Highlights: Fall 2021

Wednesday, Dec 8, 2021

The Tisch community continued to inspire, innovate, and create amazing work during the Fall 2021 semester. Congratulations to the Tisch students, faculty, and staff on your many impressive accomplishments! Scroll through the awards, honors, and achievements below.

Institute of Performing Arts


Dr. Liz Andrews '09 (M.A, Art & Public Policy) was appointed Executive Director of the Spelman College Museum of fine Art

Karen Finley, Professor of Art & Public Policy, received the Rose Dorothea Award from the Board of Trustees of the Provincetown Public Library

Pato Hebert, Chair of the Department of Art & Public Policy, exhibited his visual art as part of a group exhibit at MING Studios

Commission on Reimagining Our Economy
Commission on Reimagining Our Economy

Anna Deavere Smith, Faculty Member in Art & Public Policy, joined the Academy of Arts & Sciences' Commission on Reimagining Our Economy

Pato Hebert, Chair of the Art & Public Policy department, acted as an artist-activist to explore social justice at the Disability & Intersectionality Summit (DIS)

Marjuan Canady '10 (M.A, Art & Public Policy) and her foundation, Canady Foundation, partnered with the Nick Cannon Foundation to produce the virtual read-long series, "Imagine in Color."

Kathy Engel, Art & Public Policy Associate Arts Professor, was featured on Poets.org's "Poem-a-Day" series

Laylah Amatullah Barrayn '20 (M.A, Art & Public Policy) had her photography series featured on NPR


Iliana Guibert '82 (B.F.A, Dance) received a Special Jury Mention at the Tribeca Film Festival for Leylak

Cari Ann Shim Sham
Cari Ann Shim Sham

Cari Ann Shim Sham, Associate Arts Professor of Dance, was interviewed by Edward Sylvan for Authority Magazine

Vinson Fraley '15 (B.F.A, Dance) was interviewed by V Magazine

Richard Move, Assistant Arts Professor of Dance, choreographed Herstory of the Universe, which was reviewed by The New York Times


Sathya Sridharan ‘14 (M.F.A, Graduate Acting) starred in Minor Premise

Sam Dash '17 (M.F.A, Graduate Acting) was featured in episode 12 of Rattlestick Theater's MTA Radio Plays

Sterling K. Brown '01 (M.F.A, Graduate Acting) was nominated for multiple Emmy Awards

Aunjanue Ellis '95 (M.F.A, Graduate Acting) was nominated for an Emmy Award

Merry Wives
Merry Wives

Pascale Armand '99, MaYaa Boateng '17, Joshua Echebiri '20, Branden Lindsay '21, Jarvis D. Matthews '20, Jennifer Mogbock '21, and Susan Kelechi Watson '03 (M.F.A, Graduate Acting) appeared in 'Merry Wives' at The Public's Free Shakespeare in the Park

Carl Cofield, Chair of the Graduate Acting department, directed the 2021 St. Louis Shakespeare Festival production of King Lear

Sterling K. Brown '01 (M.F.A, Graduate Acting) won an Emmy Award for Lincoln: Divided We Stand

Frankie Faison '74 (M.F.A, Graduate Acting) won a Gotham Independent Film Award for his role in The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlai

Julian Cihi ’21 (M.F.A, Graduate Acting) was featured in Hulu's hit TV show Only Murderers in the Building

Genevieve Angelson ’21 (M.F.A, Graduate Acting) starred in The Afterparty

Edi Gathegi ‘05 (M.F.A, Graduate Acting) starred in The Harder They Fall


Yarden Stern’s (Ph.D. Candidate, Performance Studies) piece, "Gender and Nation Tightly Bound: Ita Segev’s Knot in My Name”, was published in an edition of TDR

Malik Gaines, Performance Studies Professor, organized a Symposium at The Huntington in Los Angeles 

Dr. Frank L. Roberts ‘20 (Ph.D., Performance Studies) was named one of the 2021 Changemakers of the Year by the NYU Alumni Association Board

Sophia Cleary '11 (M.A, Performance Studies) was in residence at the Kitchen

André Lepecki, Chair of the Performance Studies department, curated a solo show at NC-arte in Bogotá, Colombia

