By Michael Bodel, Hop Director of External Affairs
Huge congratulations to the student Arts Awards winners for their work creating and supporting the arts at the Hop, around Dartmouth, and in the world. Students were recognized in theater, music and filmmaking in a May 29 event that included brief performances and screenings of student work.
Ricki Stern ’87 gave the keynote at the event. Her impactful, far-reaching documentaries cover topics from a Burmese soldier-turned-activist, to the Boston Marathon bombing, to Joan Rivers. True fact!
Ricki revealed her obsession with failure and the corresponding possibility of greatness. It’s what drove her to make a baseball documentary on knuckleball pitchers, whose goofy lobs either get cracked out of the park or leave batters baffled and headed back to the dugout. She feels artists need to just go for it: “When you’re lazy, your art is lazy. When you hesitate, your art hesitates,” she declared. And she urged artists to embrace the values instilled through their upbringing and education—to keep “their values and ethics at the heart of their role as storytellers.”
Finally, Ricki challenged the Arts Awards winners to think of art not as a noun, but as a verb. We at the Hop thank them for all their art-ing. And we trust it will continue as they move on to new challenges and communities.
The following prizes were awarded to the following students:
THE DAVID BIRNEY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE THEATRE ARTS
Brooke L. Goldner ’19
Brooke is a theater major with a minor in film and media studies from Providence, RI. Since arriving at Dartmouth
she has acted in Cabaret, If It Isn’t You, What Every Girl Should Know and Don Juan Comes Back from the War. This
term she appeared as Crissy in Hair. Next term, Brooke will study classical acting at the London Academy of Music
and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). She is very grateful for this award and for the support of the Dartmouth Department
Evan Matthew Wetzel ’19
From Waukesha, WI, Evan’s academic interests include mathematics and history in addition to theater. Through
Dartmouth’s Department of Theater, he has enjoyed the opportunity to explore the many facets of theatrical
work, most recently trying his hand in scenic design for the upcoming production of Hair. He is an avid member of
the Dartmouth triathlon team. Other pastimes include running, cross country skiing and adventuring through the
THE GEORGE W. SCHOENHUT SERVICE AWARD
Maya Frost-Belansky ’20
Maya is a history major and is pursuing the pre-medical track. On campus, she works as an EMT for Dartmouth
EMS and as an undergraduate advisor in her housing community. Maya enjoys spending time outside and
exploring local restaurants. She has absolutely loved her experiences in theater here at Dartmouth, and is so
grateful to the department for providing opportunities for her to grow as a stage manager. She would like to thank
her advisor Kathleen Cunneen for her unwavering support, her frequent words of advice and encouragement, and
her dedication to the emotional well-being of every student involved in the theater program.
Armando Ortiz Jr. ’19
I am honored to be a part of the activities of the Department of Theater, where my love for the arts has flourished.
Born in Houston TX, the child of loving parents who immigrated to the US without documentation, I have worked
throughout high school and at Dartmouth to ensure that their many sacrifices were not made in vain. I began my
costume design journey in my first year by working as a wardrobe assistant, and since then I have served as
costume designer for What Every Girl Should Know, If It Isn’t You and Hair. I would like to thank Laurie and Jennifer
Bilbo for their advising and mentorship; Anna Winters, Joan Morris, Christine Britton and Celeste Jennings ’18 for
welcoming me to the costume shop and for their support; and my FYSEP family for their unconditional love and
support. Without you all, I would not be where I am today.
THE BENJAMIN & EDNA EHRLICH PRIZE IN THE DRAMATIC ARTS
Matthew J. Treiber ’18
Matthew, known affectionately as Matty, is a graduating senior from Oyster Bay Cove, NY, double majoring in
theater and government. Matty has acted in several Dartmouth productions including Chicago, Bedtime,
Urinetown and Cabaret, and served as an assistant stage manager for 1984. At Dartmouth, in addition to theater,
Matty sings with and was business manager of the Sing Dynasty, Dartmouth’s premier co-ed a cappella group that
has performed for former President and First Lady Obama, the Los Angeles Lakers and Conan O’Brien. Matty
wants to send sincerest thanks to the Department of Theater, his friends and his parents for their constant and
unwavering support and encouragement.
