• 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

  • Art & Design

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    Amy Feldman received the Guggenheim Fellowship in April.

    Alex Kwartler was featured in the exhibition Showflake, on view form May 16 to June 17 at Magenta Plains in New York City.

    Rita LeDuc is featured in a group show, Island Universe, from May 27 to July 8 on Governor's Island in New York City.

    Ben Weathers curated and participated in the group exhibition Whatever It Is I Have Looked For, at marquee Projects in Bellport, New York, from May 26 to June 24.
    Posted June 2018.

  • Dance

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    Kyle Marshall (BFA '11) was selected to participate in the New Directions Choreography Lab at Fordham University, where he worked with students in the Alvin Ailey School while being mentored by award-winning choreographer Rennie Harris.
    Posted October 2018.

  • Music

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    Master's degree graduates Roshan Chakane and Evan Currie, as well as current master's student Alexander Ashman, were awarded E. Power Biggs Fellowships from the Organ Historial Society (OHS). The fellowship award provided them free registration and accommodation for the OHS convention in Rochester, New York, from July 29 to August 3. Chakane and Currie performed in a master class for Eastman School of Music professor David Higgs and Curtis Institute of Music professor Alan Morrison at the convention.
    Posted October 2018.

  • Theater

    Philip Ettinger stars in the new CBS series One Dollar, which premiered on August 30. Ettinger was recently seen in Sebastián Silva’s Tyrel, opposite Michael Cera and Christopher Abbott, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

    Mike Colter has been cast in in the upcoming noir thriller Fatale, directed by Deon Taylor (Meet the Blacks, Traffik). The announcement was made on September 13 on blackfilm.com. He reunites with Oscar winner Hilary Swank, with whom he appeared in Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-winning film Million Dollar Baby (2004). Fatale centers on a married man who is tricked into a murder scheme by a seductive female police detective played by Swank. Colter will play the friend to the married man.

    Taylor Pico worked as the assistant costume designer on Final Follies at Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City. The production opened on September 12 and will run through October 21. Pico assisted lead designer David Murin on this trilogy of A.R. Gurney plays, which includes Gurney’s very last show, Final Follies, as well as The Rape of Bunny Stuntz and The Love Course. Pico began this September as an adjunct faculty member at Montclair State University, teaching the costume design and production component of the “Intro to Technical Theatre” class. Pico will also serve as the wardrobe supervisor at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey, for the 2018–2019 season.

    Michael Jacobs was an understudy in the off-Broadway world premiere production of Little Rock, which opened on June 1 at the Sheen Center in New York City. The show was a New York Times Critic’s Pick.

    Melissa Chacon is the production stage manager for the first national tour of The Color Purple, which opened at Paper Mill Playhouse on September 26.

    Matt DiCarlo is the director of the first national tour of The Play that Goes Wrong; which opened on September 18 in Pittsburgh. He is also the production stage manager of the Broadway-bound Beetlejuice, which began rehearsals in Washington, D.C., in September.

    Matt Bur is part of the stage management team of the Broadway-bound Beetlejuice. Bur spent the summer as part of the stage management team of Broadway’s Escape to Margaritaville, which closed on July 1.

    Theron Alexander is part of the stage management team of the first national tour of A Bronx Tale, which began rehearsals in September. He also served on the stage management team of Broadway’s Summer: The Donna Summer Musical in June and July. Alexander was the assistant stage manager for Little Rock, which opened on June 1 at the Sheen Center in New York City and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick.

    Alumni theater company Thinkery and Verse traveled to Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer with their production Bride of the Gulf. The production featured Karen Alvarado, who directed and starred in the show along with Mathew Petrucelli. The production also featured set, prop, and slide design by Ashley Basile. The stage manager was Jaqueline Mercer and assistant stage manager was Lydia Forsythe. The show was presented at various times on the festival calendar through the month of August. The production received four stars from The Scotsman, Scotland’s national newspaper, which said in their review: “Through a production that travels fluidly between the stage and the audience, it weaves its world around us… its voice, full of humour, poetry and humanity, distinctively different from that of many Western dramas exploring the same subject.”

    Christine Colonna is part of the stage management team for the Broadway-bound Tootsie, which began previews in Chicago on September 11.

    Sydney Coons was production assistant and script supervisor for Little Rock, which opened on June 1 at the Sheen Center in New York City and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick.

    Emma Ammentorp is the assistant to the draper at Eric Winterling, the maker of Broadway costumes for a wide array of shows including Wicked, The Lion King, Aladdin, Frozen, SpongeBob SquarePants, Anastasia (Broadway and tour), The Book of Mormon (Broadway and tour), Kinky Boots, Head Over Heels, Carousel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tour, King Kong, The Prom, Metropolitan Ballet, the Amazon show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and the film The Laundromat. Costumes for recent shows Carousel, The Iceman Cometh, Three Tall Women, and SpongeBob SquarePants were all built in the Winterling shop and were nominated for best costume design at the Tony Awards in June.

    Christianne Bakewell was a costume production assistant on the hit Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, which began filming season seven this summer.

    Michael Schweikardt designed the sets of Buried Child at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. This Pulitzer Prize–winning drama marks the first time that the theater presented a play by Sam Shepard, who passed away last year. A stunning allegory about America, Buried Child is a darkly funny and disturbing depiction of the American dream gone wrong. The production opened ran from September 19 to October 7.

    Alumni Antu Yacob, Kianné Muschett, Nia Akilah Robinson, and Michael Gene Jacobs starred in a staged reading of playwright Sophronia Scott’s play An Affair at Midnight, presented by American Theater Group at the South Orange Performing Arts Center on September 23. The reading was directed by Marshall Jones.

    Amanda Brooke Lerner was nominated on September 14 at The Cutting Room International Short Film Festival for best actress in a short drama for her performance in Daffodil. Winners will be announced later this year. The film, written by Emily Coffin, is about a woman who brokers a deal with God to save her son from addiction.

    Anne E. McMills created the lighting design for South Coast Repertory’s production of Sense and Sensibility, which ran from September 1 to 29.

    Dana Jacks wrote and performed Fall Risk, her one-woman show about her personal experiences with traumatic brain injury. The show was conceived by Dan and Michole Biancosino, an MFA directing alumna, and was presented at The Tank in New York City from September 7 to 9.

    David Carl presented his one-man show, Trump Lear, at UNDER St. Marks Theatre on September 4 after a sold-out run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s Pleasance Courtyard. The show was listed as the number-one thing to do in Time Out New York.

    Christopher O’Connor stars in Mile Square Theatre’s production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, directed by alum Mark Cirnigliaro. The show ran from September 12 to October 7.

    John Keller premiered TrueSelves: A New Gender Play, a devised community-based verbatim theater piece, on June 9 at Philip J. Levin Theater in New Brunswick. The play was the culmination of two years of interviews and workshops with members of the transgender community in New Jersey. The project was a collaboration between coLAB Arts, The Pride Center of New Jersey, and the Rutgers Oral History Archives. The production featured performances by Sydney Mitchell, Leslie Roth, Lazarus Simmons, Paula Sim, and Gloria Cardonna, with lighting design by Colleen Doherty. The project was also honored with an encore performance June 14 at the first annual PROUD Awards with RWJBarnabas Health, honoring statewide contributions to the LGBTQ community.
    Posted October 2018.