2009 Fellows Profiles

Jonathan David Martin, actor
Since receiving his Fellowship, Jonathan has traveled extensively, honing his acting skills and developing his nascent talent as a director. In Florence, Italy, he assisted his faculty mentor, Jim Calder (Tisch School of the Arts, NYU), on his adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, titled Dream a Little Dream. He also remounted his own play, Point of Departure, for the Studio Tisch Festival in New York. Jonathan performed in another Shakespeare adaptation, Pericles Redux, by Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles. He performed in the popular Broadway production War Horse. As co-artistic director of Smoke and Mirrors Collaborative, he helped to develop Ndebele Funeral which received the FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for Best Play. The Off-Broadway show premiered to critical acclaim in December 2014.  He is associate producer of Theater J in Washington, D.C. Click here for more information on Jonathan David Martin.
Angel Otero, painter
A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, painter/sculptor Angel is a highly sought after contemporary artist, who created a unique style of painting that sets him apart from other artists and results in high demand for his work. He has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Chicago, and participated on an artist’s panel for a new collector’s group called Emerge. Angel also exhibited his work at the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) during Art Basel Miami Beach, Leyendecker Gallery in the Canary Islands, Spain, the Chicago Cultural Center, and PRISM Gallery in Los Angeles. He had solo exhibitions in the Brand New Gallery in Milan, Italy; Galerie Isa, Mumbai, India; and Istanbul ’74 in Istanbul Turkey. Other recent exhibitions in which his work was featured included Art Basel Hong Kong (May 2014), Expo Chicago (September 2014), Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain in Paris (October 2014), and Art Basel Miami Beach (December 2014).  He is represented by Gallery Lehmann Maupin (New York and Hong Kong) and Kavi Gupta (Chicago and Berlin). Click here for more information on Angel Otero.
Constance Stamatiou, dancer
Constance used her Fellowship funds to enhance her craft: she took classes in gyrotonics with master teacher Sebastian Plettenberg to improve core strength, flexibility, and overall technique; ballroom classes to improve her partnering skills, coordination, and versatility; and floor barre classes with Renée Robinson, a veteran of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT). A member of AAADT since 2007, Constance undertook these activities either after Ailey rehearsals or while the Company was on its international tour in Paris, Copenhagen and Athens. Constance left Alvin Aily to act and start a family.  She rejoined the company in 2016.
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