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Malcolm Ewen AC76 has worked for many years as a stage manager at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company and is currently in the process of stage managing their production of WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF as it transfers to Broadway.

William Soleau AC77 has restaged and created several ballets this past year for companies here in the U.S. and abroad.  He most recently premiered his "Appalachian Spring" on the State Street Ballet with the Santa Barbara Symphony along with his Beatle's Ballet "Love, Love, Love" conducted by Sir George Martin. His award winning full length ballet from 1989 called "Starry Night" about the life of Vincent Van Gogh originally created on Ballet Florida was restaged at the Granada Theater in Santa Barbara California this past November. This year he is working with several ballet companies staging a new version of the "Firebird", a world premiere work "Chasing Cello" for the Richmond Ballet, a restaging of his "Carmina Burana" and is directing and choreographing an original full-length theater ballet called "An American Tango" for State Street Ballet where he is the Resident Choreographer. www.balletdances.com

Jeff Janisheski AC90 who is the Artistic Director at the National Theater Institute since August of 2008, will take a position in 2012 as Head of the Acting Program at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (Australia), where Mel Gibson, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and others studied.  

Wendy Rich Stetson AC91  performed in Lincoln Center Theater's production of "A Free Man of Color", a new play by John Guare starring Jeffrey Wright AC87. She is currently in California, rehearsing Sarah Ruhl's new version of "The Three Sisters" at Berkeley Rep, which is a co-production with Yale Rep and will be the first show of their 2011-2012 season.

Alec Hammond AC92
has finished designing the TV pilot Lie To Me, starring Tim Roth and directed by Robert Schwenkte (Flightplan), and produced by David Nevins (AC88).  He is currently designing "Red" directed by Robert Schwentke, starring Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis, Mary Louise Parker and Helen Mirren. In 2009, he was the Production Designer for the film "The Invention of Lying" and "The Box". Prior to that he was the production designer for Ricky Gervais' (The British Office) first feature writing/directing job "This Side of Truth."  Alec also received the 2009 Princess Grace Statue Award from the Princess Grace Foundation.  It is their highest honor, given to a previous Princess Grace award winner for career achievement. 

Lisa Biggs AC93 is working on her PhD in Performance Studies at Northwestern University.

Ruby Rowat AC93 recently moved to Brisbane Australia where she is starting up a new trapeze performance duo after performing all over the world for the past ten years.

Yanira Castro (AC94) latest work THE PEOPLE TO COME received rave reviews from the NY Times on 6/14/13.  Read the review at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/16/arts/dance/yanira-castros-the-people-to-come.html?ref=arts&_r=2 and is nomnated for a Bessie Award https://www.dancenyc.org/bessies/#nominations. Yanira and Kathy Couch '95 are also both part of the Artist Talk and Exhibition at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. http://www.newmuseum.org/calendar/view/performance-archiving-performance-artists-talk
http://www.newmuseum.org/pages/view/performance-archiving-performance

Gregory Moss (AC94) is a writer and performer from Newburyport, MA. He holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brown University’s Graduate Literary Arts Program. His work has been developed with or produced by the A.R.T.,
Playwrights Horizons, PlayPenn, Clubbed Thumb, and New York TheatreWorkshop. Gregory is the recipient of a Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship, a Millay Colony Residency, and a Eugene O’Neill Center Playwrights Conference residency. Current productions include punkplay at the Steppenwolf Garage (Spring 2010), Orange, Hat and Grace at Soho Rep (Fall 2010), and House of Gold at Woolly Mammoth (Fall 2010).  The Playwrights' Center recently named him as one of the recipients of the distinguished 2010-11 Jerome Fellowship.

Kathy Couch AC95 is busy as usual working on lighting designs for several productions.  One of the productions, The People To Come, by Yanira Castro'94 has been nominated for a Bessie Award.  https://www.dancenyc.org/bessies/#nominations  Kathy and Yanira are also both part of the Artist Talk and Exhibition at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. http://www.newmuseum.org/calendar/view/performance-archiving-performance-artists-talk
http://www.newmuseum.org/pages/view/performance-archiving-performance In addition, Kathy is Lighting Designer for Another Tree Dance at the Chocolate Factory Theater. http://www.chocolatefactorytheater.org/redesign/event/karinne-keithley-syers-another-tree-dance/   and for Einstein Happiest Thought at ICA Boston. http://www.icaboston.org/programs/performance/einsteins_happiest_thought/

Dance writer, Erika Kinetz AC95 has recently been published in, among others, Newsweek Magazine and the New York Times writing on politics and tourism in SE Asia.

Jemma Alix Levy AC95 is directing Shakespeare's HENRY V presented by the Muse of Fire Theatre Company at the Evanston's Ladd Arboretum August 1-23.  Information on the performances can be found at www.museoffire.webs.com

Julie Powell AC95 since writing Julie and Julia which won the Quill Award for Debut Author and the first annual Overall Lulu Blooker Prize for Books as well as was nominated for a Books for a Better Life award,  Julie's second book, Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat and Obsession, was released by Little, Brown & Co. in December 2009.

