NWSA honors world-renowned multi-platform actor Natasha Tsakos in a 30th anniversary reception followed by an evening of Tony Kushner’s “A Bright Room Called Day.”

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Closeup photo of Natasha Tsako an alumni of New World School of the Arts.Two acros in the foreground and two actors in the background of the play, A Bright Room.

MIAMI – Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, New World School of the Arts launches the 2016-2017 theater season of events with it’s first ever Alumni Recognition Award & Reception. After careful review of alumni achievements and involvement with the global arts community, Patrice Bailey, NWSA dean of theater, together with theater faculty members and the Provost, Dr. Jeffrey Hodgson, nominated world-renowned multi-platform actor Natasha Tsakos (NWSA BFA 2000) as the recipient of the award. Immediately following the award presentation and festivities, the NWSA Theater division will open its annual performances with the poignant play A Bright Room Called Day, by American playwright Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America – also presented at NWSA by the college division in 2007.
 
Opening Night: 2016-2017 Season Alumni Recognition Award & Reception: Friday, October 14, 6:00 PM. New World School of the Arts Studio C. 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th floor, Miami. The reception is free and open to the public. For more information please call 305-237-3541.
 
Opening performance - A Bright Room Called Day: Friday, October 14, 7:30 PM. Additional presentations on October 15, 21 and 22, 7:30 PM and on Sunday, October 16, 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/

The Alumni Recognition Award, established specifically this year in honor of the school’s 30th anniversary, will be presented to Tsakos during a reception at the school. Inattendance will be alumni who have returned to NWSA to celebrate its anniversary and reconnect with fellow graduates and faculty, students and parents, local arts supporters, community leaders and NWSA founders, boards and supporters.
 
Upon receiving the news of her award nomination, Natasha – who graduated in the year 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New World School of the Arts College commented, "I have always been a bit of an outsider, or at least felt like one; Resisting rules and institutions. Yet, New World was a place where I felt safe to experiment, explore, create and even rebel. I am surprised and honored to be recognized. Never thought it would happen! It proves that however unconventional your journey may be, you should always walk towards your dreams. One step at a time.”
 
Directed by Stuart Meltzer, NWSA college alumni, theater faculty member and Artistic Director of Zoetic Stage, the play will be presented by the New World School of the Arts college theater students. “I know that A Bright Room Called Day will ignite a conversation,” said Meltzer, “How wonderful will that be? And that is why, we as theatre artists, can never shy away from issues, ideas and though-provoking playwrights that permeate our culture. The play asks questions such as “how could a man like Adolf Hitler get into power”, “how do we define evil” and “how dangerous is complacency”. In my opinion, this play has never been more relevant than the fall of 2016. It was thrilling to work on the play with the actors and watching them connect thepassages of 1932 to the front pages of the Miami Herald or the New York Times today.”
 
Melzer also highlights, “Tony Kushner’s plays have stirred up conversations and controversies, arisen anger and opened wounds, help to heal communities and bring diverse communities together. Perhaps best known for the Pulitzer Prize winning epic, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Mr. Kushner has never shied away from the issues of animperfect America and the core values insisted in American rhetoric. Tony Kushner examines the omnipresent struggle of the people, ideas, arts, religion, cultures, economics, race and government and he packs these themes tightly into theatrical sausage for contemporary audiences to devour.”
 
About Natasha Tsakos: Described as “A Talent of the Next Generation”, Natasha Tsakos is known for pioneering ways of integrating technology with live performance. She is a conceptual director,interactive designer, idea generator and performer from Geneva, Switzerland now residing in the US. Natasha is the President of NTiD, inc: a creative powerhouse dedicated to inspiring and activating imagination through theatrical experiences. Tsakos was voted one of the State of Florida's "Power Players" by Florida International Magazine. Natasha is a classically trained actor and has dubbed over 900 TVshows and feature films, was exposed to over 300,000 people with 82 performances scheduled as part of the Adrienne Arsht Center first Theatre group “Urban Disturbance”, was the lead performer of Beautifully Bizarre troupe Circ X with over 10,000 scheduled events and 2 US tours, performed with Cirque du Soleil for the Super Bowl Opening Ceremony in 2007, entertained celebrities such as Pharrell Williams, Swedish House Mafia, Tiësto, the Miami Heat and performed at the Coachella Festival with Red Bull. Her work has been commissioned by Nickelodeon, MTVi, Miami Art Museum, Miami Light Project, Adrienne Arsht Center, Discovery Channel, Art Basel, and has been featured on The Travel Channel, HBO, MTV, and the BBC. Tsakos was voted one of the State of Florida's "Power Players" by Florida International Magazine. More about Natasha at http://www.natashatsakos.com/bio.php
 
