sheet, email cypresssoleimage@gmail.com. To submit work in print or pick up a paper cover sheet, please visit HUM 208M.

Students interested in working on producing Sole Image should contact the Creative Guild, which meets in HUM 106 every Thursday at 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Conserving An Artistic Legacy

Have you been curious about why there’s scaffolding around part of the front of the College Complex building? Or perhaps wondered what the story is behind the carved structure that features prominently in the Gateway Plaza of the College?

What you are seeing is a mural made by cast concrete relief, designed and created by noted Mexican-American artist and architect Sergio O’Cadiz. O’Cadiz worked as a conceptual architect and renderer for William Blurock & Associates, one of the companies that designed the first phase of the College’s construction. William Blurock, the firm’s principal, encouraged his workers to incorporate art into the design of buildings. The result is the sculptured wall at the front of the Complex building (which began life as the College’s first permanent library building), finished in 1967.

In 2016 the College began the process of conservation of this historically important piece of art. The first steps were a careful washing of the structure last spring, along with an evaluation of the sculpture. EverGreene Architectural Arts, an award-winning leader in the field, was engaged to assess and work on the piece. During the last few weeks, experts from EverGreene have been on campus, making further observations and going through the conservation process.

The goal of the work is to stabilize elements in the mural, so that this piece of history can endure at the College for another 50 years. A re-dedication is being planned upon completion of the work.

Tickets! Get Your FOLLIES Tickets!

Join us for the Cypress College 50th Anniversary production of the Stephen Sondheim musical FOLLIES, based on the book by James Goldman. In the musical, past “Weismann’s Follies” performers reunite in a Broadway theater that’s scheduled for demolition. The focus is on two couples and their past and present lives.

The Cypress College production of FOLLIES is directed by Jim Hormel. The cast and design team feature current and former Cypress students.

Opening night is Friday, March 24 at 8 p.m. Subsequent performances are:

  • Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 26 at 4 p.m.
  • Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 1 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 2 at 4 p.m.

As part of the College’s 50th Anniversary celebration, there will be a special gala preceding the Saturday, April 1 performance with cocktails to follow.

Tickets for the April 1 show are $30. Tickets for all other shows are $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors, students with student ID, and children under 12.

Get your tickets here.

President Simpson Looks to College's Future in Final Opening Day Address

In a forward-looking address to faculty and staff, Cypress College President Bob Simpson set an energetic tone as he welcomed all back to campus for the spring semester Friday,  Jan. 27 on his final Opening Day.

“Rather today than looking in the rearview mirror at what we have achieved,” Dr. Simpson said, “I want to look ahead because there’s so much that’s been happening, so much going on, some very important tasks that are before us.”

The College has a variety of ongoing and upcoming projects to improve its capacity to serve the needs of current and future Cypress students, including the 2017-2020 strategic plan; the College’s first bachelor’s program in funeral sciences; new buildings and renovations through the Measure J construction program; and a thermal energy project.

Buildings in the Measure J project are in various stages of the design phase. Drawings of the new Science, Engineering, and Math building are nearly complete, and the new Veterans Resource Center and Student Activities Center remodel are currently in design-development.

“But we’re excited that we’re going to be breaking ground before too long,” Dr. Simpson added.

The $8.5 million energy project—installation of a thermal storage tank and HVAC chiller on the north side of campus—will provide climate control for those future and current buildings, and aid in the College’s energy efficiency goals.

“All that we will do in the future is dependent upon that energy that will be provided,” Dr. Simpson said.

The College is also preparing for accreditation renewal this year by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

Phil Dykstra, the College’s Director of Institutional Research and Planning, and Liana Koeppel, the self evaluation chair, are currently processing feedback to finalize the first draft of the self evaluation report for submission to the District Board of Trustees Feb. 14. There will be a second round of feedback during the spring, with final Board approval in April. The report is due to ACCJC July 15.

In a change from the last round of accreditation, the accrediting team will also conduct a pre-visit to campus sometime this semester, in addition to the usual site visit in the fall on Oct. 9-12.

Another major project underway this semester is the College’s website redesign, headed by Cypress’ Director of Campus Communications Marc Posner, and web content specialist Cari Jorgensen. The current website was designed a decade ago.

The redesign aims to update and modernize the look and feel of the Cypress College website while also improving navigation and user-friendliness. It will be created on WordPress, an easy-to-use content management system expected to facilitate continuity across the website’s many sections and simpler editing by individual users.

Dr. Simpson also recognized a recent honor for the College and expressed his appreciation for the City of Cypress’ support. During the city’s State of the City Luncheon this past January, Mayor Paulo Morales presented Cypress College with an honorary “Key to the City” in recognition of the College’s 50th Anniversary.

“We are so fortunate at the College to have an incredible relationship with the City of Cypress,” Dr. Simpson said.

“One of the reasons we are able to do as much as we are able to do to support our students is because of that extraordinary support that we receive from the community,” he continued, “and at the top of the list of supporters is the City of Cypress. We are so gratified to have that kind of relationship.”

The culmination of the College’s 50th anniversary celebration is a reunion and community festival on April 1 at the pond. Planned by the Cypress College Foundation, the festival will include food trucks and a kid zone, College presentations and displays, discussion panels, a classic car show, and even a duck pond race—a hallowed College tradition returned for one day only.

Opening Day included music by the Mighty Cypress College Art Players, featuring faculty members Gary Gopar, Marcus McMillan, and Terra Schwartzwald. They performed several jazz pieces throughout the program, accompanied by dance routines from Fine Arts students under the direction of Maha Afra.

Though the start of the semester is always a happy occasion, for many this semester was bittersweet with President Simpson’s impending retirement on June 30.

Near the end of the program, Dr. Simpson also picked up a guitar and pleased the crowd with a touching rendition of Neil Young’s ’71 classic, “Old Man,” backed by the Art Players.

“The last ten years have been the most significant and productive of my professional life,” Dr. Simpson said in his closing remarks, “and if I was left at the end with only my time at Cypress College, I would still consider that life to have been full and rich and rewarding.

“I want to thank you for allowing me the privilege of serving the last five years as the president of this amazing place,” he continued. “It has been an extraordinary ride, and I don’t have the words to thank you, but, Chargers, thank you all.”

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Cypress College is Now On Pinterest

Whether you’re a student, faculty member, or staff employee at Cypress College, when you walk on campus you’re immediately surrounded by the rich history and life that makes up this campus. No matter your role, you know using words to describe Cypress College and campus life is simply not enough. Short of being on campus and experiencing it in person, the next best thing is experiencing Cypress College through pictures.

How best to do that? Pinterest, of course.

For us, Pinterest is a view book through which our campus is showcased. Come visit us there and see the beauty of Cypress College – from the campanile to our art gallery to the spaces and places on campus and more (including the ducks!).

To follow us on Pinterest, click here.

