30th Anniversary Rising Stars brings home distinguished alumni from across the nation.

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New World School of the Arts, Miami's premier arts conservatory once again presents its most acclaimed event of the year – Rising Stars – in celebration of the school’s 30th Anniversary. This high-energy, Broadway-style extravaganza is an unmatched platform to highlight distinguished alumni who have returned home this year to recognize the school's success and to share their own career achievements in Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts. This showcase is also the perfect venue for the community to experience the artistry that is fostered and nurtured at the downtown arts conservatory.
Founded in 1984, New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. Representing the three educational institutions that made NWSA a reality more than three decades ago, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College, and the University of Florida will be recognized on-stage as will be Bank of America - an institution that has demonstrated its commitment to NWSA and support of arts education in our community since New World School of the Arts opened its doors to the community in 1986.

UNBOUND, 2017 BFA Show, explores and exploits hybridity

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UNBOUND, New World School of the Arts’ 2017 BFA final visual arts showcase is a group exhibition highlighting a variety of works from 23 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, UNBOUND 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, March 24; 7 PM-10 PM. Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), 1018 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136. On view March 24 – April 8; 10 AM-6 PM by appointment. Exhibition is free and open to the public.

“Moonlight”, based on the play by NWSA alumnus Tarell Alvin McCraney wins Three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor.

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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, was radiant as he took to the stage last evening to receive the Oscar for “Best Adapted Screenplay” for Moonlight. Under the direction of fellow Miamian Barry Jenkins, the independent film, which received a total of eight Oscar nominations, also won the most coveted “ Best Picture” Academy Award while Mahershala Ali, the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar, took the stage to receive the award for “Best Supporting Actor, for his role as Juan in Moonlight.”

Revered pianist Philippe Entremont shares the stage with the NWSA Symphony Concert

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A picture of the New World School of the Arts orchestra led by Alfred Gersfeld.The New World School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra celebrates NWSA's 30th Year in style with a symphony, under the direction of Alfred Gershfeld, presenting three masterworks throughout the evening. With Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, the hall will be filled with glorious sounds of this magnificent and complex score. Also featured in the concert is the great piano soloist, Philippe Entremont, one of the most revered pianists in history who has played and recorded with the greatest conductors from around the world, including Leonard Bernstein and Eugene Ormandy, to name a few.

College Music Theater presents the music-horror drama Jekyll & Hyde

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Celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary, New World School of the Arts college music theater returns to the Colony Theater in Miami Beach this season to presents the Tony award-winning musical Jekyll & Hyde, the music-horror drama based on the novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Conceived for the stage by Frank Wildhorn and Steve Cuden, the musical is directed by New World School of the Arts theater faculty James Randolph, highlighting the talents of music theater college juniors and seniors, and the NWSA Symphony Orchestra students, led by Jeff Hess, Musical Director of the show.

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.

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