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Fine Arts, Child Development, and Education
at Collin College

Division Staff | Events Calendar | Box OfficeFine Arts Programs | Student Success | Fine Arts Venues 

Our division consists of the following academic departments 
(click on the links to go directly to a specific department):  
Art, Child Development and Education, Communcation Design, Dance, Music, Photography, and Theatre.
Our gallery space, The Art Gallery, exposes students to the works of current 
professional artists and showcases student work in both open and juried student shows.

Division Staff

Title Name Phone Email Office
Dean of Academic Affairs and Workforce Dr. Lupita Murillo Tinnen 972.881.5807 A177
   Assistant to the Dean Cindy Duffer 972.881.5162 A177
Associate Dean – Art, Communication Design, Education, Photography Alexis Bohanna 972.881.5645 K102
Associate Dean – Dance, Music, Theatre Dr. David Tercero 972.881.5636 K102
   Administrative Assistant Cindy Steltzlen 972.881.5106 K102
Manager, Box Office and Marketing Glenn Trueman 972.516.5076 B230
   Box Office Assistant    vacant 972.881.5611   C225
Art Gallery Director Julie Shipp 972.881.5070 A247
   Art Gallery Assistant Claudette Lowery 972.516.5022 A263
Career Coach Scott Hensley 972.881.5684 J116
Coordinator, Underserved Population Workforce Programs Jameelah Barnett 972.516.5068 H219
Director, Child Development Barbara Batista 972.881.5945 B176
   Assistant Director, Child Development Paula Braaten 972.881.5938 B176

Events Calendar

Spring 2022 Fine Arts performances and events
All events are at the Collin College Plano Campus.
Tickets for concerts and performances will be posted and can be reserved at our online portal:
Event dates and details are subject to change.

Dates Time Location Event
January 18 – February 25  * The Art Gallery "Looking for Signs" exhibition; reception Jan 27, 4-7 pm
February 11 7 pm The Art Gallery Guitar Festival: Guest Artist concert – Xavier Jara
February 13 7 pm The Art Gallery Guitar Festival: Student concert – Solo and Ensemble
February 14 – 19 11am – Noon Dance Studios Open Studio classes
February 18 8am – 3pm Dance Studios College Dance Day
February 24 – March 6 7:30pm John Anthony Theatre Theatre production: She Kills Monsters
February 25 8am – 3pm Dance Studios College Dance Day
March 25 – 26 9am – 10pm Dance Studio Student Choreography showcase
March 25 1 – 10pm John Anthony Theatre Jazz Festival: Jazz Combos with faculty concert
March 26 1 – 2pm John Anthony Theatre Jazz Festival: Master Class with Terell Stafford
March 26 5 – 10pm John Anthony Theatre Jazz Festival: Jazztet and Jazz Lab Band concert
April 1 8am – 3pm Dance Studios College Dance Day
April 4 – 9 7pm John Anthony Theatre Dance: InterACTION
April 22 8am – 3pm Dance Studios College Dance Day
April 22 – 23 7pm John Anthony Theatre OneSound concert
April 26 7pm John Anthony Theatre Chamber Choir and Keyboard concert
April 28 7pm The Art Gallery Guitar Ensembles concert
April 28 – May 8 7:30pm Black Box Theatre Theatre production: Emerging Works
April 29 7pm John Anthony Theatre Jazz Combos concert
April 30 7pm John Anthony Theatre Jazztet and Jazz Lab Band concert
May 2 – 6 7pm John Anthony Theatre Dances at 7
May 4 7pm The Art Gallery Solo Guitar concert

* Exhibitions at The Art Gallery (Plano Campus, A175) are free and open to all.
Gallery hours: 
Monday–Thursday  9 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
Friday and Saturday  9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Box Office

Click here for ticket information, terms and conditions, directions and parking maps, and how to volunteer to usher


Fine Arts Programs

Collin College’s Visual Arts program fosters a creative environment where you can learn the skills to become a successful artist. The Visual Arts program offers foundation-level courses in drawing, design, art appreciation and art history, as well as courses focused on traditional studio disciplines such as drawing, painting, watercolor, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and jewelry/art metals. Click here for the Art Department Website.

Your career in graphic design starts in Collin College's Communication Design department, where you will learn traditional graphic design and art direction concepts that can be molded to meet your career needs. You will learn graphic design for print and/or web work, with an emphasis on strong concept development and production techniques, while exploring areas including website development, animation and interactive media. Click here for the Communication Design Department website.

