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Taylor Drury (BFA ’14) choreographed a new work called Salad Days that was premiered by the Steffi Nossen Dance Company at Purchase College Performing Arts Center in March. 

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet will perform at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from June 3 to 6. Company members include Daphne Fernberger (BFA ’14), Navarra Novy-Williams (BFA ’06), Raymond Pinto (BFA ’13), and Rachelle Scott (BFA ’12).

Jamal Rashann Callender (BFA ’09) has joined Mannheim Ballet, where he will be dancing with fellow alums Julia Headley (BFA ’13) and Brian McNeal (BFA ’05).

Square None, a 2012 piece choreographed by Norbert de la Cruz III (BFA ’10), opened Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s show in Tucson at Centennial Hall in March. 


Carlye Eckert (BFA ’09), Lindsay Harwell (BFA ’13), Ingrid Kapteyn (BFA ’13), Haylee Nichele (BFA ’11), and Jeff Sykes (BFA ’11) will perform as members of the Brian... Read more


Significant Other by Joshua Harmon (Playwrights ’14), which is directed by Trip Cullman, will premiere at the Roundabout on May 21 and run through August 16. Harmon also wrote the book for Radio City’s New York Spring Spectacular.

Kate McGonigle (Group 43) will portray Elsie in A.R. Gurney’s What I Did Last Summer, which will be at the Signature Theater through June 7.

Brittany Vicars (BFA ’14) made her New York stage debut in 39 Steps in April. It’s at the Union Square Theater, and Bruce Robert Harris (BFA ’86, dance) is a co-producer.

Grantham Coleman (Group 41) starred in Buzzer at the Public this spring. It was written by Tracey Scott Wilson and directed by Anne Kauffman. 

Jeremie Harris (Group 41) plays Langston Hughes in the HBO movie Bessie, which premieres on May 16.

Of Good Stock by Melissa Ross (Playwrights ’12) will be on Stage... Read more


Angela Contreras-Reyes with Mariinsky BassesKarina Canellakis (MM ’13, orchestral conducting), assistant conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Yuga Cohler (MM ’13, orchestral conducting), music director of the Weill Cornell Medical College Orchestra and the N.Y.C. director of the Asia America New Music Initiative, each received $25,000 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards, it was announced in March.

Angela Contreras-Reyes (MM ’13, double bass) is now the assistant double bass with the Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg, Russia. She is pictured at far left with the Mariinsky basses. (Photo: Kirill Karikov)

In April, mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta (Artist Diploma ’13, opera studies) debuted on the Naxos label with an album of music by American composer William Perry. The recording also features baritone John Brancy (BM ’11, MM ’13,... Read more