Like our Pinterest boards and have photos to add? Email us here.

Announcing the 17th Annual Cypress College New Play Festival

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The Cypress College New Play Festival provides student actors and directors a place to help develop new plays with professional playwrights from Los Angeles. We are celebrating our seventeenth summer season. Our festival won the OC Weekly Best of 2008.

“Mark Majarian and the rest of this community college’s theater department deserve a chorus of hosannas for launching and growing a new-play festival as strong as any in Southern California. Many of the writers-and several of the plays-have subsequently received full-fledged productions at regional and off-Broadway theaters. They provide encouragement and incentive to playwrights, a strange breed of animal that chooses to work in an artistic field where recognition is hard to come by and financial compensation nearly impossible.”

Notable playwright collaborations have been with a reading and production of Oliver Mayer’s “Bold as Love,” Paula Cizmar’s “Venus in Orange” which was produced at the Victory Theater in Burbank, Jonathan Caren’s “Need to Know” produced at the Rogue Machine Theatre, Jennifer Maisel’s “@the speedofjake” produced by Playwright’s Arena, Erik Patterson’s “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” produced at the Theater of NOTE, Ruth McKee’s “Hell Money” produced at the Chalk Repertory Theater, Doug Cooney’s Long Story Short which won a design award and was invited as an “Invitational Scene” for the Region VIII, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Also, Mickey Birnbaum’s “Big Death Little Death” (developed during the 2002 Cypress New Play Festival) which opened the inaugural 2005-06 season of the Wooly Mammoth Theater Company (in Washington D. C.). Mickey’s other play, “Bleed Rail,” (developed during the 2004 Cypress New Play Festival) was performed at the Theater @ Boston Court in Pasadena. Other notable past collaborations were with Cody Henderson whose play, “Cold Tender” won the 2002 OC Weekly award, Annie Weisman’s “Be Aggressive” which was produced at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2001 and Robert Glaudini’s “Poison Tree” which was produced by the Mark Taper Forum in 2001 and Michael Golamco’s play “Year Zero” which went on to premiere at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago in the fall 2009.

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Performances: Thursdays 7:00 P.M. (June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, @ 7 P.M.) through July 28th. There will be a discussion with the writer following each reading. Admission is $5.00 to support the festival.

Studio Theater, Theater Building 9200 Valley View, Cypress 90630

For additional information, please contact Mark Majarian at (714) 484-7205, mmajarian (at) cypresscollege.edu

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This season’s line-up features the following productions: 

“Karina Played Pachanga Music” by Israel Lopez Reyes, Thurs. June 30th at 7pm. (4 men, 1 woman)

The play explores the underground world of techno-rancheras, poverty, and party crews in West Dallas. Katrina must escape a manhunt and save her missing brother from a dark party crew rival.

Israel Lopez Reyes | Short Bio

Recent acting credits include Concrete Orange: An American Fable (Guthrie Theater), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UCLA) Life on the Praça Roosevelt (UCLA) Se Llama Cristina (Kitchen Dog Theater) The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Company of Angels) and The Taming of the Shrew (Long Beach Playhouse). Israel participated in the Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training (2015) and the LAByrinth Intensive Ensemble (2012). He was recently awarded a full-scholarship with the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford University.

His written plays include: the easterlies, Sir Dezmond the Black Knight of Inglewood Castle, bautista the real-life walking lowrider freak and the rodeo inside, Debunked Theories of the Burger King Party, Pigeons on the Greenline Headed Towards Norwalk, and BROKE (a cheap play for your broke ass).

“Pachucos of Palmdale” by Danny Herman, Thurs. July 7th at 7pm. (3 women, 4 men)

Pachucos of Palmdale is the farcical story of the blending of two cultures. Gabe, a whitewashed Latino Los Angeleno, gets stuck in the city of Palmdale. Gabe hopes to get back on the road to San Francisco, a place he believes could be home, his gay Mecca…until he has a run in with a Greek chorus of dating profiles that have other plans.

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Playwright Israel Lopez Reyes

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Danny Herman is an undergraduate BA Theatre Major at the University of Southern California. Pachucos of Palmdale is his second full length play written at USC.

“The Backroom” by Rebin Zangna, Thurs. July 14st at 7pm. (1 woman, 5 men)

A Lebanese-American student with high aspirations and his straight-talking, sometimes racist, Morrocan-American boss venture to make some extra money by buying a case of stolen phones. As they try to make extra side-money, they negotiate with the regulars of the cellphone shop. The day goes on and they are solicited by the student’s ex girlfriend, whom they both can’t resist and her boyfriend, who is highly terroritorial about what he feels is his. The pair’s relationship sours as they confront each other and others over matters of money, ownership, and what it means to do business.

Playwright Daniel Herman

Playwright Daniel Herman

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Rebin Zangana | Short Bio

Rebin Zangana is plawright and screenwriter from Columbus, Ohio. He is currently an MFA student at the University of Southern California. Rebin wrote and directed his first short film, Artifact, in 2016. He is currently developing a story for a feature film, set to film in 2017. During his time at USC, Rebin has had numerous readings, including two short plays as part of Feuchtwanger Refreshed, an event celebrating German writer Lion Feuchtwanger. His, and other plays from the event, will be published as a collection by USC. As a storyteller, Rebin hopes to bring to the stage and the screen a more authentic and inclusive vision of American life.

“Staying Where You Are” by Erik Patterson, Thurs. July 21th at 7pm. (2 women, 2 men)

Is a moving and dramatic tale about a family caught in the generational cycle of poverty in the Pico/Union neighborhood of Los Angeles. How do you overcome your challenges, your demons? Where do you start, especially when all options that would preserve your dignity seem closed to you?

Rebin Zangana

Playwright Rebin Zangana

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Erik Patterson | Short Bio

Erik is a graduate of Occidental College and the British American Drama Academy. His plays have been produced by Playwrights’ Arena, the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Theatre of NOTE, Evidence Room, and The Actors’ Gang, and developed through the Lark Play Development Center, Moving Arts, Black Dahlia, Naked Angels, and the Mark Taper Forum. He has had monologues published by Heinemann and Smith & Kraus. Along with writing partner Jessica Scott, he has written screenplays for Warner Premiere, ABC Family, the Disney Channel, The Hatchery, and Universal. He won a 2010 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Children’s Script (Long Form) for Another Cinderella Story. He was nominated in the 40th Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Children’s Series for “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour”. His play He Asked For It was nominated for a 2009 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Los Angeles Theater. It was nominated for a 2008 Ovation Award for World Premiere Playwriting, as well as being named one of the Top 10 Plays of 2008 by Frontiers Magazine. In 2003, his play Yellow Flesh Alabaster Rose won a Backstage West Garland Award for Best Playwriting and was a finalist for the PEN USA Literary Award. In 2004, his play Red Light Green Light was nominated for an Ovation Award for World Premiere Playwriting.

