SHOWCASE 2014: Updates from the Class of 2013!

It’s that time of year again…Showcase Season! Last year we had a blast featuring the students of color who were Showcase2013recapcollagegraduating from Acting and Musical Theatre BFA/MFA programs across the country. We covered NYU Steinhardt, Columbia, Michigan, and Tisch MFA. This year we’re doing the same thing (and even expanding our reach), but first we thought we would catch up with some of last years grad’s! Read on to hear about life post Showcase (new gigs, Bway debuts, agents and more).

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AdrianAdrian Baidoo (U Mich)

New Credits: Off-Broadway Play ‘PIRIRA,’ cool readings and concerts around the city (HEARTBLOOD), St. Louis MUNY, wrapped a short film titled “Roommates.”

Agency: Henderson Hogan

Other: Auditions fill up most of my time currently, and each one brings a new and valuable lesson. My advice to the next batch of graduates is to look at each audition as an opportunity NOT burden. You get a chance to share your talents with people who are willing to watch, so give it your all! Whatever happens after your audition is out of your hands, so don’t worry about that. Best of luck!

Jordan Barrow (U Mich)Jordan-With-Border

New Credits: Currently  working on an Equity Showcase production/workshop of Gail Kregel’s new musical SWEETIE. The workshop will be performed at the end of March in the Ford Foundation studio at the Signature Theatre and is directed by Tony and Emmy award nominee, Patricia Birch.

Agency: Abrams Artists Agency

ElijahCaldwellElijah Caldwell (NYU Steinhardt)

New Credits: Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money with the Atlantic Theatre Co (Mr. Chickee), selected for “Broadway’s Rising Stars” before graduating and was “debuted” at Town Hall NYC, couple of readings for some up and coming new musicals

Agency: About Artists

Other: I have somehow found the time to also accompany, vocal coach, and music direct! As some of the readers know I have also taken over as the twitter correspondent for Arts in Color!!!

Akira Fukui (NYU Steinhardt)Akira Fukui Headshot_1

New Credits: As You Like It with the Libra Theater Company (Oliver), and two readings with a handful of Broadway peeps.

Other: Had several call backs with some major theaters (McCarter Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre, and the Flea to name a few) I’ve spent the majority of my time attempting to understand the business side of acting and really working on pounding the pavement.  I’ve met a lot of Casting Directors and associates and gotten their feedback.  I’ve taken classes in scene study, Shakespeare, and improv.  And, I’ve made this year more about making good first impressions than about booking the job.  Real world goals.  Also, attempting to be an adult.

Aaron Komo 3Aaron Komo (NYU Steinhardt)

New Credits:  Disney’s Mulan (Tuachan), The King and I (Olney Theatre Center), and Tamar of the River (Off Bway). We are also working on the soundtrack to Tamar in March)!

Agency: The Mine

Ashley Park (U Mich)Ashley Park Headshot

New Credits: MAMMA MIA! Broadway Debut (Ali understudy/ Ensemble).  I have  been involved in numerous readings and workshops including: a revival of INNER CITY MOTHER GOOSE (Joy) , CRUEL INTENTIONS (Cecille Caldwell) a play based on the film with a script by the screenwriter Roger Kumble;   PUMPED! the musical;  DARLING a concert reading at 54 Below by Ryan Scott Oliver;   NORMAL a play by Jason Kim. I also starred in an episode on the Investigation Discovery channel!

Agency: BRS/Gage Agency as well as Station Three Management

Other:  Along with auditioning, I’ve worked at Cafe Lalo, at Juice Press, and as a tutor and have loved all my “survival jobs.”

Anita PetryAnita Petry (Columbia)

New Credits: After graduating from Columbia, I shot a recurring role in Alpha House, the first-ever Amazon Studios-produced series! I play Camila Perez, a Spanish professor from Barcelona, and I act opposite Mark Consuelos!! I was also in a very physical and inventive show called UBU, inspired by Alfred Jarry’s classic UBU ROI. We had a great run at INTAR Theatre (a space dedicated to giving a voice to Latino and Hispanic artists) and we were even a TimeOut Critics Pick!!

Both me and my husband (Irish actor David Dempsey) participated in the 100 Hour Film Race Festival and our short, “Constance Hersh” was 3rd place!

Other: I have also had a much busier pilot season than I had expected, having the chance to audition for a couple of series regulars in pilots for FOX and NBC/Universal! Big trend this pilot season is ethnic diversity!! Yay to us!!

Alexander Salamat (NYU Tisch MFA)AlexanderSalamant

New Credits:  I’ve done a few plays, made my network TV debut on CBS’ Person of Interest, and have recorded numerous radio, internet, and TV commercials as the voice of C Spire Wireless. I have a couple projects in the works, as well. At the end of March I’ll be starting a new play workshop at Lincoln Center and in May/June I’ll be appearing at the HERE Arts Center in two new plays; SAWBONES and THE DIAMOND EATER written by Carrie Robbins and directed by Tazewell Thompson.

DannyWilfredDanny Wilfred (U Mich)

New Credits: Since graduating from the University of Michigan last May, I’ve had the opportunity to perform in several cabarets throughout NYC. This past October, I had the privilege of joining the cast of the new musical FREEDOM SONG by Alison Holman and Caleb Collins, which had its New York debut at The West End bar and lounge in the upper west side. I was also part of the Riant Theatre Festival’s production of the new musical SOME PEOPLE RUN by Patrick Flanagan. Danny is currently enjoying his summer back home in Virginia playing the Big Bad Wolf in the musical production ENTWINED at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

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