THE ELEANOR FROST PLAYWRITING COMPETITION
Tess McGuinness ’18—Sigh No More
Tess is majoring in art history modified with classics and minoring in theater. She is an avid participant in the
Department of Theater, where her performances have included Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, the sixth part in Don
Juan Comes Back from the War, Mrs. Peters in Trifles and Catherine in Proof. She also directed and performed in
the Dartmouth Rude Mechanicals’ productions of Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet, appearing as Beatrice
and Gertrude, respectively. Tess has served as the company manager of the Rude Mechanicals and auditions chair
for her a cappella group, The Subtleties; she has also worked as the senior programming intern for the Hood
Museum. She will be in New York next year pursuing television writing and acting. She was the Dodd winner last
Savannah S. Miller ’21—The House
Savannah is from Windsor, VA, studying theater and English. Her recent acting credits at Dartmouth include The
Houses with Ramps and 1984. She has been active in the Department of Theater both onstage and off, working as
an assistant stage manager and in wardrobe. Prior to Dartmouth, Savannah wrote plays and acted with her high school competition theater team. In 2016, a production of her one-act play Anna won Best One-Act Play at the
Virginia Theatre Association High School Theatre Festival and Honorable Mention overall. Outside of theater, she
enjoys writing for The Dartmouth and working as a Dartmouth Tour Guide.
Nicholas I. Gutierrez ’20—Gallery
Nicholas is a sophomore from Miami, FL. He is a film and linguistics modified with geography/LALACS double
major and theater minor, but this can (and will probably) change. He is a directorate in the Dartmouth Film Society,
a UGA and holds various other odd jobs around campus. He has spent this term becoming more involved in the
Department of Theater, performing in a student thesis production of Hair. Over this past winter term, he interned
with the National Association of Latino Producers and worked as a writer’s assistant on an upcoming new television
series. After graduation he has plans to go into screenwriting and playwriting.
THE RUTH & LORING HOLMES DODD DRAMA PRIZE
Jennifer D. Y. West ’20—First Year
Jennifer West is from Washington, DC, studying government and history. Jennifer has written songs, short stories
and comedic articles for years, but her Frost-Dodd entry First Year is her first foray into writing full-length plays.
After completing a playwriting course as her freshman seminar, she was inspired to begin writing a short piece
about her and her friends’ experiences at Dartmouth, which eventually became what is now known as First Year.
Jennifer is honored to be this year’s Dodd winner, and thanks her family, friends and professors for their support.
THE WARNER BENTLEY & HENRY B. WILLIAMS FELLOWSHIP
Celeste L. Jennings ’18
An aspiring costume designer and playwright, Celeste has studied studio art and theater. She’s worked in the
costume shop since freshman fall and has designed and worked on many student and mainstage shows. As a
Senior Fellow, she has worked on her play, Citrus, which combines her passions of black history, costume design,
mixed media art, spoken word poetry and storytelling. She is thankful for support received from the departments
of Theater and Studio Art, and is confident that she has the tools to start a fulfilling career. Her goal is to collaborate
on projects that accurately present minority stories, provoke thought and challenge social norms. She also hopes
to go to grad school and to start a non-profit providing resources for minorities pursuing careers in the arts.
Virginia S. Ogden ’18
Virginia is a theater major modified with English and film from Rowayton, CT. She is proud to have acted in over
ten productions at Dartmouth, including the Emcee in Cabaret, Mrs. Daldry in In the Next Room and the eighth
part in Don Juan Comes Back from the War. In the fall of 2016 she participated in the inaugural Department of
Theater’s Experiential Term (or “E-Term”) at Northern Stage as an actress in Macbeth and A Christmas Carol and
a playwriting/literary intern. She is also the director and choreographer of two productions: the play What Every
Girl Should Know last spring, and the musical Hair as her thesis this term. Outside of theater, Virginia served four
terms as the president of her a cappella group, The Subtleties. She has plans for a career in theater and television.
Jaclyn N. Pageau ’18
Jaclyn is a graduating senior theater major from West Lebanon, NH. She has participated in many Dartmouth
theater productions, including three in her senior spring alone. In addition to acting in many productions, she
stage-managed the winter 2018 production of 1984 and has sound designed three shows, most recently Citrus. In
addition to her studies at Dartmouth, she was a member of the first class of E-Term interns at Northern Stage,
where she appeared in A Christmas Carol, and she has trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts
(LAMDA) as well as the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. This summer she will be
working at the New London Barn Playhouse and in fall will be moving to New York to pursue theater.
THE RODNEY W. ALEXANDER THEATER FELLOWSHIP
Zachary M. Gottschall ’20
Zachary is a sophomore from Trumbull, CT, pursuing a double major in theater and computer science. At Dartmouth,
he has acted in two MainStage productions, playing Lockstock in Urinetown and, this past fall, Cliff in Cabaret.
Zachary spent ten weeks in the Marshall Islands this past winter music directing Grease and teaching math. This
spring, he music-directed and acted in Hair. Outside of the theater, Zachary loves to sing with his a cappella group,
The Dartmouth Aires. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in theater.