“Welcome to Keene, New Hampshire” by Brian James Polak, Thurs. July 28th at 7pm. ( 6 women, 6 men)

Fast-forward Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” 115 years. “Welcome to Keene, NH” is a three-act play telling the fictional story of a real American small town through the everyday lives of its citizens.

Playwright Erik Paterson

Playwright Erik Paterson

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Brian James Polak  | Short Bio
He was born and raised in New Hampshire, that little chunk of a state shoved between Maine and Vermont and eventually moved to Los Angeles and received MFA from USC. His play HENRY AND THE HIPPOCAMPUS was a semi-finalist for O’Neil Playwrights Conference and a recipient of The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award. WAR PROFITS received the Kennedy Center’s John Cauble Award and was recently presented in The Road Theater’s Summer Playwright’s Festival. A couple of his short plays have been published in Smith & Kraus “Best Ten-Minute Plays” anthologies, and another has been published by Commonplace Books. In 2013 Brian wrote a play called TALES FROM TENT CITY about a group of runaway teenagers and he had the opportunity to workshop it with undergrad students at USC as well as at Loyola Marymount as part of their Playwrights Center Stage program.

Playwright Brian James Polak

Playwright Brian James Polak

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For additional information, please contact Mark Majarian at (714) 484-7205, mmajarian (at) cypresscollege.edu | #CypressCollege #Theater #Arts

Holocaust Survivors, Unique Portrait Collection by Photography Professor Highlight First Yom HaShoah Event

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Multiple Holocaust survivors and a pair of children of survivors highlight Cypress College’s first-ever Yom HaShoah event on May 4. The event is inspired by Cypress College Photography Professor Clifford Lester’s unique portraits taken of survivors. The portraits will be on display during the event and Cypress College students will perform an interpretative routine in reaction to the photographs. More than 400 people are expected to attend.

The remembrance takes place adjacent to the campus pond on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 7-8:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free and the event is open to the public. Cypress College, located at 9200 Valley View Street in Cypress, CA.

Holocaust survivors Dr. Jacob Eisenbach and Natalie Weinstein-Gold are the featured speakers. They are among the five or six survivors of the Nazi Holocaust who will be honored at the event, along with two children of survivors.

Cypress College students, college employees, and community members will also participate. These include History Professor David Halahmy, representatives for the German Consulate in Los Angeles and Rabbi Heidi Cohen of Santa Ana’s Temple Beth Sholom.

Cypress College’s tribute is also centered around an exhibition of haunting and spirit-filled portraits of survivors photographed by Cypress College Professor Clifford Lester. Professor Lester’s portraits of Holocaust survivors were exhibited during an all-faculty meeting at the start of the school year. The work was so well received the photographs are now displayed in the campus Student Center. At one time facing extermination, these survivors now express determination to keep the memories of the Holocaust alive. The portraits create an enduring voice for the survivors, a voice that speaks out against hatred, injustice, stereotypes, and anti-Semitism. Among Cypress College’s core values is “inclusiveness” and the college’s Diversity Committee agreed to hold a Yom HaShoah event in this spirit.

Yom HaShoah is the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day for the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis during World War II. This year it begins at sunset on Wednesday, May 4 and concludes at sunset on May 5. Cypress College pays respect with a ceremony that promotes acceptance and inclusion, diversity and justice, no matter one’s race, religion, color or creed. This message will be accentuated by Cypress College Dance students, who will present an original interpretive performance interconnected with music and photography.

The lighting of memorial candles is part of the Yom HaShoah tradition. Four of the Holocaust survivors and two children of survivors — including a Cypress College employee — will represent the six million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust. Lit candles will then be floated onto the campus pond.

Confirmed Holocaust survivors participating in Cypress College’s Yom HaShoah event are: Dr. Eisenbach, Ms. Weinstein-Gold, Sarah Schweitz, and Harry Lester; the children of survivors are David Langer (representing his father Nathan and mother Mira), and Rick Van Beynen (representing his mother Rachel). Biographies of the participants are attached below.

Biographies of Holocaust Survivors and Offspring Participating:

Dr. Jacob Eisenbach — Holocaust Survivor

At 93 years old, Dr. Eisenbach recently retired from dentistry after practicing for 60 years. Dr. Eisenbach and his family lived in Lodz, Poland. Before the war broke out, Dr. Eisenbach lost his mother to illness. After Poland was invaded, he lost his sister, father and youngest brother at the hands of the Nazis.  Despite all of these losses, Dr. Eisenbach retains his strength by remembering his parents’ words, telling him “to never lose hope for a better tomorrow.” As a result, Dr. Eisenbach is quick to state he has never lost his faith in humanity.

Natalie Weinstein-Gold — Holocaust Survivor

At the age of 18 months, Natalie Weinstein-Gold was left on the doorstep of a lawyer’s house with a cross around her neck in the hope that this would save her life during the war. Four and a half years later, she was found at a convent by her father, a Warsaw Ghetto fighter named Leon Weinstein. Ms. Weinstein-Gold, now a psychologist, shared many Sabbath dinners with her father after coming to the United States in 1952.

Sarah Schweitz — Holocaust Survivor

Sarah Schweitz was born in Trikala, Greece. When her father was captured during World War II by the Germans, he was threatened with his death by the German Commandant of a Detention Camp. When asked why his life should be spared, he showed the Nazi a picture of his 31/2 year old daughter and said she was waiting for him to come home. Reminded of his own daughter, the German spared Sarah’s father’s life and let him go.

Harry Lester — Holocaust Survivor

Harry Lester, father of Cypress College Photography Professor Clifford Lester, was formerly named Horst Littwitz, until coming to the United States on the Italian Ship Vulcania. Faced with harassment from the Nazi’s as early as 1933, Mr. Lester survived the first part of the war despite events such as the trashing of the synagogue where his bar mitzvah was to be held. Mr. Lester migrated to the U.S. with his mother in November of 1939. His father Max  was left behind because of U.S. quotas limiting immigration from Poland. Fortunately, they were joined by his father a year later.

David Langer — Son of Holocaust Survivors

David Langer is the son of Nathan and Mira, both Holocaust survivors. They immigrated to the U.S. after World War II. Nathan, who grew up in a family of wine makers, later founded Langer Juice Company. A native of Krakow, Poland, he was the only survivor of his immediate family.

Rick  Van Beynen — Son of Holocaust Survivor

Rick Van Beynen, a Cypress College employee, is the son of Rachel (Kops) Van Beynen, who was born in Amsterdam in 1926. Ms. Van Beynen was the first person in the family to be taken by the German SS at age 16. She ultimately survived 10 concentration camps — including a death march from Auschwitz, when the Germans knew they were losing the war. After the war, she learned that her mother, father, sister, brother, grandparents and 53 other family members had been exterminated.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College has motivated the minds of students since 1966. For nearly a half-million people — including actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses and teachers — Cypress College has been a springboard to their dreams. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice. For others it provides essential training for a rewarding career. Just one Cypress College class is often all it takes to provide cutting-edge skills that lead to a promotion or a new job.

