• 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

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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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Recent Alumni News

  • Dance

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    Carlo Villanueva presented work in an AUNTS performance party event on December 18 at WOW Café Theatre in New York City. Alumni participating in the display included Kyle Marshall, Monica Gonzalez, Miriam Gabriel, and Robert Foerster.

    Crushed Muffins IV, featuring works by BFA alumnae Sarah Lifson and Myssi Robinson, was presented on December 12 at The Works Studio in New York City.

    Kyle Marshall showcased Limit, a trio performed by alumni Miriam Gabriel, Monica Gonzalez, and Myssi Robinson. The piece was performed at 161 Chrystie Street in New York City on January 21. Kyle Marshall’s choreography was selected to be one of six artists-in-residence at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens, New York.

    Nick Sciscione was the featured dancer in Honey Baby, a video collaboration between visual artist Janine Antoni and choreographer Stephen Petronio. Honey Baby is presented as part of Antoni’s current exhibition titled From the Vow Made presented at the Luhring Augustine Gallery in New York City from March 21 through April 25.

    Madeline Warriner was named the Lilyan B. Wright Outstanding Future Professional for 2015 by the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

  • Music

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    Brendan McConville was named a Fulbright Scholar for 2015–2016. He will lecture and research in Pescara, Italy, beginning February 2016 at the Luisa D’Annunzio Conservatory of Music. His lectures will focus on recent American compositional and analytical trends.

    Kelly Bruce has joined the Philadelphia Orchestra’s development team as their individual giving coordinator.

  • Theater

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    Bess Rous is a series regular on Under the Dome. She has been featured in a multi-episode arc that has included the episodes Alaska, The Kinship, and Redux.

    Breanna Foister is writing and starring in a new web series called The Girl From Carolina, a Southern noir comedy web series produced by South Carolina natives. Season one, now on YouTube, features Ferra (Foister) solving 10 different mysteries across Greenville, South Carolina.

    James Connelly has been announced as the co-host of a new FYI television series called We’re Moving In, which focuses on people in the throes of moving in together for the first time. Connelly is an art director on the acclaimed feature film The Kids Are All Right and across a number of television productions. In addition to his recent design work for nine seasons with NBC’s The Voice, his credits include Top Chef, The Daytime Emmys, The Grace Helbig Show, and The HuffPost Show, as well as social media innovations for Twitter Inc.

    Annie Bosworth Foley stage managed two shows in Portland, Oregon, last fall: Equivocation for Post5 Theatre and Shrek the Musical for Northwest Children’s Theater, directed by Tony Winner Corey Brunish.

    Karen Babcock has been announced as a new faculty member at Kansas Wesleyan University. She will teach theater classes and coordinate the new musical theater degree.

    Calista Flockhart returned to television to star in CBS’s Supergirl. Flockhart plays DC Comics character Cat Grant.

    Christian Navarro guest starred in the series premiere of Fox’s new drama, Rosewood, on September 23rd. He has also joined the cast of HBO’s newest drama, Vinyl, as a series regular through season one.

    Erin Cherry is the co-producer of a new group for New York-based African writers, actors, and community activists in cooperation with the NYU Tisch Center for Art and Public Policy. NOW AFRICA presented its first annual playwrights festival, conceived to showcase and raise awareness of dramatic works by African writers, from September 26 to 28.

    Midori Ito starred in Virginia Stage Company’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher from September 22 to October 11. As the only female cast member in the Tony Award-winning re-imagined story of Peter Pan, Ito played the young woman who first encounters the lost boy Peter. In addition, Ito’s Liberty Insurance commercial continues to run nationally.

    Lisa Renee Pitts and John Prosky both have roles in the national feature film Straight Outta Compton.

    Tom Pelphry starred in Lucky Number, released in September. Based on a true story, he plays an aspiring New York City sportscaster whose life is on the slow track until he serendipitously gets the old cell phone number of a basketball superstar.

    Eliza Simpson marked the launch of The Mother Line Story Project and Podcast on September 13 with a special performance. The project is a multimedia platform where women storytellers are invited to write and then perform in the voice of an ancestor. The event was held at Chelsea Studios in New York City.

    Jason Cohenhas accepted the position of director of operations at the new Maltz Performing Arts Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Rob Krakovski starred in Equivocation at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. The play, described by Variety as “one of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade,” is the fictional imagining of the “birth” of one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies.

    Jamie Smithson starred in Sheri Wilner’s Cake Off at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia. Cake Off was presented as part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival, which is dedicated to featuring new work by female playwrights and highlighting the scope of plays being written by women.

    Ruffin Prentiss starred as Chris Keller in the American classic All My Sons at People’s Light theater company in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

    John Prosky and Rebecca Mozo were both nominated for Ovation Awards, the only peer-judged theater awards in Los Angeles, created to recognize excellence in theatrical performance, production, and design in the greater Los Angeles area. Prosky was nominated for his portrayal of Botvinnik in A Walk in the Woods, produced by Sierra Madre Playhouse. Mozo was nominated for her portrayal of W in COCK, produced by Rogue Machine Theatre. The ceremony will be on November 9.

    Anapurna Sriram starred alongside The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg in the world premiere of Eisenberg’s play The Spoils, produced by the New Group and staged at the Pershing Square Signature Center in New York City.

