Performance is free and open to the public
Bossier Parish Community College will host Northwestern State University for “A Theatre Celebration” to commemorate a 2 + 2 articulation agreement for theatre students.
“A Theatre Celebration” will be presented Wednesday, Aug. 19 at the BPCC Performing Arts Center, beginning with a reception at 7 p.m. in the theatre lobby, followed by a 7:20 p.m. signing ceremony in the theatre. At 7:30 p.m., Northwestern State students will perform musical selections, followed by a presentation of “The Turn of the Screw” by BPCC students at 7:50 p.m.
2 + 2 agreements facilitate the transfer of students from the community college to the university level. The students follow a specific curriculum during their first two years at BPCC, then transfer into their intended major at Northwestern State. The agreement will benefit students studying acting/directing, musical theatre or design/technical theatre.
Administrators say the partnership is beneficial to both institutions for several reasons. Traditional and non-traditional students attending BPCC will have the opportunity after completing core requirements at BPCC to transfer to an accredited BS in Theatre program that will accept BPCC credits. NSU will have the opportunity to accept students into the Theatre Program who are well prepared with foundation course work.
“BPCC is a leading theatre program in the state and region, certainly in par with NSU in the quality and talent of their students and productions,” said Scott Burrell, coordinator of theatre and dance at NSU. “I have always found BPCC students transferring to NSU very talented and well trained in their art and craft. This is testament to the great faculty and staff at BPCC.”
Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts at BPCC states that “this agreement will provide a clear path to BPCC theatre students who want to continue education and broaden experience. I have and will continue to recommend NSU’s excellent theatre program to both our performance and technical students. Now, by eliminating ‘red tape’ from the transfer process we have made opening these doors much less complicated. This 2+2 is excellent—all will benefit.”
“A Theatre Celebration” and the 2 + 2 signing coincide with BPCC’s Back to School Bash, where Northwestern State faculty and administrators will provide food, prizes and information about NSU to BPCC students.
“The 2 + 2 matriculation agreement will make it much easier for BPCC students to transfer to NSU and receive their bachelor’s degree in theatre after receiving their associates degree at BPCC,” Burrell said. “Where before, I would spend a good deal of time looking over their BPCC courses and transfer credits to see what would transfer to NSU theatre program, the new 2 + 2 matriculation agreement will provide a much easier transition as the classes will already be set up in our registration system.”