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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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    Shakira Barrera appears on the ABC Family series Freak Out, which aired on October 21 and 22. There will be 10 new episodes in 2015.

    Sarah Lifson performed in choreographer Netta Yerushalmy’s Helga and the Three Sailors at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in New York City from November 6 to 8. Lifson received a rave review of her performance in the New Yorker magazine.

    Amanda MacLeod premiered her collaborative work Archaic Remnants and the Methods of Transferat a site-specific location at 98 Moore Street in Brooklyn, New York, on October 17. The piece is a collaboration of visual arts, music, dance, and film.

    Kyle Georgina Marsh presented her new work Arrow Dynamic Females as a participant in Your Move:New Jersey’s Modern Dance Festivalon October 24.

    Kyle Marshall performed his solo Soundboard at Your Move: New Jersey’s Modern Dance Festival on October 24. Alumni Arielle Petruzzella, Monica Gonzalez, Elizabeth Zwierzynski, Carlo Villanueva, and Megan Wood also showcased their choreography at this event.

    Avianna Perez showcased her original choreography Savage Evening at the CounterPulse Theater in San Francisco, California, on October 24.

  • Music

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    Music alum Garry Ianco is concertmaster for Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of The Phantom of the Opera, which is touring the United States.

    Andrew Megill, former doctoral student of Pat Gardner, has accepted one of the most significant positions in the choral world: As a full professor, he will be the director of choral activities at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and he has been given funds to rebuild the graduate program.

    Vanderbilt University, Blair School of Music, has appointed Stephen Miahky, D.M.A. alumnus, as the Joseph Joachim Professor of Violin. Miahky will also assume the First Violin chair in the Blair String Quartet. Read about it here.

    Cristina Pato performed at The White House with First Lady Michelle Obama for ARTS IN EDUCATION on May 20. Check it out here.

    Ben Paysen was selected as the Principal Timpanist of the New Haven Symphony on May 20, 2014.

    Mike Singer, timpanist, has been offered a trial with the New York City Ballet Orchestra.

  • Theater

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    Pico Alexander stars in MCC Theater’s production of Simon Stephen’s Punk Rock, directed by Trip Coleman. Punk Rock opened on November 17 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City.

    Andrea Anders has been cast in a recurring role in ABC’s sixth season of Modern Family. Anders, who previously co-starred in the ABC comedies Better Off Ted and Mr. Sunshine, will play Kim, the wife of the horrible family that moves in next door to the Dunphy clan.

    Larry Bauer is the lighting technician for Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana in Las Vegas at the Aria Hotel.

    Alberto Bonilla was a guest star on the television series Blue Bloods in the episode “Power of the Press,” which aired on CBS November 21.

    Bill Bowers performed his one-man show, It Goes Without Saying, at the Ninth International Monodrama Festival THESPIS in Kiel, Germany, which ran from November 8 to November 15. Bowers won the festival’s highest honor, first prize of the festival jury. Bowers performed It Goes Without Saying nationally and internationally during October and November.

    Michole Biancosino directed the New York premiere of John Paul Porter’s Men and Women Talking Love and Sex at Davenport Theatre, which opened on October 30 and ran through November 23. The cast featured alumni Nicolas Greco, Aaron Ballard, and Chelsea Friday.

    Richie Call was appointed co-artistic director at Old Lyric Repertory Company at Utah State University in November.

    Jasmine Sharay Carmichael stars as Juliet in the film Romeo and Juliet in Harlem, directed by Aleta Chappelle. The Big Apple Film Festival Screening was on November 8 at Tribeca Cinemas.

    James P. Connelly is the production designer for Top Chef,which had its 12th season premiere October 15 on Bravo TV.

    Mike Colter has a recurring role on the CBS series The Good Wife as the drug lord Lemond Bishop. Colter has appeared in over a dozen episodes of the popular drama from 2010 to the present. Alumna Kristen Adele appeared alongside Colter in the episode “The Trial,” which aired on November 23. In addition, design alum Dan Lawson continues to be the costume designer for the series, which is now in its sixth season.

    David Delaney is a resident director at the Flea Theater in New York City. Delaney was featured in the world premiere of The Get-A-Way by alum Rhett Rossi, which ran from October 14 to 25 at the Flea.

    John DeSotelle directed Clifford Odets’s drama Awake and Sing! at John DeSotelle Studio in New York City from November 6 to November 22.

    Matthew DiCarlo is the production stage manager for the Broadway production of the musical Honeymoon in Vegas. The show began previews at the Nederlander Theatre on November 18. An official opening of the production is set for January 15, 2015.

    Bjorn DuPaty starred in the New York premiere of Carnaval by Rutgers alumna Nikkole Salter at the National Black Theatre. The production was directed by Awoye Timpo and ran from October 21 to November 16. Salter’s play Lines in the Dust, which featured alumna Erin Cherry, was performed at the Luna Stage in West Orange, New Jersey, from October 9 to November 9.

    Michael Esper stars as Gideon in Sting’s Broadway musical The Last Ship at the Neil Simon Theatre. Esper also appeared on the cover of the November 6 Backstage Magazine, with a featured article discussing his role in The Last Ship.

    Melissa Firlit directed Oakwoods, a new play by alum Dano Madden, which was performed October 26 at Cap 21 in New York City.

    Melissa Firlit directed Misterman, by Edwa Walsh, which was presented by Thingamajig Theatre Company at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts in Pagosa, Colorado, from October 10 through November 2. The production, which starred Olympia Dukakis, featured numerous Rutgers alumni: Will Hardyman, Kate Lydic, Craig MacArthur, Christina Norris, and Jordan Spoon. The production also featured faculty member Julie Foh. Alumna Elaine Wong was the lighting designer and alumnus Matt Bittner provided original music and sound design. 

