Dréa Lewis (Antioch University Midwest, MA in Performing Arts) was honored to receive a directing award from The John F. Kennedy Center for her artistic leadership on “Tilikum” (produced in partnership with the University of Central Missouri). At the virtual awards ceremony that was held May 22, 2021, the production also received awards for Innovative Use of Technology; Overall Production; Special Achievement in Ensemble Collaboration – Performance and Production; Special Achievement in Performance by a Lead Actor, and The Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Award for promoting long-term societal impact through an artistic lens, to encourage empathetic exploration of the complex
Katelyn Berezo, Antioch University Seattle MAEd alum, is living the Antioch mission. She has been advocating for first-generation college students for years. She currently serves as the Mentorship Manager at Thrive Scholars, which helps students from underrepresented, low-income communities reach their goals during college. Berezo was recently interviewed about what it means to be a mentor in the article Mentoring Students to THRIVE.
Marian Blue ’08 (Antioch University Seattle, Communications) recently had her book Sailing off the Hook published by Cyberwit Publishing. This collection of twenty short stories involves characters who abandon traditional methods of making decisions, developing relationships, enjoying life, and discovering the magic in life. “These short stories, not about sailing, cover decades of writing that has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies,” says Blue. “Most reflect my continued interest in magic realism and fantasy.” Blue’s award-winning writing (journalism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) has appeared internationally for 45 years. She’s published in newspapers, magazines, and books/anthologies (including her own
April Brucker ’19 (Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) had her new book Don’t Read My Lips! — America’s Foremost Female Ventriloquist Reveals the Secrets of How to be a Successful Vent published CFBP Bestsellers on March 13, 2021. Brucker is a Las Vegas headliner and the special guest star in the Las Vegas revue “BurlesQ.” “When the pandemic shut down my Vegas residency last year after just two performances, I took time to write the book that I always wanted to write but hadn’t due to tour dates, TV appearances, and other excuses,” says Brucker. “Whether you’re
Giselle Töngi-Walters ‘21 (Los Angeles, MA), the lead star of Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes’ romantic-drama, “Diliryo” (1997), finished her graduate studies at the Antioch University in Los Angeles. Her focus for graduate studies was professional development and academic classes pertaining to the nonprofit sector. She thought of nonprofit management because it is similar to attaining an MBA (Master’s in Business), but adding the NGO [non-government organization] social good structure. She hopes to one day create sustainability for future generations. She has recently been offered the executive director position for the annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC). The
Antioch University Los Angeles MFA Poetry Faculty Carol Potter had four poems published: “Tickled Pink” and “When the archeologists” in Unbroken, “The Requisite Bad Hair” in The Laurel Review, and “I know it was not nice of me” in Hotel Amerika.