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READ: Aubrey Joseph (DR ’16) on Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger

WDP Alum, Aubrey Joseph, was cast alongside Disney Channel star Olivia Holt to play the title characters of Freeform’s upcoming superhero series “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger”. Aubrey will portray Cloak, aka Tyrone Johnson, whose superpower is to engulf others in (a cloak)…

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Sarah Kutnowsky (DR ’11)

Name: Sarah Kutnowsky Where were you born: New York College: Emerson College College area of study: Theater Education First show you ever saw: Beauty and the Beast Hero: All the brilliant and strong women in my family! What was your first Waterwell experience: During my senior year of high…

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URINETOWN receives National Youth Arts Awards

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Urinetown on receiving several National Youth Arts awards and nominations! The awards ceremony is Sunday, August 21st @7p at Riverdale YM-YWHA in Bronx, New York. For the ticket form click here. All award winners and nominees…

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READ: Ariel Roldan and Tarino Milo on Global Glimpse in Ecuador!

Check out this blog post written by Drama Class of 2017’s Ariel Roldan and Tarino Milo about their experiences leading the Community Action Project while on their Global Glimpse trip in Ecuador. Ariel and Tarino discuss the challenges they faced and their big…

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BEGETS is Published by Samuel French!

The 2015 New Works Lab play Begets: Fall of a High School Ronin by Qui Nguyen has just been published by Samuel French. Each year Waterwell commissions a new full length play by an emerging playwright written specifically for the actors in…

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READ: ‘Some of the Things Inside’ on BWW!

This year’s New Works Lab, Some of the Things Inside by Dael Orlandersmith, is going down to Joe’s Pub for a special encore performance! From the BroadwayWorld article: “The Public has been a home to compassionate and uncompromising shows about young people in its…

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READ: Dael Orlandersmith play to premiere at Goodman

New Works Lab playwright Dael Orlandersmith’s world premiere, Lady in Denmark will be featured in the Goodman Theatre’s 2016-2017 season. This commissioned piece is an ode to soul singer Billie Holiday and includes many of her greatest hits.  Lady in Denmark is directed by Victory…

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LOOK: New York Nonsense at UCB!

Last week, Professional Performing Art School’s new improv club New York Nonsense took part in the Teen Improv Festival 2016, presented by Upright Citizens Brigade and the NYC Department of Education. Hosted by comedian Dylan Marron, they showed off their improv and comedy chops…

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ATTENTION: Kickstarter for NWL ’16 is NOW LIVE!

Our Kickstarter page for New Works Lab 2016 is now LIVE! Click here to visit our Kickstarter page and DONATE to this fabulous production of Some of the Things Inside by Dael Orlandersmith. Rehearsals are underway with our Drama Class of 2016 and director…

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READ: NWL’s Stephen Karam & Dael Orlandersmith Win Dramatist Guild Awards

Congratulations to New Works Lab Playwrights Stephen Karam and Dael Orlandersmith, who both received awards at the annual Dramatists Guild’s awards presentations February 22nd! Dael Orlandersmith is the recipient of the 2016 Flora Roberts Award, which awards distinguished work in theater and encourages…

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Hana Mastrogiacomo (DR ’12)

Name: Hana Mastrogiacomo Where were you born: Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY Siblings: Yes! I have an older brother. College: Ithaca College College area of study: B.A. Theatre Studies with a minor in Sociology First show you ever saw: Rent on Broadway in 2005 First pet’s name: Flower, the Japanese Fighting…

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MASTER CLASS MONDAYS: David Schwimmer (Nov 23)

We are so happy to be welcoming actor David Schwimmer to our school for the next Monday Master Class! Many of you will recognize Mr. Schwimmer from his starring role as Ross Geller on NBC’s long running comedy Friends. Mr. Schwimmer will…

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Mai Ohana (DR ’13)

Name: Mai Ohana Where were you born: New York City Siblings: Only one. A twenty-two-year-old older brother named Guy. College: Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts College area of study: Visual Culture and Psychology. I study art history, how art affects us in all areas of…

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WATCH: Sydney Lucas (TA ’17) talks WDP and ‘Fun Home’

The new Broadway musical Fun Home won five Tonys at this year’s awards ceremony, including Best Musical, and the three actors portraying Alison Bechdel were all nominated for their performances, including WDP’s own Sydney Lucas (TA ’17), who was nominated in the…

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WATCH: Ana Krutchinsky (DR ’16) Interviews Young Artists

WDP student Ana Krutchinsky is looking like a leader on the rise. Check out her website, EX LOCUM, dedicated to sharing stories of young artists between the ages of 13 and 21, who live in New York City and create original work…

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Dominique Thorne (DR ’15) selected as a 2015 U.S. Presidential Arts Scholar

U.S. Secretary of education Arne Duncan announced the selection of Dominique Thorne of Brooklyn, New York, who attends Professional Performing Arts School in New York, as a 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Thorne is one of 141 outstanding American high school seniors that have demonstrated outstanding academic…

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WATCH: DR1s and 2s in Poetry Out Loud writing program

Watch this amazing video of Poetry Out Loud writing program from Teachers & Writers Collaborative at PPAS. Students in the video are DR1 and DR2 Voice & Speech students. Including Schuyler Press (DR ’17) and Ayana Merritt (DR ’17) who both placed at…

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Sydney Lucas (TA ’17) nominated for 2015 Tony Award

Sydney Lucas (TA ’17) was nominated for a 2015 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for her portrayal of ‘Young Alison’ in Fun Home. According to The New York Times: “Sydney Lucas as…

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Hana Mastrogiacomo (DR ’13) directs ‘Fried Bacon’ at Ithaca College

Hana Mastrogiacomo (DR ’13) directs new bold work Fried Bacon for the Macabre Theatre Ensemble at Ithaca College. Fried Bacon is described as an evening of: “Transgender anarchist aliens. Trailer parks. An estranged teenager. Sexual fetishes. Bath salts. And best of all–evening of…

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Kirsten Harvey (DR ’13) in ‘The Kitchen’ at Bard College

Kirsten Harvey (DR ’13) plays one of the leads in the production of The Kitchen by Arnold Wesker at Bard College. The Kitchen is a raucous and brilliant social comedy that depicts life in the vast, polyglot kitchen of a major London restaurant.  An…

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Raves for ‘Fun Home’ and Sydney Lucas, Oscar Williams (TA ’17)!

Waterwell Drama Program students Sydney Lucas (TA ’17) and Oscar Williams (TA ’17) recently opened Fun Home at the Circle in the Square Theater. Fun Home introduces us to Alison Bechdel at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family – her mother, brothers…

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Schuyler and Ayana Advance to State

Schuyler Press and Ayana Merritt (both DR’15) swept the city finals of the Poetry Out Loud contest Monday night finishing first and second, respectively. We couldn’t be prouder to have them represent the Waterwell Drama Program at the state finals in Syracuse…