Kelleen T. Moriarty ’19
Kelleen is from Vienna, VA. She is a theater major, concentrating in directing, and a major in English modified with
women, gender and sexuality studies. In her time in the Dartmouth Department of Theater she has scenicdesigned,
stage-managed, acted and directed, including directing student productions Trifles and Medea. She
also worked as the assistant director on 1984 this past winter. This term, Kelleen is working at Northern Stage as a
part of the E-Term program, and had the immense pleasure of assisting Peter Hackett once more on its production
of Noises Off. She enjoys good tea, baseball and Owen O’Leary. She would like to thank the Dartmouth theater
faculty, her roommates and her parents for all of their love and support.
Owen P. O’Leary ’19
Owen is from Hanover, NH. He is a theater major with a minor in education. At Dartmouth, he has acted in Chicago,
Circle Mirror Transformation, Urinetown, Everything Falls Apart (Frost Award reading) and Cabaret. He also designed
lights for The Milliner’s Daughters spring 2016, and this spring he is stage-managing The Houses with Ramps by
Lela Gannon ’18. In addition to his work on campus, he has performed in Mamma Mia! at Northern Stage and in a
developmental reading of Lake Play at the Rising Sun Performance Company’s Governor’s Island residency, and
interned in audience development at The Flea Theater in New York City. He would like to thank the Dartmouth
theater faculty, his friends and his family for all their love and support.
THE CLIFFORD S. GURDIN 1964 MEMORIAL AWARD
Virginia Ogden ’18 (see bio above)
THE SUSAN DEBEVOISE WRIGHT AWARD
Justine M. Goggin ’18
Justine Goggin is an English major and theater minor. In college, she has enjoyed performing in numerous
department and student productions, most recently as Sally in Cabaret and O’Brien in 1984. On campus, she sings
with the Glee Club and The Dodecaphonics. Beyond performing, Justine explored her belief in the transformative
power of the creative process for youth. Through grants from the Hopkins Center and Dickey Center, Justine has
worked with art therapy and educational non-profits in Greece, the Marshall Islands and Lebanon, NH. This
summer Justine is honored to be joining the Acting Intern Company at The New London Barn Playhouse.
William Aaron Maresco ’19
Will Maresco is a theater major and engineering and digital arts minor from Syracuse, NY. He has worked on
multiple shows including The Baltimore Waltz, Chicago, The Cotton Patch Gospel, Urinetown, Trifles, Away This
Night, 1984 and most recently as the sound designer for Hair. When not in tech, Will can be found working in the
scene shop, cooking, hanging out at Moosilauke, skiing or sleeping. Will was excited to see the department
grappling with real issues this term, and expects the department to continue working to improve itself. Finally,
Will would like to thank everyone in the department for honoring him with this award.
THE STANLEY WALLACE TECHNICAL THEATER AWARD
Cameron G. Buxton ’19
Cameron is a theater and earth sciences double major from Naples, FL. When not working in the Scene Shop
building props for various productions, Cameron can typically be found either in rehearsals, stage-managing or
working on their latest research project on thermoacidophilic archaeon in Fairchild. Most recently, Cameron has
served as props master for 1984 and Hair and as stage manager for She-Wolf of France.
THE ROBERT H. NUTT ’49 AWARD
Lela Gannon ’18
Lela Gannon is a theater major and environmental studies minor from Southlake, TX. Through her study of these
two seemingly unrelated topics, Lela has gained an understanding of storytelling as a vital means of communication
and a bridge between science and social responsibility. She’d like to thank her parents, her friends and her advisor
for supporting her work over the past year. Safe to say it would not have been possible without their constant
encouragement and kindness. Following graduation, Lela will be a member of the Acting Apprentice Company at
the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Haley Gordon ’18
Haley Gordon is a senior from Cheltenham, PA, graduating this spring with a double major in theater and
government. Her primary focus is playwriting, but she also enjoys stepping into stage managing and board
operating. She worked as the Arts Section Editor for The Dartmouth for three years and is currently the stage
management intern working in operations. This summer, she will serve as the Student Production Coordinator for
VoxFest and the stage management Intern for the New York Theatre Workshop residency.
MAURICE H. RAPF ’35 AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES
Khaleel Lee ’18
Khaleel Lee, who loves animation, noir cinema, pop culture and soulful music, came to Dartmouth from Brooklyn,
NY. As a film and media studies major, he has excelled in both the study of film and the making of it. His critical
works include a comparative study of American and Brazilian cinematic portrayals of “hood culture,” while his
screenwriting shows excellent command of character, dialogue and format. His artwork adds an exciting dimension
to his writing work, which is useful in storyboarding. In life after Dartmouth, Khaleel hopes to produce work that
will redefine the role of the black filmmaker.
Danica Rodriguez ’18
Danica Rodriguez took her first Dartmouth film classes during her freshman fall. A native of New York City, she
began working in theater and film at age 15, and has only gained momentum since then: she was vice president
of Dartmouth TV, and has staged, produced and directed more student theater and video productions than we
have space to mention. As EKT president in 2017-18, she won the 2017 Emerging Leader Award from the Office of Greek Life. She is completing her honors project, a video/digital installation that gives the user an actor’s
perspective on the casting process, with a focus on how casting’s ostensibly objective categories impact the
experiences of actors of color.
