Tony-winning alumna inspires future students

first_imgRenée Elise Goldsberry, actress, singer, and USC alumna, has become a beacon of success for the next generation of actors from USC to strive for.Goldsberry was awarded the 2016 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performances as Angelica Schuyler Church in the Broadway musical Hamilton. On June 12th, 2016, she performed at the Tony Awards ceremony along with her fellow Hamilton ensemble at the Beacon Theatre in New York.She has performed in the production since its inception, as she was cast in Hamilton’s off-Broadway debut in 2015. The show transferred to the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in August of 2015, and has seen unprecedented commercial and artistic success. Along with her praiseworthy, award-winning castmates, Goldsberry was recognized with a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for the cast recording of Hamilton. For Goldsberry’s performance, she also won a Drama Desk Award and a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.For students like Sasha Bartol, a music composition major who serves as an artistic director for USC’s Musical Theatre Repertory, the opportunity to see Goldsberry perform was inspiring.“I have been lucky enough to see Hamilton, and it was genuinely one of the most exciting theatrical experiences of my life,” Bartol said. “From the moment I walked through the doors, the energy was palpable, because everyone I was with was just as ecstatic to be there as I was.”Goldsberry was born in San Jose, Calif., and raised in Houston and Detroit. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in acting from Carnegie Mellon University, she graduated from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where she obtained a master’s degree in vocal jazz performance.In 2002, Goldsberry made her Broadway debut as Nala in Disney’s The Lion King. From 2005-2006, she originated the role of Nettie in the Broadway adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple. In 2007, she played the role of Mimi Marquez in the final Broadway production of Rent.She has also found great success in television and film, with recurring television roles on Ally McBeal, One Life to Live and The Good Wife. She also made an appearance in the comedic film Sisters, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.At the Tony awards ceremony, Goldsberry thanked her family and castmates, noting the collaborative effort. “When one of us win, we all win, because we are one.”In her acceptance speech, she also expressed her gratitude for her family and theatrical opportunities.“I have been praying my entire time to take the opportunity to say thank you to my parents who are here tonight, Ron and Betty … a lifetime of miracles one after another…the Lord gave me Benjamin and Brielle and he still gave me this,” Goldsberry said in her acceptance with her Tony held high.Chris Sampson, USC Thornton School of Music vice dean of contemporary music, reminisced on his experiences watching Goldsberry perform at USC.“Being a very highly accomplished musician — through her studies here — was just one of the skill sets that she was going to be able to leverage,” Sampson said.Goldsberry performance in Hamilton includes songs such as, “Satisfied” and “The Schuyler Sisters,” exploring the relationship between two historical figures, Angelica Schuyler Church and Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton — the United States first Secretary of the Treasury — was married to Angelica Schuyler’s sister, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton.“The thing about Renée’s career is that she is multitalented — that is what enables her to have the career she has,” Sampson said. “When I was observing her before, you can definitely tell she was an exceedingly charismatic performer. She really knew how to own a stage and be able to present very compelling performances.”Sampson emphasized how musicians and young artists, especially in the Master’s program, progress and develop over time.“At the time what we’re seeing with students is a work of progress,” Sampson said. “You’re actually seeing somebody start to assemble the skills that will end up resulting in a career, and you never know what the combination of those skills is going to turn out to be.”last_img read more