Deborah Kapchan, Performance Studies Professor and author of Poetic Justice, was shortlisted for the 2021 National Translation Awards (NTA) in Poetry and Prose

Bess Rowen '11 (M.A, Performance Studies) published her first book, The Lines Between the Lines

Tracy Hazas '04 (M.A, Performance Studies) performed in the world premiere of a new play titled, Preparedness

Richard Move's "Herstory of the Universe"
Richard Move's "Herstory of the Universe"

Richard Move '19 (Ph.D., Performance Studies) conceived, directed and choreographed a new site specific piece that premiered on Governor’s Island

Lynn Sally ‘04 (Ph.D., Performance Studies) published a new book, Neo-Burlesque Striptease as Transformation

Christina Yang (Ph.D. Candidate, Performance Studies) was appointed Chief Curator of The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Theresa Smalec '09 (Ph.D., Performance Studies) published her first book, Ron Vawter's Life in Performance

Christof Migone '07 (Ph.D., Performance Studies) curated an installment of 12 annual online events for -AND-

Malik Gaines, Associate Professor of Performance Studies, and his art collective, 'My Barbarian', performed at The Whitney Museum of American Art

Selma Trevino '09 (M.A, Performance Studies) re-staged Washerwoman as part of the Crossing Boundaries show at Dixon Place

Biba Bell '15 (Ph.D., Performance Studies) published a new book, Modern Garage Movement: 2005-2011

Samyuktha Viswanathan '18 (M.A, Performance Studies) performed in the play Broken Dolls

Adham Hafez (Ph.D. Candidate, Performance Studies) curated a new exhibition that takes place on the blockchain

Miro Spinelli (Ph.D. Candidate, Performance Studies) published an article in an issue of TDR

Mateo Hurtados '20 (M.A., Performance Studies) produced, edited, directed, and starred in The Animal Show podcast


Jessie Barr '08 (B.F.A, Drama) was selected as a 2021 Sundance Episodic Fellow

Lena Hudson '08 (BFA, Drama) was selected as a 2021 Sundance Episodic Fellow

Ankita Raturi '15 (B.F.A, Drama) was awarded the inaugural Emerging Playwright Commission from AAP and APAFT

Anna Drezen '10, Jasmine Pierce '12, Maya Erskine '09, Anna Konkle '09, Elizabeth Olsen '13, Laura Donney '13, Nicole Conlan '12, Devin Delliquanti '06, Nicole Conlan '12, Rachel Chancey '92, Dylan Sanford '98, Alec Baldwin '94 (B.F.A, Drama), Jessica Padilla and Robert Ben Garant (Drama) were nominated for Emmy Awards

Michael Kirshner ’18 (B.F.A, Drama) screened Vestirse at NewFest

Meryl Williams ’08 (B.F.A, Drama) screened The Love Spell at NewFest

David Cork ’12 (B.F.A, Drama) screened The Ex Cycle at NewFest

Lauren Patten (Drama) won a Tony Award for Jagged Little Pill

73rd Emmy Awards
73rd Emmy Awards

Jessica Padilla (Drama) won an Emmy Award for Pose

Rachel Chancey '92 (B.F.A, Drama) won an Emmy Award for The Queen's Gambit

Michelle Uranowitz '12 (B.F.A, Drama) was listed as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film 2021” by Filmmaker Magazine

​​Rachel Sennott ’18 (B.F.A, Drama) was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award

Lady Gaga (Drama) was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards

Brittney Johnson '12 (B.F.A., Drama) was announced as the new Glinda in Wicked on Broadway


Rachel J. Peters (Cycle 14, GMTW) premiered her new opera STAGGERWING at Opera Kansas

Julia Meinwald & Gordon Leary (Cycle 16, GMTW) presented their musical, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, at Don't Tell Mama's

Janey Miles Feingold & Bela Konstancja Kawalec (Cycle 30, GMTW) presented their new folk/pop musical, REAL PEOPLE THINGS, at Two River Theatre Company

Mike von der Nahmer (Cycle 24, GMTW) was selected to participate in the 2021 Orchard Project Greenhouse Program

Ryan Scott Oliver (Cycle 16), Joe Iconis (Cycle 14), Helen Park (Cycle 22), Michael R. Jackson (Cycle 14), Nikko Benson (Cycle 22), Janet Noh (Cycle 25), and J. Oconer Navarro (Cycle 15, GMTW) featured their work at Feinstein's 54 Below

Joseph Vernon Banks (Cycle 9, GMTW) toured his musical, CRITICAL CARE, OR REHEARSALS FOR A NURSE, through NYC's 5 boroughs

Angelica Chéri (Cycle 24, GMTW) co-wrote a reboot of the popular television series HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN for Lifetime

Helen Park & Max Vernon (Cycle 22, GMTW) hosted their musical KPOP at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA

Cheeyang Ng and Eric Sorrels (Cycle 28), and EllaRose Chary and Brandon James Gwinn (Cycle 19, GMTW) were selected to enter their musicals in the 2021 NAMT Festival of New Musicals 

Jaime Lozano & The Familia
Jaime Lozano & The Familia

Jaime Lozano (Cycle 18, GMTW) presented JAIME LOZANO & THE FAMILIA: CELEBRANDO THE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH at Feinstein's 54 Below

Julianne Wick Davis and Dan Collins (Cycle 16, GMTW) had their new musical, TREVOR: A NEW MUSICAL, presented at Off Broadway's Stage 42

Carrie Caffrey and Earl Marrows (Cycle 30, GMTW) had excerpts of their new musical, FOR SHOW, presented virtually as part of The York Theatre's Pipeline Series

Chris Miller (Cycle 10), Nathan Tysen (Cycle 10), and Sean Patrick Flahaven (Cycle 7, GMTW) released the studio cast album of their new musical, DREAMLAND (or a Musical Riff on Shakespeare’s Midsummer Set During the Declassification of Area 51)

Kirsten Childs and Polly Pen, Adjunct Faculty Members in GMTW, had their new musicals featured in the Vineyard Theatre's Fall Forward Festival

Sam Chanse (Cycle 23, GMTW) presented her new show, P.S., at Ars Nova in NYC

Tidtaya Sinutoke (Cycle 22, GMTW) was named one of the recipients of the 2021 Fred Ebb Award

Zonia Tsang (Cycle 25), Alex Higgin-Houser (Cycle 29), Gavin Knittle (Cycle 28), Briana Harris (Cycle 28), Willem Oosthuysen (Cycle 20), and Tristen Moseley (Cycle 29, GMTW) collaborated on UNDISCOVERED COUNTRIES

Joe Iconis (Cycle 14), Max Vernon (Cycle 22), Avi Amon (Cycle 22), and Nolan Doran (Cycle 22, GMTW) presented songs at the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat Virtual Fundraiser

Laura Barati (Cycle 25), Danny Ursetti (Cycle 26), Durra Leung (Cycle 29), Marcus Scott (Cycle 22), Dani Shoulman (Cycle 29), Erin Hoerchler (Cycle 29), Kate Thomas (Cycle 21), and Joey Contreras (Cycle 21, GMTW) presented their original short musicals at Prospect's annual Musical Theater Lab

Richard Lindenfelzer and Jess Newman (both Cycle 28, GMTW), and Joel B. New (Cycle 15, GMTW) presented their work at NYC's cabaret venue The Greenroom 42

Brent Lord (Cycle 9, GMTW) and Mike Shaieb (Cycle 8, GMTW) produced and recorded a new holiday album The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

EllaRose Chary & Brandon James Gwinn (both Cycle 19, GMTW) released an album of original songs, Place & Time, available for streaming and download everywhere

Still from "This Part I Carry"
Still from "This Part I Carry"


Gustavo Aguilar, Open Arts and Collaborative Arts Faculty Member, premiered his film, This Part I Carry, at the London International Screen Dance Festival

Ra Peter Lucas, Open Arts Faculty Member, screened his film, Before the Close of Day, at the Manhattan Film Festival


Mark Ricker '95, James Bolenbaugh '11, and Jim Fenhagen '82 (M.F.A, Design for Stage & Film) were nominated for Emmy Awards

Michelle Roy '15 (M.F.A, Design for Stage & Film) won an Emmy Award for Pose

Kimie Nishikawa '15 (M.F.A, Design for Stage & Film) was the recipient of the Soho Rep Job Initiative

Mimi Lien Works in the Model for Lincoln Center's "The Green"
Mimi Lien Works in the Model for Lincoln Center's "The Green"

Mimi Lien '03 (M.F.A, Design for Stage & Film) designed The GREEN at Lincoln Center

The Department of Design for Stage & Film and the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program presented UNDISCOVERED COUNTRIES, in partnership with The American Opera Project

Institute of Emerging Media


Allison Parrish, ITP Faculty Member, won an Ars Electronica 2021 award

Yasmin Elayat ’08 (M.P.S, ITP) won the Best Immersive Narrative Competition Award at the Tribeca Film Festival for The Changing Same: Episode 1

Andrew Schneider (ITP) won the Creative Non-Fiction Award at the Tribeca Film Festival for Current

The first class of IMA Master’s students graduated

Kira Snyder '98 (M.P.S, ITP) was nominated for an Emmy Award

Paula Ceballos, Karthik Patanjali, Yuliya Parshina-Kottas, Or Fleisher, and Mint Boonyapanachoti (ITP) created a piece in the New York Times about the Olympics

Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, ITP Faculty Member, was announced as the 2021 Artist in Residence (AIR) at The Neon Museum

Allison Parrish, Brandon Brown and Cy X (ITP) were selected as CultureHub's Resident Artists for 2021-2022 

Yucef Merhi (M.P.S, ITP) received a fellowship to join the MIT Open Documentary Lab

Local Projects
Local Projects

Jake Barton (ITP) and his company, Local Projects, won the Design Company of the Year award, Best Design in North America, and Enduring Design in Fast Company’s 2021 Innovation by Design Awards

CHiKA (ITP) presented GO02_ONEESS, a series of augmented reality sculptures and a site-specific light installation

William Kennelly (ITP) published a textbook on the subject of applied introductory digital multimedia

Cy Kim (ITP) created an installation, "Shadow Wall: Stories of Chinatown", at 69 Mulberry Street

Addie Wagenknecht (ITP) presented her third solo exhibition, every day the same again

Yang Wang and Zhenzhen Qi’s (ITP) work, LENNA, was shortlisted for the Lumen Prize for Art and Technology 

Mohammad Rahmani (ITP) opened SCHEMATA, a solo exhibition at Putty’s Coronation

Cezar Mocan (ITP) won the Student Award competition of the Lumen Prize for Art and Technology

Nathaniel Stern and Scott Kildall (ITP) collaborated on NFT Culture Proof, which was featured in the Refraction Festival 

Dalit Shalom (ITP) was selected to be a 2022 Sulzberger Fellow by the New York Times

Simone Salvo, ITP Research Resident, presented The Amazing Women’s Club, which was featured on the Boston Globe


Darcelis Gutierrez, Geneva Heyward, Jada Rozier-Williams, and Sandy Tan (Students, NYU Game Center) were each awarded an ESA Foundation Scholarship for 2021-2022

Geneva Heyward (Student, NYU Game Center) was awarded the ESA LGBTQ+ Service Scholars Co-Awarded

Shawn Pierre joined the full-time faculty at the NYU Game Center as a visiting arts professor

Mary Kenney (M.F.A, NYU Games Center) released a new book, Gamer Girls

Temitope Olujobi (M.F.A, NYU Games Center) was named to the first cohort of artists for the Small Black Museum Residency Project at the George Washington Carver Museum in Austin, TX

Eric Zimmerman, NYU Game Center Faculty Member, received the Bernie DeKoven Big Fun Award at the 2021 IndieCade Festival

Yuxin Gao ’20 (M.F.A, NYU Games Center) received the 2021 IndieCade Festival Impact Award

Playdate Console
Playdate Console

Diego Garcia '14 (M.F.A, NYU Games Center), Carol Mertz '19 (M.F.A, NYU Games Center), Chris Makris (Adjunct Faculty, NYU Games Center), and Bennett Foddy (Former Faculty Member, NYU Games Center) distributed their games to the Playdate console 

Dong Zhou and Yijia Chen '19 (M.F.A, NYU Games Center) released their game, Moncage

Yuxin Gao ’20 (M.F.A, NYU Games Center) won the 2021 BAFTA Student Immersive Award for her thesis project, Out For Delivery

J​​onah Gaynor and Snippy Nguyen '19 (M.F.A, NYU Games Center) released their game, Maya's Dice

Suyi Diao, Chang Li, Dannan WenYiren Wang, Tammy Ma and Jin U ’20 (M.F.A, NYU Games Center) made it on the Steam Wishlist with their game BIRFIA

Ricardo Escobar and Jin-Young Sohn ’20 (M.F.A, NYU Games Center) Kickstarted their game, Loddlenaut, which also made it on the Steam Wishlist

Jeff Petriello '19 (M.F.A, NYU Games Center) Kickstarted his game, The Pasta Tarot


Madison Love '17 (Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music) was featured in Rolling Stone's “2021 Future of Music” issue

Katie Vinten was this year’s Executive-in-Residence at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, and the first woman in the history of the Institute to step into that executive role

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Faculty Member in the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award

Andrew Watt (Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music) was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards

Denzel Baptiste '14 and David Biral '15 (B.F.A, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music) were nominated for multiple Grammy Awards

Raul Cubina '15, John Cunningham '16, Jasper Harris, Jasper Sheff '17, Sean O'Brien '09, and Jack Antonoff (Artist-in-Residence, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music) all worked on projects that were nominated for Grammy Awards

2022 Grammys
2022 Grammys

Leon Bridges, Faculty Member in the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance

Robert Glasper, Faculty Member in the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Progressive R&B Album

Jack Antonoff, Artist-in-Residence in the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Producer of the Year 

Jim Anderson, Faculty Member in the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Immersive Audio Album

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Faculty Member in the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Film


Bayeté Ross Smith, Professor of Photography & Imaging, documented the Tulsa Race Massacre for the The Guardian

Elliott Jerome Brown (Photography & Imaging) photographed the “Next Generation Leaders” for TIME Magazine

Joseph Rodriguez, Professor of Photography & Imaging, exhibited his work, TAXI: Journey Through My Windows 1977 - 1987

Federal Hall National Memorial and the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy collaborated with Tisch’s 100 Years/100 Women program to create Women in the Face of History

Tony Wang (Current student, Photography & Imaging) was selected by the NYC Independent Film Festival for the film Yunnan

Ashley Pena (Current student, Photography & Imaging) was featured in The New York Times, “The Month New York Woke Up”

Mallika Vora (Photography & Imaging) was interviewed by The Photo Ethics Podcast

Ayesha Kazim (Current student, Photography & Imaging) was featured in The Guardian

Zalika Azim (Photography & Imaging) was featured in Social Works, an exhibition at Gagosian in New York

Snow Yunxue Fu, Professor of Photography & Imaging, showcased work on a Times Square Billboard

NYC Pride Guide
NYC Pride Guide

Rhianydd Hylton (Current student, Photography & Imaging) photographed NYC Pride Guide

Jessica Ingram (Photography & Imaging) photographed “A Year of Avoiding Eviction in Tennessee” for The New Yorker

Philip Perkis, Former Adjunct Professor of Photography & Imaging, was honored in a new exhibition, The Magic is in the Seeing

Deborah Willis, Chair of the Photography & Imaging department and author of The Black Civil War Soldier, was longlisted for the 2021 National Book Awards

Bayeté Ross Smith, Professor of Photography & Imaging, was named artist-in-residence by Columbia Law School

Jeffrey Henson Scales, Professor of Photography & Imaging, exhibited In a Time of Panthers: The Lost Negatives

Isabel Castro '12 (B.F.A, Photography & Imaging) was listed as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film 2021”, by Filmmaker Magazine

Editha Mesina, Professor of Photography & Imaging, featured Selected Works in “Imperialism is Not The Heart”

Snow Yunxue Fu, Professor of Photography & Imaging, exhibited her digital artwork installation “Pool” in the 2021 West Bund Art & Design Fair

Isolde Brielmaier, Photography & Imaging Professor, was featured in the Dec 21-Jan 22 issue of Harper's Bazaar

Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television


Chuko Esiri’s (M.F.A, Graduate Film) film, Eyimofe (This Is My Desire), was acquired by Janus Film & Criterion

Jessica Sharzer (M.F.A, Graduate Film) wrote the Warner Bros remake of the 1983 vampire film, The Hunger

Terrance Daye '20 and Jess dela Merced '14 (M.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Graduate Film) were named 2021 Sundance Episodic Fellows

Emilija Gašić (M.F.A, Graduate Film) received full funding from the Serbian National Fund - Film Center Serbia for the film, 78 Days

Yeung Tung (Current student, Graduate Film), Ian Barling and Jonas Carpignano (M.F.A, Graduate Film), were selected for the 2021 Cannes Film Festival lineup

Elegance Bratton (M.F.A, Graduate Film) directed The Inspection for A24

Levan Koguashvili '07 (M.F.A, Graduate Film) won multiple awards at the Tribeca Film Festival for Brighton 4th

Jonas Carpignano (M.F.A, Graduate Film) won The Europa Cinemas for A Chiara

Elegance Bratton and Haley Elizabeth Anderson (M.F.A, Graduate Film) were selected for Film Independent’s Amplifier Fellowship, sponsored by Netflix

Yvonne Michelle Shirley (Graduate Film) received a $15,000 grant from Rooftop Films to support the production of Point 5. Fellow alumni Laura Moss and Haley Elizabeth Anderson (Graduate Film) were also feature film grant recipients

Max Walker-Silverman’s (Graduate Film) film, Chuj Boys of Summer, was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition

​​Spike Lee, Graduate Film Professor, Brendan Daw '07, Lydia Tenaglia '96, and Joe Bauer '91 (M.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Graduate Film) and were nominated for Emmy Awards

Yi Tang
Yi Tang

Yi Tang (Current student, Graduate Film) won the Short Film Palme d'Or Award at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival for the film, Tian Xia Wu Ya (All The Crows In The World)

Jess X Snow (Current student, Graduate Film) was an HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries Finalist for her film, LITTLE SKY, which also premiered on HBO Max

Isabelle Mecattaf (Current student, Graduate Film) premiered Beity at the Toronto Film Festival

Tamika R. GuishardDagny Atencio LooperSontenish MyersMelanie Schiele, and Farida Zahran (M.F.A, Graduate Film) wrote scripts that were included in Wscripted 

Abbesi AkhamieMary EvangelistaKarishma Dev Dube, and Eris Qian (M.F.A, Graduate Film) were selected for the Sundance Institute & Women in Film financing intensive

Ian Barling (M.F.A, Graduate Film) was signed to United Talent Agency (UTA)

Juan José Campanella (M.F.A, Graduate Film) signed an exclusive deal with ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS)

Chuko Esiri (M.F.A, Graduate Film) was awarded the Jury Award at the 11th edition of the World Cinema Amsterdam Competition for the film, ‘Eyimofe (This is My Desire)

Spike Lee, Graduate Film Professor, received the 46th Chaplin Award at the Chaplin Award Gala for Film at Lincoln Center

Jamie Dack (M.F.A, Graduate Film) turned his work, Palm Trees and Power Lines, into a feature-length film

Yi Tang (Current student, Graduate Film) signed with WME and M88

Gail Segal, Associate Professor of Graduate Film, and Sheril Antonio, Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, published a new book, Dramatic Effects with a Movie Camera

Kasi Lemmons, Graduate Film Professor, directed the Whitney Houston biopic, I Wanna Dance with Somebody, for TriStar Pictures

Aisha FordElo Santa MariaEve LiuFran ZayasJuan Pablo Daranas MolinaRachel Harrison Gordon, and Derrick Woodyard (Current students, Graduate Film) were selected to receive the Spike Lee Film Production and Sandra Ifraimova Funds

Alfonso Herrera Salcedo (M.F.A, Graduate Film) won the Bisato d’Oro at the Venice International Film Festival for Joaquín del Paso’s El hoyo en la cerca (The hole in the fence)

