So Many Ways to Get Involved

Get involved! Take advantage of our clubs and organizations. Not only will you meet new people who share similar interests, you’ll be enhancing your academic and professional pursuits–and it looks great on resumes!

You can perform on stage or debate a classmate.  Interested in film-making? Our Media and Digital Film Club is one of the favorites on campus.

Whatever your interest, you will find it here.

Contact Us

Office: Colston Hall, room 700
Phone: 718-289-5756

Department Chair
Sara Brady

The Communication Arts and Sciences Department’s Speech Laboratory helps students improve their speech patterns for both professional and personal use. At the Speech Lab students work with the latest computer software in a user-friendly environment. The instructional software allows for self-directed and self-monitored pacing, but additional assistance is also available from staff members working under the expert direction of Dr. Joël Magloire of the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences. The Speech Lab resource is available to students throughout their years at BCC. Individuals are encouraged to use the lab whether they were recommended by their individual teachers or whether they want to work on speech on their own.

The Speech Lab is located in Colston Hall, Room 738 and is open Monday through Saturday. Visit or call the lab at 718-289-5758 to find out the specific hours of operation.

Ever consider acting? Set design?

The Theatre Workshop provides a unique opportunity for BCC students with a desire to explore the artistry of the live theatre. At the beginning of the semester, interested students meet to choose the semester’s play and arrange for auditions. Students interested in acting are invited as well as students interested in costume or set deigning, lighting or sound design, stage management or directing. In addition to participating in the preparation and production of the play, workshop members explore outstanding theatre events taking place in the city and region.

The Workshop meets every Thursday during club hours. Students who are cast in the production meet 3-4 times per week. The theatre workshop is mentored by Ellen Mareneck and Dr. Sara Brady, faculty members of the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences. All interested students who wish to join the Theatre Workshop should contact Ellen Mareneck (Colston Hall 709, 718-289-5766, or Sara Brady (Colston 701A, 718-289-5472, Recent productions by the Theatre Workshop include:

  • The Foreigner by Larry Shue
  • 12 Angry Jurors by Reginald Rose
  • Tartuffe by Molière
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare

Interested in joining the Speech, Drama, and Debate Team? Contact the club advisor, Dr. Cheyenne Seymour. Dr. Seymour is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Arts and Sciences Department. She is located in CO 733.


Office: 718-289-5757

The Communication Arts & Sciences Department Media and Digital Film Club (MDFC) meets during BCC Club Hours in Meister Hall C02A. Here students with a passion for movies can share their love of film and get a chance to participate as paid production assistants on major motion pictures and television shows filmed on campus. (Productions have included Burn After Reading, A Beautiful MindThe Good ShepherdMaid in Manhattan, and numerous episodes of Law and Order.) MDFC members also produce their own short films and videos for the annual BCC Film and Video Festival and enter them into national and international film festivals. Guest speakers from across the spectrum of the media industry – directors, writers, camera operators – are regularly invited to the club to discuss their area of expertise. Club members also take field trips to television/film studios, attend film screenings, seminars and industry trade shows. All interested students who wish to join the Media and Digital Film Club should contact the faculty advisor, Prof. Jeffrey Wisotsky (Meister Hall C02, 718.289.5572,

FILM Society

We host monthly screenings on the BCC campus.

We screen films and provide background information on each piece beforehand—the history, the making of, and the film’s significance for our community. We believe that the power of cinema lies in its abilities to shape our perceptions of the world around us. For this reason, all of our screenings are followed by Q&A with the filmmakers or experts on the subject matter of the film. Contact the faculty advisor, Sarah Hanssen (Colston Hall, Rm 737, 718-289-5359,

Debate Team Wins Awards

In recent years, the BCC Speech, Drama and Debate team has won over 30 trophies and participated in competitions held at NYU, St. Anselm College, Seton Hall University, and other regional locations.

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