About

Calvin Royal III, soloist
A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., Calvin is a member of the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre. He joined ABT’s pre-professional school after being discovered at the Youth America Grand Prix competition in New York City in 2006. His innate ability and passion for dance was clear, and he was swiftly promoted to ABT Studio Company and then into the Main Company in 2010. Since then, choreographer Alexei Ratmansky has featured him in Piano Concerto #1, and Marcelo Gomes created a role for him in Aftereffect. The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship gave him access to “tools” for a deeper involvement in the classics, including research into the history and dramaturgy of the classics, and additional training at the Royal Opera House at Convent Garden in London and Ballet de l’Opera de Paris.  The improvements in his classical technique allowed Calvin to perform as a Fairy Cavalier in The Sleeping Beauty, land a leading role in Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, and dance in After You and AfterEffect.  Calvin can be seen in the GAP ad for a new dance-inspired fitness line GAP Fit.
Francesca dePasquale, violinist
Raised in Philadelphia, violinist Francesca dePasquale comes from a family of distinguished musicians, including her father William, co-concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and her mother Gloria, a member of the cello section. She attended the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles for her Bachelor of Music and she graduated in 2014 from The Juilliard School with a Master of Music degree. At Juilliard, she served as the Starling Fellow teaching assistant to Itzhak Perlman from 2013-2016 and is currently teaching assistant to Catherine Cho. The first prize winner of the 2010 Irving M. Klein International String Competition, Francesca is committed to a career that balances solo, chamber, and orchestral music performance with pedagogy and outreach. Francesca used the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship to prepare for competitions and auditions, and learned how to develop her artistic voice through a recording project.  She undertook a US recital tour, and developed an educational outreach program for the purpose of introducing classical music to future generations.  In 2016, she released her debut CD Francesca dePasquale, and she joined the Heifetz Institute Program for the Exceptionally Gifted faculty.  She is a member of the faculty at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts. Click here for more information on Francesca dePasquale.
Mia Rosenthal, visual artist
A native of Cranston, R.I., Mia graduated from Parsons the New School for Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with a Master of Fine Arts. Mia specializes in drawings on paper, employing a multitude of tiny sketches that one critic has likened to the method of pointillism. An intriguing combination of science and art, her works are included in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Progressive Art Collection in Cleveland, and Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia. In the ink and graphite drawings for her first solo show, American Landscapes, at Gallery Joe in Philadelphia, she paid tribute to the tradition of American landscape painting while celebrating the biological diversity of the land. The landscape drawings depict more than 3,000 animals and plants (“organisms by the thousands forming the contours of the natural world”) found in the Hudson River Valley. The centerpiece of her second solo show at Gallery Joe, titled every day, was a large spiraled drawing of 1,000 creatures, beginning with a single-celled organism and moving through time to early ocean life, plants, mammals, dinosaurs, primates, and the domestication of plants and animals through genetically modified organisms and synthetically created life forms. In 2014, her work was included in the 12th National Drawing Invitational at the Arkansas Arts Center, which purchased a piece for its permanent collection, and she had a solo show titled Welcome to Earth! At PULSE Miami Beach. As the demand for Mia’s work grew, the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship enabled her to expand her art studio, purchase art supplies to complete additional drawings and participate in art fairs and exhibitions.  She was able to cover travel costs to meet with collectors, curators, and dealers.  She also took the opportunity to travel to Geneva to visit the Large Hadron Collider, which became the inspiration for her solo exhibit Paper Lens at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  In 2015, she received a residency fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Click here for more information on Mia Rosenthal.
Molly Bernard, actor
A versatile and highly skilled actress hailing from Las Vegas, Molly Bernard longs to have an extensive career in the theater and to perform with multi-disciplinary artists. She aspires to collaborate on new plays. Moreover, she has equally large dreams for film and television. A graduate of Skidmore College and the Yale School of Drama, she has also trained at the Moscow Art Theater School and SITI Company. She has undertaken roles ranging from Celia in As You Like It to Dinah in The Philadelphia Story. She has also offered a hilarious and moving portrait of Edward (a boy living a lie) in Caryl Churchill’s masterwork Cloud Nine, gave a compelling account of Ethel Rosenberg in Angels in America, and appeared in the comedy Alpha House. She made her Yale Repertory Theatre debut in 2013 in Dario Fo’s farce Accidental Death of an Anarchist. She used her Leonore Annenberg Fellowship resources for travel and study abroad, training, and classes (Alexander lessons, Martha Graham dance classes, on-camera classes), coaching, audition expenses, and career and professional development requirements.  She appeared in the movies Sully and The Intern, and she is a series regular on TV Land’s Younger.  Click here for more information on Molly Bernard.
