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Boston Alumni Chapter Event

Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary

Saturday April 30, 2016 @ 8:00pm

Tickets are $25 which includes drinks/appetizers at Jacob Wirth Restaurant, Limited Availability

The Boston Alumni Chapter invites you to a special performance on Saturday, April 30 of Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary, written and performed by Marissa Chibas, followed by a party with Marissa, and the Center for New Performance Production crew at Jacob Wirth Restaurant.

Marissa Chibas (Theater Faculty) is Director of Duende CalArts, an initiative of the Theater School. Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary is produced by CalArts Center for New PerformanceDaughter of a Cuban Revolutionary presents the astonishing tale of three towering figures in the life of versatile performer Marissa Chibas. As she recalls her father, Raúl Chibás (who co-wrote the manifesto for the Cuban revolution with Fidel Castro), her uncle, Eddy Chibas (who was the frontrunner for the Cuban presidency in 1951), and her mother, Dalia Chibas (Miss Cuba runner-up in 1959), Daughter unfolds into an impassioned, live-wire performance propelled by Chibas’ magnetic presence and storytelling. 

2016 Showcases

As one of the preeminent theater training programs in the country, CalArts School of Theater is dedicated to the development of new voices and new forms. The training provided is designed to educate the whole person and to prepare fully equipped theater artists to enter and transform the field.  Join students on Monday, April 18th with performances at 1:00, 4:00, 7:00pm at Falcon Theatre in Burbank. RSVP by April 13th and email showcase@calarts.edu


CalArts School of Theatre Design and Production Portfolio Review 2016. Experience the extraordinary work of our artists, creative producers, managers and technicians working in the fields of live performance, interactive media, installation, immersive and experience design, and social practice. Monday, May 2 2016. 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm reception. 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Viewing. To attend Portfolio Review RSVP here:  Guest Registration Form . Click here for more information. 


CalArts Soundstream 2016 is a one-night showcares of forward thinking, genre defying music, which includes all original work by artists graduating from The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts. 


Join Us: MFA Open Studios on Sunday April 24th from 1-5pm.  All are welcome and event is FREE! Some content may not be suitable for children. 


The Next Dance Company, an ensemble of The Sharon Disney Lund Schol of Dance @ CalArts, draws together the school's most accomplished performers and choreographers, all from the 2016 graduating class. Please join us on Friday, May 6th @ 8:30pm as well as Saturday, May 7th at 8:30pm at REDCAT!

Critical Studies

The School of Critical Studies hosts it annual reading showcasing the graduating class of CalArts MFA Creative Writing Program.

Next Words is both a reading series and a publication featuring work by graduating MFA Creative Writing students. The readings take place at venues throughout Los Angeles—bookstores, art galleries, community centers—during the spring of each year. At the final Showcase reading, the graduating class presents brief excerpts from their work—a selection of fiction, poetry, nonfiction and hybrid genres. Please join us on Thursday May, 12 @ 3pm at RedCat! 

Film Video

Alumni please join us as CalArts School of Film/Video presents a juried selection of special screenings that feature new short and feature-length films by students in its four programs --a culmination of hard work and dedication throughout the year. 

All screenings are free and open to the public: most programs will be held either on the CalArts campus or at REDCAT (Roy & Edna Disney / CalArts Theater) in Downtown Los Angeles. RSVPS are required when indicated. 

Character Animation Open Shows

--Saturday, April 23rd @ 11am in the Main Gallery at CalArts

Experimental Animation Program

--Thursday, April 28th at 8pm at REDCAT

Film Directing Program

--Friday, April 29th at 8pm at REDCAT

Program in Film and Video 

--Saturday, April 30th at 7pm

Character Animation Producer's Show 

--Wednesday May, 4th, Limited seating, reservations: characteranimation@calarts.edu

Bijou Festival (Student works from all School of Film/Video programs)

--May 9-13th in the Bijou Theater at CalArts 

The votes are in! John Schwerbel '14 elected as Alumni Representative to the Board of Trustees

With a total of 767 ballots from fellow alumni submitted, John Schwerbel '14 (BFA Music) has recieved the most votes (23%) for the position of Alumni Representative to the Board of Trustees. He was followed by Jahcobie Cosom '12 and Kali Nikitas '90, earning 18% and 13% of the votes, respectively. 

Many thanks to our talented alumni who stood for election, and to all who voted in this important process. 

John is excited to be leading the CalArts community in this role. He will officially begin in July and participate in Board meetings during his two-year term. We look forward to sharing opportunities to get to know John over the next months. John's bio is below. Join us in welcoming him on Facebook or email alumni@calarts.edu!

John Schwerbel '14 (BFA Music)

Professional Background and Recognition: 

John Schwerbel began his career with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as an intern, which quickly grew into him being hired as thier Artistic Liaison . He now serves as thier Artistic Planning Coordinator. He also has designed a jazz music curriculum for the  Wisconsin Music Teachers Association. 

His recognition and honors include the following: 

Los Angeles Philharmonic representative at the League of American Orchestras "Essentials of Orchestra Management" conference

Featured on CalArts Jazz CD recorded at Capitol Records

CalArts- Herb Alpert School of Music Scholarship Recipient

CalArts- Travel Grant Recipient (for Luggage Store Gallery Creative Music Series Performance in San Francisco

Record of Serving Others, Leadership and Collaboration: 

John has been a student teacher with CalArts' Community Arts Partnership (CAP), serving youth in the community by building their artistic talents. He has also served the CalArts community as the Producer/Artist Relations for the CalArts- Capitol Records 25th Anniversary Jazz CD Concert, and as the Producer/Music and Artistic Director for Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra concert at REDCAT. In the latter, he worked alongside with Charlie to lead rehearsals, program the repertoire, manage the orchestra, oversee logistics such as rehearsal and performance schedules and created riders, contractual language and stage plots, "constantly finding creative, delicate ways to balance Charlie's vision and often grueling perfectionism with the orchestra's ability as a whole their opintions as individuals." This continues in the work he does at the LA Phil, looking to build its future  by merging artistic visions and talents with broad organizational goals. He attributes his success there to understanding the balance between art and commerce, financial stability and artistic access, opportunity and freedom. 

"My largest contribution has been my service to CalArts after graduation by engaging alumni in professional contexts, building connections in my communities and serving as an enthusiastic ambassador for the institute. I have spread the message and vision of the institute into the greater Los Angeles arts scene while maintaining a deep connection and love for CalArts. I can't think of a day that goes by without talking about CalArts in some context." 

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