Two more Presidential Scholars for NWSA

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Image of presidential scholar winners 2018.Earning two of the twenty U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts this year, New World School of the Arts once again brings home to Miami the coveted honor, representing its distinguished theater program. The Scholars, Ishmael Gonzalez and Elena Gonzalez, will have the opportunity to invite a professor from NWSA to join them as they travel to Washington D.C. to receive their recognition at the White House. The Presidential Scholar award presented on behalf of the President of the United States is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students and symbolically honors all graduating high school seniors of high potential.

“This is the 2nd time in three years that the Theater division has been honored with two students receiving the Presidential Scholar Award in Music Theater from Young Arts,” said NWSA Dean of Theater, Patrice Bailey. It is truly a testament to training offered in the division, to the teaching level offered by our faculty and to the commitment Ishmael and Elena have demonstrated to their craft during their four years at New World School of the Arts.  I could not be prouder of these incredible students!”

Ishmael Gonzalez, a senior at New World School of the Arts planning to continue his artistic path and training at North Carolina School of the Arts, credits much of his success to the overall climate of the school, his peers and the resources offered at NWSA, “The students at new world have made a huge impact on me. Hearing and working with other students have opened my eyes to numerous possibilities. This school has also provided amazing resources like studios, accompanists and teachers that have helped me easily produce my work. The many connections I have received from this school have also helped me further my knowledge and experience in theater.”

NWSA music student Sebastian Rojas selected as 2018 Gates Scholar

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Sebastian Rojas press release photo.Miami-born Sebastian Rojas, a 2018 graduate from the New World School of the Arts high school music program, was among the 300 students nationwide chosen to receive The Gates Scholarship (TGS) this year - formerly known as Gates Millennium Scholarship (GMS). As a recipient, he will receive funding for the full cost of attendance that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Sebastian was selected from an initial pool of 28,700 applicants and 600 finalists from across the nation. With a nearly perfect SAT score and an impressive 5.1 weighted GPA, Sebastian has received more than $1.5 million in other scholarship offers from prominent U.S. universities including Emory University, Northwestern University, Brown University, Princeton University, Fordham University, University of Miami and University of Chicago among others.

College Spring Dances presents powerful choreography

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New World School of the Arts Spring dance 2018.Miami--- The anticipated College Spring Dances concert presented by New World School of the Arts promises an exciting and varied program of works by respected choreographers.

April 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 PM and May 29 at 2:00 PM. New World Dance Theater, 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th floor, downtown, Miami. General admission is $15. Students and seniors $5. Tickets available at Information about the concert is available at 305-237-3341.

This year's Spring Dances program includes a wide range of dance styles and audiences of all ages will thrill to these dances, performed by the talented young dancers of the New World Dance Ensemble, including Ohad Naharin's powerful Echad Mi Yodea, a work the world-renowned Israeli choreographer for a cast of twenty dancers. Robert Battle's lyrical work set to Bach, Overture will bring eight dancers in blue to the stage while Mark Morris's impish work Canonic ¾ Studies is by contrast light, witty and musical. Works by Miami-based professional choreographers and NWSA dance faculty members Gerard Ebitz, Peter London, and Jeffrey Lloyd Smith rounds off the concert.

College Opera Theater Ensemble presents a weekend of double opera bill “La Favola d’Orfeo” and “Ariadne”

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Opera banner of a wolf and snake.MIAMI--- The New World School of the Arts Opera Theatre Ensemble will present A double bill of two twentieth century operas based on Greek plays: La Favola d'Orfeo by Alfredo Casella and Ariane by Bohuslav Martinü, written in 1932 and 1958 respectively. Favola d'Orfeo is the legendary story of Orpheus, with a different ending from other operatic versions; Orfeo, after saving Euridice from the Underworld, loses her a second time, curses women, and is killed by Bacchantes.

Ariane is a surrealist version of the myth of Theseus, Ariadne, and the Minotaur. In this version dream-like ambiguity prevails with Ariadne in love with the Minotaur, who is the reflection of Theseus' other self. Directed and produced by NWSA music faculty member Rodney Miller, these fascinating and beautiful premiers will be featured in a unique fantasy production incorporating multimedia and puppets, accompanied by the NWSA Opera Orchestra under the direction of NWSA music faculty member Alfred Gershfeld.
The back-to-back short operas will be presented at Miami Dade College North Campus, William and Joan Lehman Theater on April 7 at 7:30 PM and April 8 at 2:00 PM. 11380 NW 27 Avenue, Miami. General admission is $10 / Students and seniors $5. Tickets can be purchased at

College theater brings commedia dell’arte to the stage with “scapino!”

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MIAMI – Directed by NWSA theater faculty member James Randolph, New World School of the Arts continues the Spring theater season with Scapino! By Frank Dunlop and Jim Dale. Scapino. Also known as the "Trickster," Scapino is an archetypal figure used in commedia dell'arte, a theatre practice originating in Italy. In this modern adaptation of Moliere's farce ''Les Fourberies de Scapin,'' written in 1671 and reimagined, Scapino plans to help two pairs of lovers overcome parental opposition, which is not even there, and orchestrates things, so everyone is doing exactly what he plans.  

Scapino: Opens on Thursday, April 5, 7:00 PM. Performances on April 6 & 7 are at 7:30 PM, with a Sunday, April 8 matinee 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 For more information please call 305-237-3541.

NO SIGNAL BFA show provokes thoughtfulness at CIFO Gallery

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New World 2018 BFA art work.NO SIGNAL, New World School of the Arts’ 2018 BFA final visual arts showcase is a group exhibition highlighting a variety of works from 22 visual artists of divergent disciplines, professionally curated by NWSA dean of the visual arts program, Maggy Cuesta and gallerist Fredric Snitzer. A culmination of four years of intensive study, NO SIGNAL is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of a bold and dynamic group of emerging artists from whose objective for this exhibition is to explore and exploit hybridity in various ways.

Opening Reception: Friday, April 6; 7 PM-10 PM. Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), 1018 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136. Free and open to the public.
Show is on view April 6 – April 15; 10 AM-6 PM by appointment.

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