‘Tricky Tuesday,’ ‘Be the Best Monday’ and more: what’s new @CuseWLAX

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 23, 2018 at 11:14 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Nicole Levy twirled her stick at the midfield of the Ensley Athletic Center. She cradled twice, tossed the ball left, then right before bouncing it off her knee, tossing twice more in the air and finishing with a kick. Those were the motions that set off a social media firestorm. One hundred and sixty-one likes and 43 retweets later, Nicole Levy’s first successful rendition of #TrickyTuesday previewed the mass changes SU has made to boost its social media presence, following other programs.“Syracuse lacrosse: We’re practicing, doing all this stuff for getting ready for games, preparing and we still have time to do Tricky Tuesday,” redshirt sophomore Mary Rahal said. “(Let) them know what we’re about.”Syracuse (9-8, 1-6 Atlantic coast) has been “running the social media game,” goalie Asa Goldstock said, all year. In a season filled with tight games and tough travel, players have unwound with the team’s social account, accepting the “fun” additions the team has made and with good result, players said.“Why not show girls that they want to come here?” Goldstock asked.The Orange have various theme days, each growing in popularity as the season goes along. The first, “Be the Best Monday,” typically gets posted in the late morning or early afternoon and depicts a player cutout positioned on a graphic that features a quote from the player about what it means to “Be the Best.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTricky Tuesday, which originated with the Levy video, features a player showing off stick tricks. The first two Orange players who participated in Tricky Tuesday carried their skills over to the games. Levy, three days after starring in SU’s first video, highlighted a strong offensive performance with a goal behind her head, which prompted the Orange utilize social media again in attempt to have the goal shown on ESPN’s SportsCenter #SCTop10. Players have expressed a lot of optimism for what the newly revamped social media can bring to the future of the team. Recruiting is one: Merola said she used to watch Twitter feeds of games in high school and it played a role in her decision to come to Syracuse. With social media being as “big” as it is today, Hawryschuk said, having a strong presence is a “good recruiting tool.” As for Goldstock, she expects nothing but the best from @CuseWLAX.“We should run the social media game,” Goldstock said. “Put a lot of things out on social media, get a lot of followers and bring some fans into the Dome.” Commentscenter_img The very next week, the Orange featured Molly Carter, who in the ensuing game against Oregon on Feb. 18 put a ball through her legs for a goal. The Orange’s good fortunes were a surprise to SU head coach Gary Gait, who was eager to put his new weapon to use.“I gotta get someone else on Tricky Tuesday,” Gait exclaimed.“Lila (Nazarian)’s a defender though,” he continued, disappointed the next week’s featured player most likely wouldn’t follow the trend the team had followed. “I’ll have to mention that to get more people to do Tricky Tuesday. Tricky Tuesday should give you a great chance for a highlight-reel goal.”Levy said she “didn’t even notice it” at first. Since then, the Orange has involved different players in the social media movement. After Levy, Carter and Nazarian, featured players on Tricky Tuesday have been Ella Simkins, Rahal, Cara Quimby, Morgan Alexander, Riley Donahue and team-leading scorer Emily Hawryschuk.The social media changes have excited not only the players participating, but family as well. Senior Neena Merola said her grandma “sees it all,” constantly sending Merola videos and tweets after games which the midfielder said is “really funny.”“Sometimes it’s me, sometimes it’s one of Nicole’s cool shots or something like that,” Merola said. “She loves it.”Gait said Tricky Tuesday is “just a fun thing to do where the kids have the opportunity to showcase what they do.” In the preseason, Goldstock spoke a lot of her tendency to do the “fun things that people want to see” in games.She showcased it on the field with her long clears and dodge moves in Syracuse’s win over Louisville on Sunday, but for a while she hadn’t been asked to participate in Tricky Tuesday. She laughed on March 6 when asked if she’s eager to show off what she has in her arsenal and said she’s just waiting until she gets “called to the podium.” On April 3, she was. The decision-making process behind Syracuse’s Trick Tuesday choice is random. Levy recalls being called upon by Gait after an early season practice before the first time that the Orange filmed the video.“Coach (Gait) just asked me, ‘Hey, you got any stick tricks?’ and I’m like ‘Yeah, I got a few.’”Players have praised the SU’s social media team, mentioning sports information director Susie Mehringer and Janelle Williams, a graduate assistant who is not listed on the team’s official roster. Williams has the title of SU women’s lacrosse social media manager listed on her LinkedIn profile.Tricky Tuesday and Be the Best Monday are just a start. Syracuse also creates GIFs, graphic images and videos for game previews, after goals and milestones. Among the team’s most popular tweets was a video showing a team celebration after a late win over Loyola on April 5, Gait’s birthday.last_img read more