ON THE 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF SHAKESPEARE’S DEATH AMERICAN COAST THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS ITS SUMMER SERIES

Two Unique Plays Explore Life and Death Through Shakespeare’s Work and Stoppard’s Inspiration 

COSTA MESA, Calif., May 6, 2016 – American Coast Theater Company, the resident professional theater of Vanguard University, will perform its 2016 Summer Series, beginning June 3. The two plays, Hamlet and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead will be performed in repertory, in the Lyceum Theater on Vanguard’s Costa Mesa campus.

The legendary Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, will be directed by Jeremy Aluma, award-winning theatre director and producer, and founder of the internationally touring clown troupe, Four Clowns. Aluma’s credits include productions at South Coast Repertory, and La MaMa Theater Off-Broadway NYC, among others. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, was written by the knighted British playwright and screenwriter, Tom Stoppard, and will be directed by Christi McHale, associate producing director for American Coast Theater Company (ACTC).

“I plan to use the audience as a more involved participant in the play, using them like another character,” said Aluma. “I also want them to have some kind of relationship to the ghosts and death in the play. Life is precious and Hamlet’s hesitancy to kill his uncle is not cowardice; it is his understanding that life is important, which leads us to think about what life is worth.”

The show’s actors will be playing the same roles in both productions, yet the audience will get to see them from two different points of view; one play using more drama, the other using more comedy, but unified by related themes, questions, and tragedy. In one half of the experience, audiences will hear Shakespeare’s classic verse—through the other, Stoppard’s witty and philosophical modern banter juxtaposed with physical comedy. The clever way these two shows intertwine will be highlighted by the opposing styles of character and commentary. The two productions will also be sharing an overall unified aesthetic and design, with scenic elements woven throughout both shows.

“We will be physicalizing the idea of man as a puppet through the action on stage and the design, in a way that we cannot wait to share with audiences,” said McHale. “It’s a wonderfully collaborative process with the actors and whole design team; the device of actors performing a play within a play gives us so much room for creativity and theatricality.”

The cast for Hamlet and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead includes company members Susan Berkompas (founding artistic producing director), James McHale (associate artistic director, All My Sons), and Paul Eggington (founding member, All My Sons), returning ACTC artists Amanda Zarr (Always A Bridesmaid), and Brock Milhorn (A Winter Wonderland). The cast also includes many artists making their ACTC debut, including Ian Jenkins, Ahmed Brooks, Katie Canavan, Tyler Thoreson, Aaron McGee, Taylor Stephenson (She Loves Me at Chance Theater), Andrew Puente (Dogfight at Chance Theater), Jason Evans (Samsara at Chance Theater), and Lola Kelly (Miss Julie at SCR, and The Grinder on FOX).

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead runs June 3, 4, 18, 25, July 3 at 7:30 p.m; and June 5, 11, 19, 26, July 2 at 2 p.m. Hamlet runs June 10, 11, 17, 19, 24, 26, July 1, 2 at 7:30 p.m.; and June 12, 18, 25, July 3 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $19 general admission, $15 for seniors and groups. For more information on the American Coast Theater’s Summer 2016 Series, or to purchase show tickets, visit www.ACTCtickets.com.

FOR PRESS PASSES AND MEDIA TICKETS:
Sue Berkompas

(714) 556-3610

sberkompas@vanguard.edu

 

MEDIA INQUIRIES:

Amanda Irving

(714) 460-3739

Amanda@reveilleinc.com

About American Coast Theater Company

American Coast Theater Company (ACTC) is the resident professional theater of Vanguard University. ACTC is an ensemble driven company founded by and composed of Vanguard University faculty, alumni, and other professional artists from Southern California. Founded in 2007, ACTC is committed to producing professional theatre with artistic excellence and high production value; producing works that may inspire hope or self-reflection through the eyes of characters that struggle with their own humanity. ACTC believes in stories that offer the possibility of enlightenment which can be life changing. ACTC also provides internships for current students and recent graduates of Vanguard University to experience working in a professional environment along with artists outside of educational theater. As a proud member of the Orange County Theatre Guild, ACTC’s goal is to produce works from the both the American and International dramatic canon while also nurturing the development of new American playwrights. ACTC is deeply rooted in the artistic traditions of theatre, and believes in the examination of the human condition as well as the potential for personal and social redemption revealed through thought-provoking story telling.

 

About Vanguard University
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

 

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VANGUARD UNIVERSITY’S CELEBRATES GRADUATING VETERAN STUDENTS IN TRADITIONAL CHALLENGE COIN CEREMONY

Orange County’s First Four-Year University Honors Its Graduating Veteran Students And Challenges Overcome

COSTA MESA, Calif., May 2, 2016 – Vanguard University’s graduates, along with their families and friends gathered at a traditional, but reflective, Veterans Challenge Coin Ceremony. The ceremony honored 11 graduating veterans of the Class of 2016 on Thursday, April 28. The event was held in Vanguard’s newest academic building on campus, in a courtyard dedicated to veterans and their service to the United States.

