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Orchesis, a student organization working closely with dance and theatre faculty, welcomes all MSU students interested in dance to be members. The group’s mission is to enhance and enrich the presence of dance as an art form on campus.  To fulfill this mission, Orchesis promotes numerous activities.  Some examples include co-sponsoring guest artists, organizing student participation in American College Dance Festival, and offering non-credit technique classes.
Orchesis Web Site

Society for Performers and Arts Managers (S.P.A.M.)           

S.P.A.M. is an organization created for the student, by the student.

S.P.A.M. was founded to further educate and provide maximum exposure to students pursuing careers in the arts.

S.P.A.M. boasts a membership of over 50 students (both from within the Department of Theatre and beyond)! Though we are closely linked to the Department of Theatre, we support performing artists of all kinds.

In their attempts to further educate in the arts they have successfully held several workshops in a variety of areas (including: Musical Theatre, Comedy and Character, and Improvisation). And as always, the workshops are open to all - not just our members.

They are proud to also serve our members as a source of information and announcements regarding Department of Theatre activities, events, auditions, etc.  Their list-serve is a great way to get or stay connected to what is happening in the arts.

They hope you too will find a home in S.P.A.M. for your creative spirit to grow. So, they would like to encourage anyone with an interest in the performing arts (whether on-stage or off; theatre major or no) to join their meetings, their workshops, and/or their list-serve. Contact: spam.dot.msu@gmail.com



Spartan Public Outreach Team (S.P.O.T.)

S.P.O.T. is the Spartan Public Outreach Team, whose efforts began in 2008 (as the Spartan Prison Outreach Team) became a Registered Student Organization at MSU in 2012. The mission of S.P.O.T. is to serve the community through outreach initiatives that involve theatrical activity. The team enables the intellectual and emotional experiences afforded by the arts to transform attitudes, imagination and self-perception in its volunteers and participants. The team consists of a group of students interested in utilizing the visual and performing arts to assist in the creative process of various individuals in the surrounding community. The volunteers work alongside participants to teach various creative arts in a workshop-type setting, and build toward a performance showcase.  The goal of the program is to serve as an educational and professional experience for its volunteers to apply their academic knowledge, artistic abilities and compassion to teach and inspire various participant or at-risk individuals.  While the program operates out of the Department of Theatre, all MSU students with a passion for helping others through the arts are welcome to join. Recruitment for and orientation of interested new volunteers occurs at the beginning of each semester.

The program was featured in 2010 as one of the Spartan Sagas. The video can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX4dn82IMjs. The University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) presentation on the program in 2011, titled "Prison Theatre: A Comparison of Two Arts Outreach Styles on an Unlikely Stage" was the first place award winner for the Arts and Humanities category. 

The MSU DOT faculty advisor for the program is Dionne O'Dell.  Interested students can contact the current president of the organization at spartanprisonoutreachteam@gmail.com