• 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.

 

Keep in touch

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

  • Dance

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    Isabella Vergara (BFA '18) has been awarded a full-tuition Nuestro Futuro Scholarship from Balle Hispanico to attend their ChoreoLaB, a professional summer intensive for dancers ages 18 and up wishing to pursue a career in dance.

    Bria Bacon (BFA '17) performed at The Joyce Theater with Stephen Petronio Company on March 20. Bacon was featured in the video #SpeakinginDance, a weekly visual exploration of dance in a New York Times Instagram series, on March 20.

    Nick Sciscione (BFA '11) performed at The Joyce Theater with Stephen Petronio Company on March 20.

    Javier Padilla (BFA '17) was selected to be this yea'rs Dance on the Lawn Emerging Commissioned New Jersey Choreographer, for Montclair's dance festival in September.

    Kyle Marshall (BFA ’11) choreographed and performed in SMUSH Moves at SMUSH Gallery, a new art space in Jersey City, New Jersey.

    Meditations on a Meta Organism, a 2017 solo work by Joe Monteleone (BFA ’14) was selected by the Huffington Post as one of the  Best Dance Performances of 2017.  This work continued to develop as a collaboration with 2018 alumni Sara Crayne-Dedrick, Kathryn Reese, Shelley White, and Ashley Yehoda, and premiered March 20 at Dixon Place in New York City. Monteleone’s latest solo work of 2018, was reviewed by Critical Dance alongside a number of artists from the 6,000 Bobby Pins Later event at the Actors Fund Arts Center in Brooklyn, New York, on February 3. Monteleone’s solo work had its first showing with the full Monteleone Dance company on March 20 at Dixon Place in a split bill with XY Motion. This retro multimedia videogame performance explores the meta nature of thinking about thinking.

  • Music

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    Sean Smither gave a talk at the annual conference of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic on March 23.

    Taylor Myers gave a talk at the annual conference of the Rutgers University Musicological Society on February 25.

    Blake Ritchie gave a talk at the annual conference of the Rutgers University Musicological Society on February 25.

    Jessica Roberts has been hired as an intern with New York City’s Harmony Program for summer 2018.

    Thomas Nazziola’s “Can and Mouse” was performed by “The President's Own” United States Marine Band Percussion Ensemble on February 18. His “Slippery When Wet” was performed by the Royal Irish Academy of Music Percussion Ensemble on March 29 at Lehman College.

    Amanda Harberg’s piece Court Dances: Suite for Flute and Piano was published by Theodore Presser Company. Harberg was composer-in-residence at the Music for All festival, where her new piece for clarinet and piano trio,“Inner Latitudes,”premiered on March 17. “Inner Latitudes” was commissioned for the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition. Harberg’s “Sonata for Clarinet and Piano” (published by Presser) was performed by Tim Bonefant and Martha Saywell at Angelo State University on February 22 and at the Music by Women Festival at the University of Mississippi on March 2.

  • Theater

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    Brandon Flynn and Christian Navarro have garnered accolades for their lead roles in the hit Netflix original series, 13 Reasons Why. They served as presenters on the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in May. In May, 13 Reasons Why had amassed more than 11 million tweets since its launch.

    Pico Alexander is featured in the Netflix film War Machine, starring Brad Pitt, which premiered May 26.

    Bryna Turner completed a run of her new play, Bull in a China Shop, in April at the Lincoln Center Theater. The play is about women’s suffrage and education reform and was a New York Times critics’ pick.

    Christopher Livingston performed the roles of Titinius and Cinnain The Public Theater’s Julius Caesar at Central Park in May, directed by Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis.

    Nicole King and Kelsey Rainwater performed in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Macbeth, which opened May 7 in Washington, D.C., and was directed by Tony-nominated director Leisl Tommy.

    William Mastrosimone wrote a play, Cat’s Paw, produced as the fourth show in Actors Co-op Theatre Company’s celebratory 25th Silver Anniversary season.

    David Pegram is in Atlantic Theater Company’s new play, Animal, which began previews on May 24 and opens on June 6 for a limited engagement through June 18 off-Broadway at Atlantic Stage 2 in New York City.

    Erin Cherry performed at Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City for the production of Ren Dara Santaigo’s first production, The Sibling Play.

    Chris Halladay guest starred on the NBC hit television show Law and Order: Special Victims Unit on April 2.

    Lisa Renae Pitts made her Broadway debut in the show Sweat at Studio 54 on April 3. She is the understudy for all of the lead roles.

    Midori Francis received the Obie Award in the best ensemble category on May 22, for the production of The Wolves at Playwrights Realm.

    Jasmine Carmichael stars in Baltimore Center Stage’s Jazz, adapted by Nambi E. Kelley from Toni Morrison’s novel. The production began previews on May 30 and is directed by Baltimore Center Stage artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah. Carmichael will return for season two of Sneaky Pete, with Giovanni Ribisi and Bryan Cranston, on Amazon.

    Christopher Sears was mentioned in The New York Times on April 5 for his work as featured actor in Gently Down the Stream with Harvey Fierstein at The Public Theater.

    Phil McGlaston made his Broadway debut in The Little Foxes, which opened on April 19 at the Manhattan Theatre Club and stars Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof, Rabbit Hole) directs.

  • Visual Arts

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    Caetlynn Booth was in the group show Plus One at Project: ARTspace in New York City from March 6 to 26. One of her paintings has been acquired by the Mississippi Museum of Art—this is especially meaningful as the painting was inspired by the landscape of the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi, where she completed an artist’s residency in 2014.

    Raque Ford was awarded a 2017 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant on February 15.

    Leah Guadagnoli was in the following exhibitions:“Cut, Copy, Paste. It’s Not What You Think,” at Terrault Contemporary in Baltimore, Maryland, from January 5 to February 17; and “When Geometry Smiles,” at Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn from March 3 to April 8. Guadagnoli participated in the Tilleard Projects Artist Residency in Lamu, Kenya, from March 21 to April 21. She also started a studio visit intensive artist-residency program in Brooklyn called the Maple Terrace. Learn more at leahguadagnoli.com/2018-sessions.html.

    Jack Hogan curated “Chin Up Sad Masc Masks,” on view at Here Arts Center in New York City from March 29 to May 26. The exhibition featured Rutgers alumni Colleen Billing and David Torres.

    Aubrey J.Kauffman exhibited in “Photography 37” at the Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown, New Jersey, from February 3 to March 26 , and was selected as one of three artists to exhibit in the “Photography 37 Awards Show” in 2019.

    Dale Klein< had a solo show, “Dale Klein: Pull Through. Prints of Nature Reclaiming the Post-Industrial Landscape,” at the Geisel GalleryinRochester, New York, from March 1to 30.

    Rita LeDuc was awarded a Rutgers University Part-Time LecturerGrant to attend White Pine Programs’ New England Bird Language Intensive. She also directed and hosted GROUNDWORK VI, an interdisciplinary professional development retreat, with Patricia Brace in Claryville, New York. Her work was published in But There Is No Land Near the End by A+E Collective, released on March 27.

    Aliza Morrell exhibited at the Spring/Break Art Show in New York City from March 6 to 12.

    Anthony Viti had a solo exhibition, “Spank Bank 2018,” at Art During the Occupation in Brooklyn from February 2 to 25.

    Ali Osborn was in the group show “The Window” at the Dekalb Gallery at Pratt Institute from February 7 to 24.

    Aaron Williams had a show, “Primitive Man,” at M E N Gallery in New York City from March 31 to April 29.

    Viktor Witkowski participated in the Pilotenkueche artist residency in Leipzig, Germany, from February 1 to March 28. He also exhibited in two group shows in February in Leipzig: “DurchdasHaus” at Ping Pong Gallery and “Unheimlich” at Alte Handelsschule.