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Oluwadamilare Ayorinde and Erin Dowd performed in Bill Young’s Interleaving at 100 Grand in New York City from December 8 to 11.
Kayla Collymore was chosen as one of 25 to watch by Dance Magazine. She is performing with METdance of Houston, Texas.
Jennifer Payan joined the New York-based Stefanie Batten Bland Company as a full-time dancer.
Kyle Marshall performed with Rutgers professor Doug Elkins of Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc. in Sarasota, Florida, at the Ringling International Arts Festival in October. Marshall presented work at DanceNow at Joe’s Pub in September.
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Clarinetist Sungwon Hwang has been invited to teach as a member of the faculty at the InterHarmony Festival in Germany this summer.
Mimi Zhang won an international audition for co-principal horn of a new full-time professional orchestra, which will be under the auspices of the Beijing Central Conservatory, conducted by its director. Her co-principal is from France and there are players from Germany as well as China filling out the section.
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J. Mallory McCree continued his standout performance on the Showtime series Homeland. McCree plays Sekou Bah in a multi-episode arc that continued in the episode “The Man in the Basement,” which premiered on January 22. He will be featured in several more episodes in the show’s sixth season.
Brandon Flynn stars in the new musical Kid Victory which is the latest collaboration from composer John Kander (Cabaret, Chicago, The Scottsboro Boys) and playwright Greg Pierce (Slowgirl, Her Requiem). Flynn plays 17-year-old Luke, who returns to his small Kansas town after a wrenching one-year absence. As his friendship grows with the town misfit, Emily, his parents realize that in order to truly find their son, they must confront some unnerving truths about his disappearance.
John Lassiter was nominated for a 2017 St. Louis Theater Circle Award for best design for his lighting design of Follies at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. The awards honor outstanding work at professional St. Louis, Missouri, theaters.
Markita Prescott played the character of Denise in the Netflix original film Barry. The film, released in December, follows a young Barack Obama during his life at Columbia in 1981.
Mitch Bullman Bullman was listed as one of the “Best Leading Performances in Theater in 2016” in Wisconsin by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in December. He was recognized for his work in 4,000 Miles at Forward Theater Company.
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Milcah Bassel participated in a group performance, Misreadings/Drafting a Strand, with fellow artist Amanda Thackray at Venus Knitting Art Space in Bushwick, New York, on December 9 and 18. Bassel is attending the Guttenberg Space + Time Artist (STAR) Residency from January 4 to April 2. She is featured in the traveling group exhibition A Dark Wood at the Noyes Museum of art in Atlantic City, New Jersey, from January 19 to April 23. She also has a public mural, The Body Lexicon Series | Refrain I, at the Gateway Concourse in Newark, New Jersey, for Project for Empty Space, through April.
Caetlynn Booth is participating in the group exhibition SEEP at the Arlington Arts Center in Virginia from January 21 to March 26. Booth’s work was also featured in Maake Magazine issue #3. In addition to the painting, Booth participated in an online interview with the magazine.
Paul DeMuro had a solo exhibition, Tapestry, at Essex Flowers Gallery in New York City from January 7 to February 5.
Amy Feldman is in the group exhibition Riot Grrrls at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Chicago, December 15 to June 18. Feldman also has a solo exhibition, Breath Myth, at Blain | Southern Gallery in Berlin, Germany, February 11 to April 8.
Rita Leduc had an installation, Who Goes There, at Ortega y Gasset’s project space, The Skirt, in Brooklyn, New York, from December 10 to February 19. She gave an artist talk to accompany the exhibition on February 9.
Aliza Morell is in a group exhibition, You Drain Me, at Tempus Projects in Tampa, Florida, from January 16 to March 3. Morell was accepted to the New American Paintings Northeast juried exhibition in print, published in February.
Aaron Williams had a solo exhibition, thrones and dominions, at Guest Spot @ THE REINSTITUTE in Baltimore, Maryland, from January 15 to February 25.