High School music student Wooldjina Present, soprano, receives prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award Scholarship

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Wooldjina press release picture.New World School of the Arts high school senior Wooldjina Present, soprano in the music division, is among the 2020 recipients of the coveted Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award Scholarship. Along with the other winners, Wooldjina will receive $10,000 to help offset the cost of continuing her classical music studies at a high level and will have the opportunity to perform on From the Top’s national broadcasts. “On behalf of the music division, we are so proud of Wooldjina and wish her all the success afforded to her by receiving this award,” said Dr. Daniel Andai, Dean of Music at NWSA.

According to Dr. Jennifer Tipton, adjunct faculty at NWSA and Wooldjina’s private voice teacher, “Wooldjina is an incredibly talented, hardworking, and driven singer. Over the past four years, she has sought out opportunities that expand her musical and academic education. The Jack Kent Cooke Award will allow her to travel to audition for colleges across the country.”

“I am so honored to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award from From the Top,” said Wooldjina. “The financial assistance, leadership opportunities, and workshops and activities will undoubtably help shape my future in the most positive way possible. Thank you to everyone who supported me in making this dream become a reality.”

Nineteen YoungArts Awards for NWSA this year

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Young Arts 2019 finalists in group shot.With 21 Presidential Scholars in the Arts since 1989, and 89 YoungArts Finalists / 346 YoungArts Winners since 2002, New World School of the Arts (NWSA) students continue to leave their artistic mark in our community. Among the 171 YoungArts Finalists selected this year are seven NWSA students joining the ranks as in their respective artistic fields and selected by an esteemed discipline-specific panel of artists through a rigorous blind adjudication process. In addition, NWSA students received three YoungArts Honorable Mentions and nine Merit Awards for a grand total 19 awards.

New World School of the Arts 2020 YoungArts FINALISTS:
Dance: Rush Carson, Choreography; Theater: Catarina de Luca Figueiredo; Ulises Otero Jr. (class of 2019); Visual Arts: Nichole Hernandez; Samuel Jorge; Destiny Moore; Voice: Anthony Josep, Classical Baritone (class of 2019).

The YoungArts Finalists will each receive a cash prize of up to $10,000 and will participate in National YoungArts Week (January 5-12, 2020), the organization's signature program providing artists with an intensive, weeklong and all-inclusive program featuring master classes, workshops and mentorship from leading artists in their fields. At National YoungArts Week, Finalists will have the opportunity to learn from 2020 master teachers, including MacArthur "Genius" Claire Chase; Grammy nominated Jazz vocalist René Marie; The New York Times Best Selling author Joan Morgan; Tony nominated actress Michele Shay; photographer, curator and educator Endia Beal; and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Doug Blush.

The NWSA One-Festival offers eclectic collection of monologues

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One person festival photo.The 2019 edition of The One Festival at New World School of the Arts is upon us - and with twenty-four plays, this is the biggest festival in the NWSA Theatre division's history. The One Festival is a collection of fifteen-minute plays written, directed and acted by BFA seniors. In four programs over the course of two weeks, the themes of these plays are relevant, varied and personal and will take audiences on what is on the conscience of these artists. From drag queens to beauty queens, the American race war, chronic depression, facing fatherhood, the impending future of technology on humans, women in prison, Jackson Pollock and Russian nesting dolls; The One Festival is an important display of vibrant artistic styles and intricate stories about the human condition.
Schedule of shows:

Program A: December 12; 4:30 PM / December 13; 7:30 PM
Program B: December 12; 7:30 PM / December 13; 4:30 PM
Program C: December 19; 4:30 PM / December 20; 7:30 PM
Program D: December 19; 7:30 PM / December 20; 4:30 PM


Louise O. Gerrits Theater. 25 NE 2 Street, 8th Floor, downtown Miami. All one-Festival shows are free and open to the public.
Information at 305-237-3541.

“CAMILO ROJAS: Power of UnkNOWn” confronts viewers with the duality of words.

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Camilo Rojas picture for gallery show.Camilo Rojas gallery show second photo.

Camilo Rojas, NWSA visual arts college alumnus with a BFA in Graphic Design and multidisciplinary designer currently based in Miami, will present his solo show titled CAMILO ROJAS: Power of unkNOWn at New World School of the Arts this month. Bringing typography to the foreground of his craft, Camilo often experiments with this art form by using words and letters as a visual medium to represent text in an innovative way and as an essential mean of expression. The show, which opens with a reception where Camilo will be present, consists of a series of text-based mirrors and light sculptures that will confront the viewers with the duality of words, spelling out simple but intriguing phrases/questions drawing each person that encounters them to attend the act of looking inward.


“My intention with this spatial installation is to give a new form to letters in an expressive, harmonious, and skillful manner,” explained Camilo. “By linking reflective materials, hidden messages, repetition, and the double meaning of words, an environment of thoughtfulness and playful encounter will be created in the gallery setting.”

CAMILO ROJAS: Power of unkNOWn opens with a Reception on November 14; 6 PM - 9 PM at the New World Gallery. 25 NE 2 Street, Miami. The show is free and open to the public.
The exhibition will be on view November 14 November 14 - December 20. Information at 305-237-3620.

High School theater presents the award-winning musical ‘Side Show’

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Side Show performance pr picture.The New World School of the Arts High School music theater students will present the award-winning musical Side Show just in time to welcome the holiday season. With book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger with additional book material by Bill Condon, the musical is directed by NWSA theater faculty member Matthew Buffalo. “I have always been drawn to the music of Side Show,” explained Buffalo. However, as I started my directorial research, the message of the show drew me in even further. On the surface, Side Show can be seen as a heartwarming musical about the love of two sisters and the fascinating world of the freak shows of the past. After taking a closer look at the core of the musical, you will find a beautiful story of acceptance.”

Opening performance – Side Show: Friday, November 22, 7:30 PM. Additional presentations: November 23, December 6, & 7 at 7:30 PM and at 2 PM on Sunday, November 24 & December 8. 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/ For more information please call 305-237-3541.

Inspired by the remarkable lives of entertainers and conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, Side Show delves into the exploitative world of the freak shows and its effects. The Hilton twins were popular stage performers between the 1920s and the 1950s. They were born in 1908 in Brighton, England and were raised by the midwife at their birth, Mary Hilton, who treated the girls as though they were her property and forced them to perform as early as age three. For years, they sang, danced and played instruments at circuses, carnivals and fairs. They were popular in England, as well as Australia, where they toured, but it was not until they arrived in the United States in 1916 that they became stars.

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