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Study Performing Arts

Chandler-Gilbert Community College is the home of a vibrant and diverse Performing Arts department. Three major areas of study:  Music, Dance and Theatre offer a full university transfer program and Associates Degrees are available in Dance, Theatre and Music Business (which also offers a certificate of completion).
The Arnette Scott Ward Performing Arts Center located on the Pecos Campus at 2626 E Pecos Rd, Chandler, AZ offers a state-of-the-art performance center for the students to apply their performance and technological skills in a public performance setting.  The public along with the student body are encouraged to attend performances at the PAC at an economical cost.  A full listing of events can be found on the PAC website
The PAC also serves as the academic offices for the program.
Randy Wright
Randy Wright
Division Chair, Music Director, Band Director & Administrator
Communication & Fine Arts
Music Educator / Band Director / Administrator
  • Bachelor of Music Education & Master of Music degrees, N.A.U.
  • Mesa Unified Schools (Band, Jazz, General Music)
  • N.A.U. / Curry Summer Music Camp (Band, Jazz, Private Tuba, Music Theory)
  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College (Band, Jazz, Private Tuba/Bass Instruction, Jazz History, History of Rock & Roll)
  • Arizona Music Educators Association Vice-President of Professional Development
  • Maricopa Community Colleges Fine Arts Coordinator (Music, Dance, Theatre, Art, and Creative Writing)
Guest Conductor / Clinician / Adjudicator
  • Arizona All-State
  • AMEA Regionals – Solo & Ensemble
  • High School District Events (Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Phoenix Union, Deer Valley, Glendale, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tucson, Flagstaff)
Private Studio Instruction
  • Tuba / Bass
Professional Tuba / Bass Guitar / Upright Bass
  • Symphony of the Southwest (Mesa Symphony)
  • Soloist
  • Southwest Shakespeare
  • Broadway Palm
  • Musical Theatre
  • Band
  • Brass Quintet
  • Recording
  • Bass/Tuba Performance Jazz
  • Dixie
  • Rock
  • Dance & Pop
Planning & Development CGCC Performing Arts Rehearsal, Studio, & Practice
Facility, Opening Fall 2015
Marcus Denton
Marcus Denton
Music Faculty, Vocal Music Coordinator
Communication & Fine Arts


Ted Goddard
Ted Goddard
Music Faculty
Communication & Fine Arts


Cheri Burns McDowell
Director of Dance | Choreographer
Communication & Fine Arts


Choreographer, CGCC Director of Dance, Co-Director and Co-Founder CGCC TranscenDANCE Company, Director and Co-Founder CGCC Hip-Hop Coalition, Introduction to Dance, Modern, Choreography, Costuming

Cheri Burns McDowell completed her Master of Fine Arts degree at Arizona State University in Dance Performance and Choreography. During her studies at ASU she performed in residency with Kevin O'Day, Art Bridgman, Myrna Packer, Be Be Miller, and performed in collaboration at the Institute for Studies in the Arts.

After completing her MFA she performed with A Ludwig Dance Company, Fred Darsow, and Mary Fitzgerald traveling in the U.S. and British Columbia.

Cheri received her undergraduate degree from Southern Utah University with a BA in Dance Performance and a minor in Dance Education. While at SUU she was a founding member and student president of a modern dance company entitled Orchesis. She was also invited to be part of the Utah Shakespearian Costume Cavalcade, traveling in Utah and Arizona. Before attending SUU, Cheri worked with artists such as Elizabeth Streb, Daniel Nagran, Cliff Keuter and Elina Moody. She has taught, directed and choreographed at the college level for 23 years and is currently Director of Dance at CGCC.
Tracy Liz Miller
Director of Theatre Arts CGCC
Communication & Fine Arts

​PAC 100.01

Along with Brenda Jean Foley, Tracy founded The Bridge Initiative: Women in Arizona Theatre to address gender disparity in the field – to learn more see

Tracy continues to serve as an Associate Producer of Vermont Shakespeare Company in development, strategic planning, and consulting. She most recently played Titania/Hippolyta in FairyWorlds! with Southwest Shakespeare Company.

Directing: How the World Began for WAMTheatre of Western Mass; The 12 Dates of Christmas with Class 6 Theatre; Titus Andronicus (Improbable Fiction, NYC), Italian American Reconciliation (33 Productions NYC).

Selected acting credits: Dora in The Swan (Chester Theatre Company), Molly in Dusk Rings a Bell (Shaker Bridge Theatre), Desdemona in Othello (NorthEast Shakespeare Ensemble), Julius Caesar in Julius Caesar (Tennessee Shakespeare Co.), Tekla in The Creditors (Miscreant Theatre Co, NYC), Hanna Jelkes in The Night of the Iguana (Penobscot Theatre), Sophia Hawthorne in The Kracken (Push Productions, NYC), Viola in Twelfth Night (Improbable Fiction, NYC).

Tracy has a BFA in Music Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University and an MFA in Acting from Alabama Shakespeare Festival/University of Alabama.