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Screening Event — Reliving the Grand Theatre Documentary: Part 1

December 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Screening Event — Reliving the Grand Theatre Documentary: Part 1

December 11, 2018

Gadsden Hotel Lobby

1046 G Avenue

Douglas, AZ 85607

6:30 p.m.


Cochise College ESL and Video Production students collaborate to produce a video documentary to preserve the local stories of the Grand Theatre in Douglas, Arizona. The event is free and open to the general public.

How can storytelling become a central part of second language acquisition and video production? Two college instructors at Cochise College brought their students together to tackle an ambitious community project this semester that highlights the oral histories of the Grand Theatre in Douglas, AZ.

For ESL instructor Margarita Ramirez-Loya, storytelling has been part of her curriculum development since 2011 when her students began interviewing elders of the community and retelling their stories as a way to practice English. These experiences have turned into digital stories presented to the community every end of the semester and her research has been published in Europe.

Digital Media Arts instructor, Mary Jenea Sanchez, wants her students to experience every aspect of the highly creative process of video production through her student-led approach. Students are provided the skills to take on creative and leadership roles in the decision making process of video production from storyboarding to editing.

Students and instructors, with the goal to capture and preserve the stories of the unforgettable theatre in the Historic Downtown Douglas from 1919 to 1958, collaboratively created the curriculum and trajectory of the project. Together, Ramirez-Loya, Sanchez and their students embarked on an inspiring learning experience that gathered students and elders to share space in conversation about the Grand Theatre and what it was like growing up in a city that was the cultural hub of the Southwest. The call for participation was made using social media and the response from the community resulted in interviews from, Burl Schweikart, Evangelina Silvas, and Eddie Calderon, who experienced performances at the Grand Theater, plus an interview with local historian Cindy Hayostek.

ESL Students: Lizdebeth Alvarez, Fabiola Felix, Yanira Lopez, Alexia Mejorado, William Romero, and Brianda Valenzuela

Video Production Students: Alicia Raber, Ammi Robles, Ozni Preciado, and Reyes Lopez

For more info:

Mary Jenea Sanchez / 520-227-2514, sanchezm@cochise.edu

Margarita Ramirez-Loya / 520-265-7108, ramirezloyam@cochise.edu



December 11, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Cochise College


Gadsden Hotel Lobby
1046 G Avenue
Douglas, AZ 85607 United States
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