MSA NEWS: Guest Artists Inspire Students
Professional artists, authors, musicians and actors have the power to inspire many. MSA works to bring inspiring “change makers” directly to our students, thanks to support from our MSA Foundation. This Fall, our students have benefited greatly by working with and hearing from an outstanding series of visiting artists.
Broadway Hit Maker Justin Paul “Gets Real” with Students
MSA students met with an icon when Justin Paul, a co-creator of the hit Broadway show “Dear Evan Hansen” visited to answer questions about the newly released “Dear Evan Hansel, The Novel.”
Paul quickly settled into a nearly 90-minute rapport with students ranging between technical tips for character building to banter about popular teen terminology to frank discussion about issues around teen depression. The Creative Writing, Theatre and Cinematic Arts students in attendance were completely engaged; the only disappointment being Paul’s limited time to answer the torrent or audience questions.
“Dear Evan Hansen, The novel” was co-authored by show creators Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and acclaimed novelist Val Emmich. The team was inspired to create the novel to meet the overwhelming response from people, many of whom do not have access to the Tony-awarding musical, which comes to San Francisco in December.
Beloved Graphic Novelist Mariko Tamiko Wows Students
MSA students were also excited to welcome graphic novelist Mariko Tamaki in September. She detailed her rise from a struggling artist and author to the success she enjoys today as a popular graphic novelist. Her unassuming nature and quiet personality instantly put students at ease, while her stories of early literary adventures kept students fully engaged.
An Opportunity to Collaborate with a Legendary Vocalist
A wide range of MSA students were able to work with renowned vocalist and actor Nicolas Bearde when he spent a day at MSA in September. Taking over the Performing Arts Center, Bearde collaborated with all of the Jazz Bands, gave feedback and pointers to both Jazz Choirs and provided a great opportunity for our student filmmakers to practice their skills and document the proceedings. The day was capped off with an incredible free community concert featuring the Advanced Jazz Band with Mr. Bearde.