February 2012, Volume 16, Number 1

Alumni News

Reuniting the Stars

Since opening its doors 25 years ago, New World School of the Arts at MDC has been a beacon for creativity and artistic promise in South Florida, nurturing and molding some of the country’s finest young talents. In celebration of this momentous anniversary, the conservatory recently welcomed back alumni for its first-ever All-Alumni Reunion.

More than 300 NWSA college and high school graduates from 1988 to 2011, as well as current and retired faculty, met for a long weekend of reconnecting through various action-packed activities, including master classes, mixers, workshops and lectures.

“The anniversary reunion was an amazing success,” said Lourdes Werner, NWSA’s director of student affairs. “This was the first-of-its-kind reunion and a great opportunity to resurrect treasured memories and cherished moments and to reconnect with one another. We are so proud of our alumni and what they have accomplished.”

Distinguished alumni from around the country attended the event, including playwright Tarell McCraney, filmmaker Billy Corben, choreographer Rosie Herrera and dancer Vitolio Jeune, among many others.

McCraney, who travels around the world showcasing his work, acknowledges the role NWSA played in instilling his well-known devotion to his art.

“In my heart, I knew all that passion was shaped, molded and lit afire by the New World School of the Arts at MDC,” he previously said. “It stays with me all over the world.”

— MR

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