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AMDA Alumni In The News - May 8, 2020

May 08, 2020 - Alumni, Announcements

In The News This Week


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Caissie Levy ’02 will perform “You’ll Be in My Heart” during The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II, airing on ABC for Mother’s Day, May 10 at 7 PM EST.


Gretchen Mol ‘92: 

Wil appear in season two of The Twilight Zone, starring in the episode “You Might Also Like.” The modern day re-imagining of the classic series is produced by CBS Television Studios and will stream later this year. Gretchen stars in the environmental thriller Sequestrada, which opened last year at Village East Cinema in NYC, and is currently available as video on demand. 

Christopher Jackson ‘94:

Will open PBS' National Memorial Day Concert with "The National Anthem," which will air on PBS stations around the country on May 24 at 8 PM ET. Chris is also featured in the Freestyle Love Supreme documentary that premiered at Sundance. This documentary heads to Hulu on June 5.


Kenita Miller-Hicks ’00: 

Performed in The Intermission Mission, a fundraiser for The Actors Fund that featured virtual performances by Broadway entertainers from their homes. Kenita co-composed and performed the song cycle Waterboy and the Mighty World with her group The HawtPlates at The Public Theatre’s 16th Under the Radar Festival earlier this year and recently wrapped up her run as “Hannah” in Broadway’s Come From Away. 

Anthony Ramos ’11 and Jason Derulo ’06: 

Collaborated with other artists to perform the 2019 song “If the World Was Ending,” with proceeds from the video going to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as they provide COVID-19 relief. Anthony and Jason recently performed on Elvis Duran’s Stay at Home Ball benefitting the Project C.U.R.E. Foundation, raising funds for hospitals and healthcare first responders in need of emergency medical supplies across the country.

J. Elaine Marcos ’96 and Eric L. Summers ‘01:

Will be featured in Feinstein's/54 Below’s special presentation of The Wedding Singer Reunion Concert for #54BelowatHome on May 11 at 6:30pm EST. This reunion concert features original cast members from the 2006 Tony Award-nominated Best Musical and is dedicated to Eric L. Summers, who passed away last year following an ongoing battle with cancer.

Katya Ferrer ’15:

Performed in I Am Woman: A Concert for Female Empowerment which was streamed at part of Feinstein’s/54 Below’s #54BelowatHome series on May 1. Katya graduated from AMDA NY’s Integrated Conservatory program. 

Eric Badique ’09: 

Performs in NEW MUSICAL: The Year of Living Dangerously streaming live on YouTube on Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30pm EST, as part of Feinstein’s/54 Below’s #54BelowatHome. Eric is an ensemble member on the National Tour of Miss Saigon. 

Christopher Brasfield ‘07 and Stephen Santana ’13:

Will appear in 54 DOES 54: The Feinstein's/54 Below Staff Show streaming on YouTube as part of #54BelowatHome on May 20 at 6:30pm EST. Stephen performed as “Peter” in Eight Tales of Pedro, which played at The Secret Theatre in NYC in 2018. Christopher performed in the Book of Mormon Jumamosi tour. 

Karli Dinardo ’13:

Appeared as a guest on Curtain Up! on May 4. Karli also taught and performed the choreography for Moulin Rouge! on Dance Captain Dance Attack.

Sarah Stiles ‘00:

Wrote and stars in SQUIRREL HEART, which will be available to stream on YouTube on May 22 at 8 PM EST as part of Joe's Pub LIVE!, a free series of live-streamed and archived performances from their iconic stage in New York City. Sarah currently stars in the world premiere of the musical Bleeding Love. Part 1, 2 and 3 are now available on the Broadway Podcast Network. 


Jesse Tyler Ferguson ’95:

Will host the virtual benefit bash We Are One Public: A One Night Only Virtual Event to Support The Public Theater on June 1. The event will be streamed for free on the theatre's website, YouTube, and Facebook.  

Kyle Taylor Parker ‘08: 

Will be a judge for the high school round of BroadwayWorld’s Next on Stage competition, submissions now open. Kyle was recently seen alongside Billy Lewis Jr. ’10 on the rebroadcast of 2018’s Emmy-winning Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert on NBC last month. 

Amanda Harmon Koppe ‘17:

Amanda is an actor, writer, and LA native. Amanda has written a feminist-comedy feature film screenplay, as well as the short film Siri 2.0, depicting technology’s intrusiveness in our daily lives. She has starred in a number of commercials and short films. When she’s not acting or writing, you can find her as a Production Manager, Teaching Artist or Yoga Instructor. During this time, she has created Amanda’s Arts & Crafts with UPSTAGE, an arts and crafts series for kids.