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Ernesto Breton (BFA ’13) has joined the cast of Sleep No More, the Off Broadway reimagining of Macbeth at the McKittrick Hotel. Garth Johnson (BFA ’13) and Ingrid Kapteyn (BFA ’13) are also in the cast; the show is scheduled to close May 26.

Tyler Phillips (BFA ’13) and Justin Sayre, a writer and storyteller, collaborated on three pieces of poetry and dance called Covetous, which they presented at Dixon Place in New York City in February.

In February, L.A. Dance Project, including company members McKenna Birmingham (BFA ’12), Anthony Bryant (BFA ’07), Aaron Carr (BFA ’09), Julia Eichten (BFA ’11), Nathan B. Makolandra (BFA ’12), and Rachelle Rafailedes (BFA ’09), performed at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, a new venue in the old United Artist Building.

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Jordan Geiger (Group 41) was in Ken Urban’s new play The Correspondent at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York, which was directed by Stephen Brackett. 

Shalita Grant (Group 41) and Liesel Allen-Yeager (Group 41) reprised their Broadway roles in faculty member Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. The production, which was directed by David Hyde Pierce at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, ran in February and March.

Alex Hanna (Group 41) was in Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities at the Repertory Theater of St. Louis in February and March. The production was directed by Steven Woolf.

Claire Karpen (Group 41) co-directed Strangemen and Co.’s production of James Ortiz’s The Woodsman at 59E59 in New York. Based on the writings of L. Frank Baum, the production ran in February.

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On May 17, Michael Brown (BM ’09, piano; MM ’11, piano and composition) will hold a CD release and recital party for his recording of piano music by George Perle (Bridge Records) at the DiMenna Center in New York City.

On April 7, Grigory Smirnov (MM ’11, composition) will present a concert of new works in Merkin Concert Hall. Performers will include Adrian Daurov (BM ’07, MM ’09, cello), David Kaplan (ACJW ’12, piano), Anna Shelest (MM ’10, piano), Martin Bakari (MM ’13, voice), Julius Abrahams (Graduate Diploma ’12, collaborative piano), and the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York.


In January, Brian Hsu (Pre-College ’00; BM ’04, MM ’06, piano) was hired as an assistant professor of piano at Loyola University New Orleans.

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