The program included a welcome from Brian Burlingame, veterans resource coordinator at Vanguard University, an invocation by Pastor Frank Orzio, a Vietnam veteran, Sgt. Marine Corps (Ret.) and two-time Purple Heart recipient, and a student address by Christopher Merkle, graduating student veteran and vice president of the Vanguard University Student Veterans Club.

“Our Challenge Coin Ceremony provides an opportunity for us to honor each student’s service, while celebrating their academic success,” said Burlingame. “It highlights a significant milestone in this season of their lives. They’ve served our nation with great distinction, and we owe them our very best each day.”

After serving 10 years in the U.S. Marines, ceremony speaker, Christopher Merkle, enrolled at Vanguard University, and attempted to return to civilian life, when post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) took over. He reached out for help, and is now being treated with a virtual-reality program developed at USC. The new technology, called Bravemind, was developed by Dr. Skip Rizzo at the University of Southern California’s Institute of Creative Technologies, and is being administered at Veterans Administration hospitals, among other 60 sites.

The ceremony also recognized each graduating student veteran with the presentation of a unique challenge coin. Challenge coins date back to WWI and are popular throughout all branches of the military today—most military members carry at least one coin with them at all times to display pride and morale. The coin Vanguard University presented on Thursday to the Class of 2016 have a picture of the U.S. flag, a flag of the graduate’s branch of service, and a challenge to “act justly, walk humbly, and love mercy with commitment, honor and excellence” on one side of the coin. On the other side of the coin is the Vanguard University logo and with the words “truth, virtue, and service.”

Vanguard University’s Veterans Center engages student veterans in their pursuit of academic and personal success. Vanguard University proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a GI Education Enhancement Program that provides an agreement between Vanguard and the Veterans Administration (VA). Vanguard’s Veterans Center provides students with specialized resources such as the campuses counseling center, disability services, tutoring center, writing center and career center.

For more information on additional upcoming 2016 Commencement events at Vanguard University, visit www.vanguard.edu/commencement.

MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Irving

(714) 460-3739

Amanda@reveilleinc.com

 

About Vanguard University
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

 

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VANGUARD UNIVERSITY’S NURSING PINNING CEREMONY CELEBRATES GRADUATES AND OVERCOMING CHALLENGES

Student Speaker and ICU Clinical Supervisor, Richard Moorehead, To Address Nursing Program Graduates  

COSTA MESA, Calif., April 29, 2016 – Vanguard University will celebrate graduates of the Class of 2016 from its reputable nursing program during the university’s Nursing Pinning Ceremony. The ceremony will be held Thursday, May 5 at 10 a.m. at Newport Mesa Church on the Vanguard University campus in Costa Mesa.

The ceremony will present 40 nursing graduates with a traditional pin containing two symbols—the Florence Nightingale Lamp and the traditional Christian cross—chosen by the inaugural group of students enrolled in the RN to BSN program at Vanguard University. Historically, the nursing pinning tradition can be traced back to the Crusades of the 12th Century; by 1916 it became standard in the U.S. to award all nursing graduates with a pin during a distinct ceremony to show proof of their education.

In addition to the pinning presentation, the program will include remarks given by the Vanguard University president Michael J. Beals, professors from the nursing program, and an address given by Richard Moorehead, ICU nurse for 23 years, and current ICU clinical supervisor at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center.

Moorehead never suspected that he would be headed back to school at age 50. As an ICU nurse at Saddleback Memorial, Moorehead worked in the same facility as Paulette Scherr, a charge nurse and Vanguard University nursing student at the time. She motivated him to pursue his degree, and eventually, Moorehead enrolled and got started. Paulette Scherr graduated Summa Cum Laude from Vanguard University in 2012, and soon after passed away after a battle with cancer. Moorehead knew he had to finish his nursing degree, with Paulette in the back of his mind.

“She was my motivator,” said Moorehead.

Just one month after completing his RN to BSN degree from Vanguard University last December, Moorehead was diagnosed with colon cancer. The news was a shock, and Moorehead found himself on the other side of the nurse’s station, in an operating room at the very hospital where he was employed. After one surgery, and a miraculous discovery of cancer-free lymph nodes, Moorehead was clear of the disease and on his way to recovery. A classmate and friend from Vanguard University’s nursing program, Marthasella Francisco, ended up being his post-surgery nurse at Saddleback Memorial during his nearly 4 days recuperating.

