Extravaganza 2013

MSAE Alumni Present MSAE Alumni

In the 2nd Annual (not a fundraiser)

Sunday, September 1, 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate the Many Colors of MSAE Alumni Talent with Performers representing: New York, Chicago, Nashville, L.A., Mexico City, Fairfield and more!!

LATEST UPDATE: Kate Vigmostad joins the show!!! Don't miss her and all our Alumni performers!


Advance tickets only $11 General/$8 Student at www.fairfieldacc.com.

Produced by: Celeste Siemsen

Hosted by: Meredith Hirsch and David Murphy


Sarah Brooks - Sarah Brooks graduated from MSAE in 1997. Since then she has done cancer research in Boston at Harvard Medical School, the Vedic Medicine program at MUM, and acupuncture school at the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture in Colorado. She moved back to Fairfield in 2008 and has been practicing acupuncture full time for the last five years. Sarah learned to play bass with her brother Simon Brooks in the bands Spooky Nights and The Mystery Train. She has played with Jimmy Dalton and Rob Hibbs in X-Ray Mary, and has been playing with Heather Miller, with whom she has known since their Girl Scout days, since last fall.

Adrien Daller - Adrien grew up singing the blues with her dad, a pianist from 13 mile road in Detroit. In 2004, she moved to England and sang jazz and musical theater professionally for five years. She even sang God Save the Queen to the actual Queen. She then got deported (long story) and moved back to Iowa where she started writing her own music with her pal Philip Rabalais. The best thing that could have ever happened. For several years, Philip and Adrien were both employed by the David Lynch Foundation. Adrien wrote for their online TV channel DLF.TV and conducted interviews at events (she's interviewed Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, Katy Perry, Daphne Guinness, and Russell Brand), as well as doing David Lynch's make-up for a yet-to-be-released documentary film. After many excited, late night talk-offs, they started the band Trouble Lights. They've since released a video that garnered over 20,000 views in a week, opened for Girl Talk and Pictureplane, and played their album release show at Maximum Ames Music Festival headlined by Jeff Mangum and Wanda Jackson.

Katie Dinkel - Katie has been playing the piano for 18 years. Starting with the Suzuki method at age 4, Katie has developed a fine ear and the ability to pick up melodies quickly. "Getting her to practice was never an issue" says her mother, Bonnie. Katie's genuine enjoyment of the piano kept her motivated to challenge herself throughout high school and college by going to competitions, studio classes, and preparing for both a junior and senior recital. Katie attended the Maharishi School and afterwards earned her B.A. in Music and Biology at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Katie is currently living in Fairfield, Iowa and is planning on going to graduate school after taking some time off. While pursuing a career in health is her calling, piano is her passion and she is planning to continue to play and perform as much as she is able to. "I just cannot imagine my life without playing the piano, it's so much a part of me and no matter where my career goes, I will always make time to play," she says. Katie is currently working on a few pieces for a wedding in November and will start teaching piano lessons once she settles down.

Ben Estey - Ben is an actor, artist, theater teacher, and carpenter. He studied theater at Connecticut College and received his BFA in Visual Arts from Maharishi University of Management. He has worked in film, television, video and print media but the theater will always be home. He is currently Maharishi School's IHSSA coach and, in his first year as coach, two of his teams were deemed outstanding in their category and invited to perform at the All-State Festival in Ames, IA. Ben is a member of the Beards Comedy Troupe and was most recently seen as Alan Raleigh in their production of God of Carnage.

David Hurlin - David Hurlin is known for his ruthless energy, gnashing of teeth, and mind-numbing dynamic range; from his barely audible Wal-Mart dusters to his thunderous tribal mallet romp parade, Hurlin rakes the whole spectrum of human emotion. He toured the midwest with his free-funk jazz trio The Apocalypso Tantric Boys Choir of Memphis. After graduating from Maharishi University of Mangament with a BFA in photography and a minor in the Indian Classical Music known as Gandharva Veda, David moved to New Delhi where he continued his studies of tabla with Guru, Anup Ghoshji. In 2007, Ghoshjji and David performed together for the first time in a riveting drumset vs. tabla battle. After the birth of his son, Dil Mondrian Hurlin, David joined the Jefferson County Green Band and toured the midwest again, playing biker rallies, casinos, racetracks, riverside bars, and festivals, getting schooled in local hillbilly culture and developing a fierce “Folsom Prison train chug” and a showstopping hard hat drum solo.

Penelope Makeig - A gifted soprano who graduated from Maharishi School in 2011 and enrolled at the University of Iowa that fall. During her time at the University of Iowa, Penelope has covered the role of Flora (The Turn of the Screw) and was in the chorus of La Clemenza di Tito. She has also appeared in scenes as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Virtu (L’incoronazione di Poppea), and Destino (La Calisto). This summer she was engaged in the Emerging Artist Program at OperaWorks, and last year she participated in Oberlin Conservatory's Oberlin in Italy where she appeared in Suor Angelica. She will return to the University of Iowa in the Fall, where she is pursuing a degree in vocal performance.

Heather Miller - Growing up in Fairfield, Heather surrounded herself with art and music at a young age. While at M.U.M., she taught herself how to play guitar and started performing at open mics. In 2008, Miller began DJing her own show for women singer-songwriters called Lyrical Venus on KRUU, a solar powered radio station in Fairfield. In 2011, she found Rubicon Artist Development in Austin, Texas, a recording studio and year-long mentorship program founded by producer and musician Daniel Barrett. Throughout the course of the year she performed at over 150 open mics, showcases, and gigs in Austin and formed a band. She closed out her year by recording Anchor, a 5-song EP. Sonically, the album pulls from Miller’s acoustic folk roots and builds on them with appearances by some of Austin’s finest musicians. Rick Richards on drums (Joe Walsh, Dixie Chicks, Mary Gauthier), Red Young on piano and Hammond organ (Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt), Daniel Barrett on guitar and bass (porterdavis), and Warren Hood on fiddle (The Waybacks) are all featured on Anchor.

