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

Syracuse displaying youth, inconsistency early in the season

first_img Published on September 12, 2018 at 11:37 pm Contact Anthony: Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley stood on the touchline and snapped her fingers, repeatedly.“Pressure! Pressure!” she yelled.She plead for the Orange to increase its intensity in a game that had been decided against Vermont. Syracuse won, 4-1, but Bradley admitted that her team had a long way to go.“We’re slow right now and this is youth,” Bradley said after opening day. “And we’ve got to get pressure on the ball.”No. 12 Syracuse (3-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) features nine freshmen and eight sophomores on the 2018 roster, leaving just five upperclassmen — Bradley’s fewest number since 2008. This season, six of Syracuse’s eight goals, and all five assists, are from underclassmen. But with youth comes inconsistencies, Bradley said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSophomore goalkeeper Borg van der Velde has stepped up as a key communicator from the back. Van der Velde and senior Roos Weers work as a tandem to read the game and sense danger before it arises. Van der Velde can be heard calling out to players on the pitch. She helps organize the defense and fill in the gaps, pushing them forward when possible.“It’s helping direct people to read things and move to respond around them,” Bradley said.Weers is the only upperclassmen to register points. She’s scored two goals from penalty corners this season, but both were set up by freshmen Tess Queen and Kira Wimbert.When Wimbert is on the field, she commands the role of inserting the ball on penalty corners — the entry pass into the field of play. SU uses multiple different set plays to generate open shot attempts from corners, but almost always, Queen is the main stopper. She’s won the job for now, she said.Wimbert, a Germany native, stressed fitness as the biggest obstacle in her transition, a challenge she’s embracing and actually enjoys. Queen played at Middletown High School, a small school in Smithsburg, Maryland, where she said the competition level wasn’t great. Her club team, Washington Wolves, best prepared her for the leap to SU. There, she learned from her coach, Joann Engstrom, a former U.S. National team player.Queen said no amount of preparation could prepare her for the ACC, which has five top-10 teams in the NFHCA rankings.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorOn opening day against Vermont, SU’s new talent was on full display. SU scored four goals, all scored or assisted by freshmen, including a backhand finish by Laura Graziosi and a rebound tap-in from Wimbert.That afternoon, Bradley went into the locker room at halftime wanting more from Syracuse. In the second half, Wimbert connected with sophomore and leading goal-scorer Chiara Gutsche. Wimbert came into space with a diagonal run, drawing both defenders before pivoting and finding Gutsche. The pass appeared out of reach, but Gutsche dove and converted the chance. Watching that goal, it seemed as though the two had been playing together for years.“I wasn’t expecting to play that much to be honest,” Wimbert said after the first game. “I’ve had an up-and-down preseason.”Against Virginia and Connecticut, the two highest ranked opponents the Orange have faced this season, the youth showed in critical moments. The freshmen duo of Queen and Graziosi connected on a penalty corner routine to put SU ahead with 7:11 to play.Virginia found the tying goal less than a minute later. In double overtime, an odd-man attack allowed the Cavaliers to find the goal and hand Syracuse its first loss.“That can’t happen, period.” Weers said. “We just need the maturity there and we need to close it off.”Playing No. 1 UConn last Sunday, the margins between the teams proved thin. Twice, the Orange failed to box out in the penalty area, Bradley said. The Huskies scored both times. Freshman Sasha Bull’s errant entry pass was intercepted and turned into a goal seconds later. Bull is one of three freshmen to start every game, and she played every minute Sunday against UConn.SU is still too slow reading the game and understanding which spots to be in, Bradley said. The game against Connecticut gives Syracuse a model to build toward as the season progresses.“Connecticut is the gold standard, they’re number one,” Bradley said. “We’ve got more opportunities to get out there and mature and practice and get better.” Commentslast_img read more