Alumni Commissioning Project

Photo by Dylan Singleton

 

The Clarice is dedicated to educating and presenting the generation of artists and creative innovators, and the NextNOW Fest Alumni Commissioning Project supports the creation of new work from University of Maryland alumni to be performed at NextNOW Fest.

2018 Commissioned Alumni Include:

  • Chelsea Boyd Brown (BA Dance & Psychology 2016)
  • Kurt Chiang (BA Theatre 2014)
  • Nathan Lincoln deCusastis (DMA Composition)

Past Commissioned Alumni Include:

  • Riley Bartlebaugh (BA Theatre 2015): The Librarian’s Story: A Campus Tale, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2015
  • Mariel Berlin-Fischler (BA Theatre 2014): The Relationship Classification System, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2015
  • Alexandra T. Bryant (BM Music Composition 2008): The Ground Beneath Her Feet, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2017
  • Ann Fraistat (BA Theatre & English 2010) & Shawn Fraistat (BA Government & Politics and Philosophy 2005): Death of a Death of a Death, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2017
  • Joe Graf (BA Theatre & English 2015): Everything Will Be, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2016
  • Moyenda Kulameka (BA Theatre 2016): 7th Floor, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2017
  • Sam Mauceri (BA Theatre & Arabic Studies 2015): Shirt Too Big, or Do You Like It?, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2016
  • Stephanie Miracle (MFA Dance 2014): Groove, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2014
  • James Nelson (BA Theatre Performance 2017): Legacy, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2017
  • Sinclair Ogaga Emoghene (MFA Dance 2016): Love/Peace – bad names!, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2016
  • Natalie Ann Piegari (BA Theatre 2013): Unbound, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2015
  • Joseph C. Phillips, Jr. (BS Music Education 1991): Shibboleths, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2015
  • Lynne Price (MFA Dance 2015) & Kristen Yeung (BA Studio Art & Graphic Design 2013): bound to, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2017​​​​​​​
  • Sisi Reid (BA Theatre 2015): Rock Paper Scissors, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2016
  • Betty Skeen (MFA Dance 2010): End Song, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2015
  • Dale Trumbore (BM Music Composition): All the folded wings, premiered at NextNOW Fest 2016

About NextNOW Fest

Since 2014, the NextNOW Fest has been the University of Maryland’s creative welcome and welcome back for Terps. The Fest brings artists from around campus and the world to The Clarice for two days of nonstop music, theatre, and dance performances, as well as immersive artistic and technology-driven experiences and installations. The NextNOW Fest provides an exciting environment for students to build community, socialize with each other and engage with the arts on campus at the beginning of the school year. By offering memorable artistic experiences for students, The Clarice hopes to inspire involvement in creativity and the arts throughout their time at UMD and beyond, regardless of their major or focus of study.