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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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    Robert Burke performed at the following venues: on March 4 in Finally We Are Noone in New York City; on March 5 in Gigantomachia at the Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ; on March 5 with 10 Hairy Legs and in Julie Bour’s The Three Blind Men and the Elephant; on March 8 in Doug Elkins’s Trouble Will Find Us and in Randy James’s Closing the Glass Door at New Jersey Moves at NJPAC in Jersey City, NJ; and on March 26 in Finally We Are Noone at the Yin Yue Dance Company at Dixon Place in New York City.

    Amanda MacLeod is director of administration at Inception to Exhibition.

    Arielle Petruzzella showed a new work titled Finally We Are Noone on March 26 the Yin Yue Dance Company at Dixon Place in New York City.

    Nick Sciscione performed “Locomotor,” a new dance set to an electronic score, with the Stephen Petronio Company, currently celebrating its 30th year at the Joyce Theater.

    Meagan Woods premiered her piece Gigantomachia at Dance Within the Arts at the Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ, with Molly Galbraith. They brought to life Ernest Niezvestny’s sculpture as a menacing, entangled duet. 

    Elizabeth Rose Zwierzynski performed her latest piece Keep Calm &20 during StageFest 2014 at the historic Landmark Loew’s Jersey theater in Jersey City, NJ, on March 22 and 23.

  • 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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    Kristen Adele starred in a production of Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park. The production, which was directed by Mark Cuddy, ran from February 11 to March 9 at Geva Theatre in Rochester, NY, and from March 21 to April 13 at the Cleveland Playhouse.

    Mason Gross alumni, Pico Alexander, Aaron Ballard, Mary McLain and Christian Navarro, joined four-time Tony Award–winner Boyd Gaines as cast members of Our Town, the Pulitzer Prize–winning Thornton Wilder classic. Beginning in April, the production kicked off a landmark collaboration between George Street Playhouse and Mason Gross School of the Arts.

    Sadie Alexandru appeared in the episode Padre on the ABC family television series The Fosters, which aired on February 10. She continues in her role of Scarlett in the hit cable series Mad Men.

    Ryan J. Bell is the production stage manager for the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The national tour began in Cleveland, OH, in March and is scheduled throughout the United States through July 2014. This winter, Bell was also the assistant director of the second national tour of Bring It On.

    David Carl starred in Gary Busey’s One-Man Hamlet at the People’s Improv Theatre on February 20 and April 5. The multimedia puppet show, directed by Michole Biancosino, is described as “an absurdist romp through Shakespeare, pop culture, and life in the theater.” The piece was created by Carl for the People’s Improv Theatre’s first annual SOLOCom Festival in November 2013.

    In February, the Columbia Daily Tribune published a profile of David Crespy, who in addition to being a director, playwright, and actor, is a professor at the University of Missouri. Crespy’s book Richard Barr: The Playwrights Producer was published last year with a foreword written by Edward Albee.

    Meeya Davis appeared in a commercial for Coca-Cola which first aired during the 2014 Super Bowl.

    Reyna Decourcy, Jordan Baker and Mary Beth Fisher starred in Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. The production, which was directed by Robert Falls, ran from January 18 to February 23.

    Henry Dwyer was featured in A Brief History of the Soviet Union at the Dorothy Streslin Theater in New York City. The Hive Theater Company’s production ran from December 20 to February 2.

    Brian Dykstra starred in San Francisco Playhouse’s production of Jerusalem, written by Jez Butterworth. The production was directed by Bill English and ran from January 21 to March 8.

    In February, Michael Esper was cast along with Jimmy Nail, Aaron Lazar, and Sally Ann Triplett in The Last Ship, a new musical with music and lyrics by Grammy-winner Sting and book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey. Previews are scheduled to begin on September 30.

    Ashley Everage was featured in the world premiere of Cherokee by Lisa D’Amour at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. The production ran from January 8 to February 8. Everage is also an adjunct faculty member of the Mason Gross Theater Department.

