Delaware Tech communications students multimedia showcase set April 25

April 15, 2018

Multimedia Showcase Live, the fourth annual event highlighting the best work of students in Delaware Technical Community College’s communications program, will take over the Milton Theatre at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 25.

Featuring exhibits in videography, photography, creative writing, audio and graphic design, the multimedia showcase will also host a live broadcast of the entire event on YouTube. Hosted by current communications students Willie Brown, Olivia Tennefoss and Brayden Ostan, the broadcast will include additional footage, live interviews, on-stage performances and the entire video portion of the program.

“This has become such a meaningful event for our program and allowed us to work in emerging areas such as augmented and virtual reality,” said Communications Department Chair Rob Rector. “But the livestream this year is perhaps our most audacious effort yet, giving students experience with producing a live show, and also allowing friends and family members who cannot attend a chance to view the entire show wherever they are.”

Creative writing instructor Jennifer Morley has been working with students throughout the semester to prepare them for their onstage performances. “For many students, this is the first time that they get to read their own work in public, and because they often write about real experiences and struggles, they come away from it feeling empowered, engaged, and more confident,” she said. “It is a unique event where they can have a voice.”

OC98 disc jockey Magellan, a graduate of the communications program, will emcee the event and usher in the best of the video and news productions, as well as the work of creative writing class students. Student photography, graphic designs, podcasts and writing will be on display around the theater. To view the event live on YouTube, go to

Instructor Jessica Farley said she enjoys seeing the reaction of her students on the evening of the event. “It’s an opportunity for students to dress up for a night on the red carpet at the Milton Theatre,” she said. “We are able to recognize exceptional student work, which is always the result of great effort and attention to detail, and our department feels very strongly that students try harder and give more when they know they'll be showcased in front of their family and friends.”

The livestream will feature a number of prerecorded interviews with the featured artists as well as live interviews with showcase participants. Brown, Tennefoss and Ostan will guide viewers through an inside look of the event.

“The idea behind it was for our students to be able to share the big night with as many people as possible who may not be able to attend in person,” said Rector. “Additionally, they will receive firsthand practice on producing a live televised show and all that goes into it. It’s a great experience for them, and I have no doubt that all three will prove to be engaging, energetic hosts.”

Doors for the event open at 6 p.m. and the livestream begins at 6:30 p.m. The event is free. Early arrival is recommended, as the event has proven very popular in the last few years. For more information, call Rob Rector at 302-530-6470 or email