Motifs: May and June 2015

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Debra Cash's (IAC 66-67, 69, 72) is executive director of Boston Dance Alliance and returns to the 2015 Bates Dance Festival as scholar-in-residence.

Richard Appel (IAC 73-76) serves as an executive producer and co-showrunner of Family Guy on Fox.

Arthur Bloom (IAC 74-75, 78-79) is the founder of the nonprofit MusiCorps, a rehab program for wounded soldiers recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center.

Leora "Lee" Romney (IAC 75-78) serves as a writer for the Los Angeles Times from the San Francisco bureau. Lee's news coverage is over the Bay Area and Northern California.

Diane (Holcomb) Wilshere (IAA 77-79) presented a paper at the Popular Cultural Association/American Cultural Association National Conference in New Orleans on April 1, 2015. The paper is titled "That Bawd, Lady Rochford, or, How Popular Culture Turned Me Into A Bitch."

Elizabeth Walbaum Richardson (IAC 78-79, 81) hosts and produces Liza Richardson a radio show on NPR's Santa Monica 89.9 KCRW.

Brad DePlanche (IAA 79-81) directed "One Man Two Guvnors" at Daytona State College, and played Feste in "Twelfth Night" at the Tennessee Shakespeare Festival. He is currently in "Henry V" at Orlando Shakespeare Theater and will be performing in "Around the World in Eighty Days," and "Pericles," this summer at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.

Craig Carlisle (IAC St 81) won a 2014 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program for Arthur.

Elizabeth Marvel (IAC 82-83, IAA 83-87) portrays Heather Dunbar this season in Netflix's drama House of Cards.

Emily Pailthorpe (IAC 83-84, IAA 86-88, ICCA 98) is the oboist in the London Conchord Ensemble and has been appointed the artistic director of the ensemble's new annual weekend festival at Rathfinny Vineyard.

Carolyn Felix Purcell (IAA 84-86, IAC St 87, IAA St 90-91, ICA St 04-05) is the patron services manager for the Washington Bach Consort. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with husband Patrick Purcell (IAC St 03-04, IAA Fac 04-05), a systems engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and eight-year-old Sebastian, who plans to be a junior camper this summer.

Aaron Dworkin (IAA 86-88) becomes the new dean of the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre and Dance in July.

Deborah Sunya Moore (IAC 87-88, IAA 88-90, IAC St 90) serves as the vice president of all arts programming at the Chautauqua Institution.

Timothy Johnson (IAA Fac 92-93, 98-99, 02-03, 04-Present) earned a national honor as an "outstanding educator" by the 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Chris Nichols (IAC 92, IAA 92-93) opened Revolution Talent, a theatrical talent agency in New York City.

Ted Prawat (IAA 96-97, IAC St 98-99) recently released Magic Vinterloo! a game app that is available in the iTunes App Store. Ted is responsible for all design aspects of the app.

Jennifer (VonBehren) Gordon (IAC 97, IAA 97-99) was named the executive director of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc.

Kyle Taylor Parker (IAC 01-02) played the role of Lola in the Broadway Musical Kinky Boots. When he was on tour, he also documented his experience on a video blog: “Kinky Nation: Touring the Land with Lola.”

Paul Busch (IAC 02-03, IAA 04-07) will join the Staatsballett Berlin, Berlin State Ballet, this summer.

Keitaro Harada (IAA 02-04, IAC 03) will join the staff of The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as the associate conductor in September.

Rumer Willis (IAA 02-04) will join the cast of ABC's season 20 of Dancing with the Stars.

Briana Silvie Gantsweg (IAC 06-07, IAA 08-09) was invited to compete in the semifinals of the 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition in New York City. The contest was open worldwide to contestants ages 19-32 and twenty-eight were selected as semi-finalists.

Jeff Spaniola (IAC 06, IAC St 07, 13) joined the Ludington Area Center for the Arts team where he will serve as the manager of arts administration and as a liaison to the organization’s development and programming committees.

Weston Jennings (IAC 07-08, IAA 08-09, IAC St 10-11, 13) is a Festival Organ Scholar at The Royal Festival Hall.

Samantha Skidmore (IAC 09, IAC St 10-11) met Sam Sullivan (IAC St 11) while working at the Arts Camp during the summer of 2011. They got engaged last fall and are set to wed in the summer of 2016. A true Interlochen love story!

Kira Bursky's (IAA 11-14) film "Tree Hugger" a short fantasy drama was selected for the 2015 Cannes Film Festival's Short Film Corner.