Cypress College’s 16,000 students and its highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of its many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 56 university-transfer majors, 164 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 71 areas of study. The College’s traditional semesters begin in January and September, while short-term courses start throughout the year. A Cypress College education costs $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest higher education tuition. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 110-campus California Community College System. The college primarily serves the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach and Stanton. Dr. Bob Simpson is the president.

Located at 9200 Valley View Street in Cypress, the College is easily accessible from several Southern California freeways, including the 5, 91, 605, 22 and 405. The campus is just a stone’s-throw from Downtown Disney and Knott’s Berry Farm.

More information about Cypress College is available by calling (714) 484-7000 or by visiting the campus Web site at https://www.cypresscollege.edu.

2016 Mecha, Noche de Arte

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Please join us for the first annual Noche de Arte celebration, 4pm – 9pm on Thursday, May 5th. 

The purpose of this event is to promote the Latin American tradition of “Arte Publico” or Public Art. Several artists will be displaying their art work along the duck pond bridge. The main focus of the event is to fund raise for scholarships for DACA and AB540 cypress college students. 

There will also be several vendors selling their wares, as well as free pan dulce and champurrado (Mexican hot chocolate) that will be provided by the Cypress College Mecha. 

Additionally, there are several organizations including an immigration law firm and Dreamer activist media group that will be tabling at the event.

We will also have ballet folklorico dancers performing for one hour.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Inclusion is Theme for First-Ever Yom HaShoah Event in May

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Holocaust Survivor Dr. Jacob Eisenbach is a keynote speaker at Cypress College’s first-ever Yom HaShoah event in May. He is seen here speaking with Cypress College President Dr. Bob Simpson (right) and Photography Professor Clifford Lester (left).

 

Out Of The Darkness, We Can All Create Light

Holocaust Day of Remembrance (Yom Ha-Shoah)
May 4, 2016
7-8:30 p.m.

Location: By the Ponds

Yom Ha-Shoah exists as an annual memorial to over six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis during World War II. On May 4, Cypress College pays respect to this Holocaust Day of Remembrance with a ceremony that promotes acceptance and inclusion, diversity and justice, no matter one’s race, religion, color or creed.

The tribute features an inspiring talk by Holocaust Survivor, Dr. Jacob Eisenbach, who will be joined by an exhibition of  the haunting and spirit-filled portraits of Survivors photographed by Cypress College Professor, Clifford Lester. At one time facing extermination, these survivors now express determination to keep the memories of the Holocaust alive.  The portraits create an enduring voice for the survivors, a voice that speaks out against hatred, injustice, stereotypes, and anti-Semitism.

This message will be accentuated by Cypress College Dance students, who will present an original interpretive performance interconnected with music and photography.

Further heightening the impact of our event will be Holocaust survivors attending in person. These survivors will light candles to commemorate six million who did not. They will help us remember what no one should ever forget.

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Art Gallery March/April Exhibitions

Through April 14, 2016, two beautiful new exhibits in our Cypress College Art Gallery

Tales That Must be Told: 
Contemporary Narrative Art
Curated by Siobhan McClure

Artists: David Balin, John Frame, Wendell Gladstone, Julie Heffernan, Nathan Huff, David Jien, Melissa Kauk Macias, Thomas Whittaker Kidd, Tom Knechtel, Laura Krifka, Siobhan McClure, Tom Miller, Kristen Morgin, Yoshi Sakai, Kate Savage, Devin Troy Strother, Eve Wood. 

Cypress College Art Gallery is pleased to present Tales That Must Be Told: Contemporary Narrative Art a group exhibition of contemporary art curated by Siobhan McClure. The telling of tales with paint can be traced back to cave paintings and was central to art making until the mid 20th century. Once, the meaning of these visual tales was clear to the intended audience; cultures were homogeneous and symbolism was shared. Over time we lost all or part of the tales imbedded in the imagery, yet the desire to tell or see visual tales did not dissipate. Today’s narrative paintings are products of this history. Shared cultural references have dissolved, and in their place are highly personal narratives. “Personal” is the key word since all of the artists in this group are creating personal tales. Sometimes they integrate or transform scraps of old tales into new ones while at other times they fabricate completely new tales. Often, the specifics of old tales are not readily apparent although a sense of meaning and tone can be grasped. Unlike their predecessors, these contemporary narrative artists are comfortable with this ambiguity, with multiple interpretations of their tales. Their images are not detached from meaning nor are their tales without purpose. They are tales they are compelled to tell.

IN THE PROJECT SPACE: Frido Evers: Letter to Pauli

Curated by Merete Steiro Mortensen

The theme of Norwegian artist Frido Evers’ large-scale installation titled Letter to Pauli is a cascading spectacle of the universe, grounded in the harsh materialism of the earth. It shows us our predicament as finite stargazers knee-deep in mud. Making use of high-tech equipment, always probing deeper towards the limit of human capability, the precision of Evers’ manual craftsmanship forms a tangible contrast to his oeuvres’ ephemeral atmosphere.

Herein lie the traces of a working humanity, exemplified by the decomposing industrial ruins that frequents as his motives. Juxtaposed to an indefinite space over and above our worldly efforts, it catapults the mind to a sublimated state where the duality absolves and we’re left with the relativity of a universe where no absolute point of view can be determined.

Evers’ work is not just a manifestation of an Apollonian creator reveling in his own splendidness; rather, it incites the desire of creativity in the perceiver, inviting us to come along for a while on the journey that never ends as long as we’re still around to take part in it.

 

Tales That Must be Told

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Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 am – 2 pm. The gallery is closed Friday, except by appointment. The Art Gallery is located on the Cypress College campus: 9200 Valley View, Cypress, CA 90630. For more information, please call 714.484.7139

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Develop Artistically and Athletically

If you’re interested in dance, Cypress College’s Dance Department is offering a number of wonderful courses this spring. To highlight a few that are still open to join:

DANC 109 Dance Improvisation 
M/W 3-5:05

DANC 112 Jazz II taught by Nia-Aminah
THR 1:35-3:40

DANC 113/114 Tap I/II taught by Imara Quinonez
MW 11:45-1:10

DANC 230 Teaching of Dance Methodologies taught by Alana Isiguen
THR 1:35-3:40

ADDITIONAL COURSES:
DANC 106 Ballet II
DANC 198 Modern Dance II
DANC 109 Dance Improvisation
DANC 112 Jazz Dance II
DANC 113 Tap Dance I
DANC 130 Afro-Caribbean Dance
DANC 136 Middle Eastern Dance

Also, auditions for DANC 205 Dance Ensemble – the College’s touring dance company – will be held Monday 2/1 and Wednesday 2/3 at 4:30 Gym II, rm 125. For those invited to join, classes will take place on Monday’s and Wednesday’s at 4:30-5:45 under the direction of Maha Afra.