Known for excellence in dance education, performance, and choreography, Collin College’s Dance Department has a reputation for preparing students for prestigious university dance programs. As a student here, you’ll have the opportunity to study multiple genres of dance technique (ballet, modern, jazz, tap and ballroom), as well as courses in performance, improvisation, choreography and dance appreciation. Click here for the Dance Department website.

Bring your talent for music to Collin College, where our instructors can help you hone your craft as you study in the field of your choice. Like jazz? How about classical? Are you an instrumentalist? Strictly a vocalist? Collin College has a place for you. The Music field of study (FOS) provides approved courses for music majors who intend to transfer to a college or university and further their musical studies. Collin College’s Commercial Music program provides career training in performance, audio engineering, sound reinforcement, electronic music, composition and songwriting. Click here for the Music Department website.

Commercial photography allows you to take a skill that you love and turn it into a career. Learn techniques and technology from experienced photographers who know the industry and can guide your development as a commercial artist. The photography world is now the imaging universe. Contemporary photography balances technique and creativity to develop imagery that evokes emotion and human understanding. As a student in Collin College’s photography program, you will learn to use professional-level equipment and software to shape that narrative with imagination and a deeper understanding of process and impact. Click here for the Photography Department website.

Theatre coursework introduces students to the aesthetic and analytical elements of theatrical productions. It offers a full curriculum of theatre study including work in beginning and advanced acting, musical theatre, voice and diction, stagecraft and design, costume design and stage makeup, theatre history, as well as courses in stage management, acting for the camera, improvisation, movement and mask work. Click here for the Theatre Department website.

Student Success

AndyAndy Bean

The grown-up version of The Losers Club is almost complete for the highly-anticipated sequel IT 2, with former Collin theatre student Andy Bean coming aboard to play the adult Stanley Uris. Learn More...

Cory BoulierisCory Boulieris

Former Collin College Theatre Student Cory Boulier is currently a stage manager in television and stage. Her most recent employment was with Jesus Christ Superstar Live and Dancing With the Stars. Learn more...

Ryan McAdamsRyan McAdams & Tayler Miller

Communication Design students Ryan McAdams and Tayler Miller received an Award of Excellence for their short film, "The Hunted". McAdams was editor and the entire Team Production class participated in the shoot. Learn More...

AkronAkron Watson

Former Collin College Theatre Student Akron Watson is currently performing in the Broadway production of The Play that Goes Wrong. He will next been seen in the Broadway musical King Kong. Learn more...



Nick Kao HeadshotNicholas Kao

Former Collin College Dance Student Nicholas Kao is currently dancing with the modern dance company, H.T. Chen & Dancers, in New York City. Since leaving Collin, he has worked with artists such as Lorenzo "Rennie" Harris, Manuel Vignoulle, and Abby Zbikowski. Learn more...

EmmyEmmy Moon

Collin College graduate Emmy Moon is currently the artistic director of Iluminar Aerial, a professional aerial dance and circus arts company based in Colorado specializing in performance and education. Learn more...

Jason RalphJason Ralph

The Magicians has officially been renewed for a fourth season in 2019! Since leaving Collin, former theatre student Jason Ralph has performed in the TV series Madam Secretary, Frankie and Grace, and Aquarius. Learn more...


Fine Arts Venues

John Anthony Theatre

Collin College’s state-of-the-art theatre facility is comprised of three separate performance spaces including the 350-seat John Anthony Theatre, the 120-seat Black Box Theatre and the intimate ALT Lab Theatre. The complex also houses three dressing rooms, a theatre box office, a costume vault and construction shop, and a scene and paint shop in addition to numerous acting and directing classroom spaces.  The John Anthony Theatre (JAT) is a traditional proscenium stage with 230 seats on the Orchestra Level and 120 seats on the Balcony Level.  Click here for directions.

Black Box Theatre

The Black Box, like the John Anthony Theatre, is located on the Plano Campus (Spring Creek) in the C-module, near the Atrium.  Click here for directions.

Black Box Theatre

The Dance Studio (Plano Campus room AA146) is a spacious 3,100 square ft. space that boasts mirrors and ballet barres on two walls, a piano, inset stereo speakers, adjustable lighting and a Marley floor.  The studio is equipped with a large screen TV so that technique and choreography classes can engage in lecture discourse to enrich the physical processes of dance studies.  Click here for directions.

Black Box Theatre

The Art Gallery (Plano Campus room A175) mounts shows featuring new and unique works by fine arts faculty and students, professional artists, and arts organizations.  It is a two story, 35x45 sq. foot space, able to host large exhibitions.  By presenting quality, interdisciplinary art exhibitions and events The Art Gallery enhances an understanding of the arts within the college and the community.  Click here for directions.