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The Hampton Players and Company is a student organization dedicated to serving as a production arm of the mainstage season of the Theatre area. In addition, it is dedicated to cultivating the theatre arts talents of its individual members. It not only seeks to serve theatre arts majors, but is committed to the University population and the Hampton community.
Participation is designed to give students experience in theatre management, production, and organization. Those students with interests and abilities in acting, directing, designing, management and playwrighting will find opportunities for expression and growth. Training and experience in this activity provide creative outlets on both the professional and non-professional levels.
Visual Poets Society
A student group for creative enthusiasts within the Hampton community, The Visual Poets Society works to engage the campus visually and conceptually. The Visual Poets also work to make a positive contribution to the Hampton Roads community. Activities in the past year were varied and non-stop: exhibitions, sales of student artworks, participation in homecoming, offering instruction to local elementary schools, designing T-shirts, and helping the Girl Scouts paint a bus.
Hampton University Debating
The Debate Team is a University-sponsored organization which competes on the intercollegiate level within the American Debate Association (ADA).Debate team members debate "the best solution to a problem, the best representation of value, and the most useful definition of facts."The team travels throughout the school year to participation in tournaments with other college teams.
The Forensics Team is a University-sponsored organization which competes on the intercollegiate level within the American Forensic Association (AFA).Forensic team members perform various pieces of poetry and prose, along with dramatic interpretations and public speeches on particular topics. The team travels throughout the school year to participate in tournaments with other college teams.
First Fridays, Career Day, and University Celebrations
First Fridays are of course held on the first Friday of every other month, and are opportunities for Art students to meet and interact in small groups with practicing professionals in the fields of design, animation, photography and traditional art. Recent speakers have included the Art Director for The Virginia Pilot and a curator from The Chrsyler Museum. Career Day in an annual alternative to the many regular career events at the university throughout the year and focuses on theatre and art professional paths. Lectures, workshops and panel discussions are designed to have working world professionals share their perspectives and the many lessons they have learned along the way with an emphasis on the unique challenges of creative careers. Topics have included entertainment law, careers in modeling/acting, starting your own business, running a regional theatre, talent casting, museum careers, trends in photography and advertising.
The Department also maintains a visual presence by supporting other University endeavors through the labors of its graphic design students, which can be seen throughout the year.