November 2014, Volume 18, Number 4

Making Their Mark

 

Theater Spotlight Shines on NWSA Alumni

New World School of the Arts (NWSA) at Miami Dade College had a stellar performance at the 2014 Carbonell Awards, which have been recognizing theater excellence in South Florida for 38 years. NWSA alumni are consistently well represented among the honorees, and this year was no exception, with several former students among the winners.

“Each year, it is very exciting to witness the growth and success of our graduates,” said Patrice Bailey, dean of theater at NWSA. “The awards and nominations our alumni receive attest to the outstanding training offered at New World School of the Arts.”

Among this year’s Carbonell Award winners was NWSA theater alumnus Nick Duckart, who claimed top honors for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in In the Heights. Reflecting on the path to his success, he paid tribute to his alma mater, saying, “Winning the Carbonell Award is a testament to how important it is to work hard, have a supportive family and utilize your training. Thank you, NWSA, for making me the actor I am today.”

Among other NWSA highlights, alumnus Stuart Meltzer directed Fear Up Harsh, which won for Best New Work, and All New People, which won for Best Ensemble – both performed by Miami’s Zoetic Stage theater company, comprised of NWSA alumni Betsy Graver and Todd Allen Durkin. Durkin, whose TV credits include Nashville, Drop Dead Diva and Magic City, also won Best Supporting Actor for his work in All New People.

NWSA boasts not only talented students and graduates, but outstanding faculty as well. Theater Professor Michael McKeever garnered a Best Actor award for his performance in The Timekeeper.

One of New World’s most acclaimed graduates, playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, was honored with the Ruth Foreman Award in conjunction with GableStage, Stratford-on-Avon’s Royal Shakespeare Company and New York’s Public Theater for their collaboration on Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. The award, which is named after pioneer theater director and producer Ruth Foreman, recognizes contributions to South Florida theater development by an individual or group, for singular achievement and/or career contributions.

— AMS


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