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Recent Alumni News

  • Dance

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    Elizabeth Rose Zwierzynski, B.F.A., Ed.M., received the 2013 New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award.  Elizabeth is a Dance Artist, Educator and Choreographer.

    Megan Woods & Company performed at the Rutgers Zimmerli Art Museum on March 5, 2014, as part of the Insights: Gallery series.  During this program, audience members had the opportunity to interpret the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union in two ways – through discussion and dance.

    Erin Dowd was welcomed to the roster of the Roxey Ballet as a company member in August of 2013.

    Kyle Marshall performed in Doug Elkins’s Scott, Queen of Mary’s.

    Laura Chaneski played the role of the nurse on the January 15 episode of Law & Order: SVU. View the episode at http://www.nbc.com/law-and-order-special-victims-unit/video/amaros-one-eighty/n44936/.

    Arielle Petruzzella and Robert Burke launched the 12 x 12 Community, an artist community where feedback and support are at the forefront of the process, in New York City in January.

  • Music

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

    Andy Megill has accepted a position as full professor and director of choral activities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Theater

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    Michael Warner filmed two more episodes this winter of the Netflix Series House of Cards, in which he plays character Oliver Spence. Warner also appears in Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, which opened in January at Roundabout Theater in New York City.

    Diana Henry was featured in a staged reading of Cellar Door, by Stephen Speights, on December 3 at Solas in New York City.

    Stefanie Genda was part of the creative team for Outside Mullingar at Manhattan Theatre Club, which opened on Broadway January 23. Genda, a recent graduate, is preparing to design costumes for four productions from January to April including The New Moon for Light Opera of New York, Clybourne Park with Florida Repertory Theatre, The Cripple of Inishmaan with The Hartt School in Connecticut, and Orange Blossoms with Light Opera of New York.

    David Delaney was selected to be a resident director at The Flea Theatre in New York City and will be working with Drama Desk Award-winner Ed Iskyandar on his upcoming production, The Mysteries, a retelling of the Bible. More than 50 playwrights were commissioned to write portions of the show.

    Jon Cavaluzzo was commissioned by Pandora Internet Music Service to voice advertisements for a series of clients including Kongregate (a game company), Palmer Seminary, and Jira Software.

    Rick Sordelet worked on Red Bull Theater’s production of Loot by Joe Orton. Previews began on January 9. Sordelet directed Crossroads Theater Company’s Holiday Jubilee, which ran from December 5 to 15.

    Michael Schweikardt designed the set for Elf – The Musical at Pioneer Theater Company. The production ran from December 6 to 24.

    Abraham Makany appeared on the Showtime series Homeland, in the episode “Good Night,” which aired on December 1.

    Christina Gordon was cast in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People, which will be performed in March at the Public Theatre in Lewiston, Maine.

    Andy Nogasky appeared as Polonius in both William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead with the Acting Company. The productions were presented at The Pearl Theater in New York from January 9 to February 1 and are now touring the country.

    Kristin M. Herrick became an assistant stage manager at Bespoke Theatricals, a production company in New York, in December. Herrick worked on the staged reading of the new musical Hee Haw, which took place from December 2 to 13. Herrick also stage managed a dance show for Association of Performing Arts Presenters on January 10. Also in January, Herrick stage managed the Next Edition Festival with Playwrights Realm.

    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.

  • Visual Arts

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    Yetzenia Leiva, BFA alumna, is featured in the exhibition, Looking Deeper, at the Straub Center in Pennington, NJ through January 17, 2014. 

    Joe Nanshe, Jamie Powell and Aaron Williams were in the group show Suddenly, There: The Discover of the Find at Garis & Hahn Gallery in NYC, November 26, 2013–January 11, 2014.

    Martha Klippinger participated in the group exhibition, Drifter, at Hionas Gallery in NYC, December 13, 2013–January 11, 2014.  Her next solo exhibition, flipside, will be on view at the Elizabeth Harris Gallery from January 4–February 8, 2014.

    Saul Chernick was selected to be one of three printmaking residents at Gowanus Studio Space in Brooklyn, NY, with an exhibition of prints on view from January 10 – January 19, 2014.  His latest prints are included in an exhibition at the International Print Center of NY from January 22–March 12, 2014. He is also featured in the group exhibition, Creative Paths, on view January 21–February 21, 2014 at the Wedeman Gallery at Lasell College in Newton, MA.

    Paul De Muro and Amy Feldman are exhibiting at GalerieZürcher in Paris, France January 18–March 8, 2014.  Amy also has a solo exhibition, Grey Area, at the Sorry We’re Closed Gallery in Brussels, Belgium, January 19–March 16, 2014 in addition to the exhibition, The New York Moment at the Museum of Contemporary Art in St. Etienne, France January 18–May 18, 2014.

    Caetlynn Booth is the recipient of a grant from the Queens Council on the Arts, supporting work that will draw from the urban landscape of Queens in the coming year.

    Amy Feldman, Heather Hart and Jennie C. Jones were all 2013 recipients of Painters and Sculptors grants awarded by The Joan Mitchell Foundation. These grants of $25,000 acknowledge painters and sculptors creating work of exceptional quality.

    Judith Larzelere (formerly Halpern), MFA ’74, was awarded The Fellowship for Craft 2014 from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

    Rachel Malin and Martha Clippinger have been selected to participate in the American Academy of Arts and Letters Annual Exhibition.