• Theater alumni strike a pose with faculty at the Alumni Holiday Reception in New York City, December 2015.

  • Members of the Class of ’63 attend the Mortensen Hall Dedication with Dean Stauffer, September 2013

  • Give to support programs, ensembles, and bands as they seize once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

Alumni

Mason Gross alumni are performers, artists, thinkers, and teachers. Because of their intensive training at Mason Gross, they are at home in both the creative and scholarly realms.

 

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New name? New address? Choreographing a new piece? Stage-managing a show? Part of a group show? Email us at alumni@mgsa.rutgers.edu.

 

 

Recent Alumni News

  • Dance

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    Kyle Marshall collaborated and choreographed with Four/Ten Media and Myssi Robinson for Echo Chamber’s MOVIE NIGHT, a project showcasing new multimedia works through live music and video, at the DiMenna Center at Cary Hall in New York City on October 27.

    Meagan Woods & Company, founded by Meagan Woods, performed at the historic Landmark Loews Jersey Theater in Jersey City, New Jersey, for the eighth season of the Your Movemodern dance festival on November 17 and 19.

    Daniel Costa’s latest work, Interposition, was presented at the Seattle International Dance Festival on June 20 and 21 in Seattle, Washington. Interposition is a duet between Costa and Alicia Pugh and “reveals the importance of being the authentic, vulnerable self and embracing our whole being.”

    Kyle Marshall and Myssi Robinson performed Colored, a dance piece honoring the beauty of blackness while demonstrating the inherent struggle in abstracting the black dancing form, at the Actors Fund Art Center in Brooklyn, New York, on June 2 and 3. From August 16 to 19, Marshall performed with Trisha Brown Dance Company at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Beckett, Massachusetts. On August 25, Marshall was invited to teach a technique class at Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn. On September 6, Kyle Marshall Choreography performed at DanceNow at Joe’s Pub in New York City.

    Joe Monteleone showed his choreography, Y0UN1VERSE, on June 11 at the Hudson Guild Theatre in New York City, presented by The Moving Beauty Series. The collaboration between Monteleone Dance and Visual Barz LLC reveals a fictional society’s attempt to make sense of its crumbling virtual reality. Monteleone performed his work Babalon Studies on June 25 at the Solo-Duo Dance Festival at Dixon Place in New York City. On June 29 and July 14, Monteleone Dance performed acoustic excerpts of YOUNIVERSE in Archway under the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn and on June 30, Babalon Studies 2 at Dixon Place. On July 15 and 16, YOUIVERSE was performed at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center in New York City.

    Meagan Woods performed Hidden Hymns, an evening of modern dance set to live original music by Shayfer James, on June 17 at County Prep High School in Jersey City, New Jersey.

  • Music

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    Thomas Nazziola’s composition “Slippery When Wet” had its world premiere by the Rutgers University Percussion Ensemble on November 19. His composition “Crossings” had its world premiere as part of the BFA Senior Solo & Duet Concert at Loree Dance Theater from November 8 to 12.

    Andrew Bambridge was featured as marimba soloist with the Rutgers Chamber Sinfonia on November 15, as a result of winning the Concerto Competition. He performed Emmanuel Séjourné’s Concerto for Marimba and Strings.

    David Ashton Kjar performed in Trinidad as saxophone soloist with First Citizens Supernovas Steel Orchestra, a mass steel drum band, at the National Academy for the Performing Arts on November 4. He continues to perform regularly with the current Broadway production of Aladdin in New York City.

    Phillip Lamb performed a solo recital in the Music at Midday series at National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C., on November 3.

    Roshan Chakane performed in a public master class at the Church of St. John Nepomucene in New York City for guest instructor Matteo Imbruno, organist of the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Chakane also performed in a recital of the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Guild of Organists at Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, New York, on October 22 as a spring 2017 scholarship award winner.

    John Wolfe performed in a public master class at the Church of St. John Nepomucene in New York City for guest instructor Matteo Imbruno, organist of the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Wolfe continues to serve as dean of the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and produced the Scholarship Competition Winners’ Recital in October.

    Andrew Hayward was appointed marching band director at Keiser University.

    Kaitlyn Davis ended her 18-month run of Phantom of the Opera national tour. She visited Mason Gross for a Q&A meeting with undergraduate voice students on September 25.

    Sahoko Sato started a tenure-track position at Florida State University.

    Curtis Streetman joined the music school faculty at Eastern Kentucky University.

    Mimi Zhang was selected as principal horn of the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music orchestra. The position includes teaching students at the conservatory as well as performing.

    Kuan Ting Chang was selected as principal horn and chamber musician of the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine this summer.

