The College of Communication and the Arts will honor four alumni, one from each of the centers within the College, at the second annual Alumni Reception to be held at the Chart House in Weehawken, N.J. on April 20, 2017.
- Bryan Meszaros '00 - Center for Art, Art History and Design
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Bryan is the CEO of OpenEye Global which he started in 2002. OpenEye quickly emerged as an industry trailblazer at a time when the use of interactive visual media was an offbeat practice. Bryan saw the potential to blend his passion towards design and fascination with technology to create an agency that pushed the boundaries of experience design. OpenEye has seen a consistent level of success on an international stage, having worked with such high-profile brands as Santander, Hershey’s, Madame Tussauds & Westfield Corporation. With over 16 years of experience, Bryan has been recognized as a global industry leader. Bryan maintains an active involvement in both SEGD (VP Board of Directors) and DSE (Advisory Board) helping to further educated the design community on digital engagement. He has been recognized by both Design:Retail & Commercial Integrator Magazines as one of the most influential young professionals (Under 40) in both the retail design and digital signage industries.
- Stephen Alsa '05/M.A. '06 - Center for Graduate Studies
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Stephen Alsa serves as an associate development officer for prospect research at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Before joining The Met, he served as a development officer at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and as deputy director and head of development at the Swiss Institute for Contemporary Art in New York. Stephen spent nearly five years at Artstor, a nonprofit image library, where he rose to the rank of associate director for library relations; he began his career in the reference division of Oxford University Press. Stephen earned a B.A. in art history (summa cum laude) with a minor in applied music at Seton Hall University, where he was the recipient of the undergraduate Arts Honors Citation. As a student in the University’s dual degree program, he earned an M.A. in museum professions with a concentration in museum education. He also pursued advanced coursework in art history as a graduate fellow at Rutgers University. During his tenure at Seton Hall, he was actively involved in the Department of Art and Music as a member of the Touring Choir and Vocal Chamber Ensemble; following graduation, he spent more than six years as a member of the University’s Chapel Choir.
- Angela Kariotis '00 - Center for Communication, Journalism, and Public Relations
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Called "a lithe and vital writer-performer" by The Star-Ledger, Angela Kariotis "possesses the raw energy to light up a small city" heralds The Chicago Reader. But it’s her sly and engaging use of language that makes her work memorable in dynamic performances that are serious and seriously funny. Angela has brought her unique performance style across America and beyond to venues such as The University of California- Los Angeles, Contact Theater in Manchester, UK, Legion Arts in Iowa, the Off-Center in Austin, TX, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the Hip Hop Theater Festival in New York City. She is winner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, Tennessee Williams Theater Fellowship from the University of the South, and a Puffin Foundation grant. Winning a National Performance Network Creation Fund Award, she has created her newest solo show, “Stretch Marks.” With its deft balance of narrative, critique, and movement, as well as Angela’s visceral and fluid performance, her work has connected with audiences across the U.S. "A one-woman artistic showcase in her trail-blazing storytelling."-Los Angeles City Beat.
Angela couples her masterful performances with cutting-edge residency work. Most recently, she created and taught a devised theater curriculum for Walking the Beat, a collaboration between the Elizabeth Police Department and Jefferson Arts High School as a community engagement project produced by Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble and funded by the Office of the Mayor. Kariotis is committed to literacy through the arts, theater for social justice, and art-making as a liberatory practice. For artist info visit www.angelakaRIOTis.com
- Crystal Dickinson '98 - Center for Visual Media and Performing Arts
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Crystal Dickinson was born in Belleville and raised in Irvington, NJ. She received her BA in Elementary Education and English and then, thanks to the mentorship and tutelage of Dean Deirdre Yates, she went on to study at the University of Illinois where she obtained her Masters Degree of Fine Arts in Theater. She spent the beginning of her career in Atlanta, directing, teaching and acting. There, she directed a world premiere of Pearl Cleage's A Song for Coretta, coached numerous students to continue their acting studies at top masters programs all over the country, and was voted one of Atlanta's top 10 actors and the received the Suzi Bass Award for Best Actress. In New York, she has performed on Broadway in the Tony Nominated play, You Can't Take It With You and Tony Award Winning Clybourne Park where she received the prestigious Theater World Award for her Broadway debut. She has also performed in numerous theaters off-Broadway including Lincoln Center , Signature Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Negro Ensemble Company and Atlantic Theater and had the distinct honor to work with such talented artists as James Earl Jones, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Kail, Pam Mackinnon, Bruce Norris, Rueben Santiago Hudson and Leslie Uggams. She has also appeared in small roles in films and on television (The Good Wife, Feed the Beast, I-Origins, Collateral Beauty, This Is Where I Leave You). Crystal has taught Theater at NYU, Spelman College, Pace University and both of her Alma maters, University of Illinois and Seton Hall. She volunteers for the 52nd Street Project and A Better Chance and currently serves as an Alumni Board Member for Miss Porter's School. She lives in West Orange with her parents, Ann and Paul, husband and fellow Actor, Brandon Dirden and their son Chase.
There is no cost to attend this event; preregistration is required.