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Nigel Campbell (BFA ’08) wrote a post on Armando Braswell’s (BFA ’06) blog Interview EL’air about his journey from dancing professionally in Sweden to returning to New York City to dance with Gibney Dance Company.

Annika Sheaff (BFA ’06) received a Creative Workforce Fellowship for dance and filmmaking from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

Austin McCormick (BFA ’06) is choreographing the Metropolitan Opera’s new staging of Dvořák’s Rusalka; it opens next February.

Caroline Finn (BFA ’04) became the artistic director of National Dance Company Wales in the fall.


Jessica Lang’s (BFA ’97) eponymous dance company has made Long Island City its permanent home; this rentable space for studios, workshops, and master classes is to open in September.

Rebecca Lazier (BFA ’90) premiered There Might Be Others at New York Live Arts in March. The work featured 14 dancers, and the music, a...Read more

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Jen Silverman (Playwrights ’15) and playwriting fellow Martyna Majok were two of the four writers of Wondrous Strange, which was commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville and performed in March and April by the theater’s Acting Apprentice Company as part of this year’s Humana Festival of New American Plays. At the festival, Silverman won a Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association citation for her play The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane.

Don’t Smoke in Bed by Aurin Squire (Playwrights ’15) had its premiere at London’s Finborough Theatre in March.

Alex Breaux (Group 43) was one of the stars of Lucas Hnath’s Red Speedo. Directed by Lileanna Blain-Cruz, it was at the New York Theatre Workshop from February to April.

♦ Previews for Lincoln Center Theater’s production of War by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Playwrights ’14) begin May 21. The production, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, runs through July...Read more

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In March, the trio Broadwood Junction—Patrick Jones (Graduate Diploma ’14, historical performance), Francis Liu (MM ’14, historical performance), and Sarah Stone (MM ’15, historical performance)—performed works by Haydn, Beethoven, George Onslow, and others with accompaniment on an 1810 Broadwood square piano at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in Pelham Bay Park.

In March, the Quodlibet Ensemble made its New York debut at Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church. The roster includes Jae-Won Bang (MM ’13, historical performance), Jeffrey Grossman (MM ’11, historical performance), Daniel S. Lee (BM ’04, violin), Kyle Miller (MM ’12, viola, MM ’14, historical performance), Edson Scheid (Graduate Diploma ’15, historical performance), Beth Wenstrom (Graduate Diploma ’11, historical performance), and former ACJW members Hannah Collins and Nathan Schram. The program included music by Copland, Corelli, and Telemann.

In March, Elliot Figg (MM ’13, historical performance) conducted six performances of...Read more