NWSA 30th Anniversary milestone: To celebrate more than three decades serving arts students in the South Florida community, New World School of the Arts will be hosting more than a dozen commemorative concerts and exhibitions featuring distinguished alumni from the high school and the college programs during 2016-2017. A call to action has been sent nationally to high school and college alumni that have roamed the halls of New World School of the Arts since its inception in 1986, to join in this very special and well-anticipated series of concerts and exhibitions, where they will not only showcase their work, but will also have the opportunity to work with faculty and alongside current students of New World School of the Arts, through lectures, critiques and master classes. Our complete season calendar of events is available at: http://nwsa.mdc.edu/images/Flip_Newsletters/calendar_2016_17/
 
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, as well as the high school diploma. Through itsrigorous 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 the University of Florida.
 
About NWSA’s Theater program: The New World School of the Arts theater program is dedicated to the professional training of talented and committed students interested in pursuing a performing career in theater and music theater, offering students an opportunity to work in a hands-on intensive, physically demanding, artistically challenging and exciting environment. Guided by faculty who are professional actors, directors, playwrights and designers, the curriculum is a progressive journey toward the ownership of a personal technique and a comprehensive methodology of working. The faculty guides the student through the discovery and exploration of self, the learning of diverse techniques used in our craft, intensive rehearsal process, and finally the application of this knowledge into dramatic forms and styles in productions. The NWSA College BFA program culminates each year with showcases in Miami and in New York City. Information about the NWSA Theater program is available by calling 305-237-3260, by visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu/ or by calling themain office at 305-235-3135.
 
NWSA Social Media presence:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/New-World-School-of-the-Arts-54395903197/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzj6t9vPFRdbKa_BTQQ16J4LQ0WhwB-5B
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nwsa_miami
Photo by Patrice Bailey. NWSA College theater students: Joseph Pino, Erin Wilbanks, Amanda Williams & Brandon Orsorio

NWSA honors world-renowned multi-platform actor Natasha Tsakos in a 30th anniversary reception followed by an evening of Tony Kushner’s “A Bright Room Called Day.”

MIAMI – Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, New World School of the Arts launches the 2016-2017 theater season of events with it’s first ever Alumni Recognition Award & Reception. After careful review of alumni achievements and involvement with the global arts community, Patrice Bailey, NWSA dean of theater, together with theater faculty members and the Provost, Dr. Jeffrey Hodgson, nominated world-renowned multi-platform actor Natasha Tsakos (NWSA BFA 2000) as the recipient of the award. Immediately following the award presentation and festivities, the NWSA Theater division will open its annual performances with the poignant play A Bright Room Called Day, by American playwright Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America – also presented at NWSA by the college division in 2007.

Opening Night: 2016-2017 Season Alumni Recognition Award & Reception: Friday, October 14, 6:00 PM. New World School of the Arts Studio C. 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th floor, Miami. The reception is free and open to the public. For more information please call 305-237-3541.

Opening performance - A Bright Room Called Day: Friday, October 14, 7:30 PM. Additional presentations on October 15, 21 and 22, 7:30 PM and on Sunday, October 16, 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/

The Alumni Recognition Award, established specifically this year in honor of the school’s 30th anniversary, will be presented to Tsakos during a reception at the school. Inattendance will be alumni who have returned to NWSA to celebrate its anniversary and reconnect with fellow graduates and faculty, students and parents, local arts supporters, community leaders and NWSA founders, boards and supporters.

Upon receiving the news of her award nomination, Natasha – who graduated in the year 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New World School of the Arts College commented, "I have always been a bit of an outsider, or at least felt like one; Resisting rules and institutions. Yet, New World was a place where I felt safe to experiment, explore, create and even rebel. I am surprised and honored to be recognized. Never thought it would happen! It proves that however unconventional your journey may be, you should always walk towards your dreams. One step at a time.”