JAMES JOSEPH KAPLAN FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Zuff Idries ’18
Zuff Idries grew up in Philadelphia, the youngest of four children of Sudanese immigrants. In high school, his short
film Music in the Harlem Renaissance won a National History Day Award. A film and media studies major at
Dartmouth, with minors in computer science and digital arts, Zuff’s scholarly and artistic interests include
surrealism, social justice, urban agriculture and techno-ethics. Outside the classroom, he has worked as a
projectionist at the Hop and a manager at Collis. Zuff plans to attend graduate film school and work as a software
engineer to finance his first feature film.
JOHN P. WOLFENDEN AWARD IN FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES
Junaid Yakubu ’16
Junaid Yakubu was raised in an open and supportive family environment in Ghana. Encouraged to pursue
aspirational life goals, he came to Dartmouth to study the sciences but found his passion in filmmaking. After
being introduced to film production he took a year off to return to Ghana and hone his craft, making short films
that featured his friends and family as cast and crew. Upon his return to campus he completed his major in film and
media studies but also made films for several offices on campus where he was employed part-time. He has
continued to make short films and develop his skills with the support of his cherished community of friends at
Dartmouth, and will soon leave Hanover to pursue his career goals in New York City.
ALEXANDER LAING MEMORIAL WRITING AWARD
FOR THE BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY BY A DARTMOUTH UNDERGRADUATE
Best Feature: Caper by Emma Hobday ’19
Best Pilot: Thinner Than Blood by Rad Arora ’18
Best Short: Josie and Me by Lauren Budd ’18
2nd Place Short: They Teach Us to Be Guai by Victor Wu ’20
3rd Place Short: Sleeping Father and His Waking Daughter by Zuff Idries ’18
EUGENE ROITMAN 1943 MEMORIAL AWARD
Priyanka B. Altman ’18
Priyanka has played the violin for 14 years. Since her freshman fall at Dartmouth, she has played in the DSO and
traveled to London on the music FSP, and she is happy to be concluding four years of private lessons under the
brilliant tutelage of Marcia Cassidy, now also a valuable mentor and friend. After completing her studies in
chemistry and music, Priyanka plans to live out the remaining years of her youth in urban settings, before settling
in an idyllic rural home complete with dairy cows roaming green pastures, large dogs frolicking about and the
cringe-worthy but endearing sounds of her children learning their own instruments.
Grant A. Cook ’19
Grant Cook is a junior from Spokane, WA, studying music and computer science. He took up the clarinet at age
ten. Grant’s teachers have included Daniel Cotter in Spokane, Jan Halloran at Dartmouth and Victoria Soames
Samek in London on the Music Department Foreign Study Program, and he has performed in master classes with
Wenzel Fuchs and Jonathan Cohler. Grant has been a member of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra since 2015
and has worked as a DSO manager since 2017. Inspired by courses and conversations with Professor Ted Levin,
after leaving Dartmouth he hopes to pursue graduate studies in ethnomusicology.
Graeme O. Gengras ’TH
Graeme is a pianist from Yarmouth, ME, and is part of a dual-degree physics and electrical engineering program
between Dartmouth and Skidmore College. Graeme has played the piano since he was five and was introduced
to jazz towards the end of high school. During the first few years of college, Graeme was inspired by visiting artists
like Robert Glasper and Aaron Parks to study jazz more seriously. He currently takes lessons with Fred Haas, is
active in small groups and frequents local jam sessions. After he graduates, Graeme is planning on moving to New
York City to play music.
Lloyd May ’18
Lloyd May was born and raised in a small mining town outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. He grew up playing
blues-rock and noise-influenced guitar, as well as various styles of hand percussion. His current projects explore
ideas of identity and place through sound art installations and longer-form drone compositions. In his research,
he uses machine-learning techniques to better understand how people relate to music. He is currently pursuing
his bachelor of engineering in analytical engineering and will join Dartmouth’s Digital Music program next fall.
Cheryl H. Chang ’18
Cheryl Chang began studying flute at the age of seven and has studied with Ai Goldsmith in California and
Professor Alex Ogle at Dartmouth. In 2016, she won the best overall performance prize in the Culley Concerto
Competition and performed the Nielsen Flute Concerto as a soloist with the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra.
Cheryl is currently a senior at Dartmouth with a double major in biology and music. She plans to attend medical
school after graduating but hopes to keep music a constant part of her life.