“Now I have been on the other side of things, being a patient in the hospital, and I have learned so much,” said Moorehead. “If I am at the nurse’s station and a person walks up, I know that maybe they are scared, they are uncertain.”

Richard Moorehead completed the RN to BSN program at Vanguard University in December, and will be walking with the Class of 2016 in May. He is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Laguna Niguel, California.

Vanguard University offers two levels of nursing education—a Registered nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Both programs provide the theoretical knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for students to advance in the healthcare profession. The programs provided to students are designed to enhance patient well being in today’s complex healthcare environment. Vanguard University’s nursing program partners with hospitals including Western Medical Center Santa Ana and Anaheim, Coastal Communities Hospital and Chapman Medical Center to offer employees tuition discounts to assist nursing professionals advance in their field.

For more information on the 2016 Commencement events, visit www.vanguard.edu/commencement.

MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Irving

(714) 460-3739

Amanda@reveilleinc.com

 

About Vanguard University
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

 

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ONE OF VANGUARD UNIVERSITY’S MOST POPULAR MAJORS TO HOST 36TH ANNUAL FILM FEST AND COMMUNICATION AWARDS GALA

Top Communication Students Gather On The Red Carpet To Showcase Work And Celebrate Creative Achievements

COSTA MESA, Calif., April 13, 2016 – Vanguard University’s department of communication announced the 2016 Vanguard University Film Fest and Communication Awards Gala. The event is a culmination of the 2015-16 academic year, showcasing top student creative projects and academic work. The event, beginning with a 5pm red carpet, will take place on April 29 in the newly renovated Scott Courtyard on Vanguard University’s campus.

“The annual Film Festival and Communication Awards Gala is one of the highlights of the year for our communication students,” said Naomi Kasa, MA, assistant professor of communication at Vanguard University.

Communication is one of the largest majors on campus, with concentrations offered in communication studies—including public relations, interpersonal/organizational communication, intercultural communication, and journalism—and cinema arts. Many successful alumni work in Hollywood, Washington D.C, and across the globe. The department of communication recently opened newly remodeled facilities, including a film studio space and a collaborative workspace, in February 2016.

This year’s event will kick off with a live DJ, followed by the annual Awards Gala, presented as an Oscars-style awards show. Awards are given in the categories of excellence in writing (media criticism and communication theory), small group communication projects, journalism, photography, public relations, filmmaking, screenwriting and overall scholarship. During intermission, guests will enjoy food from Orange County’s favorite food truck, The Burnt Truck, while student photography and visual art will be on exhibit. The Film Festival will follow at 8pm, featuring the much-buzzed-about Audience Choice Award will be voted on by the live audience of the night. A late night after party will wrap-up the evening’s festivities.

Last year’s event drew over 200 guests.

For more information on the 2016 Vanguard University Film Festival and Communication Awards Gala, visit http://vucomm.me/festival/.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Irving

(714) 460-3739

Amanda@reveilleinc.com

 

About Vanguard University
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

 

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VANGUARD UNIVERSITY’S 2016 COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER VISITS FROM THE NATION’S CAPITOL

Nathan Gonzales, Vanguard Alum, Editor and Publisher, To Serve As Vanguard University’s Commencement Speaker 

COSTA MESA, Calif., April 13, 2016 – Editor and publisher of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report, Nathan Gonzales `00, will give Vanguard University’s Commencement address on Friday, May 6, 2016 at Mariners Church in Irvine, California. Approximately 513 undergraduate students and 80 graduate students will receive diplomas at this year’s ceremonies.

From working in the White House Press Office to covering U.S. House, Senate and gubernatorial campaigns and Presidential politics, Nathan Gonzales has become an important voice in Washington.

“Nathan Gonzales is a fantastic example of where a Vanguard education can take you,” said Dr. Michael Beals, president of Vanguard University. “He has modeled our core values of truth, virtue and service, and has excelled in the political realm, making a significant impact in our nation’s capitol.”

Gonzales is currently editor and publisher of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report—previously an editor, analyst, and writer for The Rothenberg Political Report for more than 13 years before taking over the newsletter in 2015. He is also a contributing writer for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, and the founder and publisher of PoliticsinStereo.com. Gonzales has appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press and NBC Nightly News, the Newshour on PBS, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN, and Fox News Channel, and has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Just two years after graduating from Vanguard University with a bachelor of arts in communication, Nathan worked for ABC NEWS on their Election Night Decision Desk.

Gonzales will give the commencement address at the undergraduate ceremony at 10 a.m. and the professional studies and graduate ceremony at 4 p.m. Both ceremonies will take place in the Worship Center at Mariners Church. Press passes are available.

To tune into the live stream of the Commencement 2016 ceremony, visit www.vanguard.edu/live.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Irving

(714) 460-3739

Amanda@reveilleinc.com

 

About Vanguard University
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

 

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