David J. Murphy - is a multi-talented musician/composer/actor/audio tech living, working and performing here in Fairfield, Iowa. He has scored the music for Wormtooth Nation, a 9-episode steampunk web series, The Vindication of Ronald Clay and other Stories for a Rainy Day, a feature-length science fiction film as well as composing and recording the soundtrack to Persephone: A Rock Ballet, an original dance/theater performance created and performed in Fairfield. He also has recorded several albums of his original music while spending his days as an audio tech for the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. For more information about David's work, visit http://davidjmurphy.bandcamp.com/.

Elsa Navarrete - While attending MIU (now M.U.M.) and getting a BA in business, Elsa did various plays with Prairie Moon Company, including Shakespeare, Moliere and Dirty Works at the Crossroads. Upon returning to one of her "home" countries, Mexico, Elsa was taken in by Televisa, the biggest television consortium in Latin America, which launched her as their new talent of the year on El Premio Mayor. She started a production company with her husband and best friend, calling it "En LLamas" which means "On Fire." En Llamas currently has three plays in production. Her acting credits include: the leading role in Molly Sweeney with Brian Friel Theater, the leading role in Entre Palabras with Carlos Mugica Film, and starring roles in the soap operas, Apuesta por Un Amor, Esmeralda, El Premio Mayor, Acalupco Bay and Crystal Empire. Her production credits include Razones Para Set Bonita by Neil LaBute, Menage a Trois, Julio Cesar and Mujeres Snaron Caballos. Elsa has also translated and adapted the following scripts: Reasons to be Pretty, Efectos Secundarios, Fachon Models, and Who is Afraid of Virginia Wolf?.

Jenna Riegel - Jenna Riegel has been a New York-based dancer, performer and teacher since 2007 and is currently a company member of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Jenna holds an M.F.A. in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Maharishi University of Management. She has performed with Michel Kouakou’s Daara Dance, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Tania Isaac Dance and Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Company. She has toured nationally and internationally as a company member of David Dorfman Dance, Alexandra/ Beller Dances and Johannes Weiland. She has performed in New York City venues such as Danspace at St. Marks Church, Dance Theater Workshop, Aaron Davis Hall, Joyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research, Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Arts Center, John Ryan Theater, Symphony Space and The Duo Theater. Jenna has taught Master Classes in Modern Technique in New York at Dance New Amsterdam, The Joffrey Ballet School and 100 Grand Dance. In addition, she has taught classes at Connecticut College, University of Maryland and the University of Iowa and at festivals around the world such as the New York University’s Tisch Summer Dance Festival, the Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Annual Dance Conference and Performance Festival in Bytom, Poland and the Dance Isadora Festival in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Other countries where Jenna has performed and taught include The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Israel, and France. Most recently, Jenna accepted a teaching position with Juilliard that will begin this fall.

Meredith Siemsen - Meredith is blessed to be a part of Erasing the Distance, a non-profit organization dedicated to shedding light on mental health through theatre. She also performs for (and with) senior adults every spring in Imagination Theater's participatory 'Senior Spotlight' program. Other Chicago stage credits include: Robyn Hood at Oak Park Festival Theatre, Hamlet with Signal Ensemble, The Ruling Class with Backstage Theatre Company, The Outfit with Serendipity Theatre Collective and The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window with Infamous Commonwealth. On-camera work includes feature film The Lucky Ones, and independent films: Good People (recently screened at Chicago International Film Festival) and Hank’s Auto Repair. Meredith has also curated art exhibits for Flourish Studios and Erasing the Distance and enjoys creating art of her own including children's murals, greeting cards, sculpture and collages made from repurposed paper.

Ali Sperry - Ali had the good fortune in this life to be born to two musician parents who encouraged her innate desire to sing and create music from the time she could speak. The first "official" song of Ali’s was written and performed at age 7 in front of 2000 people at the Golden Domes in Fairfield, Iowa. Her love of music, combined with a passion for theater, brought her to Syracuse University where she studied musical theater and got her BFA in acting. Writing songs only as a hobby during these years, she spent some time in New York after college to pursue acting. After relocating to Chicago Ali was granted the opportunity to audition for a band in Nashville, Tennessee. Family friends were putting together the all-girl group Sweetwater Rose. Nearly four years later, Ali has released her debut solo project Storybook and she and The Family Vacation are embarking full-steam-ahead to play this music in clubs, theatres, homes, coffee shops, bookstores and bowling allies all across the country.

Kate Vigmostad - Kate earned a BA in Fine Art from MUM, and an MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa in 2010, where she was awarded the prestigious Iowa Arts Fellowship. Kate danced in original and restaged works by: Jennifer Kayle, Armando Duarte, Lynn Andrews, Frey Faust, and others. Since graduating from Iowa, Kate has worked with Becca Rozzell, and The Riley Project in San Francisco, and has produced her own work at home in Iowa, and had her choreography shown in Korea. Kate is a certified teacher of Yoga, and instructed at-risk San Francisco youth both yoga and meditation from 2010 - 2013. Kate now teaches contemporary dance to kids, teens, and adults at Roco Dance and Fitness in Marin County. Kate also works as a freelance video-editor and photographer.


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