News briefs: May/June 2017

Liz Lerman (IAC/NMC 60-62) received the 2017 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award in acknowledgement of her vision and outstanding contributions to the dance field. Lerman will receive a $25,000 cash prize along with the honor.

F. Hudson Miller (IAA 72-76, IAC 76-78) accepted a three-year appointment as Vice President of the Motion Picture Editors Guild. The union (IATSE 700) is the national local representing 7300 film and television professionals including editors, mixers, engineers, colorists, librarians, and laboratory workers. Hudson has served on the Guild’s Board of Directors since 1998.

Sufjan Stevens (IAA 89-90) has collaborated with Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and James McAlister on a new song cycle, Planetarium. The cycle is inspired by the solar system and will be released on June 9, 2017.

Timothy Stewart-Winter (IAC 91-93, 95) is an Associate Professor of History, American Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies at Rutgers University Newark. His debut book, “Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics” has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in the LGBTQ Studies category.

Claire Chase (IAC 92-93) received the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, an award for excellence, vision and leadership in the field of music that comes with a $100,000 prize.

Bryan Cogman (IAC 94) will write the script for the live-action remake of the Disney classic, The Sword in the Stone.

Mary Holland (IAA 01-03) and Da’Vine Joy Randolph (IAC 03) appear on this season of the HBO show, Veep.

Saxon Jones (IAA 04-05, 06-08) appears in the new Netflix original series Dear White People, which premiered April 28, 2017.

Sarah Deaver (IAA 09-12) appeared on an episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit on May 17, 2017.

Two Interlochen alumni received solo awards at the 2017 National Trumpet Competition. Noah Mennenga (IAC 14) placed third in the Vincent Bach Undergraduate Solo Division, while Sam Dusinberre (IAC 14-16), received second prize in the the Schilke Music Products High School Division.