Briefs: September/October 2017

Rick Mizell (IAC St 71-73, 75-77, IAA St 76-77) celebrates 35 years as Senior Music Producer with the Walt Disney Company Live Parks and Entertainment division this fall. In addition to 25 years as a performer, manager and conductor of the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT and, most recently, the Music of Pixar Live: A Symphony of Characters, he has produced numerous shows and events for the Orlando parks, the Disney Cruise Line and for Tokyo Disneyland.

Doug Stanton (IAA 75-76, 77-79) released his latest book, “The Odyssey of Echo Company,” in mid-September. One of Stanton’s earlier books, “Horse Soldiers,” has been adapted for the screen and will open in Jan. 2018.

Vanessa Taylor (IAC/NMC 85-86) co-wrote Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming film, The Shape of Water. The film recently won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival. The film will open on Dec. 8.

Flutist Demarre McGill (IAC/NMC 89-90, IAA 91) and clarinetist Emil Khudyev (IAC 01, IAA 01-05, IAC St 03-05, IAC Fac 15-17, IAA Fac 14-17) joined the Seattle Symphony Orchestra at the beginning of the 2017-18 season. McGill is principal flute, while Khudyev serves as associate principal clarinet.

Max Chernin (IAC 04) and Ashley Park (IAC 03) appeared in the recent Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The two alumni will be featured in the cast album, which was released digitally on Sept. 22. The CD will be available in stores in November. Chernin will also appear in the Los Angeles revival of Bright Star, while Park will star in the Broadway premiere of the Mean Girls musical.

Storm Hurwitz (IAA 10-12) was recently featured in The New School’s Alumni Spotlight Series. Beginning Oct. 16, Hurwitz will hold the position of Analyst, Data & Analysis at DigitasLBi. DigitasLBi is a global marketing and technology agency where Hurwitz will work on ecommerce and retail analytics to help Under Armour optimize its marketing campaigns.