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Emerging Artist Award

The Emerging Artist Awards recognize SMTD graduates from within the past 15 years who have made a significant contribution to their artistic field. One winner from each of three categories (music, theatre, and dance) is awarded annually.

Recipients of 2013 awards have been selected and are detailed below. Nominations for the 2014 awardees have been received and the winners will be announced after January 1, 2014.

2013 Emerging Artist Award Recipients

Nadine Balbeisi, BM '00 (voice)

Nadine BalbeisiNadine Balbeisi, BM ’00 (voice), an American/Jordanian soprano, began her international solo career when she moved to Germany to perform oratorio, chamber music, opera and recitals with a specialty in early music. She has performed with various ensembles and orchestras such as Atalante, Concerto con anima, Neues Rheinisches Kammerorchester, Neue Düsseldorfer Hofmusik and Churpfälsische Hofkapelle. Together with viola da gambist, Fernando Marín, Balbeisi founded the duo Cantar alla Viola. In this duo she has researched and recorded repertoire for several critically acclaimed CDs: “The Complete Polyphonic Works of Juan Blas de Castro (1561-1631),” “Robert Jones: The Second Booke of Songs and Ayres (1601),” and “The Vihuela de arco in the Reign of Aragon.” In 2010, she was awarded as “Artist in Residence” in Spain, researching and performing 16th Century polyphony from the archives of the Cathedral of Huesca. Her CD of Italian laments with the ensemble Atalante was hailed by Musicweb International as “Recording Of The Year 2011.” In commemoration of the 400th year anniversary of the "Second Book of Songs and Ayres" (1612) by William Corkine, she released the CD “Each Lovely Grace” with Cantar alla Viola in 2012.




Zachary Booth, BFA '04 (theatre)

Zachary BoothZachary Booth, BFA ’04 (theatre) played the role of Glenn Close’s son on the Emmy Award-winning drama Damages from 2007 to 2012. Other television credits include NYC 22, Royal Pains, Law & Order: SVU, New Amsterdam and What Goes On. Booth has had many roles in films including Assassination of a High School President (2008), Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008), Taking Woodstock (2009), The Mark Pease Experience (2009), The Beaver (2011), Dark Horse (2011). In 2012, Booth co-starred in Ira Sachs’ autobiographical film, Keep the Lights On, which was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards. Booth will appear in a new film Last Weekend in 2013. Currently in theatre, he is starring Off-Broadway in The Mound Builders by Lanford Wilson at the Signature Theatre.Most recently in 2012, he worked alongside Peter Dinklage in an all male production of the Imaginary Invalid at BARD College. Other credits include New York Premieres of Me, Myself & I, by Edward Albee at Playwrights Horizons, Prayer for My Enemy at Playwrights Horizons, Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen at the Women’s Project, and Spine and Pentecost at the Barrow Group Theater.





Kelly Hirina, BFA '99 (dance)

Kelly HirinaKelly Hirina, BFA ’99 (dance) received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2000 and moved to the Netherlands to research non-verbal communication. Hirina has been working as a dancer with De Nederlandse Opera and in works by independent European choreographers Barak Marshall, Sasha Engel, Boukje Schweigman, Liat Waysbort, Dylan Newcomb, Jack Gallagher, Suzy Blok, Clara van Gool, Krisztina de Chatel and Jakop Ahlbom. She has served as choreographic assistant for television projects, and as a dancer and actor for various film and video projects. In 2008, she returned to he U.S. to study at the Atlantic Theatre Acting School (NY). From 2011 until recently, Hirina was a member of Dansgroep Amsterdam. She is currently part of Emio Greco | PC.

Past Recipients

Juliana Athayde
Nicholas Blaemire
Julie Blume
Jesse Blumberg
Esther Chae
Sam Davis
Michael Fabiano
Hunter Foster
Xiang Gao
Damon Gupton
Christopher Jamros
Jeremy Kittell
Ben Klein
Rachel Laritz
Sean Panikkar
Michael Spencer Phillips
Matthew Rose
Daniel Bernard Roumain
Miriam Shor
Leyya Tawil
Julie Tice

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