Peter Newman, Academic Director for Graduate Film, was interviewed by Variety

Joseph Sackett ’18 (M.F.A, Graduate Film) screened Homebody at NewFest

TJ Parsell ’15 (M.F.A, Graduate Film) screened Invisible at NewFest

Chheangkea Ieng ’24 (Kanbar Institute, Graduate Film) screened the film, A Fire That Never Dies, at NewFest

Moxie Peng ’20 (M.F.A, Graduate Film) screened The Little Prince(ss) at NewFest

Joe Bauer '91 (M.F.A, Graduate Film) won an Emmy Award for The Mandalorian

Nisha Ganatra
Nisha Ganatra

Nisha Ganatra (M.F.A Graduate Film) was ranked at the top of the directors list for advertising by the “The Lions Creativity Report”

Shaka King (M.F.A, Graduate Film) signed a first-look deal with FX Productions

Karishma Dube and Ramzi Bashour (M.F.A, Graduate Film) were selected as two of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine

Elegance Bratton (M.F.A, Graduate Film) released Pier Kids in theaters

Jonas Carpignano (M.F.A, Graduate Film) won the Best Feature Film award for A Chiara at the Zurich Film Festival

Cary Joji Fukunaga’s (M.F.A, Graduate Film) film, No Time to Die, became this year’s No. 2 Hollywood movie globally and overseas

Kasi Lemmons, Graduate Film Professor, was featured in Shut Up in My Bones at The Metropolitan Opera

José Manuel Vélez ’22 (Current student, Graduate Film) was awarded the New York Short Jury Award at the 33rd NewFest for the film, Fervor 

Malcolm D Lee (M.F.A, Graduate Film) pushed his film, Finding Kendrick Johnson, into Academy-qualifying U.S. theatrical run

Chloé Zhao (M.F.A, Graduate Film) directed the newest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Eternals

Frankie Faison ’74, Steve McQueen, and Seith Mann ’02 (M.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Graduate Film) were nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award

Blerta Basholli (M.F.A, Graduate Film) released Hive in U.S theatres 

Alexis Gambis (M.F.A, Graduate Film) released his film, Son of Monarchs, on HBO Max

Reinaldo Marcus Green '16 (MFA, Kanbar Institute, Graduate Film) was chosen to direct Will Smith's newest film, King Richard 

Spike Lee, Graduate Film Professor, was nominated for a Grammy Award

Nikyatu Jusu, Jamie Dack, Max Walker-Silverman, Margaret Brown, Alli Haapasalo, Eric Lin, Jen Brooks, Annie J. Howell, Dania Bdeir, Tamara Jenkins, Nuotama Frances Bodomo, Shruti Ganguly, Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (Graduate Film), and John Tintori, Graduate Film Professor, all worked on films that were added to the 2022 Sundance Film Festival lineup


Jaiden Thompson ‘21 (B.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) was selected for the Television Academy Foundation’s prestigious 2021 Summer Fellows program

Todd Martin '13 (B.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) won the Best Cinematography award at the Tribeca Film Festival for The Novice

Andy Samberg '09, Jeremy Reitz '11, Andrew Fleming '85, Jen Statsky '08, Misha Green '06, Jeremy Tchaban '03, Justin Wilkes '99, Thomas Lennon '92, Stephanie Gibbons '89, Ken Druckerman '95, Josh Porter '94, Helen Cho '09, Jean Tsien '83, Hillary Olsen '94, Kyra Thompson '86, Charlie Redd '14, Lester Cohen '83, Adam Gerstel '04, Michelle Tesoro '01, Jonah Moran '98, Ryan Spears '11, Ryan McIlraith '16, David Waterston '76, Eric Becker '04, Shaun Harkins '81, Bill Winters '98, and Nick Woythaler '01 (B.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) were nominated for Emmy Awards

Martin Scorsese '64/ '68 / '92, Dean's Council, Marco Williams, Associate Arts Professor of Undergraduate Film & Television, and Michael Carmine, Faculty Member of Undergraduate Film & Television, were nominated for Emmy Awards

Nia DaCosta '11 (B.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) directed Jordan Peele's reboot of the classic horror film, Candyman

Dean Lennert, Professor of Undergraduate Film & Television, was interviewed on The Dope Sheet

