Bravo! Alumni Blog
To say that 2019 was a banner year for alumnus Marchánt Davis (B.F.A. '13, musical theater) is an understatement. He starred alongside Anna Kendrick in the satire The Day Shall Come—his first lead role in a feature film—which he landed just six months after graduating from the Graduate Acting Program at NYU Tisch. Whether on the big screen or the stage, you’ll find Davis in fiercely original, provocative projects of depth and social significance.
Boston Conservatory alumnus Justin Gigliello's (B.M. '11, voice) impromptu performance of “Ave Maria” at a Disney World resort quickly became an internet sensation, gaining the attention of national news outlets from Good Morning America to People magazine, and worldwide exposure on social media, with nearly 20 million views (and counting) on Facebook alone.
Taylor Stilson received an M.M. in vocal pedagogy with collaborative piano studies and a B.M. in vocal performance from Boston Conservatory, and joined the school's faculty in 2018. He maintains a unique career as vocal pedagogue, singer, and yogic practitioner, and presents his research on muscle tension dysphonia at universities all over the East Coast.
Alumna Sara Gallo (B.F.A. '16, musical theater), who is spending the summer at Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Ivins, Utah, shares how the Conservatory has prepared her for the challenge of performing in three productions—Cinderella, Matilda, and The Prince of Egypt—simultaneously.
Alumnus John Cardoza (B.F.A. '16, musical theater) writes about his experience as a cast member of Jagged Little Pill, the new musical inspired by Alanis Morissette’s groundbreaking album of the same name, and what it’s like to participate in the development of a new work.
Magna cumme laude graduate Yo-El Cassell (B.F.A '97, dance) is a recipient of the Lotte Kaliski Award for Gifted Artists and currently the head of movement/assistant professor of movement and co-chair of dance minors at Boston University's School of Theatre and on the faculty of Harvard University's Dance Department. He was the resident choreographer of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and the movement curator for Boston Landmarks Orchestra. His teaching experience includes positions at Boston Ballet, Skidmore College, Emerson College, The New England Conservatory, and The New York School for Film and Television.
Ian Gollub (M.M. '12, music education) won the 2015 Alumni Entrepreneurial Grant and used the funding to create and launch the Global Learning Charter Jazz Initiative. Read his post to learn about his journey building the program.
Sarah Shechtman graduated from Boston Conservatory in 2013 with an M.M. in vocal pedagogy, her third degree from the Conservatory. She also graduated with both a B.M. and an M.M. in vocal performance. Sarah is an active performer in the Boston area and also serves as assistant director of admissions and theater and voice representative.
Alexis Scheer (B.F.A. '14, musical theater) is an actor, playwright, and producing artistic director of Off the Grid Theatre Company.
Kevin Connor (B.F.A. '15, musical theater) lives and works in New York City. He is one of the newest members of the executive council of the Alumni Association.
Francesca Axam-Hocker (B.F.A. '14, contemporary dance) currently works at Manhattan School of Music as the manager of house staff and is working toward earning her M.B.A.
Matt Rodin (B.F.A. '14, musical theater) moved to New York City after graduation to pursue his dream of working as a professional actor. Read his blog post about three things he has learned and now applies to reaching his goals. Follow Matt on Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter @MrMattRodin.
Juan Sebastian Delgado (B.M. '11, cello) is passionate about using music as a vehicle to serve disadvantaged youth in remote countries. Juan has been combining his interests in music and social change through traveling, teaching, and performing and took some time to share a recap of his recent travels and outreach experiences.
Angela Buccinni moved to New York City after graduating with a B.F.A. in dance in 2006. Since living in New York, she describes her career as having “merged from dance to circus arts.” Angela has worked at Radio City and in many off-Broadway shows and tours. A few years ago, she founded The Muse Brooklyn and serves as the director. The Muse recently rebuilt and relocated, becoming New York City’s largest circus facility and training center.
This blog is a place to feature and celebrate our talented alumni. We’ll spotlight music, dance, and theater alumni and share their stories about working in the performing arts and in other fields. Posts will include profiles about alumni projects, interviews with our alumni, and contributions from our alumni.