    Melisa Firlit is managing Bubba, Michael Thomas Walker’s one man show. In April, Firlit directed John Logan’s, Red, at the Pagosa Springs Art Center.

    Mae Frankeberger is the festival coordinator at Theatre for the New City, a Pulitzer Prize–winning community cultural center in New York City which produces 30 to 40 new American plays per year, at least 10 by emerging young playwrights.

    An Outopia for Pigeons, which featured Kathryn Fumie, was recognized in the February issues of American Theatre Magazine for outstanding design. An Outopia for Pigeons was produced at Minneapolis’s Swandive Theatre in November 2013 and was directed by Meg DiScorio and Damon Runnals.

    Mara Gannon played the role of Lady Capulet in the Mercury Glass Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The production ran from February 13 to 16 at Teatro LATEA and the CSV Center in New York City. Gannon is currently a dialects professor as well as the theater admissions liaison and coordinator at Wagner College.

    Maryna Harrison continues as a producer on season four of Spike TV’s Ink Masters.

    Christopher Halladay was featured in a short Screen Actors Guild film, Movie Night, which will play at film festivals throughout the country this spring. Halladay is also teaching acting at Rider University as well as a new course, “American Contemporary Theater.”

    In February, Kristin Herrick worked with Production Glue, an award-winning company that produces live events, on the party celebrating the Seattle Seahawks 2014 Super Bowl championship. Herrick is currently the assistant stage manager for The Heir Apparent by David Ives at Classic Stage Company in New York. The production opened on March 27.

    Maurice Jones appeared in the film of the Broadway stage production of Romeo and Juliet staring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad, which was broadcast in movie theaters beginning on February 13.

    John Keller was featured in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby, Parts I and II, which ran in rotating repertory from January 22 to March 9.

    Ean Miles Kessler’s one-act, Funny Valentine, was published by Vintage books in a new anthology, Plays for Two. Funny Valentine debuted at Rutgers as part of the “Performance Ensemble” class and was directed by faculty member Kevin Kittle.

    Christopher Livingston appeared in The Architecture of Becoming, a commissioned piece for The Women’s Project that ran at New York City Center in Manhattan through March 23.

    KonradMajchrzak is currently working for black walnut, an Emmy Award–winning fabricator of scenic environments for television, exhibits, live events, and theater. Majchrzak’s latest project with black walnut was managing all of the NBC studios and venues in Sochi, Russia, during the 2014 Winter Olympics.

    In February, the audio book Rip Off!, which features alum David Marantz, was nominated for a 2014 Audie Award. The Audie Awards recognize distinction in audiobook and spoken word entertainment and are sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association.

    Josh Marx is an actor in residence for the 2013-14 Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Marx is currently in rehearsal for William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, in which he will play the role of Mercutio. The production is scheduled to open May 18.

    William Mastrosimone’s Tamer of Horsesopened February 14 at the Aurora Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Raymond McAnally was featured in the pilot episode of the new Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle, which was released on February 6. McAnally is also a part-time lecturer at Mason Gross Online.

    In March, Rowan Meyer made his Off-Broadway debut in Abingdon Theatre Company’s production of Hellman vs. McCarthy at the June Havoc Theatre. The play was written by Brian Richard Mori and directed by Jan Buttram, with performances scheduled from March 14 to April 13.

    Jim Ortliebis was featured in the Broadway production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd, which began previews on March 19 and is scheduled to run through July.

    In March, Tom Minucci became the technical director of DeSales University. This summer he will be the technical director of the Berkshire Theater Festival. Minucci had previously worked as the assistant technical director for Virginia Opera from September 2012 to March 2014.

    In March, Rebecca Mozzo was nominated for an L.A. Weekly Award for best supporting female performance in We Are Proud To Present, which was produced by The Matrix Theater Company in Los Angeles. Mozzo and the entire cast of the production won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Ensemble, and the show was nominated for Best Production. She is currently performing in Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls in Los Angeles, produced by Antaeus Theater. The production runs through May 4.