    Annie Bosworth Foley is working with Post 5 Theatre in Portland, Oregon, as the stage manager for the company’s production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, running November 11 to December 13.  

    Latiana Gourzong is now the technical director at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival.

    Michael John Kelly was featured in Small Fish Radio Theatre’s week-long festival of podcasts from October 24 to October 31. Kelly performed in three of the podcasts: When Death Knocks, by Helen Valenta; Night Swim, by Trina Kakacek; and The Faraway Tree, by Evan Baughfman. Small Fish Radio Theatre is produced by Kelly and Trina Kakacek.

    Christopher Livingston was featured in Party People, directed by Liesl Tommy, at Berkeley Repertory Theatre from October 17 to November 30.

    Raymond McAnally stars in his one-man autobiographical show, Size Matters, at the American Theater Group at Hamilton Stage in Rahway, New Jersey. The show ran from November 2 to November 23. Meghan Ward stage managed the production and Jason Flamos designed the lights. The Star-Ledger named Size Matters as one of the top shows to see in New Jersey during its short run.

    Phil McGlaston is featured in August Wilson’s Fences at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. The show runs through December 22.

    Victor McKay is featured as the character Reed in the film The Good Lie, which opened in theaters on October 3 and stars Reese Witherspoon. McKay also appeared in the first episode of the new NBC series Constantine, which aired on October 24.

    JV Mercanti directed a reading of Knock, Knock, by Jules Feiffer, featuring Harvey Fierstein, Jim Parsons, Halley Feiffer, Brooks Ashmanskas, and Tom McVey, on October 6 in New York City. In October, Mercanti’s book In Performance: Contemporary Monologues for Men and Women Late Teens–20s was published by Applause Theater and Cinema Books. In addition, Mercanti is now the director of acting in the musical theater department at Pace University.

    Christopher Mixon stars in Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at the Pearl Theatre Company in New York City. The production, which was directed by Hal Brooks, ran from September 9 to October 12. 

    Irungu Mutu made his network television debut in the November 10 episode of NBC’s The Blacklist. This fall, Mutu is also featured in the world premiere of Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho at Signature Theatre Company in New York City. The production, directed by Michael Greif, began previews on October 28.

    Christina Nicole played the role of Jan in the WAM (Women’s Action Movement) Theatre Company’s production of In Darfur by Winter Miller. The show was performed in Shakespeare & Company’s Berry Family Studio in Lenox, Massachusetts, from October 30 to November 16. This fall, Nicole’s short film I Hate Being Black, which she co-wrote, co-produced, and co-starred in, had its New York City premiere at the Poet’s Den October Film Festival from October 2 to 5. Additional screenings took place at FilmColumbia in Chatham, New York, on October 24 and 26, and at IndieWorks at the People’s Lounge in New York City on November 19.

    Tom Pelphrey was featured in By the Water, written by Sharyn Rothstein and directed by Hal Brooks. The play ran from November 18 to December 7 at New York City Center.

    Jon Prosky stars as Herman in Antaeus Company’s production of Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White, which ran from October 7 to December 9 in Los Angeles.

    Michael Schweikardt was the set designer for The Glass Menagerie at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. The show was directed by Pam Berlin and ran from October 2 to November 2.

    Bonnie Sherman was an associate fight choreographer for Peter Pan Live! and worked closely with Christopher Walken and Allison Williams during the production, which aired December 4 on NBC.

    Moritz von Stuelpnagel’s play Hand to God will be making its way to the Broadway stage at the Booth Theatre. This marks Stuelpnagel’s Broadway debut. Previews are scheduled to begin on March 12 with an opening on April 7.

  • Visual Arts

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    Tomer Aluf’s solo exhibition Free Drama is on view at Retrospective in Hudson, New York, through January 17.

    Patricia Brace and Rita Leduc completed their successful Kickstarter campaign, and presented their exhibition I Like You Better Now at High-Temp Fabrication in Buffalo, New York, from October 25 to November 15. 

    Rebekah Callaghan was in the two-person show Common Place at Pagus in Norristown, Pennsylvania, from November 1 to November 30.

    Erin Dunn was among the featured artists at PS1’s Inner Space with Aboveground Animations, showcasing multimedia work by contemporary filmmakers and performers on November 9.

    Amy Feldman’s solo show, High Sign, was at Blackston Gallery in New York City from September 12 to November 2.

    Raque Ford and Erika Hickle were in the exhibition Absolutely Yours at 321 Gallery in Washington, D.C., from November 7 to December 6. 

    Chris Johanesen is featured in the new book Designing the Editorial Experience, edited by Sue Apfelbaum and Juliette Cezzar (Rockport, 2014). He appeared on a panel discussion about the book’s subject at Parsons/The New School in September. Johanesen is vice president of product at BuzzFeed, the social news and entertainment company that provides a mix of breaking news, entertainment, and shareable content. 

    Martha Klippinger participated in the group exhibition FUNKDAFIED at Rhombus Space in Brooklyn, New York, from October 17 to November 9.

    Beth Krebs was a contributing artist for CUE Art Foundation’s 2014 auction and gala benefit.

    Christopher Manzione is in the group exhibition Inverted Normals at Rowan University Art Gallery in Glassboro, New Jersey, through December 20.

    Anne Percoco’s Herbarium, a public installation for IN-SITE: The Intersection of Art and Architecture, was on view from September 21 to October 19 in South Orange, New Jersey.