Andrew Sloat AC99 has a video that is showing in Times Square until the end of this month as October's Midnight Moment.
1st Amendment (excerpts) is the most recent installment of his We the Constitution  project. It was made in partnership with AIGA/NY, Times Square Arts, and the Times Square Advertising Coalition.
Show times: Every night through October 31, 2013, 11:57 pm to midnight.

Jewel Younge AC99 is a professor at Olive Harvey College where she has been a key player in revitalizing the theater there.

Mabel Lajes AC99 is the Literacy Chair at the Boston Preparatory Charter Public School; she recently brought a group of 8th grade students to her alma mater to tour the theater and dance department and see a current production.

Eddie Kim AC00 is teaching theater at Pierrepont School.  He has just completed a successful run of  "Grand Theft Ovid," in July, at the Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in which stories from Ovid were re-told using video games.    The piece was mentioned on ifc.com, tdf stages, and on gamepro.com.    It also was  favorably reviewed by the NY Times.  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/16/theater/16video.html

Marina Libel AC01 has a new project, BRAIN WAITING ROOM, opening on June 9,2011 in Brooklyn.  Details are at marinalibel.com.  Marina also will be performing SHE TURNED ON THE LIGHT by Wendy Woodson at La Mama's Courthouse theatre in Melbourne, June 22-26, 2011. http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/theatre/la-mama-to-put-on-the-light-after-new-york-debut-20110621-1gdam.html

Marina Reti AC01 was Costume Designer for the Julliard Opera Theater’s production of Idomeneo. She also designed for the Aspen Opera Theater’s productions of Eliogabalo, Carmen, and Cosi Fan Tutte and for Columbia Stages A Flea in Her Ear.

Ryan Platt AC01 now a Phd student at Cornell has won a prestigious DAAD fellowship for dissertation research in Berlin where he will work for the next 1-3 years. His dissertation is a study of the legacy of the avant-garde on contemporary experimental theatre and dance, assessing it as a dominant paradigm that he is attempting to unsettle through critical analysis in order to provide passage to an emergent paradigm that at the present moment he calls screen aesthetics.

Christina Septien AC01 is working on her Masters in Physical Therapy.

Emily Alpren AC02 recently received her MFA in Acting from ART and is now in Los Angeles looking for work in film.

Bernard Bygott AC02  This past summer Bernard played Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice with Ohio Shakespeare Festival. Both productions were very well received. This December he created two roles in the world premiere of A Carol For Cleveland at the Cleveland Play House by Broadway playwright, Eric Coble (The Velocity of Autumn). In February, as part of CWRU/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program, he will be co-creating a devised piece with the acclaimed director, Anders Cato, based on the writing of August Strindberg.

Jamie O'Brien AC02 recently accepted a position  at The New Victory/New 42nd Street Theatre in NY as Marketing Associate.

Brian Clowdus AC03 is the Founder and Artistic Director of Serenbe Playhouse. This new Metro-Atlanta based regional theatre will be producing their inaugural season this Summer 2010. Please visit www.serenbeplayhouse.com for full information.

Trsitan Jeffers AC03 is the artistic Associate for Fault Line Theater, the company he co-founded. Their new production "From White Plains" that received rave reviews from The New York TImes and Backstage, runs through March 9.  For more information please go to http://www.faultlinetheater.org/from-white-plains-2013-off-broadway/.

 Julia Brownell AC04 graduated from NYU in May '08. Julia was a staff writer for the HBO series "Hung" and is currently writing for SMASH on NBC.

Anne MacRae AC04
is the literary manager at the Manhattan Theatre Club.

Katherine Buechner AC04
is a graduate student in the Yale School of Sound Design.

Eric Vennemeyer AC04 and Timothy Hahn 06 have started a production company called Chinese Takeout Films and won a number of awards at the 24 Hour Film Race and 48 Hour Film Project, including Best Film of 2011 at both festivals.  Please visit their website at http://chinesetakeoutfilms.com/  In July, the two filmakers led a panel at Comic-Con International entitled "From Fanboy to Filmaker: A Case Study on How to Create A Successful Animated Film."

Tarja (Dasha) Martikainen AC05 is attending NYU Tisch School of the Arts Design for Stage and Film graduate program.

Zeina Nasr AC05 is currently working on her masters at Mills College and continuing to create dance and music compositions.

Isaiah Tanenbaum AC05 recently performed in THE LESSER SEDUCTIONS OF HISTORY by August Schulenberg with the Flux Theatre Ensemble.  For more information on his work with the ensemble go to www.fluxtheatre.org.

Jonathan Wemette AC05   Jon is working on his MFA in Theater Management at Yale.

Keith Boynton AC05E and Tim Hahn AC06 just finished a 3-month project making an animated music video for the band Darlingside.  Check out the video at http://vimeo.com/crazylakepictures/theancestor

As part of her MFA actor training, Trinity Rep Company's mainstage production of The Crucible features Olivia D'Ambrosio '06E.  The show runs from February 4-March 13, 2011.  More info at http://www.trinityrep.com/on_stage/current_season/TN.php

Taela Brooks AC 06  is living in Melbourne Australia working as a stage performer, choreographer and teacher.  Her next show is Gershwin's Crazy for You.  For more information check www.taelanaomi.com.

