Briefs: March/April 2018

Lt. Col. David Alpar (IAC/NMC 84-85, IAA 85-88, IAC St 87) conducted an ensemble of United States Air Force Band of the West musicians as they performed the National Anthem before the final game of the NCAA National Championship 2018.

Vanessa Taylor (IAC/NMC 85-86) won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for her work as co-writer of Guillermo del Toro’s film The Shape of Water.

Damian Kulash (IAC/NMC 87-89, 91-92), Tim Nordwind (IAC/NMC 87-89, 91) and their band, OK Go, have developed OK Go Sandbox, a free educational website that provides educators with material lists, assignments, vocabulary terms and videos to teach science lessons based on OK Go’s music videos.

Jonathan Kirkscey (IAC 92) composed the music for the upcoming documentary about Fred Rogers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? The film will premiere on June 8.

Julia Christensen (IAA 93-94) and Eugene Birman (IAC 03) have been awarded 2018 Guggenheim Fellowships in the Creative Arts, in fine arts and music composition respectively.

Alexandra Silber (IAC 95-99, IAA 99-01, IAC St 01-02) will star as Guenevere in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of Lerner and Loewe's musical adaptation of Camelot.

Several alumni, including Andrew Keenan-Bolger (AS 99, 01-01), Celia Keenan-Bolger (AS 93-95) and Ashley Park (IAC 03) will attend the second annual Make Some Noise benefit party on April 23. Several episodes of Andrew Keenan-Bolger’s video series, The Trans Literacy Project, will premiere at the event. The event is hosted by Honest Accomplice Theatre, which was founded by Maggie Keenan-Bolger (AS 99-00).

Jill Habig (IAA 96-00) has been selected as an Open Society Foundations’ Leadership in Government Fellow. Habig will use fellowship funds to explore ways to build the capacity of state and local prosecutors to enforce civil rights, consumer protection and environmental laws.

Kyle Taylor Parker (IAC 01-02) was in the ensemble of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert on NBC. Did you miss the live broadcast? You can watch a recording on Hulu.

Anthony Trionfo (IAA 10-13, IAC St 13) made his New York City solo debut at the Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Concert Hall on March 28.