For more information on any of the classes listed, contact Maha Afra at 714-484-7207 or via email at mafra@cypresscollege.edu
To view a full class descriptions, view the Dance section (pages 50-52) of our spring catalog. Also, check out photos of our dancers in motion.

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'Avenue Q' Opens in Campus Theater for Two-Weekend Engagement

The musical “Avenue Q” is set to open Friday at Cypress College. The fall musical runs two weekends — October 16-18 and 23-25 — in the Campus Theater. Information and tickets are available at http://cypresscollegetheateranddance.com.

@Cypress caught up with the cast of the show on the stoop of their Avenue Q apartment. Check it out.

 

Professional Playwright Summer Festival

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The Cypress College New Play Festival provides student actors and directors a place to help develop new plays with professional playwrights from Los Angeles. We are celebrating our sixteenth summer season. Our festival won the OC weekly best of 2008:

“Mark Majarian and the rest of this community college’s theater department deserve a chorus of hosannas for launching and growing a new-play festival as strong as any in Southern California. Many of the writers-and several of the plays-have subsequently received full-fledged productions at regional and off-Broadway theaters. They provide encouragement and incentive to playwrights, a strange breed of animal that chooses to work in an artistic field where recognition is hard to come by and financial compensation nearly impossible.”

Notable playwright collaborations have been with Doug Cooney’s Long Story Short which won a design award and was invited as an “Invitational Scene” for the Region VIII, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Also, Mickey Birnbaum’s “Big Death Little Death” (developed during the 2002 Cypress New Play Festival) which opened the inaugural 2005-06 season of the Wooly Mammoth Theater Company (in Washington D. C.). Mickey’s other play, “Bleed Rail,” (developed during the 2004 Cypress New Play Festival) was performed at the Theater @ Boston Court in Pasadena. Other notable past collaborations were with Cody Henderson whose play, “Cold Tender” won the 2002 OC Weekly award, Annie Weisman’s “Be Aggressive” which was produced at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2001 and Robert Glaudini’s “Poison Tree” which was produced by the Mark Taper Forum in 2001. Michael Golamco’s play “Year Zero” which was included in last summer’s festival went on to premiere at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago in the fall 2009 and the McGinn/Cazale Theater in NYC in the spring of 2010.

Performances: Thursdays 7:00 P.M. (July 9, 16, 23, 30, and Aug. 6 @ 7 P.M.) through August 6th. There will be a discussion with the writer following each reading.

Admission: $5.00 (all proceeds support the operating expenses of the festival).

Venue: 3rd Floor, Fine Arts, FA-304 / 9200 Valley View, Cypress 90630

For additional information please contact: Mark Majarian at (714) 484-7205, mmajarian@cypresscollege.edu

 Festival Details & Playwright Bios:

“@thespeedofJake” byJennifer Maisel, Thurs. July 9th at 7pm. (2 men, 3 women)

Emily, a professor, and Clark, a tech wizard, had that perfect soccer parent life until their 10 year old died in an inexplicable random accident. Three years later, their son gone, their marriage shattered, Emily wants Clark to release her, so she can move on, so he can move on. But Clark has another plan. He thinks he can use technology to contact Jake – where-ever it is death has taken him. A meditation on love, connection and disconnection in this increasingly distant time, @thespeedofJake contemplates the universal desire to cheat death against the backdrop of our rapidly evolving technological world.

Jennifer Maisel (Playwright)

Jennifer Maisel’s Pen West Literary Award finalist There or Here was workshopped at PlayPenn before its critically acclaimed run at New York’s Hypothetical Theatre and is in talks for a London premiere. Her The Last Seder premiered Off-Broadway after productions in Chicago, D.C. and LA. Plays include Goody Fucking Two Shoes (ATL’s Humana Festival), birds (Rorschach Theatre), Eden (Theatre of NOTE, Original Works Publishing) and Match (UArts New Play Festival). Awards: Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays Award, Charlotte Woolard and Roger L. Stevens awards; SCR’s California Playwrights Competition; two time PEN West Literary Award finalist; five time Heideman Award finalist, STAGES International finalist. Her #Sandy ran in Moving Arts’ The Car Plays at the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center and LiveGirls! in Seattle.   She was commissioned by Chalk Rep for her If You Lived Here I Would Be Home By Now for their site-specific Flash Festival in the fall of 2014. She received an Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan foundation commission for Out of Orbit, developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab, the Gulfshore New Play Festival, the Berkshire Playwrights Lab and Cal Tech; Out of Orbit recently won the Stanley Award for Drama. Her newest play, @thespeedofJake, was Kilroy nominated. She also writes for film and television; her screenplay, Prodigal Son, went into production in November of 2014. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Ensemble Studio Theatre – LA Project, DogEar Playwrights Collective, Playwrights Union and the WGA.

“Vilelet” by Alex Alfaro, Thurs. July 16th at 7pm. (3 women, 5 men)

Is a moving and dramatic tale about a family caught in the generational cycle of poverty in the Pico/Union neighborhood of Los Angeles. How do you overcome your challenges, your demons? Where do you start, especially when all options that would preserve your dignity seem closed to you?

Alex Alfaro (Playwright)

Alex “Alpharaoh” Alfaro is an Actor, Writer, Director, Producer, and accomplished Spoken Word Artist in the L.A Poetry Scene. Alex is a proud member of The Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG/AFTRA). A Los Angeles native, he is a founding member of Urban Theatre Movement, and is the creative mind behind SP!T Spoken Word Theatre: A show he originally developed at UTM, his artistic home.

As a playwright, Alpharaoh has studied with playwright Seth Ez-zvi Rosenfeld, award winning playwright Zakiyyah Alexander, award winning playwright Margaret Medina, and is a proud Affiliate member of The Antaeus Co. where he is part of the Antaeus Playwrights Lab. Alpharaoh’s latest one act “Why Won’t You Remember?” was born from Seth Rosenfeld’s writing workshop and was stage-read in the Spring of 2014 as part of Urban Theatre Movement’s “The Projects” reading series. His full-length play “Vilelet” was work-shopped the summer of 2014 at Vassar and New York Stage & Film Powerhouse Theater Festival at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. That fall, “Why Won’t You Remember?” was produced as part of UTM’s 2014 Urban Legends One Act Festival.

As a Producer, Alpharaoh has also served as Governing Board Member for UTM for the 2014 season. Alpharaoh is currently Producing Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Our Lady of 121st Street at the Victory Theatre Center in Burbank in association with Zubberdust Players and Victory Bare Bones. He is also producing and bringing 2013’s Smash Hit, “Don’t Talk About It, SP!T About It” To the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2015, this summer.