Nick Brentley AC06 performed in the lead role in World Dance Fusion's production of The Jewish Nutcracker in December 2012. He and Lisa Lynn also entered and won at the Alegria de Samba competition and since have been steadily rehearsing and performing throughout the Bay with, SambaFunk!, in preparation for San Francisco and Oakland Carnavals, May 26-27.   Nick plans to perform for the 2013 San Francisco Carnaval King & Queen competition.   Nick is now a member of the Embodiment Project dance company.  A number of performances lined up for the rest of the year can be found at www.embodimentproject.org. Acting is making its way into Nick’s career by way of a short film, Meet Me By The Lake by Galen Livingston. For more information, http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1336308000/meet-me-by-the-lake-a-short-film?ref=email Back in August 2012 Nick and a small team of dancers, singers and theater technicians banded together for a one-day workshop around The Precipice. Sometime between March-April, Nick will be participating in a 3-week workshop at San Francisco's Z-Space to help build the show to a grander scale.  For more background about The Precipice including a documentary video of the initial workshop, please visit the www.upontheprecipice.com

Timothy Hahn AC06 is living and working in San Francisco as a freelance film editor. http://chinesetakeoutfilms.com/

Andrew Kelsey AC06 is at the Yale School of Drama.

Milena Dabova AC 07  Milena Dabova AC07 is Core Actor at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA (www.doubleedgetheatre.org <http://www.doubleedgetheatre.org> ), where she is leading the dance research of the company’s upcoming performance, The Grand Parade.

Emma Jaster AC07   The last weekend in October, Emma opens Cabaret Macabre with her dad, Mark Jaster, Amherst alum circa 1977, and his company Happenstance Theatre at the the Round House Theatre in Silver Spring, MD.  Based on the work of Edward Gorey and other Victorian Gothic-inspired song and spectacle, the show runs Oct 29-Nov 7.   You can get tickets and more information on the show at www.happenstancetheater.com http://happenstancetheater.com.  Then a new show for the New Orleans Fringe Festival Nov 19-21 entitled Next Time the Neatline with her new company The Likely Pear.  There will be one sneak preview showing in DC on November 11.  Next Time the Neatline is the story of a girl who leaves home to follow the trail of a mysterious stranger.  Inspired by Charlie Chaplin's Tramp and the experiments of the cartographer Ptolemy, this is a coming of age story told through clown, puppetry, mime, and song.  A single actor and a suitcase transport us into a realm of quirky spectacle as our hero confronts the boundaries - neatlines - of her greatest adventure.
Details at www.likelypear.com http://www.likelypear.com

Emily Rosenberg AC 07 has had a very busy year doing freelance work in addition to her completing her 4th season at the Metropolitan Opera as the Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor for the ladies’ chorus.  Last August she designed costumes for Opera Omnia’s production of Giasone performed at Le Poisson Rouge that were featured in the New York Times.  Last January she designed costumes for a new opera The Giver at Kansas City Lyric Opera.  In February she designed for The Time of Your Life at the Attic Theater Company in NY.  She is returning this summer to Central City Opera in Colorado as their Wardrobe Supervisor.

Brian Lewis AC08 attends the  Yale School of Drama.   He recently performed in their production of Three Sisters along with Wendy Stetson AC91.

Lucille Jun AC08 is in South Korea performing with a traditional Korean dance company, "Yeon." She is one of three teachers choreographing for 250 people who have had minimal dance experience for an upcoming festival in Seoul. 

Rose Abramoff AC09 is currently making a piece for a free dance/art/music show in someone's house organized by the little local group Heynow Dancea and is a guest dancer in the Mythos:Pathos Project put on by the Luminarium Dance Company,(http://www.LuminariumDance.org)  all while finishing her 3rd year in grad school for forest ecology and beginning as a PhD candidate doing lots of cool research.

Tierra Allen AC09 spent 2 years in Boston tutoring and co-directing the drama program at a charter school while performing in fringe and children's theater. She has just relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Donatella Galella AC09 received her PhD in Theatre from the CUNY Graduate Center. In fall 2015, she will join the Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production at UC Riverside as an Assistant Professor."

Claire Kiechel AC09 is in the MFA in playwriting program at The New School in NYC.

Teana White AC10 is working at a non-profit called Phipps Community Development Corporation as a college awareness advisor for two local Bronx schools and is dancing with a West African Dance company called Harambee.

Natasha Smith AC11is a literary intern at the Alliance Theatre.

Grace Booth AC12 will be continuing in the MFA program at Dell'Arte for the next 2 years and will be working with Double Edge Theater this summer.

Michelle Escobar AC12 has been cast as "Guapa" in GUAPA.  A 
National New Play Network Rolling world premiere written by Caridad Svich 
March 21 to April 13, 2013.  For more information, visit http://www.milagro.org/2-BoxOffice-Taquilla/tickets.html

Theater and Dance alums are invited to send their news to be posted here by email to Stephanie Sweet at ssweet@amherst.edu.