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Roselee Blooston's (IAC/NMC 69, IAA 69-70) novel “Trial by Family” was a gold medal winner for Best Regional Fiction in the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Liza Grossman (IAA 82-85, IAC Fac 99-14) teamed up with Tommy Shaw of Styx to create a new rendition of the band’s 1977 hit “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)” for the Contemporary Youth Orchestra. The work and accompanying video were released on July 7 to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of Styx’s album The Grand Illusion.

Teri Slick (IAA 89-92, IAC St 92) has accepted a position as Academic Advisor and Retention Specialist for the Arts at Metropolitan State University Denver starting July 6, and will advise students pursuing programs in art, music, theatre, and dance.

Our Lady J (Jonnah Speidel - IAA 94-96) will write the pilot for the New Regency series Rub & Tug.

Michael McMillian (IAA 95-98, IAC St 00) appeared in the fourth episode of HBO’s Perry Mason reboot.

Emma Kail (IAA 97-97) has been named the Executive Director of Grand Teton Music Festival.

Lynzi Grant (IAC 97-99, IAC St 05-06) served as visual effects producer for the Netflix original movie Extraction.

Nicole Abissi (IAC 99-01, IAA 01-03) has a patent pending for her invention, Extendabone. It is a trombone slide extension handle allowing even the youngest children to be able to reach all seven positions of the trombone from their first day.

Nick Westrate (IAC 00, IAA 00-02, IAC St 02) wrote an op-ed published by The Daily Beast about the impact of COVID-19 on the theatre industry.

Charlie Carver (04-07) stars as Huck in the Ryan Murphy-produced series Ratched, which is based on the character Nurse Mildred Ratched from the 1975 film adaptation of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The series premieres on Netflix on Sept. 18.

Shireen Hinckley (IAC 08, IAA 08-10) served as post supervisor for Beyonce's visual album Black is King, which will be released on Disney+ July 31.