Summer B. Cody ’20
Summer Cody is a member of the class of 2020 from New York City. She is a music major, with a concentration in
musical composition and the sonic arts. In her free time, she frequently enjoys composing small pieces of music,
both for personal interest and for the projects of others. Most recently, she was asked to compose a small
collection of pieces for two small video game projects. Aside from composing, Summer also spends a great
amount of time with her a cappella group, the Dartmouth Sing Dynasty, for which she is the current musical
director. After graduation, Summer hopes to become a composer of film scores and video game soundtracks.
Kyu Hyeon Kim ’18
Kyu is a mathematics major and computer science minor at Dartmouth, born in Seoul, Korea. He initially started
out playing the clarinet in fifth grade, but switched to bassoon almost immediately. Since starting to play, he has
taken lessons from Kelly Stratil in Virginia and Janet Polk at Dartmouth. Kyu has played for American Youth
Philharmonic Orchestras and the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra. His junior spring, he studied music abroad in
London under Stephen Maw, and became inspired to prepare a senior recital at Dartmouth. After graduation, he
plans to work as a consultant at a software company, but still keep music close to his heart.
ERICH KUNZEL CLASS OF 1957 AWARD
Grant A. Cook ’19 (see bio above)
Peter J. O’Sullivan ’19
PJ O’Sullivan is an undergraduate studying both engineering and music. PJ has played an active role in the revival
and renovation of Dartmouth’s Brittrax studios and currently serves as a house engineer. He is also a co-founder
of campus DJ company booth and regularly performs his music at campus functions. This past winter, PJ undertook
an internship in music marketing in New York City and will be interning at Sony Epic Records this summer. He is
currently studying electronic composition in Vienna on Dartmouth’s music FSP and is looking forward to his return
to Hanover in the fall of 2018.
GERALD TRACY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP PRIZE FOR PIANO
Prize (best performance of a single work): Michael Brown ’20
Prize (best performance of mystery piece): Cristina Curcelli ’18
Prize (best general presentation): Zachary Olson ’21
POD (PERSPECTIVES ON DESIGN) AWARD
Caroline M. Boreri ’18
Caroline Boreri grew up in northern Massachusetts. She never formally practiced art until college, although art
has always been a part of her life in some form. Caroline’s main concentration in studio art is oil painting. Caroline
is a double major in English and studio art, and hopes to continue creating and writing in a collection of residency
programs and graduate school. Next year she will be participating in two artist residencies, one in Spain, “Pinea
Linea De Costa;” and one in Germany, “Piloteknueche.”
Hollye K. Swinehart ’18
Hollye Karina Swinehart grew up in Collingswood, NJ. She graduated from Collingswood High School in 2015.
Hollye majored in both government and studio art. Her main concentration within studio art has been photography.
After graduation, she will be an intern for the Department of Studio Art and hopes to continue pursuing the arts.
Cecilia Duran Torres ’18
Cecilia Duran Torres was born in Mexico City and lives in Texas. She utilizes sound, video, film and digital
photography as well as various forms of storytelling to create a complete sensory experience that centers the
femme experience. Images and sounds of home saturate her work as a way to connect and archive generations
of language and knowledge.
W. DAVID DANCE 1940 FINE ARTS AWARD
Hoang-Yen Duong Truong ’18
Yen Truong grew up practicing the visual arts but came to appreciate the performing arts at Lebanon High School.
As an undergraduate, she majored in studio art (focusing on illustration through drawing/painting) and minored in
biology (focusing on physiology). Interested in seeing HOP performances backstage, she first worked as a general production assistant. Then she became the stage manager for the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble. Since
sophomore year, Yen has managed their rehearsals and concerts with the HOP Production Team. After spending
some time with her family, she plans to continue working towards becoming a general physician.
Bineshii R. Hermes-Roach ’18
Bineshii Hermes-Roach was born in Hayward, WI, and moved to Minneapolis, MN, in high school. She developed
a love of art from her father (a fellow artist and graphic designer) and a love for games from her older brother.
Bineshii graduated from Fountain Valley School of Colorado, a college preparatory boarding school. Bineshii’s
main concentration in studio art has been digital and new media, including games, illustration and both digital
and traditional sculpture. After graduation, Bineshii will move back to Minneapolis and work towards a career in
game design, graphic design or digital art.
Austin Webb Heye ’18
Austin Heye was born and raised in Massachusetts. He graduated from Belmont High School in Belmont, MA.
Austin thinks of himself as a product of Boston and suburbia. Austin got excited about photography and film this
year and has been working primarily in these media. Next year, Austin will be buying a van with his friend Will and
selling T-shirts out of it.
ROBERT READ PRIZE
Kevin P. Soraci ’18
Kevin Soraci attended high school in Maryland, where he fell in love with painting. Kevin has concentrated in
painting in studio art and hopes to continue in the future.
Jessica Sun ’18
Jessica Sun was born in Montreal and raised in Maryland. She grew up loving car rides, baking with her family
and observing the world around her. Her concentration in studio art is charcoal, but also enjoys painting and
animation. After graduation Jessica plans on volunteering abroad and entering the medical field, while always
keeping the time and passion to make art.