Finish the Script
Finish the Script

Alejandra Araujo '15, Antonio Salume '18, and Amy Tiong '18 (B.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) won the Dolby Institute x Ghetto Film School Filmmaker Challenge: Finish the Script 2021

Tyler Mitchell '17 (B.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) opened An Imaginative Arrangement of the Things Before Me at The Gordon Parks Foundation

Natalie Jasmine Harris ’20, Alexyss Robinson ’19, and Denise Zhou ’20 (B.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) screened their film, Pure, at NewFest

Seth Hauer ’08 (B.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) screened the film, Little Mx. Sunshine, at NewFest

Elizabeth Rakhilkina ’18 (B.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) screened the film, New Flesh for the Old Ceremony, at NewFest

Elizabeth Shapiro (Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) screened the film, First Date, at NewFest

Alden Peters ’12 (B.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) screened the film, Friend of Sophia, at NewFest

Bentley Eldridge ’25 (B.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) screened the film, Hereto, at NewFest

Jeremy Truong ’18 (B.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) screened the film, Bridesman, at NewFest

Michelle Tesoro '01 (B.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) won an Emmy Award for The Queen's Gambit

Richard McGuinness '82, (BFA, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) won an Emmy Award for Saturday Night Live

Michael Carmine, Associate Chairperson in the department of Undergraduate Film & Television, won an Emmy Award for Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Bill Winters '98 (B.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) won an Emmy Award for Hamilton

Jean Tsien '83 (B.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) won an Emmy Award for 76 Days: Pluto

Jeremy Tchaban '03 (B.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) won an Emmy Award for Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 

Justin Wilkes '99 (B.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) won an Emmy Award for Hamilton

Jen Statsky '08 (B.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) won an Emmy Award for Hacks

Charlie Redd '14 (B.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) won an Emmy Award for Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan

M. Night Shyamalan '92 (B.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) was selected as the Jury President for the 2022 Berlin International Film Festival

Alfonso E Morgan-Terrero, Adjunct Faculty Member in Undergraduate Film & Television had work featured on the cover of the September 2021 American Cinematographer

Alyssa Hartwig (Undergraduate Film & Television) was an assistant editor for the Tokyo Olympics

Natalie Jasmine Harris '20 (B.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) was named an Outfest 2021 Screenwriting Lab fellow

Emma Seligman ’17, Sean Baker ’98, Chris Bergoch ’94, and Jen Statsky ’08 (B.F.A, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) were nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award

Daniel Jaffe '12 (B.F.A, Undergraduate Film & Television) was listed as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film 2021” by Filmmaker Magazine

Tony Awards
Tony Awards


Mark Lee '84 (B.F.A, Cinema Studies) won a Tony Award for The Inheritance


George C. Wolfe '84 (M.F.A, Dramatic Writing), was honored at I’m Still Here, a one-time unprecedented benefit benefitting The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Billy Rose Theatre Division

Cusi Cram was announced as the Associate Chair of the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing

Phil Gurin '83, Steve Yockey '08, Isaac Aptaker '08, Elizabeth Berger '08, Julia Brownell '08, Megan Callahan-Shah '08 Sudi Green '13, and Celeste Yim '20 (M.F.A, Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing) were nominated for an Emmy Awards

Doug Wright '87 and Michael R. Jackson '05 (M.F.A, Graduate Musical Theatre Writing) received honors at the Provincetown Theater

Linnea Gregg, Staff Member in the Dramatic Writing department, was featured in the film, THE CATHEDRAL, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival

The Ballad of Laurel Springs
The Ballad of Laurel Springs

Janet Beard '01 (B.F.A, Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing) published a new novel, The Ballad of Laurel Springs

Nicole Teeny ’19 (B.F.A, Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing) screened Unity Mosque at NewFest

A.J. Catoline '92 (B.F.A, Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing) won an Emmy Award for Ted Lasso

Bill Wrubel '93 (M.F.A, Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing) won an Emmy Award for Ted Lasso

Nathan Dennis '15 (Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing) published a poetry chapbook called, I AM HADES

Ian Ellis James, Dramatic Writing Faculty Member, debuted his immersive stage play Electric's West Side Story (On the Lower East Side)

Adam Zell '16 (B.F.A, Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing) won a Tony Award for The Inheritance