Stephen Dennis directed Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge by Mark Brown with “Act 1,” DeSales University’s student performing arts company. The production ran from December 4 to 14.
Michael Thomas Walker is in rehearsals for a devised theater piece about the Gilded Age for Festival of American Authors at the Metropolitan Playhouse with Stages on the Sound. Walker is also a teaching artist with Stages on the Sound, which was founded in 2005 to provide quality arts education programming to schools in Brooklyn and Queens and to create new and original works for children and adult audiences. Walker also filmed a comedy short with Aaron Ballard titled Parental Prep. Walker appears in the film Non-Stop starring Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore. The film is scheduled to be released in February by Universal Pictures.
Melisa Firlit is a guest contributor on Broadway Blog. In December, Firlit reviewed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Macbeth starring Ethan Hawke.
Jennifer Varbalow designed the set for The Drilling Company’s production of Wild Children: The Sopranos, which ran from December 6 to 27 in New York City.
Phil McGlaston is featured this January in August Wilson’s Fences at McCarter Theater following a run of the production in December at Long Warf Theater in Connecticut.
Joe Fellman was featured in a reading of the new play Mystic in the Savage State, written by David A. Miller. The reading, directed by Evan Mueller, was presented by Strange Sun Theater Company on December 15 at the Manhattan Theater Club Creative Center in New York City.
Adam Schwartz is currently the production manager at the Fort Worth Opera Festival. This spring stage manager Jerome Smith will intern at the festival.
Sarah Himmelstein had a guest appearance on an episode of the ABC soap opera General Hospital that aired on January 3.
James Pearce Connelly received an Art Directors Guild nomination in January for his work on the NBC television show The Voice, in the “multicamera, variety, or unscripted series” category.
Bryan Fenkart stars in the new Billie Joe Armstrong musical These Paper Bullets!, directed by Jackson Gay at Yale Rep. These Paper Bullets!is billed as “a modish rip-off of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.”
Rachel Hip-Flores was a part of New Georges’ first ever all-women one-minute play festival in January at Intar Theater in New York City. Hip-Flores will be in five plays directed by Heather Cohn of Flux Theater Ensemble. She continues production on the new Tina Cessa Ward web series Producing Juliet, in which she is joined by Stacey Raymond.
Will Hardyman became a magician technician and understudy for a dinner theater experience called Illusionairium in late December. The dinner theater experience will take place on Norwegian Cruise line’s new ship, Getaway.
A number of acting program alumni are featured in the new series In Dice We Trust, written and directed by Lamont Stephens. The performers include Danielle Thompson, Samantha Ivers, Jaime Lincoln Smith, and Terrell Wheeler. The world-premiere screening of the series took place on January 11 in Harlem, New York.
Carman Lacivita recorded two e-books for WorldPlay Shakespeare, a new project created by New Book Press, in which the full text of Shakespeare’s plays are combined with videos to help students understand and engage with the work. The following Rutgers alumni actors were involved in the project: Dierdre Friel, Sarah Koestner, Evan Mueller, Jonathan Fielding and David A. Miller. Former faculty members Loyd Williamson, Patricia Fletcher and Nancy Mayans also appeared in the project.
Samuel Brett Williams’s Revelation, directed by Kevin Crowley, ran from January 24 to February 8 at Untethered Theater in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The comedy short What to Expect…, directed by Aaron Rudelson and starring Matt Unger and Sarah Sirota, was launched by Daily Fiber Films on January 8.
Jim Ortlieb was cast in the Broadway production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men in January. The production will begin previews in March.
Claire Dyrud is the company manager and stage manager for Los Angeles Ballet’s 2013-14 season, which included performances of The Nutcracker from December 6 to 29.
On January 12, Project Y Theatre presented the musical, Love Sick: Or Things that Don’t Happen, by Lia Romeo, conceived and directed by Michole Biancosino at Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City. The production featured Nick Greco and Joachim Boyle.
Kristen Adele is performing the roles of Francine/Lena in Clybourne Park. The production is coproduced by Rochester, New York’s Geva Playhouse and Cincinnati Playhouse, and performances run through April.
Gregory Perri appeared in Martin Scorsese’s feature film The Wolf of Wall Street and is currently appearing in the Whipping Man at Syracuse Stage.
Paul Kite appeared in Lincoln Center’s production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, which ran through January 12.
Three Rutgers acting alumni appear in Chicago’s Goodman Theatre production of Luna Gale, a new play by Rebecca Gilman. They are Reyna De Courcy, Marybeth Fisher and Jordan Baker.
Samuel Hicks was the general manager of New York’s FuerzaBuerta, which closed on January 5 after over 2,000 performances.
Bryan Dykstra plays the lead role of Johnny Rooster in Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth at the San Francisco Playhouse running through March 8.