Featured Alumni

Bowdoin theater and dance Alumni are active in many fields.

Kevin Newbury '00

Kevin Newbury '00

An opera, theatre and film director based in New York City.  Mr. Newbury’s productions have been presented by many top opera companies, festivals and symphonies including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, Barcelona Liceu, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Minnesota Opera, the San Francisco Symphony, L’opéra de Montréal, Prototype Festival, Bard Summerscape, Portland Opera,  Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia Orchestra, Glimmerglass Opera, the Virginia Arts Festival, and the Wexford Festivalin Ireland, among many others.  Kevin is especially committed to developing new work. He has directed over a dozen world premiere operas and plays, many of which were subsequently published or recorded.

Mr. Newbury’s production of Virginia for the Wexford Opera Festival won the 2010 Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Opera Production. His work has also been nominated for a Grammy Award  (Bernstein’s Mass with Marin Alsop, also named “One of the Best Events of the Year” by the New York Times and the Washington Post), a Drama Desk Award (Best Actor, Candy & Dorothy) and the Glaad Media Award (winner: Candy & Dorothy, nominated Kiss And Cry).  

His first film, the short Monsura Is Waiting, has screened at twenty-two film festivals and has won several awards, including Best Dark Comedy at the Houston International Film Festival, Best Fantasy Film at the Mexico International Film Festival, Opening Night Selection at the Santa Fe International Film Festival, Best Cinematography at the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival, and one of The Best Of Fest at the Maine International Film Festival. Www.monsuraiswaiting.com  Kevin's second film, Stag, premiered at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival in April, 2015.

Education: Bowdoin College and Oxford University.
http://www.kevinnewbury.com/
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Jillian Grunnah '06

Jillian Grunnah '06

Artistic director:  Spunk and Company.  Ms. Grunnah first began dancing in her back yard and instructing her willing babysitters in the latest and greatest of her homespun dance moves. She discovered her love for contemporary dance at Bowdoin College and completed her MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College. She has danced with BoSoma Dance Company (Boston), Forward and Up and Sonar dance companies (Portland, Maine). She has danced in works by jazz greats Danny Buraczeski and Cathy Young, David Dorfman, Carl Flink/Black Label Movement, John Jasperse, Jose Limon and Mark Morris.

As a full-time teacher, Ms. Grunnah has taught modern, jazz, ballet, hip hop and creative movement to students of all ages at Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Bates Dance Festival and the American College Dance Festival. She currently teaches drama and yoga and directs the dance program at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA.
http://www.spunkandcodance.com/dancers/
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Tyler Micoleau '91

Tyler Micoleau '91

An award-winning lighting designer for theatre, opera, dance, multimedia installation, puppetry and unique live performance events.  Mr. Micoleau has designed the lighting for hundreds of live productions including plays, opera, dance, movement-theatre, multi-media performance, and puppetry. He is a native of Portland, Maine but has resided in Brooklyn for the last twenty years.

 He is the recipient of an American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes Design Award, two Off-Broadway Lucille Lortel Awards, two Village Voice OBIE awards including one for Sustained Excellence, the Connecticut Critics Circle award, a Helen Hayes award nomination, four Barrymore award nominations, a Jeff award nomination, the National Endowment for the Arts / Theatre Communications Group Career Development Program and a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College.

Fine art installation projects include Åhus Sommaren 1974 (Bellwether Galleries, Chelsea NYC), Beneath the Floorboards (Ohio Theater Gallery, Soho NYC).  For six years Mr. Micoleau was adjunct faculty in the Sarah Lawrence College Department of Dance, and has been a frequent visiting artist at Dartmouth College and Yale University.

 http://www.tylermicoleau.com/TMLD/Home.html

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Rakiya Orange '11

Rakiya Orange '11

Dancer, choreographer.  After studying dance at Bowdoin, Ms. Orange went on to earn her masters degree in Dance at Hollis University.  Upon graduation from Bowdoin, she was awarded Award for Excellence in Dance Performance.  Her solo examining black female identity was featured recently in a New York Times Dance Review.

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Natalie Johnson '13

Natalie Johnson '13

Choreographer, dancer.  Before graduating, Ms. Johnson choreographed an hour-long dance performance for her senior year independent project. She and three other Bowdoin students, Emily Bungert ’15, Audrey Blood ’13 and George Ellzey ’13, performed the evocative pieces of AGEN, her show.  Currently Ms. Johnson is enrolled in a two-year certificate program in ballet and contemporary dance at the Peridance Capezio Center in Manhattan. “I’ll also be doing some choreography of my own, as well as performing the works of visiting choreographers at the Salvatore Capezio Theater in New York City,” she said.  Look here for more information.


In the press:

A stand-out work from the concert was Natalie N. Johnson’s “generative grammar”...Johnson’s choreography, which was performed with great energy by Hulse and Lee, matched this music quite effectively, using quick, aggressive movements and leaps across the stage to match the style of Norberto’s work. This harmony between music and dance coupled high quality of both elements made generative grammar one of the most effective pieces of the afternoon.
-Joseph Bohigian, Vox Novus

http://www.nataliejohnsondance.com/#!press/c17tj

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