Alumni Spotlight

Meet some of our amazing graduates.

 

CAROL ANGELI

Original cast First National Tour of Mary Poppins (Swing, Statue/Ensemble). Regional: Miss Saigon (Kim), West Side Story (Anita), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), South Pacific (Liat), Carousel (Louise u/s). BFA Musical Theatre Penn State.

NJPAC Participation
NJPAC/NJYT Summer Musical Program (West Side Story)
 

 

ANNE BRUMMEL

Currently starring as Elphaba in the 2nd North American Tour of Wicked, Anne was an original member of the 2nd North American tour as an Elphaba standby. Brummel has toured the U.S. and Canada with Cats, Scarlet Pimpernel, Funny Girl, and Evita, where she was a standby for the role of Eva Peron. Regional productions include Fiddler on the Roof, Civil War, Big and several more productions of Evita.

NJPAC Participation
NJPAC/NJYT Summer Musical Program (Oliver)

 

MARK COCHEO

In 2010, he was the lead guitarist in the house band on the nationally syndicated show Huckabee on FOX. In New York, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Yankee Stadium, Highline Ballroom, and The Mercury's Lounge. As a studio musician, his guitar work has also been featured on MTV and ESPN. Has performed with James Moody, Wayne Newton, Tony Orlando, B.J. Thomas, Grand Funk Railroad, Larry Gatlin, and Darryl Worley.

NJPAC Participation
Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens

CLICK HERE for Mark's website

 

CHRISTINE DANELSON

Christine Danelson is a NYC-based Singer and Actress with extensive experience in TV, Film, Theater and Classical/Opera Productions. She is a native of Union County, New Jersey and graduated with a B.A. in Music Performance from Kean University in Union. She grew up performing and learned from some of the best teachers in the state through conservatory programs at NJPAC and at Paper Mill Playhouse (where she played Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray). She can be seen in episodes of Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, movies such as My Sassy Girl (starring Elisha Cuthbert & Jesse Bradford) and the independent film, Buzzkill, as well as Broadway’s First National Tour of Hairspray. Most recently, Christine understudied the lead role of November in the new musical Cloaked at CAP21 Theater in Manhattan.

NJPAC Participation
Young Artist Institute
Summer Youth Performance Workshop
NJPAC/NJYT Summer Musical Program (South Pacific, West Side Story)
 

 

KENDELL DEMPSTER

From 2008-2010 he was a performing member of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble in Denver, Colorado. His musical theatre credits include performing with Ben Vereen in Follow the Star. Kendall is also an accomplished costume designer having received the American Ballet Theatre “Make A Ballet” Costume Design Award for Firebird. He has designed and constructed costumes for the Kevin Wynn Collection, American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensives Program, Sidra Bell Dance New York, and Ronnie D. Carney Dance Collection. In 2010 he designed and created costumes for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theaters second company Ailey II.

NJPAC Participation
2004 Star-Ledger Scholarship Recipient
 

 

JASMINE MANS

Jasmine, a spoken word artist/slam poet, was recently chosen as one of Glamour magazine’s Top 10 Young Women in College 2012 and has published her first book of poetry, Chalk Outlines of Snow Angels. In 2007 she was a scholarship award winner at the 2007 Knicks Poetry Slam contest. She has appeared on television in two HBO documentaries, Def Poetry Jam and Brave New Voices, where her slam poetry experiences were documented. She has also appeared on The Mo’Nique Show on BET. Jasmine appeared on Robert Redford’s Green Team at the Kennedy Center, where she raised awareness about global warming through performance poetry and has opened for Grammy Award winner Janelle Monáe. Jasmine gained online buzz for her thought-provoking piece about rapper Nicki Minaj, The Mis-Education of Barbie, which caught the attention of several media outlets and gained her a guest editorial spot on AllHipHop.com.

NJPAC Participation
2009 Star-Ledger Scholarship Recipient
 

 

NIKIYA MATHIS

Off Broadway: Milk Like Sugar (with Tonya Pinkins and Angela Lewis), The Brother/Sister Plays, Seed. Regional: Milk Like Sugar, Eclipsed, Intimate Apparel, The Brother/Sister Plays, The Bluest Eye, Sparkle: the Musical, Coming Time, Crumbs from the Table of Joy, The Glass Menagerie. International: Romeo & Juliet (Florence, Italy). Film: Compliance (2012), The Real T (2009), The Exodus (2006).

NJPAC Participation
Summer Youth Performance Workshop
1999 Star-Ledger Scholarship Recipient

CLICK HERE for Nikiya's website
 

 

PATRICIO MOLINA

A musician, pianist, composer, and conductor Patricio Molina has appeared in a wide range of venues around the world. He has performed with Chilean Chamber Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic, and The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Patricio was featured as one of the Best Young Artists on the PBS series From The Top at Carnegie Hall. He has won numerous competitions including, the International Piano Competition, the Precollege Piano Competition, The Claudio Arrau International Piano Competition, and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Most recently he has composed a ballet (Chiloe) and an opera (La Sargento de la Concepcion).

