Partnership between KSU College of the Arts and Towne Lake Arts Center benefits students

The College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University and the

Georgia (Jul 13, 2006) — Partnership between KSU College of the Arts and Towne Lake Arts Center benefits students

Cheryl Anderson Brown


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The College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University and the Towne Lake Arts Center have recently formed a partnership that will serve both KSU students and the arts center. This partnership builds on the College’s longstanding commitment to serving the broader community and to providing service−learning opportunities for its students.

Officials with the Towne Lake Arts Center see the partnership as a fantastic way to help college students learn about the theater business in a real−world setting. The non−profit theater‚ located in Woodstock‚ will also benefit from the participation and advice of Kennesaw State students.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for KSU students to learn how an actual theater operates‚” said Gay Grooms‚ artistic director for the Towne Lake Arts Center. “As a small‚ but vibrant theater‚ we're always looking for help. In fact‚ we hope the students can help us with performances‚ set design‚ administrative work and everything associated with a local theater.”

The training provided by the faculty of the KSU Department of Theatre and Performance Studies ensures that the theater and dance students who assist at the arts center have a solid understanding of production‚ performance and design. The students also are well prepared to assist the arts center because of their work on the numerous productions presented by the department each semester.

“Our students study with several of Atlanta’s best directors and with internationally recognized designers‚ and they put their knowledge and creativity to work on KSU productions‚ but we always encourage them to also become involved in community and professional theater companies‚” said Joseph Meeks‚ Dean of the KSU College of the Arts. “Those experiences are invaluable for building their resumes and for helping them better understand the specific challenges faced by theater companies outside of the academy.”

Like other partnerships between the College of the Arts and various community organizations‚ the Towne Lake Partnership also promises to benefit the communities it serves.

“The result of our cooperative effort will not only help Kennesaw State and the Towne Lake Arts Center‚ it will also improve the cultural environment in Cherokee and Cobb counties‚” said Grooms‚ who has been teaching‚ writing‚ directing and performing around the country since the 1960s. She also had the opportunity to direct a five−year−old girl in her first onstage acting performance. That little girl is Hollywood star Dakota Fanning.

“Both Towne Lake Arts Center and the College of the Arts bring a lot of talent to this collaboration‚” Dean Meeks said. “By working together‚ we can create programs and experiences that each of us could not produce on our own.”

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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third largest state university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a brand new Doctorate of Education in Leadership.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.

The non−profit Towne Lake Arts Center (TLAC) was founded in 2002 by Executive and Artistic Director G.L. Grooms. Since its inception‚ it has become a vibrant outlet for theater and arts education for the residents of Cherokee County and surrounding communities. TLAC offers productions in Children’s Theater and Evening Theater. The Woodstock (GA) facility also conducts Drama Classes‚ Camps‚ Teen Arts Nights and a variety of other arts−oriented programs.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit