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Recent Alumni News

  • Dance

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    Sarah Lifson was mentioned in The New York Times for her March 17 performance of Netta Yerushalmy’s Helga and the Three Sailors at New York Live Arts, as part of the Joyce Theater’s offsite series.

    Kyle Georgina Marsh and her Dancing Georgina Project performed Arrow Dynamic – Phase II on March 8 at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, New York.

    Kyle Marshall showcased Limit, a trio performed by alumni Miriam Gabriel, Monica Gonzalez, and Myssi Robinson. The piece was performed at 161 Chrystie Street in New York City on January 21. Kyle Marshall’s choreography was selected to be one of six artists-in-residence at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens, New York. Throughout the residency, he will have four free pop-up performances outside in different public spaces around the theater, with the first one scheduled for Saturday, April 18.

    Nick Sciscione was the featured dancer in Honey Baby, a video collaboration between visual artist Janine Antoni and choreographer Stephen Petronio. Honey Baby is presented as part of Antoni’s current exhibition titled From the Vow Made presented at the Luhring Augustine Gallery in New York City from March 21 through April 25.

    Madeline Warriner was named the Lilyan B. Wright Outstanding Future Professional for 2015 by the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

  • Music

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    Elizabeth Murphy sang the national anthem at the inauguration of newly elected Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf on January 20.

  • Theater

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    Kristen Adele released the trailer for her original web series, Kitchens & Calhoun Present: The Struggle, on January 13. Kristen Adele appeared in Curious Theatre Company’s production of The Brother/Sister Plays: In the Red and Brown Water, in Denver, Colorado. The show ran March 7 through April 18.

    Turron Kofi Alleyne starred in an episode of the ABC TV series Forever that originally aired December 2.

    Michole Biancosino is co-artistic director of Project Y Theatre Company based in New York. She directed several pieces featured in Project Y’s production of the TechnoPlays, 11 short plays, including new work by playwriting alum Dano Madden. The shows ran in Access Theater in New York City from January 28–February 1.

    MaameYaa Boafo became the voice for a Dove Chocolate commercial campaign in January.

    Bill Bowers premiered his new play, Stories from the Road, at the SoloWorks Festival at The Millibo Art Theatre in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The show ran from January 22–25. On January 4, Bowers performed his solo work It Goes Without Saying as the keynote performance of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. He was recently announced as the 2015–2016 artist in residence at All for One Solo Theater in New York City. Bill Bowers performed his one-man show Bill Bowers: Stories from the Road in this year’s Asolo Repertory Theatre Unplugged Series. The performance took place in Sarasota, Florida, on March 15.

    Larry Brown is assistant art director on HBO’s series The Knick.

    Katya Campbell made her Broadway debut in Disgraced understudying Gretchen Mol at The Lyceum Theatre in New York City. She went on to play the character Emily on January 3, 24, and 25. The show runs until March 1.

    Melissa Chacon stage managed the production of The Iceman Cometh, starring Nathan Lane, at Brooklyn Academy of Music. The show, which originated at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, ran from February 12 through March 15.

    Amy Clites and Elisa Richardson appeared in a benefit performance of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues at the Moss Theater in Los Angeles on March 28. One-hundred percent of the proceeds benefited A Window Between Worlds, an organization that utilizes art to heal trauma.

    Mike Donovan appeared on the FOX original series The Following. The episode aired March 23.

    Brian Dykstra premieres his latest solo project SELLING OUT at The Playroom Theater in New York. The show opened January 27 and runs through March 3. Dykstra also has two original works featured in the Bank of America Winter Village Winter Carnival at Bryant Park in New York City. His pieces were shown in the theater tent as part of Short Plays by the Drilling Company, which ran the weekend of January 30–31.

    Melissa Firlit directed several pieces featured in Project Y Theatre’s Technoplays, 11 short plays, at Access Theater in New York. The shows ran January 28–February 1. Firlit recently won the Denver Regional Award in Best Direction for the production Red at Pagosa Springs Center in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Melissa Firlit directed Misterman as part of Boulder [Colorado] Arts Week. The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts presented Misterman from March 26 to April 3.

    Dennis Flanagan and Tom Pelphrey joined the cast of Cinemax’s original drama series Banshee, now in its third season. Flanagan plays the role of Leo Fitzpatrick; Pelphrey plays the role of Kurt Bunker. The season finale episode starring both actors aired on March 13.

    Kyla Garcia performed her one-woman show The Mermaid Who Learned How to Fly in the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival in Venice, CA.

    Christina Gordon is performing in the national tour of the Pushcart Players. She was seen in Red Riding Hood and Other Stories (Once Upon A Time) at the Center for the Arts at the College of Staten Island on March 25.

    Aaliyah Habeeb is touring the Midwest starring in a production of African America from January 19 through February 26. The show was presented as part of the 55454 Series at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on February 7-9.

    Christopher Halladay was featured on the CBS TV series Blue Bloods. The original episode aired December 12, 2014.

    Rachel Hip-Flores starred in Once Upon a Time There Was a Forest, a world premiere mounted by the Flux Theatre Ensemble in New York City. The show ran December 6–20, 2014.

    Samantha Ivers was featured in the film Once Upon A Time in Brooklyn, which premiered on Spike TV on March 23. She also appeared in an episode of the NBC series The Mysteries of Laura that aired on February 11.

    Jonathan Karp and Henry Dwyer starred in the world premiere of The Accidental Caregiver in the Venus/Adonis Theater Festival at Robert Moss Theater in New York. The show ran January 26–31.

    John P. Keller played the title role in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s production of Henry V. The show ran from February 18 through March 22 in Orlando, Florida.

    Daniel Lawson made news with his costume design for the CBS TV series The Good Wife. On January 21, Entertainment Tonight highlighted the connection between Daniel’s choices for the main character in the series to the choice of the same clothing by First Lady Michelle Obama.

    David Ledoux directed alumna Gweneth Benson as Miranda in The Tempest at QED in Astoria, New York. The show ran from March 26 to 31.

    Christopher Livingston starred in the off-Broadway premiere of Peerless, by Jiehae Park, at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City. The show ran from March 4 to 14.

    Kate Lydic and Jack Cummins worked on the New York Shakespeare Exchange’s production of Titus Andronicus at Here Arts Center, which ran January 22–February 8.

    Abraham Makany was featured in the season premiere episode of the FX TV series The Americans on January 28.

    Eliza Martin Simpson stars as Nimmee in an off-Broadway production of The Woodsman at 59E59th Street Theaters in New York. The show opened January 12 and runs through February 22.

    Wally Marzano wrote and he and Michael Sorvino are producing the feature film Captain of the Land of Make Believe. In addition, Marzano will play the lead and Sorvino will appear in the film.

    Raymond McAnally won Outstanding Actor for his performance in One Man, Two Guvnors, at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. The award was given as part of the 2015 St. Louis Theater Circle Awards on March 23.

    J Colie McClellan premiered her solo show They Call Me Arethusa at The Tank in New York. The show ran January 23–25.

    Rosemary McLaughlin premiered her short play, Totally Not Liam, in Speranza Theatre Company’s Six Seasonal Shorts event on March 6 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

    JV Mercanti was recently named full-time faculty (professor of acting) at Pace University in New York. The announcement was made March 19.

    M. Rowan Meyer premiered the pilot for his new video series, The Lexicon Artist, on January 28.

    Chris Mixon is currently starring in To Kill A Mockingbird at Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Orlando, Florida. The show runs January 21 through March 8.

    Elaine Molinaro directed Space in Between: One-Acts by French Female Playwrights at Luna Stage in South Orange, New Jersey. The shows ran January 14–17.

    Jim Ortlieb appears in Circle X Theatre Company’s production of Trevor, starring Laurie Metcalf at the Atwater Village Theatre in Los Angeles. The show ran March 19 through April 19.

    Lisa Renee Pitts was featured in a February 27 article on The Pursuit for Wellness website. The story focused on her work in theater, television, and film. Her current project Straight Outta Compton, a film directed by F. Gary Gray, is in post-production.

    Larissa Polonsky and Ryan O’Nan appear in the film Woven.

    Ruffin Prentiss appeared in an episode of the NBC television series The Mysteries of Laura that aired on February 3. He also appeared in the CBS television series Madame Secretary on March 8.

    John Prosky is starring in A Walk in the Woods, written by former faculty member Lee Blessing at the Sierra Madre Playhouse in Sierra Madre, California. The play opened January 23 and runs through February 21.

    Gary Ramsey appeared as God Pan in Louisa Proske’s take on the operetta Daphnis and Chloe in the Heartbeat Opera Spring Festival at Sheen Center in New York City on March 20. A favorable review of his work was featured in the March 22 online article of Allegri con Fuoco.

    Richard Robichaux is the head of acting at The Pennsylvania State University. He also appeared in Richard Linklater’s celebrated film Boyhood.

    Brandon Rubin was featured in a reading of Little Rock: An American Play at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on January 17.

    Allison Siko made her off-Broadway debut in A Happy End, by Iddo Netanyahu, at Abingdon Theatre Company. The production ran from February 27 through March 29.

    Jerome Smith is the assistant stage manager for La Traviata at Fort Worth Opera in Texas. In February and early March, he was the assistant stage manager at Palm Beach Opera.

    Chelsea Spack had her guest spot on the FOX TV series Gotham turned into the recurring role of Kristen Kringle (love interest to the series’ character Edward Nygma). She’s filmed episodes 12–14 of season one, and is scheduled to film three more episodes.

    Moritz Von Stuelpnagel made his Broadway directorial debut with Hand to God, by Robert Askins, playing at the Booth Theatre in New York City. The show held its first preview performance on March 12 and opened on April 7.

    Barbara Seyda will receive the Yale Drama Series Prize, for her play Celia, A Slave: 26 Characters Testify. The 2015 award recipient was chosen by playwright Nicholas Wright, who serves as judge for the 2015 and 2016 competitions.

    Shane Taylor and Terrell Wheeler starred in Florida Studio Theatre’s production of Fly by Trey Ellis and alum Ricardo Khan. Directed by Khan, the play ran February 4 through April 4 in Sarasota, Florida.

    April Yvette Thompson held her first TEDxTalk, entitled Re-write Your Story, lecturing with excerpts of her solo award-winning show Liberty City. The TEDx Coconut Grove event was published on YouTube March 2.

    Vera Varmalov appeared in Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending with the Dark Side of Saturn Productions in Orlando, Florida. The show closed on February 8.

    Bethany Wampos-Watson designed the scenery for Our Town at Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School in Bridgewater, New Jersey. The production ran February 27 and 28.

    Meghan Ward, Bethanie Wampol Watson, Laine Wong, and Ann Marie Donnelly were part of the artistic staff and production team for tick, tick…BOOM! with American Theater Group at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, New Jersey. The show opened January 29 and ran through February 8.

    Evan Weinstein’s film Leaving Circadia won best feature at the Fort Meyers Film Festival in Florida in March. The film will have its Soho International Film Festival premiere on May 16 in New York City. The company features a number of Rutgers acting alumni.

    Antu Yacob starred in Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World as part of the 55454 Series at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The show ran from January 17–19.

  • Visual Arts

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    Tomer Aluf’s solo exhibition Free Drama is on view at Retrospective in Hudson, New York, through January 17.

    Josh Brilliant, Derek Franklin, and Jason Carey-Shepherd were in the group exhibition Everybody Sees the Same Elephant at Vertigo Art Space in Denver, Colorado, March 12–April 24.

    Cait Carouge was one of five artists in the exhibition Negative Space at the Knockdown Center in Queens, New York, February 28–April 19.

    Raque Ford’s solo show That Which We Call a Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet was on view at Soloway Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, March 8–April 5.

    Rita Leduc was featured in the solo show To the Waters and the Wild from March 19 to April 24 at the Wells College String Room Gallery in Aurora, New York. She is also featured in the group exhibition BRURAL: Skin of Liberty, Fractured and re-Structured at the Brooklyn Fire Proof Temporary Storage Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, February 20–March 8. Leduc was a panelist for the event “Embodied Place: Observations and Notation” on February 26 in Sierra Nevada College in Tahoe, Nevada.

    Raque Ford and Erika Hickle were in the exhibition Absolutely Yours at 321 Gallery in Washington, D.C., from November 7 to December 6. 

    Ellen Lesperance had work in the Material Art Fair in Mexico City from February 5 to 8.