Alumni Spotlight

Talleri McRae recognized by American Theatre’s Roll Call

Thursday, May 18, 2017   |  American Theatre
A portrait of Talleri McRae

Talleri McRae (M.F.A., Theatre, 2010) was recognized in American Theatre's Roll Call. She is currently a teaching artist and access/inclusion consultant whose work focuses on fostering the creativity and passion of the disability rights movement and developing meaningful theatre for young audiences.

Christopher Diaz featured singer in Hancock College’s "Folklórico!"

Monday, May 15, 2017   |  Santa Maria Times
A portrait of Chris Diaz

Christopher Diaz (M.M., Music and Human Learning, 2012) was a featured singer in "Folklórico!," the annual collaborative production sponsored by Hancock College in Santa Maria, California. Diaz is a newly appointed professor in the college’s music program.

Naomi Boyd named endowed professor at West Virginia University

Monday, May 15, 2017   |  West Virginia University
A portrait of Naomi Boyd

Naomi Boyd (B.F.A., Dance, 1999) was named an endowed professor at West Virginia University. She is currently the department chair for the Department of Finance and an associate producer in the College of Business and Economics. She is also the founding director for the new Center for Financial Literacy and Education which houses many programs in wealth management, banking and insurance, as well as research opportunities and support for faculty projects to further the center.

Thomas Caneva conducted at College Band Directors National Association Conference

Monday, May 15, 2017
a portrait of Thomas Coneva

Thomas Caneva (M.M., Band and Wind Conducting, 1984), director of bands at Ball State University, conducted the BSU Wind Ensemble in a performance at the College Band Directors National Association National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition, Caneva was awarded the 2017-18 College of Fine Arts Dean’s Creative Endeavor Award in Music at BSU.

Dan Duling latest play opening at Laguna Playhouse

Monday, May 15, 2017   |  Laguna Playhouse
A poster for Dan Duling's play Tesla

Dan Duling’s (Ph.D., Drama, 1977) play “Tesla: A Radio Play for the Stage” will be performed May 26-28 at Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, California. He also is the scriptwriter at Pageant of the Masters in Laguna and their latest production, “The Grand Tour,” which opens July 7.

Lindsay Genshaft receives Jon Lipsky Playwriting Award

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Lindsay Genshaft (M.F.A., Theatre, 2011) received the 2017 Jon Lipsky Playwriting Award. Established in 2014, the award is dedicated to the memory of Jon Lipsky, the late playwright and artist-in-residence for the Museum of Science in Boston, and is given annually to the writer whose script best exemplifies standards of excellence in museum theatre.

Robert Di Donato joins Queer Scouts, participates in residencies

Monday, April 24, 2017   |  Movement Research
a portrait of robert didonato

Robert Di Donato (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016) is a core member of the New York-based performance troupe Queer Scouts. The troupe was selected for a new residency at the Abrons Arts Center in Manhattan after completing a full residency at Dixon Place Theater in New York City. After the completing their residency at Abrons, Queer Scouts is set to develop a new production to perform in fall 2017.

Austin Ferguson appointed as carillonneur of the Mayo Clinic

Thursday, April 13, 2017   |  The Med City Beat
Austin Ferguson looking at a carillon

Austin Ferguson (B.A., Music, 2015) was appointed in February 2017 as carillonneur of the Mayo Clinic. He is only the fourth person to hold this post in the instrument's 89-year history. His duties include performing eight half-hour concerts a week, giving tours and performing for and with local groups and events.

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