    April Yvette Thompson’s new play Good Bread Alley was given an honorable mention in a new listing by Kilroys. Featured in a New York Times article, this listing is comprised of plays by women “deemed worthy of a production”. Thompson was also the featured artist in a panel discussion in July to discuss America’s battle with race. The event took place at New York Theatre Workshop.

    Nora Scheinman was the assistant stage manager at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts, this summer.

    Wesley Broulik has been announced as an assistant professor of practice at the University of Nebraska.

    Brett Williams’s play Derby Day returned to New York City for three performances in July before being performed in Scotland for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. The play also stars Rutgers alumna Teresa Stephenson.

    Daniel Swern directed The Dead for Breakfast during this summer’s Midtown International Theatre Festival. The play starred alumnus William Hardyman and was presented at the Davenport Theatre Main Stage in New York City.

    John Keller was featured as the narrator of a Rutgers University promotional video marking the successful completion of the $1 billion “Our Rutgers, Our Future” campaign. The video was introduced by President Barchi during a special invite-only event at the new Rutgers Honors College. The video, called Momentum, will be used in additional Rutgers promotional and marketing campaigns. Keller also was a featured performer at the New York Innovative Theatre Awards on September 21 as part of a special presentation honoring Theatre 167.

    Bryan Dykstra’s one-man show, Selling Out, was presented at the Dorset Theatre Festival in July. The comedy questions everything from the corrupting influence of money to the pursuit of happiness in a performance that blends stand-up, storytelling, slam poetry, and down-home preaching.

    Matthew Fick designed the lights for Laugh It Up, Stare It Down, which ran off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City from August 26 to October 10.

    Thomas DellaMonica appeared in Movements of the Soul from September 9 to 20 at Baruch Performing Arts Center in New York City.Movement of the Soul is comedic chronicle of the roots of American Sign Language and an unlikely friendship, told in combinations of sign, English, and French.

    Lia Romeo’s play American Dreamers performed from September 11 to 26 at Merseles Studios in Jersey City, New Jersey. This world-premiere dark comedy centers around Becca Barrington, who finds herself underemployed and saddled with enormous student loan debts and decides to become an escort. When her first client turns out to be her former high school teacher, the consequences disrupt her life and those of her friends.

    Antu Yacub performed in Unheard Voices: Haunted Files, a short “duologue” written by Michael Slade and Judy Tate. The performance took place on September 26 as part of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute’s Two-Day New York City conference America and Its Unfit: Eugenics Then and Now. The piece explores the meeting between a eugenicist social worker and a black/Chinese orphan, and was taken from the files of the Eugenics Society, circa 1920.

    Heather Kenzie Terry’s new book, From Broadway to Wall Street: Cautionary Tales of an Unlikely Entrepreneur, was released on Amazon on November 5.

    Damon DiMarco released a new book entitled Tower Stories, a comprehensive oral history of the attacks on the World Trade Center. NBC’s The Today Show called the work “Arguably the most successful attempt at capturing the enormity of the events of 9/11,” and Tom Kean, chair of the 9/11 Commission stated, “I hope this book remains in print for a very long time to come, because everyone should read it. Our children should read it.”

    Mark Cirnigliaro directs The Judgment of Fools, a new play written by Bernardo Cubria. Alum Brandon Rubin appears in the play, which opened at INTAR Theatre in New York City on September 10.

    Michael Esper was part of the cast of the New York Theatre Workshop’s Lazarus, by David Bowie and Enda Walsh, inspired by the novel The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis. Lazarus ran November 18, 2015, to January 20, 2016.

    Matt DiCarlo was the production stage manager for Up Here, which premiered at La Jolla Playhouse in California and ran from July 28 to September 6. Alum Matt Bittner appeared in the production.

    Brandon Nagle made his Los Angeles stage debut in Outspoken: Shakespeare in Shackles, which imagines what would happen if all of Shakespeare’s most gregarious characters were locked up in London’s most infamous prison. The show ran September 25 through October 17 in Studio C at Theatre Row in Hollywood.

    Rob Mersola’s new play Luka’s Room was produced by The Rogue Machine in Los Angeles. The play was directed by alum Joshua Bitton. The show was originally slated to close September 20 but received an extended run through October 4.

  • Visual Arts

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    Patricia Brace, Marta Buda, Catherine Haggerty, and Katie Hector were in the group show MEGALODON at Proto Gallery in Hoboken, New Jersey, from November 8 to December 13.

    Melissa Potter was in Bosnia as a Fulbright Scholar at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo last fall. Potter’s film, Like Other Girls Do, is showing at the Merlinka Festival in Belgrade, as well as the BeFem Festival there, and in a show by Anna Rathman called He, She, Ze at the Arcade Gallery in Chicago. Potter also works with Maggie Puckett and the Seeds InService project, and hosted a thematic lunch event in the Papermaker’s Garden at Columbia College Chicago called Food, Sex & Death about the hidden histories of women who worked there as prostitutes and low-wage workers.

    Jennie C. Jones received the $40,000 Rauschenberg Award. Jones also has a solo exhibition, Compilation, on view at the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston from December 12 to March 27. The Houston Chronicle wrote an article praising Jones’s minimalist artwork.