WOLFENDEN FINE ARTS PRIZE
Noelle C. Anderson ’18
Noelle Anderson is from Massachusetts and has spent significant time along the coast of Maine. Experiencing
these beautiful New England landscapes, she learned to view her world through a creative lens from an early age.
At Dartmouth, Noelle found her passion in creating large-scale oil paintings. After graduation, she plans to move
to San Francisco to teach art.
Brenna J. Gourgeot ’18
Brenna Gourgeot grew up in New Orleans, LA. She went to high school at the New Orleans Center for Creative
Art. She concentrated in drawing and sculpture at Dartmouth, but her work is typically mixed-media. She received
the Edward Connery Lathem ’51 Special Collections Fellow position at Dartmouth and will work at Rauner Library
for the next year.
MELISSA BROWN HURLOCK-HOBSON ’93 AWARD
Willow Sara Pagan ’19 (no bio provided)
CLASS OF 1960 STUDIO ART CURATORIAL FELLOWSHIP
Charlotte A. Grussing ’19
Charlotte Grussing, born and raised in London, graduated from Godolphin and Latymer in 2015 with a passion for
sculpture. Charlotte, a Studio Art and Asian Studies double major draws inspiration from Eastern Asian arts and
culture. She has just returned from Hong Kong where she was pursuing photography at Savannah College of Art
and Design. Her work, spanning across mediums, often explores experimental presentation. Grussing plans on
moving to New York after graduation and ultimately working in curation.
Cecilia Duran Torres ’18 (see bio above)
THE CLASS OF 2001 JOSHUA MOREY TRAVEL AWARD
Caroline M. Boreri ’18 (see bio above)
Hollye K. Swinehart ’18 (see bio above)
2018/19 STUDIO ART INTERNSHIP PROGRAM RECIPIENTS
Ashley E. Dotson ’18
K. Alexis Hill ’17
Sky L. Roehl ’16
Hollye K. Swinehart ’18
Cecilia Duran Torres ’18
HANDEL SOCIETY CHORUS AWARD
Tara Gallagher ’19
Tara Gallagher is studying physics with a music minor. On campus, she sings with both the Handel Society and
the Glee Club and studies voice with Erma Mellinger. Her interest in music began in 2004 after joining a church
choir in downtown Burlington, VT, and she has been an avid choral singer ever since. In high school, she sang with
several other ensembles and spent summers going to the Girls’ Course at the Saint Thomas Choir School in New
York. She has loved getting involved with the music program at Dartmouth and is excited to continue singing here
next year and beyond.
CHARLES S. FLEET 1953 PRIZE
Douglas Tallmadge ’18
Doug is a physics major from Cincinnati, OH, who has been interested in classical voice since high school. At
Dartmouth, Doug has enjoyed the opportunity to sing a wide repertoire of classical works and spirituals with the
Glee Club at Dartmouth and on tour, and to study voice with Louis Burkot. After graduation, Doug will be moving
to Seattle to work in the aerospace industry and hopes to find opportunities to continue choral singing.
Myung Chang Lee (Noah Lee) ’18
Myung Chang Lee (Noah Lee) is a biology major from Seoul, South Korea. He has been a member of the Dartmouth
Glee Club all four years, serving as the president his senior year. He also has been a member of X.ado for three
years, serving as the musical director his senior year. He is the risk manager for the Psi Epsilon Chapter of Zeta Psi,
undergraduate researcher at the Havrda lab, biology resident expert for West House and head of research for the
Dartmouth iGEM team. He enjoys playing piano, working out and thanking Louis for being the best. He will be
pursuing a Ph.D. degree in cancer biology at Stanford University following graduation.
CULLEY CONCERTO COMPETITION
Best Overall Performance: Edward Pyun ’18
Brass/Percussion Division Winner: Charles Johnson ’19
String Division: First Place: Alyssa Gao ’20, Second Place: Prajan Divakar TH
Woodwind Division Winner: Kyu Hyeon Kim ’18
THE SENIOR SYMPHONIC AWARD
Christian Rizzuto ’18
Christian Rizzuto is from Glenville, NY. Here at Dartmouth he majored in neuroscience and plans on going to
medical school and pursuing a career as a doctor. As a member of the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble and
the Dartmouth College Marching Band, music has been an integral part of Christian’s Dartmouth experience
serving both as a creative outlet and an avenue for meeting some of his closest friends.
