May 2009, Volume 13, Number 5

Cultural Spotlight

At North, the arts find new life

MDC’s North Campus feted the interconnectivity of the arts disciplines at its annual Festival of the Arts.

The campus is committed to delivering quality arts programming to MDC students and the North Campus neighborhood residents. The mission of the Festival is to promote awareness of the arts by showcasing the talents of the Campus’ students, faculty and staff and of members of the area’s multicultural community.

One component of this special event included the launch of the first Miami Dade High School Theatre Festival at Lehman Theatre where drama students from local high schools competed in a day-long event. Belen Jesuit Preparatory School nabbed the coveted first place spot, with Interview by Jean-Claude Van Itallie.

“Miami Dade College is committed to the arts and the community, so in celebration of Festival of the Arts, we saw this as an opportunity to showcase the talented theater students of Miami-Dade County,” said Dr. José A. Vicente, president of MDC’s North Campus.

A highlight of the event included the inaugural taping of the MDC TV show, In the Limelight. Barry Gordon, director of MDC’s School of Entertainment and Design Technology and host of the program, interviewed Roberto Escobar, acclaimed actor, producer, writer and director. With more than 25 years of experience, Escobar, an MDC alumnus, has worked in theater, on several films, dozens of television shows and soap operas.

This new MDC TV program is modeled after the popular Bravo show Inside the Actor’s Studio. In the Limelight is an hour-long program that features stars of the entertainment industry, includes a live audience, performance clips and a question and answer session where the students can learn from guests. This episode will hit the airwaves soon, on MDC TV.

In the Limelight is another example of the diversity of programming produced for MDC TV,” Gordon said. “We look forward to inviting more industry professionals to share their insight and experience of what it takes to be successful in the field of entertainment.”

— Elizabeth Tracy

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