NWSA Visual Arts alumni design artwork for MSC Cruises to inaugurate the revolutionary MSC Seaside sailing from Miami

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MSC press release picture.MIAMI – Three New World School of the Arts visual arts college alumni artists have been commissioned by MSC Cruises to design and create artwork for an MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) shipping container. MSC Cruises will weave this collaboration into a series of showcase events as they prepare to launch their new revolutionary vessel, MSC Seaside, from PortMiami next month. Led by NWSA faculty member Aramis O'Reilly, the artists who designed and will carry out the artistic execution of the container are New World School of the Arts alumnae Michelle Vasquez, Cindy Becerra, and Rachel Lee. The team, who will paint three sides of the MSC container, aim to complete the work in just four days beginning the week of Thanksgiving.
In celebration of MSC Cruises’ new product launch in Miami, the cruise line will showcase the finalized work of art container in Wynwood on December 5, 2017 in an art installation pre-event titled “Art of the Party,” during Art Basel Miami Beach.
The art-transformed shipping container will again be on display on December 21 during the “MSC Seaside Naming Ceremony” at PortMiami.
The three artists, Professor O’Reilly, and NWSA Dean of Visual Arts Maggy Cuesta have been invited by MSC Cruises to partake in both events. In addition, New World School of the Arts Jazz Combo One led by NWSA music faculty member Jim Gasior, will be offering a performance during the celebration at the PortMiami.

Singular voices explore scenarios in popular One Person Shows

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One Person Show 2017 press release picture.Ten graduating seniors from New World School of the Arts' college theater program present One Person Shows as their BFA Senior Project. Writing, acting and producing their own 20-30 minute piece requires "verve and an abundance of creativity and self-reliance" stated David Kwiat, coordinator of the project at NWSA. For the past twenty-seven years David Kwiat has been the coordinator of the One Festival. He is a professor in the Theater Division at NWSA and has performed with numerous local and national theater companies as well as having performed his own one-person show; John Barrymore: Confessions of an Actor in London, the Edinburgh International Festival and well as throughout the United States.  He also received the Carbonell Award for “Best Actor” as well as “Best Supporting Actor.”
One Person Shows will be presented at Louise O Gerrits Theater. 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th Floor, downtown Miami 33132.
All shows are Free and open to the public.

Razzle-Dazzle hits the stage at NWSA with the award-winning musical Sweet Charity

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MIAMI – Directed by NWSA faculty member Matthew Buffalo, the NWSA high school music theater students prepare to present this year's musical, Sweet Charity, a play that explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess in New York City. "Sweet Charity is a story about the human desire to be loved and to share love," said Buffalo. "It's right there in the first lines of the musical, The Adventures of Charity. The story of a girl who wanted to be loved. But is it that simple? I looked closely at each character and thought about this theme of love. Something that stuck out to me was the intense hopes and aspirations of each of the characters. Aspirations to live the life that each person chooses, not the life that they are born into or that they are bound to is a common thread for each character."

NWSA kicks off the Theater season by honoring playwright, actor and guest artist Michael McKeever followed by an evening of “The Orphan”

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orphan prNew World School of the Arts continues to celebrate it’s 30th Anniversary as it launches the 2017-2018 Theater season of events with a special Recognition Award & Reception honoring playwright, actor and NWSA guest artist Michael McKeever. The award-winning playwright has written twenty-seven full-length plays that have been produced at theaters across the United States, Canada and Europe. McKeever’s play Daniel’s Husband just finished an extremely successful Off-Broadway run for Primary Stages at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre, and was nominated for an Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Work. “The theater division has been so fortunate to have Michael McKeever work directly with our students in the classroom and with our alumni onstage in professional theaters during the past few years,” said Patrice Bailey, Dean of Theater at NWSA. “His work is generated and developed in South Florida for South Florida actors and as a result has had a major impact in contributing to Miami as being one of the nation’s hubs for play development. His writing has brought the various communities in South Florida together and has been produced in almost all of the theaters in South Florida.”

New World School of the Arts is among only ten schools nationwide to be distinguished as a National Demonstration School by Magnet Schools of America

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New World School of the Arts aerial view.Led by New World School of the Arts High School Principal Evonne Alvarez, NWSA has been identified as a National Demonstration School, a distinction the school shares with just nine other schools in the United States. Announced by Magnet Schools of America (MSA), NWSA is among the first cohort of National Certified Magnet Schools, comprised of 55 schools located in 12 states. The cohort successfully completed a nine-month evaluation process and demonstrated through evidence, reflection, and strategic action that they have established the Magnet School Standards of Excellence in their schools.
“The National Certification application was challenging and provided us with the opportunity to evaluate our program based on the standards of excellence which national magnet schools are held to. It was an opportunity for growth and we are humbled by this incredible recognition,” said Alvarez. “This honor provides NWSA with local and national exposure and the opportunity to learn from others. When magnet schools are designated as a model for the rest of the country, it certainly opens the conversation for future funding. The faculty is exemplary and is looking forward to sharing best practices with colleagues around the nation.”

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