THE WHITELEY BAND SPIRIT AWARD
Evan Griffith ’18
Evan Griffith is an engineering major and a French minor from Rome, NY. Music has been an integral part of his life
since he began playing bass clarinet at age nine. In high school, in addition to performing in school ensembles,
Evan performed with the NYSSMA All-State Symphonic Band. At Dartmouth, Evan took advantage of many of the
musical opportunities Dartmouth has to offer, including the Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, as well as the New
England Intercollegiate Band Festival. Dartmouth has given Evan a phenomenal opportunity to enrich his talents
while allowing him to meet some of his closest friends. Next year, Evan will continue his studies at Dartmouth for
his bachelor of engineering degree, and he hopes to continue with music then as well as in the future.
MARK L. LEBOWITZ 1977 MEMORIAL PRIZE IN THE PERFORMING ARTS
Music: Monica L. Alvarez ’18
Born in Mexico City, Monica came to Dartmouth from Hereford, TX—which she lovingly refers to as “the Middle
of Nowhere.” She is a music major, focusing on digital composition, and a Japanese minor. She discovered her
love for astronomy late in her college career, and channeled it into her honors thesis piece, “The Grand Tour.” In
her free time, she enjoys writing books and creating digital art.
Music: Edward J. Pyun ’18
Eddie hails from bucolic Kennett Square, PA, and is majoring in music and philosophy. A cellist since age 11, he
has played in the DSO and many chamber groups during his time at Dartmouth, and can claim to have some of
the latest (albeit not the longest) nights of practice in the Hop. By the support of the Department of Music, he
has been extremely fortunate to study cello with Professor Michael Reynolds of Boston University. Eddie owes
his deepest thanks to Marcia Cassidy, Filippo Ciabatti and the many other mentors and friends who have so
generously given their confidence and inspiration over the years—it has made all the difference.
Theater: Claire Elizabeth Feuille ’18
Claire is a double major in theater and philosophy. She has spent the vast majority of her time outside of classes
working on productions at Dartmouth, through the department and with the Dartmouth Rude Mechanicals. She
has studied in several aspects of theater, including acting, directing, stage management and costume design, but
her primary focus has been acting. To culminate her studies, she is currently working on an honors thesis, for which
she adapted Shakespeare’s Wars of the Roses tetralogy (Henry VI Parts 1-3 and Richard III) into one play (She-Wolf
of France) that follows Queen Margaret’s story rather than the Kings’. She would like to thank the Department of
Theater faculty for this honor and for encouraging and supporting her pursuit of theater.
THE CHRISTINA PORTER AWARD IN THE ARTS FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN VOCAL MUSIC
Justine M. Goggin ’18 (see bio above)
THE CLASS OF 1961 ARTS INITIATIVE FUND
Mary Pedicini ’18
Mary Pedicini is a studio art major with a minor in digital arts and a passion for ecology. She has been involved
in Divest Dartmouth and employed in the DALI lab and Matt Ayre’s ecology lab. She spent her winter ’18 term in
Costa Rica doing entomological fieldwork on the biology FSP.
Spring Yu ’19
Spring Yu is a studio art major and digital arts minor from Wading River, NY. She enjoys all types of artistic
expression from visual media to games to dance. Spring uses her work as self-expression and storytelling, keeping
in mind different themes including intersectionality and environmentalism. She hopes that her work can create joy
for those who experience it while spreading knowledge, thoughtfulness and inspiring others to make their own
art. To further her exploration of visual language, Spring will be attending the Film and Media Studies Foreign
Study Program in Edinburgh this summer.
THE ROBERT DANCE ’77 ARTS INITIATVE FUND
Lela Gannon ’18 (see bio above)
Faith Rotich ’18
Faith Rotich is a senior from Eldoret, Kenya. She studies economics and has pursued other academic interests in
studio art and African studies. Through photography, Faith shares her way of seeing. She’s particularly passionate
about street photography, through which she strives to capture honest, unguarded moments in the everyday lives
of human beings. Most of her recent work consolidates aspects of racial identity and in topics around gender &
sexuality in Africa. She is currently a student photographer for Dartmouth’s Office of Communications, and hopes
to continue to pursue photography in some capacity after graduation.
PETER D. SMITH INITIATIVE AWARD
Chinedum Nwaigwe ’19
Originally from Newark, NJ, Chinedum Nwaigwe is a Mellon Mays fellow majoring in film and media studies and
African and African American studies. She recently directed Love, Dante, a narrative short film about incarcerated
black youth, starring Bryan Terrell Clark, who stars as General George Washington in Broadway’s Hamilton. During
her tenure as an American Black Film Festival Greenlighters fellow she served as the production assistant and
behind-the-scenes editor for Olympic Dreams, starring Olympian Alexi Pappas ‘12 and actor-comedian Nick Kroll.
Though she prefers to write and direct, she made her acting debut this spring in Citrus.
