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SHSU College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication Partners with Old Town Theatre to Expand Community Programming

The College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication at Sam Houston State University offers a variety of film, art, music, dance, theatre and musical theatre productions on campus each semester to the community. For the current fall semester, over 60 events and performances are currently scheduled on campus, several of which offer free admission to the public. This year the College plans to expand its programming to the community by also providing cultural events and performances in the heart of Huntsville’s downtown square by partnering with Old Town Theatre, also known as the J. Philip Gibbs Jr., Centre for the Performing Arts, located at 1023 12th Street.

“From sharing the talented work of students, faculty and visiting guest artists, we are committed to providing the community with artistic and cultural events that contribute to the quality of life in Huntsville and the surrounding regions,” explained Ronald E. Shields, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication. “Community collaboration also plays a key role in our College’s mission and I believe our new partnership with Old Town Theatre, like our student Satellite Gallery near the downtown square, will provide another avenue in bringing quality programming to more people.”

The College’s Old Town Theatre events will include free film history screenings offered by SHSU’s department of mass communications on September 15, November 13, January 29, and March 15. Film and animation work created by students will be presented for free in two showcase screening events on September 18 and March 25. A special guest artist silent film concert featuring the 1922 vampire classic, Nosferatu with a live music soundtrack performance by The Invincible Czars of Austin, TX will take place October 15 and will also offer free admission. Nicolay Dance Works, led by professor of dance, Dana Nicolay will present a new production March 4 and 5 and the department of theatre, under the direction of assistant professor Vicky Lantz will offer a youth theatre production March 25 and 26.

More information on all upcoming performances and events presented by the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication, including the College’s presentations at Old Town Theatre can be found online at shsu.edu/boxoffice.

Information provided by Sam Houston State University.

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