    Maddie Orton will be hosting The Arts Project with Maddie Orton, New Jersey’s public television network, new monthly series dedicated to New Jersey’s arts scene.

    In March, Adam Schwartz was appointed the director of production at the Fort Worth Opera.

    Eliza Simpson was featured in The Woodsman, by James Ortiz, at 59E59 theaters in New York City. The production ran from January 30 to February 16 and was produced by Strangemen & Co.

    Annapurna Sriram and Dariush Kashani appeared in Quiara Alegria Hudes’s The Happiest Song Plays Last at 2econd Stage Theatre in New York. The production ran through March 23.

    Aaron Stanford will take the role of Cole, in Syfy channel’s scripted series 12 Monkeys.

    Samuel Williams’s play Derby Day at Elephant Theatre Company in Los Angelesran from February 20 to March 22. Derby Day premiered in the 2006–2007 Rutgers Theater Company season.

    Antu Yacob and Jamie Lincoln Smith are featured in the new web series Make a Name.

  • Visual Arts

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    Todd Baldwin, BFA alum, had an exhibition at the Second Story Art Gallery in Atlantic Highlands from April 26 – May 31, 2014.

    Jessica Bottalico was one of two artists featured in the Faculty Highlight at the Culpeper Gallery within the Abrons Arts Center from April 2-May 11, 2014.

    Tiffany Calvert, MFA alum and now faculty member at Raritan Valley Community College teaching painting, drawing, and contemporary art history, delivered the faculty address at RVCC’s graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

    Martha Clippinger was in two group exhibitions: The 2014 Invitational Exhibition at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in NYC, March 6-April 12; and Paint Me Sculpturly at Artopia Gallery in Milan, Italy from March 21 - May 9, 2014.  Martha was also the recipient of the Purchase Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters, Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Fund.

    Margaret Cogswell’s solo exhibition, RIVER FUGUES: Moving the Water(s) was on view April 26 - May 31, 2014 at the CUE Art Foundation in NYC.

    Amy Feldman’s solo show, Gray Area, was on view at Sorry We’re Closed in Brussels, Belgium, from January 16 to March 16. She also presented at Stockholm’s Annaelle Gallery, April 12-20, 2014 as part of the Market Art Fair.

    Sal Forgione is a graphic designer and photographer/videographer at Michael Graves Design Group.

    Paul Gillis has a solo exhibition, Indivisible by Light, at Edward Cella Art & Architecture in Los Angeles, CA from May 3-July 5, 2014.

    Paddy Johnson moderated the panel discussion “Artist Studio Space in Crisis”
on
March 27 at Cabinet in Brooklyn, New York.

    Jennie Jones work was shown in the exhibition Black in the Abstract at Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, Texas, from January 25 to March 25.  Her solo exhibition, Tone, is on view at SikkemaJenkins and Company in New York City though April 5.


    Sophy Naess was in the group show Speaking Through Paint: Hans Hofmann’s Legacy Todayat the Lori Bookstein Gallery in New York City from February 13 to March 15. She also participated in the “reading/performance/ film/whatever-yr-medium” showcase Dictionary at the Bureau of General Services – Queer Division on February 11.

    Jeanine Oleson is participating in Sing, Yell, Tell: A Panel on Voice on April 3 at the New Museum along with Mara Mills and Johanna Burton. She is one of two artists with featured residencies as part of the New Museum’s Hear, Here from April 22 to July 6.

    Anne Percoco’s public sculpture New Growth will be installed at Drew University in Madison, NJ April –October 2014; On April 17 she delivered public artist talk at Drew University.

    Wes Sherman’s abstract landscapes are featured in a solo exhibition at Rahway Arts District’s 1591 Gallery from May 1-June 12, 2014.