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Julianne Sharer (IAC/NMC 76-77, IAA 77-78) published Street Circus, a 25-minute work for solo piano, inspired by encountering wonderful street performers during a weekend stroll through the city.

Juan-Paolo Perre (IAA 77-80, UNIV 81) has released poetry collections "CARMINA: The Nomad Odes" and "Other Poems of Longing” through Siena Press. His first collection, "A Confederacy of Joy," received the Legacy Poetry Prize. He has also built a career as an acclaimed actor under his stage name, Adam Alexi-Malle, starring on Broadway in Titanic and The Threepenny Opera; in film in BowfingerHidalgo, and The Man Who Wasn't There; and on television in The SopranosWest Wing, and 24.

Brad DePlanche (IAA 79-81) recently completed directing Neil Simon’s Rumors at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on HIlton Head Island. As a result of COVID-19, he has been working with others to find creative ways to keep community theatre arts alive. In January of 2021, he will return to the Arts Center with an experimental, socially distanced production of Michael Frayn’s farce, Noises Off.

After 21 years in the cello section of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Joel Dallow (IAA 88-90) has launched a new web site. is designed for advanced high school students planning to attend music schools and focuses on orchestral repertoire. Instruction is offered both virtually and in person.

Jenufa Gleich (IAC 89-91) released a solo album of works by Richard Wagner, Träume, on Stone Records. The album was recorded with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Suzanne "Spike" Bonn (IAC 89, IAA 90-94, IAC St 94-95) was appointed faculty lecturer and customized language program coordinator in the Department of Language and Intercultural Communication at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Marshall Gilkes (IAC 94, IAA 95-96) released his new album Waiting to Continue on Oct. 23. The album, which features Yasushi Nakamura and Clarence Penn, is available on CD and digital download.

Jessica Horton Elliott (IAC 96-97, IAC St 99-02) is currently a homeschooling mom and freelance pianist, performing with her trio,Triptych Musica, and also as keyboardist with the Greenville Symphony. She completed her doctorate in collaborative piano at Florida State University in 2006.

Emre Yilmaz (IAA 97-00) recently released his new EP, Detour. The album is available worldwide on all major streaming platforms.

RJ Magee (IAC 02-05, IAA 06-08) was recently accepted into and began attending the prestigious, three-year MFA Theatre Arts (Musical Theatre specialization) program at Minnesota State University, Mankato with a full assistantship. MSU Mankato is one of the few college theatre programs in the United States that is currently moving forward with a live and in-person production season. RJ is in rehearsals for the department's production of William Shakespeare's The Tempest, in which he is playing Gonzalo. The production runs from Nov. 4 through Nov. 15.