Ryan Speedo Green, opera singer
After seeing bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green perform as the Commendatore in a production of Don Giovanni at the Juilliard School, a reviewer for The New York Post commented that he had “the magnetic presence of a superstar.” Ryan, who grew up in low-income housing in Suffolk, Virginia, benefited from the support and encouragement of a teacher who steered him to the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk. At the age of 14, he saw Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera and that experience was transformative. Ten years later, after earning a Bachelor of Music from the University of Hartford and a Master of Music from Florida State University, Ryan won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and he was invited to apply for the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. In fall 2014, Ryan joined the Vienna Staatsoper as a company member. Fellowship funds covered the costs of his move to Vienna and provided vital resources for voice lessons and coaching for new roles, including his first major role at the Metropolitan Opera in The Death of Klinghoffer and a new production of Il Trovatore at Opera de Lille.  In 2014, Ryan also won a grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, a Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation First Prize, a Gerda Lissner Foundation First Prize, and a Grand Prize in the Opera Index competition.  In addition, he reached the semi-finals of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.  In 2016, Little Brown published Sing for Your Life by New York Times journalist Daniel Bergner.  The book recounts Ryan’s journey from his challenging early years to opera stardom. Ryan returned to the Metropolitan Opera in late 2016 to perform as Colline in Puccini’s La Boheme.  He is scheduled to make his debut at the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival in August 2017.   Click here for more information on Ryan Speedo Green.
Sarah Sokolovic, actor
A Milwaukee native and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Sarah has an uncanny ability to command the audience’s attention in musicals, comedy, drama, and the screen. Peers, coaches, and casting directors alike have remarked on her fearlessness, her original voice, and the immediacy of her work. In her final year of training at Yale, Sarah was recognized with the most prestigious scholarship the School has to offer, the Jerome Greene Fellowship. She received a Drama Desk nomination for her work in the Playwrights Horizons production of the musical The Shaggs, and appeared again at that theater in a successful production of Detroit; she was a cast member in Relatively Speaking on Broadway; she appeared in two television shows on CBS (The Good Wife and Unforgettable); she had a supporting role in the film Every Secret Thing; she had a leading role in the independent film La vida inesparada; and appeared in the main cast of Season 5 of the Showtime series Homeland. She has completed work on one screenplay and is at work on two others. The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship provided Sarah with artistic and technical training (voice lessons, dance and acting classes, music theory and basic piano instruction) and career development opportunities (private film mentorship, networking and audition trips, a creative writing retreat, a screenplay workshop and presentation). In 2017, she had a recurring role in HBO’s Big Little Lies, and she will also appear in the Sci-Fi thriller Omphalos. 
Tessa Lark, violinist
With a repertoire of both classical and cutting-edge works, violinist Tessa has wide-ranging musical interests. Hailing from Richmond, Ky., she was the first American violinist to win the prestigious Walter W. Naumberg International Violin Competition (2012) since 1960. Her previous accomplishments include first prizes at both the Johansen International Violin Competition (2006) and the Irving M. Klein International String Competition (2009). A native of Kentucky, she brings an American folk perspective to classical music, doubling as a bluegrass fiddler. Tessa graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music in 2010 and a Master of Music in 2012. In September 2014, Tessa Lark was awarded the Silver Medal at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.  This win placed her higher in the competition than any other American violinist since 1982.  Tessa also won the prize for Best Performance of the Commissioned Work by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. With support from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship, Tessa recorded and commercially produced (on the Naxos recording label) her 2017 debut CD of Telemann’s Twelve Fantasias for Solo Violin.  In 2016, she received the Avery Fisher Career Grant.  In early 2017, she performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as part of Carnegie Hall’s Distinctive Debuts series.  She will appear in two tours with Musicians from Marlboro in 2018.  She holds a Jerome L. Greene Fellowship and the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship in Juilliard’s Artist Diploma program. Click here for more information on Tessa Lark.

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