Directed by Stuart Meltzer, NWSA college alumni, theater faculty member and Artistic Director of Zoetic Stage, the play will be presented by the New World School of the Arts college theater students. “I know that A Bright Room Called Day will ignite a conversation,” said Meltzer, “How wonderful will that be? And that is why, we as theatre artists, can never shy away from issues, ideas and though-provoking playwrights that permeate our culture. The play asks questions such as “how could a man like Adolf Hitler get into power”, “how do we define evil” and “how dangerous is complacency”. In my opinion, this play has never been more relevant than the fall of 2016. It was thrilling to work on the play with the actors and watching them connect thepassages of 1932 to the front pages of the Miami Herald or the New York Times today.”

Melzer also highlights, “Tony Kushner’s plays have stirred up conversations and controversies, arisen anger and opened wounds, help to heal communities and bring diverse communities together. Perhaps best known for the Pulitzer Prize winning epic, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Mr. Kushner has never shied away from the issues of animperfect America and the core values insisted in American rhetoric. Tony Kushner examines the omnipresent struggle of the people, ideas, arts, religion, cultures, economics, race and government and he packs these themes tightly into theatrical sausage for contemporary audiences to devour.”

About Natasha Tsakos: Described as “A Talent of the Next Generation”, Natasha Tsakos is known for pioneering ways of integrating technology with live performance. She is a conceptual director,interactive designer, idea generator and performer from Geneva, Switzerland now residing in the US. Natasha is the President of NTiD, inc: a creative powerhouse dedicated to inspiring and activating imagination through theatrical experiences. Tsakos was voted one of the State of Florida's "Power Players" by Florida International Magazine. Natasha is a classically trained actor and has dubbed over 900 TVshows and feature films, was exposed to over 300,000 people with 82 performances scheduled as part of the Adrienne Arsht Center first Theatre group “Urban Disturbance”, was the lead performer of Beautifully Bizarre troupe Circ X with over 10,000 scheduled events and 2 US tours, performed with Cirque du Soleil for the Super Bowl Opening Ceremony in 2007, entertained celebrities such as Pharrell Williams, Swedish House Mafia, Tiësto, the Miami Heat and performed at the Coachella Festival with Red Bull. Her work has been commissioned by Nickelodeon, MTVi, Miami Art Museum, Miami Light Project, Adrienne Arsht Center, Discovery Channel, Art Basel, and has been featured on The Travel Channel, HBO, MTV, and the BBC. Tsakos was voted one of the State of Florida's "Power Players" by Florida International Magazine. More about Natasha at http://www.natashatsakos.com/bio.php

NWSA 30th Anniversary milestone: To celebrate more than three decades serving arts students in the South Florida community, New World School of the Arts will be hosting more than a dozen commemorative concerts and exhibitions featuring distinguished alumni from the high school and the college programs during 2016-2017. A call to action has been sent nationally to high school and college alumni that have roamed the halls of New World School of the Arts since its inception in 1986, to join in this very special and well-anticipated series of concerts and exhibitions, where they will not only showcase their work, but will also have the opportunity to work with faculty and alongside current students of New World School of the Arts, through lectures, critiques and master classes. Our complete season calendar of events is available at: http://nwsa.mdc.edu/images/Flip_Newsletters/calendar_2016_17/

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, as well as the high school diploma. Through itsrigorous 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 the University of Florida.

About NWSA’s Theater program: The New World School of the Arts theater program is dedicated to the professional training of talented and committed students interested in pursuing a performing career in theater and music theater, offering students an opportunity to work in a hands-on intensive, physically demanding, artistically challenging and exciting environment. Guided by faculty who are professional actors, directors, playwrights and designers, the curriculum is a progressive journey toward the ownership of a personal technique and a comprehensive methodology of working. The faculty guides the student through the discovery and exploration of self, the learning of diverse techniques used in our craft, intensive rehearsal process, and finally the application of this knowledge into dramatic forms and styles in productions. The NWSA College BFA program culminates each year with showcases in Miami and in New York City. Information about the NWSA Theater program is available by calling 305-237-3260, by visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu/ or by calling themain office at 305-235-3135.

NWSA Social Media presence:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/New-World-School-of-the-Arts-54395903197/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzj6t9vPFRdbKa_BTQQ16J4LQ0WhwB-5B

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nwsa_miami

Photo by Patrice Bailey. NWSA College theater students: Joseph Pino, Erin Wilbanks, Amanda Williams & Brandon Orsorio