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Alumni News

Photographer Mark Seliger (Media ’77) releases new book On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories

Best known for his celebrity portraiture, and as HSPVA’s 2015 Distinguished Alumnus, in his new book Seliger photographs more than 70 trans people on Christopher Street, a West Village haven for LGBT people a few blocks from his studio. The bold black and white photographs celebrate a community standing strong in the face of rampant gentrification.

Check out the New Yorker photo portfolio and the New York Times story on Seliger’s new book, to be released October 11. Preorder your copy today!

 

Matt Mullenweg (Instrumental ’02, 2013 Distinguished Alumnus) is one of five recipients of a 2016 Heinz Award. His open-source website and blogging platform WordPress earned him the award for Technology, the Economy and Employment. Mullenweg was also named one of Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40. Check out the Houston Chronicle’s story about Mullenweg and the inspiration he draws from the diversity and passion of HSPVA and Houston.

 

Robert Glasper (Instrumental ‘97) appeared in an NPR Tiny Desk Concert from the White House with hip hop artist Common. The concert took place in the White House library as part of South by South Lawn, a day-long festival featuring innovators in technology and art. Watch it here! Glasper’s new album ArtScience was released on September 16. Check it out!

 

Anne Bates (Theatre ‘94) completed a successful run Off-Broadway in The Effect at the Barrow Street Theatre. Check out her interview with TheaterMania.

 

Cristal Chanelle Truscott (Theatre ‘97) wrote and directed The Burnin’, a “New-Spirtual” a cappella musical examining the meaning of community, agency, and identity in the face of tragedy at Houston’s MATCH. Check out Progress Theatre’s other projects.

 

Dustin Kaufman (Instrumental ’05), drummer for the band St. Lucia, recently stopped by his hometown as part of St Lucia’s national tour. Check out their new album.

 

Wallace Stelzer (Instrumental ’11) was featured in a New York Times photo, playing bass at a live jazz session at Milano’s in New York City.

 

Wesley Miller (Visual Art ’96) is a producer of PBS’s TV show Art21. The first episode of season 8 premiered on September 16.

 

 

 

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