“Monkey Love” by Madhuri Shekar, Thurs. July 23rd at 7pm. ( 2 women, 2 men)

Reflections on her play: Sometimes I fancy myself an invisible anthropologist.

I was born in San Jose, CA, and moved to Chennai, India when I was nine. I lived in India till I was 20, and currently live in Los Angeles, but even today, I can’t quite figure out what ‘home’ is, exactly.

I grew up in India always feeling a bit like an alien- but an invisible one. I looked like everyone else for the first time in my life, but somehow I couldn’t relate to the people around me. I was a stranger on the inside, and no one could tell.

Here, of course, I’m a minority, but in one of the most diverse cities in the country, a place where most people come to, not leave from. I’m different, but in Los Angeles, that lets me blend in.

And so I observe. Whether in India, hiding behind the way I look, or in LA, just another out-of-towner among many. I’m an invisible anthropologist. Always one step removed.

And so, I write.

Madhuri Shekar (Playwright)

Madhuri Shekar is a playwright baMadhuri-Headshot-largesed in Los Angeles. Her plays include – In Love and Warcraft (Alliance Theatre, No Rules Theatre Company, and others) and A Nice Indian Boy (East West Players, Rasaka Theatre.)

She was the 2013/14 winner of the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award and an alumnus of the 2013/14 Center Theatre Group Writers’ Workshop. She has been a finalist for the Princess Grace Award for Playwriting, and the Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwrights Center. Her plays have been showcased or developed at the Kennedy Center, the Alliance Theatre, the Old Globe, Center Theatre Group, Playwrights Horizons and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She received her MFA in Dramatic Writing from USC.

She is an artistic producer of the L.A.-based comedic ensemble company Better Than Shakespeare, and is a co-creator of their upcoming web series ‘Titus and Dronicus‘.

Prior to her MFA, Madhuri received an MSc/MA in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and USC. She consults in social media, content creation, and arts marketing.

“Need to Know” by Jonathan Caren, Thurs. July 30th at 7pm. (1 woman, 2 men)

Lilly and Steven move into a new apartment and meet their odd new neighbor Mark. Behind closed doors they Google-stalk him and proceed to mock his life… only to realize he can hear everything in the apartment next door. A play about the ways we process information online about one another. Do we need to know everything about our peoples’ lives? Or are there some secrets worth keeping?

Jonathan Caren (Playwright)

Jonathan is an award-winning playwright and TV writer.

His plays include THE RECOMMENDATION (IAMA 2014, The Flea 2013, Old Globe 2012, Craig Noel Award, Best New Play, 2014 Ovation, Best Play, NAACP nomination), NEED TO KNOW (Colt Coeur Play Hotel 2015), THE MORNING THE SUN FELL DOWN (MTC 7@7 2013), LET ME GO (2013 Rattlestick Fest, JPP), CATCH THE FISH (Most Outstanding Play, NY Fringe) and THE VENERABLE RAMAN GUPTA (Flea First Look Series, Sundance Finalist, New Group 2014 New Works Lab) and the forthcoming THE HOUSE THAT JAKE BUILT (IAMA 2015).

His work has been developed at theaters across the country including The Manhattan Theater Club, The Roundabout Underground, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Rattlestick, Williamstown, Ars Nova, The Pasadena Playhouse, The Keen Company, Colt Coeur, Woodshed Ensemble, Berkshire Playwright’s Lab, Rogue Machine, The Elephant as well as developmentally at The Lark, New York Stage and Film, The Jewish Plays Project, Partial Comfort and in The Samuel French OOB Festival and The Old Vic in London.

He is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a Dramatist Guild Fellow, The New York Stage and Film Founder’s Award Winner, a two time recipient of a Fellowship to SPACE @ Ryder Farm, a two-time Lecomte du Nouy award winner and a recipient of the Theater Publicus Prize for Dramatic Fiction. Additionally, he was a finalist for the Laurents/Hatcher Award, a nominee for the Otis Guerney New American Playwright’s Award.

In Television, Jonathan wrote pilots for FOX, CBS and Wind Dancer Productions. He wrote for the C.W’s MELROSE PLACE 2.0 and was recently a staff writer for Kenya Barris’ (BLACKISH) new show for B.E.T.

He is a graduate of The Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwright’s Program at The Juilliard School and Vassar College where he studied mythology and religion. He’s a member of Partial Comfort and originally hails from Los Angeles..

“Jellyfishpine” by Michael Yichao, Thurs. August 6th at 7pm. (1 women, 3 men)

Emily loves Jack. Jack loves Emily – just never at the same time. A play about relationships, growing up, missed connections, time machines, quantum entanglement, and immortal jellyfish.

Michael Yichao (Playwright)

Michael Yichao is a playwright with a BA in English and Theater from ASU and an MFA in acting from California Institute of the Arts. With a strong interest in theatre for and about young people, Yichao’s works are often a blend of naturalistic and surreal elements, prose and poetry. His plays have received recognition from the Kennedy Center’s American Colleges Theater Festival (2012, 2013, 2014), Playwright Center’s Many Voices Fellowship (finalist 2013), PlayPenn (semi-finalist 2015), Crystal Ruth Bell Residency (finalist 2014), Last Frontier Theatre Conference (2012), and Great Plains Theatre Conference (2014). His plays have been produced at the Bath Fringe Festival (2014), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2013), and at theaters in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Boston, St. Louis and Chicago. In addition to playwriting, Yichao also writes for TV (Chinese sitcom 艾特洛杉矶) and themed entertainment (Disney Imagineering).

'TRANSPLANTS' Opening Reception March 19; Exhibit Runs Through April 16

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An opening reception of the new exhibition “TRANSPLANTS” takes place tonight in the Art Gallery, from 6-8 p.m. The exhibit continues through April 16.
Transplants in an exhibition reflecting on relocation with work by Flora Kao, Olivia Prime’, and Bari Ziperstein. Each of these artists, like so many of the residents of Los Angeles, were born and raised in different cities or countries. Since migrating, their unique artistic practices have been informed or transformed by their lives in Los Angeles.

“TRANSPLANTS” – Curated by Alexandra Lippman
In the Project Space: Jeremy Kidd’s “fictional realities.”
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 6-8 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: March 19, 2015 – April 16, 2015.

Art Gallery Opens First Exhibit of Spring Semester

HardEdgeShowPosterThe first Art Gallery exhibition of 2015 opened on Thursday evening. The exhibit features the beautiful work of fifteen internationally recognized artists in “Surface to Edge” — curated by Carl F. Berg. In the Project Space is “Christine Taber: a quindecennial retrospective”

The exhibition continues through March 5.

Color field and hard edge painting are two divergent but related spheres of abstraction. While focusing on the interplay of colors, these two deviating forms of abstraction come together to explore the relationship of color to the viewer. Optical phenomenon is at play creating illusion through the use of color and form.

