Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts



Students & Alumni


PERFORMING
  • Courtney Cook (2011) is excited to have joined the Urban Bush Women this season.
  • Leslie Kraus (2003) continues to perform with the New York based, increasingly acclaimed Kate Weare Company, and performs the lead role of Lady Macbeth in the New York production, Sleep No More.
  • Donna Vaughn (2006), dances in the Broadway cast of Disney’s The Lion King.
  • Samantha Speis (2005) continues to perform with Urban Bush Women. In addition, she was granted space in Alvin Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab during fall, 2012 to develop new work. She has been invited to present her work in Senegal in the Kaay Fecc (Come Dance) festival during June, 2013.
  • Alyssa Gregory (2010) continues to perform with The Moving Architects  in Chicago, IL.
  • Margaret Allen (2010) graduated from the Reale Societa Ginnastica di Torino’s professional contemporary circus school FLIC in Torino, Italy in May, 2013.
  • Niall Jones (2009) and Felix Cruz (2010) performed in Ishmael Houston-Jones’s revival of THEM at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France in February, 2012.
  • Jason Somma (2003) continues his work with Jiri Kylian, screening films at the Rotterdam Danse Academy on “performance and new technology” during spring, 2012.
  • Katie Dean performed her work in “Movement Research at the Judson Church” in spring, 2012.
  • Prosenjit Guy Kundu (1998) has continued to perform and choreograph internationally since his graduation from VCU. Most recently, Kundu performed with AR Rahman (Indian composer, musician, and singer) on The Journey Home World Tour 2010.

CREATING
  • Charli Brissey’s (2009) screen dance Abandon was screened at the New York Dance Films Association, Dance on Camera Festival in January and will be screened at the University of Utah International Screendance Festival this summer.
  • Burr Johnson (2009) has shown new work at New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop) twice over the last year, most recently in May, 2013. His “promising choreography” has been praised by The New York Times.  Johnson also performs with John Jasperse Company.
  • Richard Move’s (1988) The Show (Achilles Heels) formed part of the Martha Graham Dance Company’s program for a February, 2013 benefit at the Joyce Theater in New York.
  • Pam England (1986) was awarded the 2012 Theresa Pollak Award for Excellence in the Arts – Dance, facilitated by Richmond Magazine.
  • Reggie Crump (a.k.a. “Monstah Black”) continues to produce regular cabaret performances and multi-media events in New York City.

GRADUATE STUDY
  • Corrine Bates (2010), Alyssa Crump (2010), and Paige Horton (2005) will be starting graduate studies in Dance Education at NYU in fall, 2013.
  • Charli Brissey (2009) is an MFA candidate in the VCUarts Kinetic Imaging program.

TEACHING

DIRECTING
  • Ray Eliot Schwartz (1992) continues to direct the Dance program at the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico. In May, 2012, he participated as an invited teacher and guest judge on the Mexican reality show Ópera Prima@elcolectivo, produced by Mexican National Public television and Canal 22.
  • Rob Petres (1992) continues to run Dogtown Dance Theatre, a recently renovated performance venue in the Old Manchester neighborhood of Richmond. The Dogtown Arts Foundation works to develop partnerships with other arts organizations and programs benefiting the Manchester and greater Richmond communities.
  • Adrienne Clancy (1991) is the founding and artistic director of ClancyWorks Dance Company based out of Maryland. In addition to creating, performing, and directing the company, she  recently received her MFA from Texas Woman’s University and is a PhD Candidate.

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Richmond VA 23284-3007

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