By Max Niles ‘18
Doctors, lawyers, presidential candidates—our schools seem to produce leaders in every field. But what about in the arts? Here’s a list of NCS and STA alumni making an impact in the world of performing arts:
Jeffrey Wright, STA class of 1983, has made his presence known in theater, movies, and TV over the past twenty years. He started on some off-broadway plays before winning the Tony for Best Featured Actor as “Belize” in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. Since then, Wright has transitioned to movies and tv, starring as Jean-Michel Basquiat in Basquiat, acting in two James Bond movies, and playing Beetee in The Hunger Games series. Now, Wright plays Bernard Lowe on the hit HBO series Westworld.
Trish Sie NCS ‘90 comes from an artistic family, as her brother, Damian Kulash, is the lead singer of the band Ok Go. Sie has teamed up with her brother to direct many of the OK Go music videos. She has also directed Step Up: All In and most recently, Pitch Perfect 3.
The other half of the sibling duo, Damian Kulash STA ‘94, is the lead singer of OK Go, a rock band typically known for their unique music videos. Kulash is also known for his support of net neutrality and even testified in support of the issue in congress.
Brandon Victor Dixon:
Judas Iscariot. Aaron Burr. These are Brandon Victor Dixon’s STA ‘99 most famous roles, as he played Judas in the live version of Jesus Christ Superstar on NBC this year, and took over as Burr after Leslie Odom Jr. left Hamilton. Dixon has an illustrious Broadway career, as he has acted in The Color Purple, The Scottsboro Boys, Motown: The Musical, Shuffle Along, Of Mice and Men, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He also recently became a series regular on the Starz show, Power.
Robin Witt NCS ‘78 is a theater actor and director. She is a member of both the Griffin Theatre and Steep Theatre in Chicago. Witt is also an associate professor of Directing at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.