Artists include: Adam Berg (sculpture), Quan Dang (painting), Mara De Luca (painting), Tom Dowling (painting), Mieke Gelley (painting, drawing), Teresa Iaria (video and sculpture), Dion Johnson (painting), Andy Kolar (sculpture and painting), Doug Meyer (painting) John Monn (painting), Ruth Pastine (painting), Yong Sin (painting), Gary Szymanski (painting), Carolee Toon (painting), and Richard Wilson (painting).

Celebration of Dance Concert Dec. 4-7

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This semester’s Celebration of Dance concert opens tonight at 8 p.m. Additional performances are on Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6, also at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, December 7 at 4 p.m. Tickets information is available at http://www.cypresscollegetheateranddance.com. General admission is $15, with discounted admission of $12 available for seniors, students with valid ID cards, and children under 12. The box office can be reached at (714) 484-7200.

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Photography Student’s Image of Rare Whales Appears Across the Globe, Including NBC Nightly News

A photograph by student Lasanthi Benedict was published widely, including on NBC Nightly News.

A photograph by student Lasanthi Benedict was published widely, including on NBC Nightly News.

Lasanthi Benedict, who is enrolled in Cliff Lester’s “Available Light” Photo 118 course, had photographs from an eventful whale-watching trip picked up by media outlets — including NBC Nightly News and the Associated Press — across the globe.

On Monday (October 6, 2014), Benedict was part of a tour off the Orange County coast when the group came across what the Newport Beach-Corona del Mar Patch called a “super-rare pod of sperm whales.”

She told classmates in Lester’s course that by the time they headed back to shore, news crews were circling in helicopters and racing to the area by boat. She called the Associated Press and her photographs began appearing in publications such as the San Francisco Chronicle, the Patch, Southern California Public Radio, ABCnews.com, Yahoo News, the Orange County Register, and NBC Nightly News. In addition, publications abroad also used her photographs, Benedict said.

Study Abroad in Rome for Spring 2015 Application Deadline is November 1

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The Study Abroad Program is headed to Rome for the spring 2015 semester. Two Cypress College faculty — Ed Giardina and Kathryn Sonne — will lead the learning experience.

Study Abroad is open to all Cypress College and Fullerton College students. Applications are due by November 1.

Students can obtain more information about the program, and view a short video, on the Study Abroad Program page for Rome on Facebook or by sending an email to Professor Giardina.

Giardina is an interdisciplinary artist and teacher who lives and works in the Los Angeles area. His research interests include design, media theory, technology, and contemporary art. He is an Associate Professor in the Art Department at Cypress College where he works with students in the Advertising & Graphic Design Program and the Art Computer Graphics Program.

Sonne is an English professor,  teaching topics such as critical thinking, reading and writing about literature and film, and is a regular participant in the Study Abroad Program — “where the literature literally comes to life,” she says. In addition, Sonne is the director of the Cypress College Honors Program and the Cypress College Service Learning Program.

OC Register: Cypress photographers, painters recognized at OC Fair

The Orange County Register published an article highlighting two Cypress College Photography students.

The Orange County Register published an article highlighting two Cypress College Photography students.

Cypress College photography students were successful entrants in this year’s Orange County Fair contest, a fact noted in an August 8 article authored by Anders Howmann of The Orange County Register.

Cypress College students Cristina Gutierrez and Crystal Worley took first and second place, respectively, in the color portrait photo category. Both have been behind the lens of a camera for most of their lives.

Gutierrez’s winning photograph was taken at an event for Para Los Niños, a Los Angeles-based charity. Cypress College’s Photography Department has a long-standing association with the organization founded to serve children living in poverty.

California Community Foundation Selects Art Faculty's Devon Tsuno for Prestigious Fellowship

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Devon Tsuno — Cypress College’s 2011 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty member — has been honored with a prestigious his selection with a 2014 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Arts.

The fellowship presents $15,000-20,000 to Los Angeles artists to facilitate their professional development and to help ensure their long-term success in the field. The fellowship was created in 1988 and has awarded more than $2 million to 215 professional artists following an initial investment from the J. Paul Getty Trust.

Tsuno, who is teaching two painting courses in the fall at Cypress College, has been an adjunct faculty member at Cypress College for the past 7 years, teaching art, and previously serving as director of the Art Gallery. While at Cypress College, he forged strong connections with neighboring Cal State Long Beach and Cal State Fullerton, and with other community college art students. In 2011, he worked with “Artist in Residence” Kiel Johnson on an ambitious project where students designed and crafted elaborate robot costumes, which were then used for a short film produced on campus.

“As an artist, Devon is a person of exceptional talent and quality. As an instructor, he is passionate and compassionate. And, as a colleague, he is dedicated and will often go above and beyond the call of duty to lend a hand,” Fine Arts Dean Joyce Carrigan said upon his 2011 faculty award selection.

This is how Tsuno described his most-recent work to the CCF:

Most recent experimentation’s have resulted in a series of prints created with a Risograph, a 1990s-era printing system using technology similar to fax machines, screen printing and designed for high-volume photocopying and printing. I am re-purposing this machine to created a series of artist’s books and prints in collaboration other artists, schools and community members. These prints and books are being distributed in the tens of thousands in the greater Los Angeles area to document the Los Angeles watershed and tributaries.

Tsuno has exhibited internationally in Japan, Mexico, Korea, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. His list of notable U.S. exhibitions include the Hammer Museum Venice Beach Biennial, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Torrance Art Museum, Sam Lee Gallery, PØST, Carl Berg Gallery, Monte Vista Projects, Ruth Bachofner Gallery and Summercamp’s ProjectProject. He was the artist in residence at Chloë Flores FB, and Stichting Kaus Australis in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and will be attending Art Plant, Denver as an artist in resident in 2014.

Tsuno’s incredible work can be viewed on his website: http://www.devontsuno.com/.

Theater and Dance Department's Triple Threat Week Opens May 12

The Cypress College Theater and Dance Department’s Triple Threat Week begins on Monday, May 12. All performances take place in the Theater Building, and admission is $5 per person. In theater vernacular, a triple threat is a person who can sing, dance, and act.

Here are the events:

Choreographers’ Showcase:
Monday, May 12th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Musical Theater Revue:
Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Acting Class Recital:
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Alumnus Peter Brandon to Play at Cypress Community Festival

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The Orange County Breeze reports that Cypress College alumnus, and Chargers baseball champion, Peter Brandon will perform at the Cypress Community Festival this summer. From the publication:

Country artist Peter Brandon will be performing live in Cypress on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the annual Cypress Community Festival. In 1993 Peter attended Cypress College and played for the Charger Baseball team. In 1994 the Cypress Chargers won the State Championship, and Peter earned a scholarship to the University of Nebraska to pitch for the Nebraska Huskers.

Read more of the article at: http://www.oc-breeze.com/2014/05/08/51856_country-singer-peter-brandon-to-entertain-at-annual-cypress-festival-2/.