NJPAC Participation
2004-2008 Jeffrey Carollo Music Scholarship Recipient

CLICK HERE for Patricio's website
 

 

OKIERIETE ONAODOWAN

Having recently completed the 1st National Tour of the Broadway hit musical, American Idiot, Onaodowan is currently cast in the 2012 Broadway revival of Cyrano de Bergerac. He has also toured with the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winning play, Ruined and in 2010 he was featured in the critically acclaimed sold out debut of Neighbors, at The Public Theatre in New York City. He then joined the cast of the Drama Desk Award-nominated Langston in Harlem at Urban Stages. Okieriete had the pleasure of performing opposite Oscar winner, F. Murray Abraham and Tony Award winner Joanna Gleason in a new play, Sons of the Prophet, which premiered at New York Stage and Film at Vassar College. In addition, he has kept himself busy by directing, producing, and teaching. He also landed a featured role in an upcoming indie film Thanks for Sharing written and directed by Stuart Blumberg (The writer of The Kids Are All Right) and was cast in a principal guest spot on the new CBS show The 2-2 (produced by Robert DeNiro).

NJPAC Participation
NJPAC/NJYT Summer Musical Program (Ragtime, Guys & Dolls)
Summer Youth Performance Workshop Teaching Assistant
 

 

LAUREN PALMERI

Lauren was just recently cast in the 1st National Tour of Elf the Musical. She recently completed performing in the 4th National Tour of Beauty and the Beast. BFA in Musical Theatre from UARTS. Regional: A Chorus Line (Diana), The Sound of Music (Leisl), and Carousel (Julie Jordan).

NJPAC Participation
NJPAC/NJYT Summer Musical Program (Ragtime, Carousel)

CLICK HERE for Laura's website
 

 

MJ RODRIGUEZ

A 2011 Clive Barnes Award winner for his role as Angel in the Off-Broadway production of Rent, MJ started pursuing his career at the age of 11 when he joined the Summer Youth Performance Workshop at New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Since then, Michael has spent 8 years studying at NJPAC, and also participated in other programs. He has performed in shows such as Dreamgirls, The Pajama Game, Once On This Island, and vocal performances for the Macy’s Day Parade, Camp Broadway, and for the (basketball team) Celtics Gala. Michael attends Berklee College of Music, and in 2009 was named a Star-Ledger Scholarship finalist and Young Arts first level scholarship recipient. Most recently, MJ was a featured performer at NJPAC's 2012 Spotlight Gala.

NJPAC Participation
Young Artist Institute
Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens
Summer Youth Performance Workshop
2009 Star-Ledger Scholarship Finalist
Berklee Summer Program Scholarship Recipient
 

 

TYSHAWN SOREY

Tyshawn Sorey is an active composer, performer, educator, and scholar who works across an extensive range of musical idioms. His albums include: Oblique I (2011), Pi Recordings; Koan (2009), 482 Music; That / Not (2007), Firehouse 12 Records. As a percussionist, trombonist, and pianist, Tyshawn has performed and/or recorded nationally and internationally with his own ensembles and with those led by Muhal Richard Abrams, Steve Coleman, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Michele Rosewoman, Vijay Iyer, Wadada Leo Smith, Dave Douglas, and Billy Bang, among many others. Sorey came to the attention of most listeners when he joined the trio Fieldwork (with Vijay Iyer and Steve Lehman) in 2005 and his solo work has been favorably reviewed in Traps, The Village Voice, The Wire, The New York Times, Modern Drummer, The Star-Ledger, Downbeat Magazine, and on WKCR-FM.
 

NJPAC Participation
Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens
1999 Star-Ledger Scholarship Recipient

CLICK HERE for Tyshawn's website
 

 

NICK STEFANACCI

Nick is poised to release his sophomore album, All For a Reason, later this year and released his first album, 26 Years, in 2010. He has fronted his own jazz group for over five years, playing venues all over the country and the group was prominently featured in the series finale of NBC’s Lipstick Jungle, which starred Brooke Shields. Nick has also played multiple times with The Four Tops and The Derek Trucks Band, and he spent several months touring as the saxophonist for a preeminent Springsteen cover band.

NJPAC Participation
Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens

CLICK HERE for Nick's website

 

 

DANIELLE THOMPSON

Made her Off-Broadway debut in the world premiere of My Occasion of Sin at Urban Stages Theater in NYC. Danielle previously created the role of Melba Pattilo in Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright Eisa Davis' Warriors Don't Cry and continues to perform the one-woman show on tour.

NJPAC Participation
Summer Youth Performance Workshop
2000 Star-Ledger Scholarship Recipient
NJPAC Arts Education Acting Instructor
In-School Residencies Ballroom Dance Instructor
 

 

BRANDON WRIGHT

A saxophonist and composer, Brandon has recently released his sophomore album, Journeyman, and released his first album, Boiling Point, in 2010. He has toured with his band, Abraham, Inc., as well as with Doc Severinsen (bandleader of The Tonight Show) and the Greg Field Orchestra. He has also appeared at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theatre and with the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band and his own Brandon Wright Quartet. In 2006, Brandon performed with Tony Bennett and the Henry Mancini Alumni Orchestra at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. He has won numerous awards, including Down Beat Winner for Best College Jazz Ensemble and for Outstanding Instrumental Soloist and winner of the North American Saxophone Alliance Jazz Saxophone Competition.

NJPAC Participation
Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens

CLICK HERE for Brandon's website

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