News and Notables: June 2019

Jacques Agbobly (Visual Arts ‘16) received the 2019 CFDA Scholarship Award from the School of Fashion at Parson’s New School.

Rose Colella (Music Department Chair) played with the Louis Armstrong Eternity Band at Birdland Jazz Club in New York.

Samantha Dauer (Dance ‘14) will debut her newest work at the Edge Theater on June 14 and 15 at Alluvian Dance Chicago’s Emergence Dance Festival.

Jessica “Supreme” Disu (Media Arts ‘06) and her organization HerStory Chicago received a $150,000 gift from University of Chicago Education Labs. Her program helps literacy, writing, and storytelling programs for young women and girls of color.

Christian Engelhardt (Musical Theatre ‘20) was awarded first place at the Chicago NATS Classical Singers competition and second place at the Chicago NATS Musical Theatre Singers competition.

Jackson Fahey’s (Music ‘14) band La Fille performed on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts.

Kelli Harrington (Musical Theatre Faculty) won a Jeff Award for “Performer in a Principal Role - Musical” for The Bridges of Madison County.

Meagan Hickman (Music ‘06) has released a music video for her new song “Unique”.

The new film Homecoming by Tom Hodges (Theatre ‘83) was selected to screen at the Seattle International Film Festival. Homecoming has won nine awards at festivals around the world. The film will screen at the 2019 Indy Film Fest as well.

Lauren Iacoponi (Music ‘10) and her new gallery were featured in Chicago Magazine.

Kimberly Jones (Musical Theatre ‘94) is releasing a novel titled I’m Not Dying With You Tonight in October.

Su Jin Kang (Music ‘12) began school at the Juilliard School.

Alexa Jane Lowis (Musical Theatre ‘11) plays “Mama Morton” in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.

Brittany Mack (Musical Theatre ‘07) is performing in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production of Six. She plays “Anna of Cleves”.

Gabriella Marzetta (Musical Theatre ‘13) stars in a new musical titled Contact High that is available on all streaming platforms. She is performing an Off Broadway run this summer.

Neal Markowski (Music ‘09) received a 2019 Individual Artist Program Grant from the Office of the Mayor of Chicago and Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Kevin Mimms (Theatre ‘08) was featured on Criminal Minds.

Larry Peifer (Visual Arts ‘02) is now senior designer at HLW International in New York.

Sophia Pietrkowski (Theatre ‘14) is currently touring as “Mowgli” in The Jungle Book. She is also on the road in a show about Greek mythology titled Stories in the Stars. Both are two person shows.

Maisie Schloss debuted a new fashion collection called “Maisie Wilen”. She had previously worked with Kayne West on his “Yeezy” brand.

Elenna Sindler (Music ‘16) is the composer and music director for Red Orchid Theatre’s production of Killing Game.