News from On and Off York Street

Patricia Clarkson ('85)
March 30, 2019

Patricia Clarkson (’85): ‘I wanted to be one of the great theatrical thespians’

The versatile actor on her love of theatre and playing an androgynous cop in Out of Blue.

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Steph Waaser ('18)
March 27, 2019

Steph Waaser (’18) Awarded USITT Innovation Grant

The project intends to develop a product which can easily be integrated into a single-point rigging system to eliminate cable-induced rotation, which can distract the audience from the story being told onstage.

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Jason Najjoum ('18)
March 25, 2019

Synetic Theater Hires Jason Najjoum (’18, SOM ’18) as Managing Director

“It is very exciting to think of the places Synetic can go with Jason at the helm,” says Founding Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili.

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Winston Duke ('13) and Lupita Nyong'o ('12)
March 22, 2019

Winston Duke (’13) on Reuniting with Lupita Nyong’o (’12) and Role Inspiration for ‘Us’

“You could see the couple in them who would want to be together, so the chemistry is just on,” said director Jordan Peele.

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May Adrales '06
March 16, 2019

Meet May Adrales (’06), Milwaukee Rep’s Associate Artistic Director

Adrales is this year’s recipient of the Josephine Abady Award, which recognizes a theatre artist who has created work of cultural diversity.

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Anna D. Shapiro '93
March 13, 2019

Anna D. Shapiro (’93) to Direct ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Musical

The Tony Award-winner will direct the upcoming musical with music by Sir Elton John, lyrics by Shaina Taub, and book by Paul Rudnick.

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Gretchen T. Wright '17
March 11, 2019

Westport Country Playhouse Appoints Gretchen T. Wright Director Of Development

Managing Director Michael Barker says Wright (’17, SOM ’17) “is a rising star with drive and ability that will take the Playhouse to the next level.”

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Julian Elijah Martinez ('16)
March 5, 2019

Julian Elijah Martinez (’16) Cast in ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’

Martinez will portray Mitchell “Divine” Diggs as a regular on the upcoming series on Hulu.

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BLCK - Botha and Crowe-Legacy
March 5, 2019

‘BLKS’ Cast Includes Marié Botha and Antoinette Crowe-Legacy (’18)

The MCC Theater production also features costume design by Dede Ayite (’11) and sound design by Palmer Hefferan (’13).

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Chris Betts ('21)
March 4, 2019

Chris Betts (’21) Receives 2019 Richie Jackson Artist Fellowship

The fellowship program assists in the transition from the classroom to a lifelong career in the arts.

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