News briefs: Nov/Dec 2016

Taoufik Nadji (IAA Fac 93-present) was recently interviewed by Christina Wallace (IAA 99-01) for her Forbes podcast “The Limit Does Not Exist.” The podcast focuses on the intersection of art and the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Anthony Rapp (IAC/NMC 85-86) has joined the cast of the latest installment of the Star Trek franchise, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. Rapp, best known for his roles in Rent and Dazed and Confused, joins the show as Lt. Stamets, a Starfleet Science Officer. STAR TREK: DISCOVERY will be CBS’ flagship online-only production for their All-Access streaming service.

Ann Ourada Strubler (IAC 69-70, IAA 69-71), a retired Detroit Symphony Orchestra violinist, partnered with the orchestra on Nov. 20 for a special “Story-Concert with a Cause.” Strubler, who herself was adopted, is heading the event, which raises awareness for adoption and adoption issues. The performance features the DSO performing “The Tapestry: A Symphonic Poem” and a screening of the companion documentary, The Tapestry: A Musician’s Journey, which were created by Strubler’s sons Matthew and Michael respectively.

Larry Tuttle (IAC 71) recently won two composition prizes. In 2014, his piece “Chorale and Fiddle Tune” won the Pittsburgh Symphony’s H.J. Heinz Audience of the Future Composition Competition. Mr. Tuttle also won second prize in the Youth Symphony Orchestra category at the 2016 Keuris Composers Contest in the Netherlands for “By Steam or By Dream.”

Danielle Allen (IAC 87) was appointed a University professor of Harvard University effective January 1. Allen currently serves a government professor and the director of the Ethics Center. According to Harvard’s website, the title “University professor” was created to “honor individuals whose groundbreaking work crosses the boundaries of multiple disciplines.”

Norah Jones (IAC 94-95) released her first new album in 4 years, Day Breaks, on October 7. In her new album, Jones returns to her both her jazz roots and the piano. The album features both original songs and covers of jazz standards.

Jeremiah Shaw (IAA 96-98) is a member of the Telegraph Quartet, which won the Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Contest in September. The contest’s prize includes a recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and a commissioned work by composer Robert Sirota.

Kathleen Stetson (IAA 97-98, IAC 97) the is CEO and founder of Trill, a new arts and culture app that services the people of New York City, Los Angeles and Boston.

CBS has purchased a legal drama written by Kit Williamson (IAA 02-04). Williamson will serve as writer and co-executive producer for Rebel Law, a drama about an openly-gay attorney who returns home to practice in his family’s Mississippi-based law firm.

Jessi Reaves (IAC 02) has been selected as one of 63 participants in the 78th Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial festival. Begun in 1932, the Whitney Biennial is the longest-running contemporary art survey in the United States. The 2017 exhibition runs from March 17 through June 11.

John Early (IAC 04) appeared on Conan on November 14. Early’s notable acting credits include Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Netflix’s The Characters, for which he has also written and produced. During the show, Early talked about his love of The Brady Bunch and performed impressions of Britney Spears.

Abigail Flowers (IAC 09-10, IAA 11-13, IAC St 13) wrote and produced the short film SHEN, which premiered at the Harlem International Film Festival in September. The film, which was named one of the top ten shorts at the Harlem festival, was also shown at Velvet Rope Film Festival and Laughlin International Film Festival.

Elaina Burress (IAC 11-12, IAA 12-14) attended the United Nations international climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, on Nov. 7-18. Elaina attended the talks as a student member of the delegation from the College of the Atlantic, where she is studying sustainable agriculture, social justice, and environmental politics.