If you’re interested in more about Brandon, the Orange County Register featured his transition from athlete to artist in this 2007 article.

'People in Motion' Dance Concert May 8-11 in Theater

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People In Motion, Cypress College’s spring-semester dance concert, is on May 8, 9, 10, at 8 p.m., and May 11, at 4 p.m. The performance celebrates the completion of the academic year and showcases the dancers’ skills. People in Motion features works by student choreographers, guest artists and faculty, showcasing the excellence and inclusiveness nurtured at Cypress College.

“Performing Arts, especially dance are an essential and integral part of our educational system. They are about creativity, leadership, focus, integrity, honesty, multi-tasking, collaboration, peaceful outlet, confidence, complex neuromotor skills, tenacity and healthful living. The special, live moments in time and space are priceless and can never be replaced by an App,” said Professor Erin Landry.

Tickets are available at the box office. General admission is $15; students, seniors citizens, and children are $12.

Smithsonian Air & Space Museum to Exhibit 'The Great Picture'

'The Great Picture' was created by a group of photographic artists with strong ties to Cypress College

‘The Great Picture’ was created by a group of photographic artists with strong ties to Cypress College

On Saturday, the Smithsonian opens an exhibit of a Cypress College-inspired, Guinness Book of World Records recognized photograph.

The photograph, known as The Great Picture, was created at the former Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, by turning an abandoned hanger into the world’s largest pinhole camera.

“I am very happy and proud of the (exhibit) and need to share it with the Cypress College family since the original impetus for the project started here in our Photography Department,” said Rob Johnson, one of six artists who spearheaded the project. “As many of you might recall, this image was originally created by The Legacy Project, a group of six photographic artists, of which I and three others who taught here at CC (including Jerry Burchfield) were charter members.”

The Smithsonian’s description of the exhibit reads, in part:

Come and see what is possibly the largest pinhole photograph in the world, The Great Picture, on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center April 26 through November 2014. This exhibit features a unique camera obscura black-and-white, gelatin silver photograph that measures 31 feet high and 107 feet wide. It was created in 2006 by a group of six artists and depicts the abandoned Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Southern California.

Johnson, Clayton Spada, Mark Chamberlain, Jacques Garnier, Douglas McCulloh, and the late Mr. Burchfield are the co-creators of “The Great Picture” as part of the Legacy Project. All but Garnier have been on the faculty here at Cypress College. Garnier will present an artist’s discussion about the work on Saturday at the Smithsonian.

In the summer of 2006, the six well-known photographers and 400 volunteers first converted a hangar at El Toro into the largest pinhole camera ever created. The group hand-applied 80 liters of gelatin silver halide emulsion to a seamless canvas substrate — measuring 107 feet, 5 inches by 31 feet, 5 inches — custom-made in Germany. Development was done in a custom Olympic pool-sized developing tray using ten high-volume submersible pumps and 1,800 gallons of black and white chemistry.

A 35-minute exposure began at 11:30 a.m. on July 8, 2006 when a quarter-inch (6mm) pinhole was opened fifteen feet off the ground in the base’s Building #115 — a former F-18 fighter-plane hangar. The resulting 3,375-square-foot photograph shows the control tower, structures and runways at the heart of the closed 4,700-acre Marine base, as well as the surrounding foothills.

You can hear Johnson and Burchfield discuss the photograph in the October 23, 2006 edition of the Cypress College Podcast (beginning at the 3-minute, 40-second mark). In addition to technical and philosophical aspects of creating the photograph, the pair also describe the scene inside the world’s largest camera during that 35-minute picture-taking process.

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Huck Finn’s ‘Big River’ Adventure Steams into Campus Theater

Mark Twain’s timeless classic “Big River” sweeps the audience down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River.

"Big River" Opens in the Cypress College Campus Theater this weekend.

“Big River” Opens in the Cypress College Campus Theater this weekend.

The adventures of Huck and Jim along the way are hilarious, suspenseful, and heartwarming — bringing to life characters from the novel.

“Big River” is also propelled by an award-winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music. This jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana.

“Big River” opens this weekend and concludes the next in the Cypress College Campus Theater. Tickets are available online at cypresscollegetheateranddance.com. General Admission is $20; students, seniors, children, and employees pay $15. Tickets can also be purchased at the Theater and Dance Department box office which opens 90 minutes prior to show time. There is a $3 per ticket service charge when ordering online or by paying with credit card or debit card at the box office window.

Performance dates:

Opening Weekend

  • Friday, March 7, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 8, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 9, 4 p.m. (Please permit extra time to locate parking due to the swap meet.)

Closing Weekend

  • Friday, March 14, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 15, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 16, 4 p.m. (Please permit extra time to locate parking due to the swap meet.)

Art Faculty Paul Paiement to Exhibit in Europe

Art Professor Paul Paiement will exhibit in Europe this year. The first of five European exhibitions of his artwork is at Atahotel (formerly The Center for International Culture) in Milan, Italy, from February 11-March 11, 2014.

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A catalog of works in the exhibition has been produced is available at: allegrettiarte.com/public/mostre/378/catalogo/Catalogo.pdf.

Congratulations to Paul.

Auditions Announced by Theater and Dance Department

Cypress College’s Theater and Dance Department has announced its auditions for the spring 2014 semester. The auditions are for the musical “Big River,” the play “Nickel and Dimed,” and the “People in Motion” dance concert.

Dance team

The auditions are:
“Big River” (musical)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Please contact the Cypress College Theater and Dance Department at (714) 484-7201 for further information.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at 7 p.m.
in the Campus Theater (located in the Theater Building by parking lot #1)
**Bring 16 bars of a prepared song from musical theater and come dressed to dance. Women wear character shoes. Men wear jazz shoes.

“Nickel and Dimed” (play)
Please contact the Cypress College Theater and Dance Department at (714) 484-7201 for further information.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at 7 p.m.
in the Studio Theater (located in the Theater Building by parking lot #1)
** Bring a prepared one-minute monologue.

People In Motion (Dance Concert)
For further information, please contact co-directors Erin Landry at elandry@cypresscollege.edu or (714) 484-7202 or Maha Afra at mafra@cypresscollege.edu or (714) 484-7207.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6 p.m.
in Gym II room 125 (located in Gym II (2) by parking lot #5)
*Please wear appropriate dance attire. You do not need to have a prepared audition. Be prepared to move!

Please call the Cypress College Theater and Dance Department Office at (714) 484-7201 for further information about these auditions.

Annual Holiday Art Sale is Tuesday and Wednesday, November 26-27

The Art Department’s Annual Holiday Sale will be held on Tuesday, November 26, from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and Wednesday, November 27, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. It will take place in the Fine Arts Gallery, located on the first floor of the Theater Arts Building, adjacent to the Theater lobby.

Students at Cup and Bowl Sale

The sale is a great opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping, with some great art work, ceramic pieces, jewelry, and much more.