Briefs: September/October 2018

Janet Eilber (IAC/NMC 62-64, 66-68, IAA 64-69) was featured on an episode of the Movers and Shakers podcast produced by the Moving Architects dance company.

Kathy Manning (IAC/NMC 68-73, UNIV 74) is the Democratic nominee for North Carolina’s 13th District. Manning was included in a New York Times feature about first-time House of Representatives candidates.

Judith Shulevitz (IAA 78-80) wrote the cover story of the November 2018 issue of The Atlantic. Shulevitz also appeared on CBS This Morning to talk about how digital assistants are changing our society.

Yolanda Kondonassis (IAA 78-82) presented two encore performances of Jennifer Higdon’s Harp Concerto with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in September. Kondonassis premiered the piece in May 2018. The Higton piece, as well as other works from the performances, will be recorded for a 2019 CD release by Azica Records. The Rochester Philharmonic is directed by fellow Interlochen alumnus Ward Stare (IAC 96).

Jennifer Lynch (IAA 84-86) directed episodes 2 and 7 on the current season of the FX anthology series, American Horror Story: Apocalypse.

Karin Gottshall (IAA 87-88) had her short fiction piece, “Origin Story,” published in the Sept/Oct 2018 edition of The Kenyon Review.

Sarah Ruhl (IAC 87-88, 90) released a new book, “Letters from Max,” on Sept. 18. The book’s release was celebrated with two events in New York City.

Sufjan Stevens (IAA 89-90) is composing a ballet for choreographer Justin Peck and the New York City Ballet. The ballet will feature a full orchestral score by Stevens and will debut with the company in January.

Liz Meriwether (IAC 90, 97-98) is the co-creator, writer, and executive producer of the new ABC comedy series, Single Parents.

Tom Kitt (IAC 90) will compose the score for the Broadway adaptation of the 2000 Cameron Crowe film Almost Famous.

Jessica Zhou (IAA 91-95) and Yo Yo Ma premiered a duo concerto for harp and cello written for them by John Williams. The two soloists were accompanied by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the debut performance.

Claire Chase (IAC 92-93), Ross Karre (IAC 98, 00, IAA 00-01), and Theodore Van Dyck (IAC 07, 10, IAA 08-12) performed on the new album of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Du Yun. The album, Dinosaur Scar, was released on Sept. 28.

Nicholas Phan (AS 93-94, IAC 95-96) and Sean Michael Plumb (IAC 08) were named two of WQXR’s 40 Under 40: A New Generation of Opera Stars.

Sydney James Harcourt (AS 94, 97, IAA 94-97) is cast as Joe Scott in the Public Theater's production of Girl from the North Country. The production received a positive review from the New York Times, which lauded Harcourt as "a rampant force of nature."

Garth Greenwell (IAA 94-96) published an article, “Novelistic Love,” in the Brick Literary Journal. The essay describes the impact Greenwell’s career as a high school teacher had on his writing.

Bryan Cogman (IAC 94) has signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios. Cogman is also writing the script for Guillermo del Torro’s The Haunted Mansion for Disney Studios.

Josh Groban (IAC 97-98) stars in the new Netflix dramedy The Good Cop. The series made its debut on Sept. 21.

Josh Groban (IAC 97-98) released a new album, Bridges, on Sept. 21. The album was named one of Billboard’s 40 Most-Anticipated Albums of Fall 2018. Billboard’s list also includes AllieX (Alexandra Hughes - IAA 01-03), whose album Super Sunset will go on sale Oct. 29.

Lisa Locasio (IAC 98) recently published her debut novel, “Open Me.” Fellow alumna Julie Buntin (IAA 03-05) reviewed the novel for The New York Times.

Ashley Fure (IAA 98-00) was named one of the New York Times’ Five Classical Music Faces to Watch this Season. Joining her on the list were guest artists Conrad Tao and Nico Muhly.

Desiree Akhavan (IAC 99) directed and co-wrote the film adaptation of the coming-of-age novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post. The film stars fellow alumna Jennifer Ehle (IAA 85-87). The film, which was released on Aug. 3, won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Drama.

The Los Angeles Times recently interviewed Jackson Rathbone (IAA 01-03) about his new film and travels.

Betty Who (IAC 07, IAA 07-10) performed the song “The Other Side” for the soundtrack of the Netflix original film Sierra Burgess is a Loser. The song was co-written by fellow alumna AllieX (IAC 01-03).

Hilary Purrington (IAC 08) was one of four female composers selected to receive a commission from the Philadelphia Orchestra as a part of the ensemble’s new initiatives to strengthen the role of women in classical music.

Kira Bursky (IAA 11-14) and her production company All Around Artsy have launched a mobile app, Critiqr, to help young filmmakers receive constructive feedback on their films. The app officially launched during Bursky’s workshop at the All-American High School Film Festival in New York City.

Charlee Amacher (IAC 11-15, IAA 15-17) will appear as a guest star on the NBC series Chicago P.D. Amacher will appear in episode 4, which is scheduled to air on Oct. 17.

Lane McKenna (IAC 16, IAA 16-18) won the Best Comedy award at the All American High School Film Festival. McKenna’s classmate, Nathan Ginter (IAC 14-15, IAA 16-18), was a finalist in the comedy division.

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