Cecilia Duran Torres ’18 (see bio above)
LAZARUS FAMILY MUSICAL THEATER PROGRAM FUND
Virginia S. Ogden ’18 (see bio above)
MARCUS HEIMAN-MARTIN R. ROSENTHAL ’56 ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS IN THE CREATIVE ARTS
Arts Administration: Maggie Baird ’18
Maggie Baird ’18 is a linguistics major and a theater minor. She has played trombone in the Dartmouth College
Wind Ensemble for her four years at the College. She has also acted, played in the pit and done tech for various
student shows in the Department of Theater, and went on the theater FSP in London this past summer. In addition,
she works as the outreach intern at the Hop, planning events, working with visiting artist residencies and putting
together the Curricular Connections guide. Next year, she is beginning a PhD program in linguistics at the
University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Arts Administration: Hoang-Yen Duong Truong ’18 (see bio above)
Film and Media Studies: Amanda Herz ’18
Amanda is a film major modified with digital arts, from New York City. She has always had a strong interest
in play spaces and began working at Tiltfactor (Dartmouth’s Game Design Lab headed by Professor Mary
Flanagan) during her sophomore winter. She has continued to work there almost every consecutive term since
then, contributing to the design and production of several projects, working as an exhibitor at game festivals
and assisting with research and playtesting. After graduation, Amanda will travel to South Korea on a year-long
Fulbright English teaching scholarship, where she hopes to utilize many of the skills she’s learned at Dartmouth to
make an interactive and creative space for her students.
Music: Monica L. Alvarez ’18 (see bio above)
Studio Art: Cecilia Duran Torres ’18 (see bio above)
Theater: Celeste L. Jennings ’18 (see bio above)
Ensembles (Dance): Charlotte Chui ’20
Charlotte is an economics modified with computer science, psychology double major and theater minor from Hong
Kong. She currently serves as co-director of the student-led jazz and contemporary dance group Sugarplum; is
artistic director of the open urban dance group Street Soul and co-organizer of the Wild Things Workshop series;
and has both danced and choreographed for Dartmouth Idol. In her free time she enjoys filming short, theatrical
dance-concept videos in which she collaborates with artists from other dance groups in order to challenge herself
as a creator. As a sophomore, Charlotte is excited for what more she can do to further grow the dance community
at Dartmouth. Upon graduation she hopes to move back to Hong Kong to work in the financial industry while reimmersing
herself into the dance community at home.
Ensembles (Instrumental): Emma Howeiler ’18
Emma began playing the piano at age four and studied classical piano until tenth grade, when she chose to
focus on jazz. Her father introduced her to jazz at a very young age and helped foster a deep appreciation and
fascination with the music. At Dartmouth, she was sole pianist in the Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble for all four years.
She has also taken private lessons, played keyboard for various student-run bands, completed a jazz composition
independent study program with Taylor Ho Bynum, worked as ensemble assistant for the jazz ensemble, and
performed in solo and small groups for numerous gigs on and off campus. Emma is graduating with a major in
linguistics and history. She aspires to pursue careers in law and creative music and after graduation, Emma will be
moving to Seattle to work in both of these fields.
Ensembles (Instrumental): Mali-Agat A. Obomsawin ’18
Mali is a bassist, singer and composer from Maine, who came to Dartmouth after a year studying jazz performance
at Berklee College of Music. Raised on American traditional music (fiddle, blues, folk), Mali fell in love with jazz as
a teenager. At Dartmouth she studied comparative literature and government, played in the Barbary Coast Jazz
Ensemble and the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble, and completed independent studies in composition and
bass with Taylor Ho Bynum, Fred Haas and Mike Eckroth. In addition to her freelance jazz career, Mali has recorded
two albums with her Boston-based trio Lula Wiles, the second of which will soon be released by Smithsonian
Ensembles (Vocal): Connor Regan ’18
Connor is a double major in economics modified with math and Spanish. Prior to Dartmouth he was an avid Irish
step dancer, competing internationally for 10 years, and was actively involved in the arts at his high school as a
member of the symphonic and chamber choirs. In the last four years Connor has sung with the Dartmouth College
Glee Club, studied voice under Louis Burkot, competed in Dartmouth Idol, and served as the musical director of
the Dartmouth Aires. Next year, he will be moving to New York to pursue a career in finance but remains excited
to explore new ways to develop his passion for music and the arts in such a vibrant city.
Student Workshops (Ceramics): Jonathan Chu ’18
Jon Chu ’18 has been a student assistant at the Hop Student Workshops Ceramics Studio since his freshman year.
He is a mathematics major and economics minor from Kansas City, MO. He enjoys being a maker, mostly working
in clay and metal projects such as knife-making. Jon’s ceramic work is mostly functional, emphasizing surface
decoration. His interest in carving inspired him to take a studio art printmaking course. He recently traveled to
Sweden to observe the manufacture of traditional axes, and plans to return to learn the specialized craft.
SUDLER PRIZE IN THE ARTS
Celeste Jennings ’18 ( see bio above)