  • Theater

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    Brandon Flynn and Christian Navarro have garnered accolades for their lead roles in the hit Netflix original series, 13 Reasons Why. They served as presenters on the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in May. In May, 13 Reasons Why had amassed more than 11 million tweets since its launch.

    Pico Alexander is featured in the Netflix film War Machine, starring Brad Pitt, which premiered May 26.

    Bryna Turner completed a run of her new play, Bull in a China Shop, in April at the Lincoln Center Theater. The play is about women’s suffrage and education reform and was a New York Times critics’ pick.

    Christopher Livingston performed the roles of Titinius and Cinnain The Public Theater’s Julius Caesar at Central Park in May, directed by Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis.

    Nicole King and Kelsey Rainwater performed in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Macbeth, which opened May 7 in Washington, D.C., and was directed by Tony-nominated director Leisl Tommy.

    William Mastrosimone wrote a play, Cat’s Paw, produced as the fourth show in Actors Co-op Theatre Company’s celebratory 25th Silver Anniversary season.

    David Pegram is in Atlantic Theater Company’s new play, Animal, which began previews on May 24 and opens on June 6 for a limited engagement through June 18 off-Broadway at Atlantic Stage 2 in New York City.

    Erin Cherry performed at Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City for the production of Ren Dara Santaigo’s first production, The Sibling Play.

    Chris Halladay guest starred on the NBC hit television show Law and Order: Special Victims Unit on April 2.

    Lisa Renae Pitts made her Broadway debut in the show Sweat at Studio 54 on April 3. She is the understudy for all of the lead roles.

    Midori Francis received the Obie Award in the best ensemble category on May 22, for the production of The Wolves at Playwrights Realm.

    Jasmine Carmichael stars in Baltimore Center Stage’s Jazz, adapted by Nambi E. Kelley from Toni Morrison’s novel. The production began previews on May 30 and is directed by Baltimore Center Stage artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah. Carmichael will return for season two of Sneaky Pete, with Giovanni Ribisi and Bryan Cranston, on Amazon.

    Christopher Sears was mentioned in The New York Times on April 5 for his work as featured actor in Gently Down the Stream with Harvey Fierstein at The Public Theater.

    Phil McGlaston made his Broadway debut in The Little Foxes, which opened on April 19 at the Manhattan Theatre Club and stars Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof, Rabbit Hole) directs.

  • Visual Arts

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    Dara Alter was in the group show Vox XIII: Are 'Friends' Electric?, at Vox Populi in Philadelphia from July 14 to August 20.

    Milcah Bassel participatied in Bronx Calling: The Fourth AIM Biennial at Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York, from July 22 to October 22. Her performance piece Invitation to Play open/close/open was available for interaction on August 4, September 15, and October 1.

    Lydia Bassis had a solo show, To the Ocean, on view at Zinc Contemporary in Seattle, Washington, from June 1 to July 1. 

    Michael Benevenia was an artist in residence at Sculpture Space in Utica, New York, from September to October. He also presented his art work to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine’s Annual Conference on September 14.

    Kate Blomquist was chosen for the Cuevas Tilleard Artist Residency, and for the month of August, lived on the island of Lamu off the coast of Kenya with two other artists, Jordan Kasey and Sarah Faux.

    Caetlynn Booth participated in Bushwick Open Studios in Ridgewood, New York, on September 23 and 24.

    Patricia Brace was in the following group exhibitions: Sine Gallery: Berlinat Tȇte Galleryin Berlin, Germany, which opened on July 29; Impressions at IF Museum/Academy, in Easton, Pennsylvania, from August 25 to September 6; In the Forests at New Fruit and Hey Baby in Portland, Maine, on August 5; and Cloud 9 at Gallery Aferro in Newark, New Jersey, on June 17. 

    Caroline Burton had a solo exhibition, A Rag, A Bone, A Hank of Hair, at Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery in Jersey City, New Jersey, from September 6 to October 18.

    Brian Scott Campbell curated the exhibition Zing Zam Blunder at Harbinger Project Space at Freyjugata in Reykjavík, Iceland, from July 13 to 23.

    Alex Kwartler had an exhibition, The Locker Plant, at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, on June 29. He was also a visiting artist at Maryland Institute College of Artin Baltimore on September 12.

    Aubrey Kauffman had a solo exhibition, It’s Not About the Game, at Mercer County Community College’s James Kerney Campus Gallery fromSeptember 5 to 29. He is also a contributing producer for State of the Arts, an arts magazine show on NJTV. His first segment, “Amelia and the Animals,” was originally broadcast on September 17.

    Aliza Morell was part of the group show Optically Topical,at Thierry Goldberg Galleryin New York City from July 20 to August 25.