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Thank You! And a Big QC Theatre Workshop Announcement PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tyson Danner   
Friday, 23 January 2015 12:07
Just two-and-a-half years ago, the QC Theatre Workshop was founded by a small group of passionate artists who believed that the Quad Cities deserves intimate, powerful, and accessible theatre. Thanks to your support, we have been able to make that happen!

Not only have thousands of our community members experienced our productions, but many of you have decided to support our work with generous donations. So far this season, we have raised more than $4,000! For a small company like ours, this is a big step. But there's so much more to do.

The best way to make great theatre is by hiring professional artists. Theatre is a massively time-consuming endeavor, and hiring artists not only allows a company to support local talent, but it provides a higher quality theatrical experience to you, our community.

Thanks to your support...
the QC Theatre Workshop is now a professional theatre company!

Beginning with our next production - A Steady Rain - all Workshop actors, staff, and designers will be paid for their time and talents. Initially, these stipends will be very small, as we simply do not have the financial ability to pay artists what they're worth...yet! But this is an important step, and as we grow our financial resources - with your help - we will increase these stipends and continue to secure the brightest talents in the Quad Cities.

Think of what we have accomplished so far with an all-volunteer staff…

  • the dynamic two-man drama RED
  • the groundbreaking and powerful locally-written A Green River
  • the heartwarming and heartbreaking concert revue Last Call
  • the wacky and hilarious blockbuster Bat Boy: The Musical

…and those are just four of the ten shows we have presented, all under our "Pay What It's Worth" ticket pricing policy, which guarantees every member of our community equal access to theatre, regardless of financial means.

Just think of what we can accomplish as a professional theatre company!

The future is bright for the Workshop. We're glad you're along for the ride!

Tyson Danner

Joseph Oliger participates in regional theatre festival in Augustana College production PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lauren Reed   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 11:43

ROCK ISLAND, IL (01/19/2015)(readMedia)-- Augustana College's production of A Green River, written by Aaron Randolph III and directed by Augustana alumnus Phil McKinley, was invited to perform at this year's Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region III Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 8. With the talents of Joseph Oliger of Davenport and over 20 other participants, the cast delivered a stunning performance to 1,100 audience members.

Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. The college is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Current students and alumni include 155 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 13 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world's most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.

MetroLINK Earns Sustainability Leadership Award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ronna Walker-Johnson   
Friday, 16 January 2015 15:24

The annual presentation of Rock Island’s Advanced Technology and Sustainability Consortium (ATSC) Mark W. Schwiebert Sustainability Leadership Award will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 6:45pm during a meeting of the Rock Island City Council.

The 2014 award recipient is MetroLINK (Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District).  This multi-county public transit system serves the communities of Carbon Cliff, Colona, East Moline, Hampton, Milan, Moline, Rock Island and Silvis, IL.

Although the opening of the Operations and Maintenance Center is the most recent addition to MetroLINK’s operations, this award is not based solely on that construction. This award took into consideration their entire range of operations. MetroLINK was selected for the following reasons:

Operations and Maintenance Center:

  • The facility incorporates elements such as:

o   A rooftop with a system with 1,344 Photovoltaic Solar Panels to provide electricity needs

o   A 32 panel solar thermal hot water system to heat water used for vehicle washing

o   Water use reduction through bus wash recycling

o   Heat recovery systems

o   Use of bio swales and native grasses to control storm water runoff

o   Radiant in-floor heating system in maintenance area

o    An indoor CNG and Diesel refueling station

District Station:

·         Metro’s District Station replaces an outdated (1978), on-street transfer location and offers a number of passenger amenities including real time next bus information
  • The Station incorporates a number of sustainable elements, including a photovoltaic roof, occupancy-controlled lighting and the re-use of rooftop water runoff for the Station’s water feature.

General Operations:

  • MetroLINK has been a leader in environmentally friendly policies for over a decade, committing to green technologies through the use of Compressed Natural Gas vehicles and bio diesel fuel, utilizing innovative energy sources in capital infrastructure pieces, and promoting the environmental benefits of using transit to potential riders.
  • Since 2002, MetroLINK has acquired forty two (42) CNG-powered buses, accounting for nearly 75% of its fixed-route fleet.

Headquartered in Moline, MetroLINK provides transportation services throughout the Quad City Area to over 3.2 million riders a year.  MetroLINK strives to drive economic development, transportation infrastructure and livable communities throughout the area.

The ATSC was created in 2006 by former Mayor Mark Schwiebert to work with technology oriented businesses located in Rock Island. The ATSC was developed to:

  • Provide networking opportunities for businesses that are developing or are significant

users of technology.

  • Determine how the City can better support businesses that are technology oriented or

have an interest in sustainability concepts, processes, or products.

  • Explore technology based enterprise to increase Rock Island’s visibility and brand the

City as being a tech friendly community.

Members of ATSC established the Mark W. Schwiebert Sustainability Leadership Award in April 2009.  This award was created to honor former Mayor Schwiebert for his 20 years of service to Rock Island and for his work in the area of sustainable initiatives. This special award is given annually to a business, organization, or individual demonstrating outstanding leadership in the area of green or sustainable initiatives.

The ATSC currently has 50 members.  Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at City Hall.  Contact Magda Dziembowski at (309) 732-2909 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for membership information.


Shravya Reddy Pothula Receives Honors at Baylor University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melissa Perry   
Friday, 16 January 2015 11:33

WACO, Texas (Jan. 15, 2015) - More than 3, 200 Baylor University students were named to the Dean's Academic Honor Roll for the 2014 fall semester. To be named to the Dean's List, a student must be an undergraduate with a minimum grade-point average of 3.7, while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.  A private Christian university and a nationally ranked liberal arts institution, Baylor is classified as a research university with "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This blends with Baylor's international reputation for educational excellence built upon the faculty's commitment to teaching, scholarship and interdisciplinary research to produce outstanding graduates.

Shravya Reddy Pothula of Rock Island and enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences has made the honor list.

The Spy Who Killed Me, The Old Creamery’s Comic Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Opens February 13 at the Cedar Rapids Clarion! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lily Allen-Duenas   
Friday, 16 January 2015 09:53

The Spy Who Killed Me, opens February 13 and runs through March 28 at the Cedar Rapids Clarion Hotel and Convention Center. Opening night is Friday, February 13. Shows are on Saturdays, February 14, 21, and 28, and March 7, 14, 21, and 28. Seating starts at 6 p.m.; show at 6:30 p.m. New this year— two matinees on March 21 and March 28 with seating starting at noon and the show time at 12:30 p.m.

When secret agent Jacob Seal gets an urgent call from his Agency, this comic murder mystery is off to a running start!  When faced with a lethal henchman, double agents, and a chicken pluckers’ convention, will Seal be able to find Dr. Doom and stop his evil plan before it’s too late?  Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to join us for hilarious antics and great food, while you help us catch a criminal master mind. The Spy Who Killed Me is written by James Daab.

Cast includes Keegan Christopher, Katie Colletta, Jeff Haffner, Mike Long, Jackie McCall, and Sean McCall. Directed by Sean McCall.

Tickets are $50 for dinner and the show. Includes all tax and gratuity. The Media Sponsor is Z102.9. The Spy Who Killed Me is Rated PG. Call the box office for tickets and information 319-622-6262 or order tickets online at

The Old Creamery Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. In 2015, the company will be celebrating 44 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

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