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AMDA ALUMNI IN THE NEWS - October 23, 2020

October 23, 2020 - Alumni

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT


Anthony Dunning ’06 is one of 16 designers around the country working on “The Iconic Home” with Architectural Digest and BIDN. Anthony is the owner of Trader’s Haven Design, a design firm based in NYC.


IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK

TV / FILM

Anthony Ramos ‘11:

Stars in Honest Thief, which climbed to number one at the box office following its theatrical release. Anthony recently appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show and performed his new hit “Stop.”

Krystal Joy Brown ’04:

Stars in One Royal Holiday, now set to premiere on Hallmark on October 31 at 8PM EST. Go behind the scenes with Krystal and the cast! Krystal joined a virtual event hosted by VoteRiders, writing letters to voters in key states to educate them on voter ID laws and deadlines ahead of the 2020 presidential election.


WEB

J. Elaine Marcos ‘96:

Was recently a contributing artist on the new game show Director vs. Director. Two directors and their teams of artists have 3 hours to create art and then perform the results, streamed LIVE. The audience votes for the winner. Additionally, J. Elaine, Cassidy Layton ‘16, Karli Dinardo ‘13, and Jay Paranada ’07 are cast members of BITE-SIZED BROADWAY Musical Podcast. The season will consist of ten episodes premiering on all major streaming platforms.

Brandi Chavonne Massey ’98:

Starred in Bucks County Playhouse's Virtual Variety Show last weekend. Earlier this month, Brandi directed, executive produced, and performed in a live virtual production of Jasper in Deadland. The cast featured fellow alumna Amanda Felicia Foote ’14 and benefitted The Actors Fund. Brandi is an AMDA faculty member at AMDA’s NY campus.

Sam Underwood ‘07:

Stars in "Oscar & Walt" in the New Works Virtual Festival. Sam performed in "Step to the Left: Country for Liberals" in September. In June, Sam participated in a reading as part of 2020 Summer Nostos Festival’s Selected Shorts.

Anastacia McCleskey ’03:

Performs in the virtual premiere of Women of Color on Broadway on October 21 as part of ALL ARTS’ House Seats series. Last week, Anastacia performed in Times Square with other Broadway community members in NYCNext’s first “A Moment for Broadway” event. This begins a series of spontaneous performances throughout the city, not advertised beforehand to ensure social distancing. Chris Sieber ’89 was also in attendance.

Bobby O’Leary ’17:

Stars as “Chase” in Teen Angel: A Short Play, presented by The Trailblazers Collective on October 24 at 7:30PM EST. Loosely based on themes from It's a Wonderful Life, Teen Angel follows “Chase,” a young gay man, as he navigates his sexuality and mental health with the help of three angels-in-training. Last year, Bobby performed in the production of Teen Party Massacre at St. Luke’s Theatre.


MUSIC / CONCERT

Brielle Brown ’01:

Released her new single “Concrete Stars” last Friday! The world premiere was featured on Popdose. This track is part of her upcoming EP, The Well.

Kristi Roosmaa ’05:

Stars and performs in the music video “Never Forget Who You Are” from the upcoming musical Singing Revolution: the Musical, inspired by the 1987-1991 Estonian “Singing Revolution” and written with a Europop score. The premiere is set for Los Angeles in 2021. Kristi produced and starred in the short film Wildflower, which most recently premiered at the 20th FirstGlance Film Festival in Los Angeles in March.

Cassidy Robertson ‘14:

Released her new single “The Devil” last week. This is the third single she has released while working on her original music during these past few months. Her music collection is available on Spotify and Apple Music.

Parker McKay (Taylor Lintelman ’12):

Recently released the music video for her new single “Used to Be,” inspired by her mother’s battle with Frontotemporal Dementia. Her music is available on Spotify and Apple Music.


PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Brian Burke ’96:

Creative producer of America's Got Talent and American Idol and producer, director, and designer for various live tours and television performances for Lionel Richie, Keith Urban, Westlife and Pitbull. Brian also served as the executive producer of Las Vegas’ CELESTIA and co-executive produced La Banda on Univision, which received an International Emmy nomination.

Amanda Kloots ‘02:

Is writing her memoir Live Your Life: Loving And Losing Nick Cordero, set to be released on June 29, 2021. Amanda is the latest cover star of People, and she discusses more about her journey this past year in an uplifting video interview. Her cover hits newsstands today.

Becca Tobin ‘05:

Celebrates 100 million downloads for the podcast she co-hosts, The Ladygang. Becca will star as a series regular in Disney+ upcoming series reboot of Turner & Hooch!

Jesse Tyler Ferguson ’95:

Appeared as a guest on The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America virtual dinner party on October 18. The event featured local chefs from over 20 cities across America, and supported the foundation’s Open for Good campaign, helping restaurants survive during the pandemic and building a sustainable restaurant industry for the future. Jesse performed in FORWARD. TOGETHER. on October 20 in support of The Public Theater.

Leslie McDonel ’00:

Teamed up with fellow cast members of American Idiot for Swing Left’s final letter writing party. Leslie is also performing in "70's Female Rockstars" through October 25 for ZACH Theatre’s SONGS UNDER THE STARS, Fall Outdoor Concert Series. The concert series will be live with socially distant pod seating.