Tarell Alvin McCraney, Executive Producer of Moonlight (2017 Golden Globe Award winner for Best Picture), directs Play Reading of his world-acclaimed play “The Brother/Sister Plays" at New World School of the Arts.

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Alana Arenas and Tarell McCraney sitting next to each other on stage.Tarell McCraney at the Make Art Work event.

MIAMI – Hailed as one of the most influential playwrights of our time, Tarell Alvin McCraney, a 1999 graduate of the New World School of the Arts High School Theater program, welcomes the New Year with a Play Reading, in celebration of NWSA’s 30th Anniversary. The Play Reading sessions bring to the New World Dance Theater stage McCraney’s award-winning play – The Brother/Sister Plays, with an early afternoon reading of In the Red and Brown Water and an early evening reading of The Brothers Size, followed by a Bonus Scene of McCraney’s Choir Boy. The three play readings will be presented by New World School of the Arts alumni*, many who are returning to Miami from all over the nation to partake in this unprecedented celebratory event. The cast includes, the original cast of Manhattan Theatre production of Choir Boy and Nic Ashe, starring in Queen Sugar on the OWN network and Jeremy Pope. Award winning actress Alana Arenas, who is a Steppenwolf Company member, will also be joining the cast.

NWSA welcomes the Holiday Season with the American favorite "Bye Bye Birdie"

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Bye Bye Birdie performed on stage by six female actors surrounding one male actor.New World School of the Arts continues its 30th Anniversary celebratory mood with the classic American musical by Michael Stewart, Bye Bye Birdie - with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams. With a cast of close to thirty NWSA High School music theater students, NWSA theater faculty member Matthew Buffalo directs this popular teenage musical inspired by none otherthan the “King of Rock and Roll,” Elvis Presley.
Opening performance – Bye Bye Birdie: Friday, December 2, 7:30 PM. Additional presentations on December 3, 9, 10 at 7:30 PM on Sunday, December 4, 11 at 2:00 PM. Louise O. Gerrits Theater. 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th floor, Miami. General admission is $12; Students and seniors $5. Tickets available at http://nwsa.mdc.edu/

"Vernacular Compulsion" explores urban gardens during Art Basel in Yard@Casalin

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An art piece designed as a table sitting in a yard.MIAMI – New World School of the Arts continues its 30th Year celebration during Art Basel with its coveted al fresco exhibition in the heart of Wynwood. Vernacular Compulsion, presented by NWSA college visual artists, "is a kaleidoscopic cacophony of high-brow Kitsch where a collaboration of students and faculty from the NWSA BFA program create a site-specific installation and social experience through the structure of a garden party within the confines of the Yard@Casalin," explained artist and NWSA faculty member Donald Lambert, who is directing this year's exhibition during the nation's most recognized art fair in Miami.
The result of a semester-long project initiated by a collaboration between Lambert and a dozen students, the exhibition, set amid the urban oasis that is Yard@Casalin, varies in format from previous shows. Created as one single group exhibition comprised of numerous layers, Vernacular Compulsion displays multiple perspectives that together, seamlessly arrive at one unified destination by exploring the role of urban gardens as a site of reflection and socialization within the city. Over the course of a semester the group researched the history and function of urban gardens, concentrating on European forms and their influence on the development of gardens, particularly those in North America and South Florida. As guests navigate and interact within the space they will find that even the well anticipated local drinks and fare complement the physical work on display.
Vernacular Compulsion opens with a Breakfast Reception on Thursday, December 1 at 9:00 AM. Yard@Casalin is located at 55 NW 30 Street, Wynwood. The reception and show are free and open to the public.

NWSA brings a plethora of music recitals to the stage in November

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A portrait of Charlie Parker with a saxophone.A picture of the New World School of the Arts with the conductor holding the baton up high.A picture of an opera student on stage singing.MIAMI – New World School of the Arts celebrates its 30th Anniversary with the blazing rhythms of jazz legend Charlie Parker, once again bringing together the world of Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble to create a memorable performance at the Lehman Theater in Miami Dade College North Campus. Directed by NWSA faculty member of Jazz Studies Jim Gasior and with guest artist Ted Nash, saxophonist of the famed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in New York, a special hybrid of two major NWSA music division ensembles will perform Charlie Parker's Bird With Strings. This piece, a compilation of songs, was recorded in the 1950s in the context of a classical string section and a jazz rhythm section rather than his standard bebop quintet. They were Parker's most popular sellers during his lifetime, and were admitted to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1988. The program concludes with George Gershwin's Cuban Overture and Alfred Gershfeld's composition entitled A Tribute to George Gershwin. Professor Gershfeld celebrates 20 years as a NWSA faculty member and his jazz infused opus for full symphony orchestra will surely be a compliment to close off the concert.

Two stylistically varied concerts in November by New World Dance Ensemble

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Two dancers leaping in the air on stage.Miami - With more NWSA 30th Anniversary celebration dance concerts, the New World Dance Ensemble offers two November programs of repertory works with guest appearances by distinguished recent alumni. First will be The New World Dance Ensemble at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center with an engaging and lively concert featuring a range of dance genres. Choreography by Gerard Ebitz, Lara Murphy, Tina Santos-Wahl and noted NWSA alum and Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Robert Battle, will showcase varied work from jazz to ballet sprinkled with other contemporary work. A short excerpt from the upcoming NWSA/ThomasArmour Youth Ballet production of The Nutcracker - an annual favorite in our community - rounds off the evening along with two featured works by NWSA alumni. John Harnage will perform a solo by distinguished choreographer Jessica Lang while NWSA alumni and Ballet Hispanico Dance Company members Ashley Anduiza and Joshua Winzeler, will offer a duet in Tito on Timbales, by William Whitener.
New World Dance Ensemble Concert will be presented on Friday, November 4; 8:00 PM. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. 3385 NE 188 Street, Aventura. General admission is $12 and may be purchased at http://nwsa.mdc.edu/. More information is available by calling 305-237-3341.

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