Make Art Work (Alana Arenas)

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Make Art Work (MAW0 launches 4th season with Steppenwolf Theater actor Alana Arenas as she returns for a dialogue with students from her alma mater

Alana ArenasMiami -- New World School of the Arts' Make Art Work (MAW) lecture series launches it'sfourth season with NWSA theater alumna and recognized actor Alana Arenas. In its fourth year, Make Art Work is designed to bring professionals in the art world together with students and the community for a dialogue on the business of art.

MAW’s “Conversations with Alana” takes place on Tuesday, December 11; 1:00 pm to 2:00 PM at the Louise O. Gerrits Theater. 25 NE 2nd Street, downtown Miami. 

“I am so thrilled that Alana is returning to New World School of the Arts to speak to our students.  It was always clear to the faculty and I that Alana would have a major career as an actor working in theater. While at NWSA, she was a complete joy to work with and had an enormous capacity as a young high school actor to embody a character fully.  When I had an opportunity to direct her in a production, I was in awe of her passion, drive, work ethic and ability to create such believable characters on stage.” – Patrice Bailey, Dean of Theater, New World School of the Arts.



Alana Arenas created and reprised the role of Pecola Breedlove in the Steppenwolf production of The Bluest Eye, which also played at the New Victory Theater Off-Broadway. Prior to her performance as Mary Warren in The Crucible, Alana appeared in Spare Change and The Sparrow Project, both for First Look Repertory of New Work. Other theater credits include Arabian Nights (Berkley Rep and Kansas City Rep), Hecuba (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Late Bus to Mecca (Eclipse), Black Diamond, Eyes, The Way We Were, WVON, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Love’s Labour’s Lost, SOST, Notes from the Bottletree and Final Angel. Alana is 1989 graduate of New World School of the Arts High School and Theatre School at DePaul University.

Alana’s return to her hometown does not stop at New World School of the Arts. Directed by fellow NWSA theater alum Tarell Alvin McCraney, celebrated award-winning playwright, December also marks the beginning of rehearsal as she prepares to embody Gertrude in the high-energy adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The five-week play runs from January 12 – February 10, 2013 at GableStage at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

In its fourth year, Make Art Work is designed to bring professionals in the art world together with students and the community for a dialogue on the business of art. The series will focus on providing tools, guidance and strategies for success to the next generation of artists and will expand understanding of what it takes to live as an artist in the twenty-first century. Each talk includes a question and answer session, allowing students and the public opportunities for direct communication with leaders in the art world.

About NWSA: A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculum that reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees. Through its rigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts. 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 theUniversity of Florida.

Further information available by calling NWSA at (305) 237-3541 or visiting nwsa.mdc.edu .