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2016 IAP and Spring ABD performance dates

** Note: all performances this Spring will be on Thursdays unless otherwise indicated.**

Tue., Jan. 12 at 6 pm MIT Chapel (W15)
CONCERT : Meridian Singers

Music of Orlando di Lasso: The Cosmopolitan Polyglot 
Meridian Singers is an   a cappella chorus open to all in the MIT community. Our repertoire includes music from the classical literature, from early to contemporary pieces, and from various countries and cultures. The group rehearses on Tuesdays at the noon hour, hence the name “Meridian.” 
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Wednesday, Feb. 10 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)
Ryan Kendall, singer-songwriter, on electric/acoustic guitar

Ryan Kendall is a singer/songwriter who emphasizes meaningful, poignant lyrics throughout his music, which he has been crafting and honing since 2009. He holds the opinion that songs are capable of generating an otherwise unachievable level of understanding through the combination of music's universal language with linguistic comprehension and poetry. He wants to take advantage of this power to promote positive messages and evoke empathy, connectivity, and awareness.

Hilltop Sunset is the name Ryan likes to use for his musical endeavors, which first began as an additional aspect of a novel he is working on; the idea was to have a book that tells a story from one character¹s perspective, an album of music that tells a simultaneous story from another character¹s perspective, and a second book that concludes the two stories. He still hopes to accomplish this some day, but has since been caught up in life and finds too much inspiration in daily living to ignore, which is why the vast majority of his songs are intensely personal.

Besides writing and performing original music, Ryan likes to flex his creative muscles in several other ways. He has acted all around Massachusetts since his high school years and will probably continue acting whenever possible. He also enjoys writing blog posts and informal essays, and is working on editing a novel. Besides that, he has many years of experience as an illustrator and was attending Maine College of Art for two years before shifting gears over to Lesley University where he eventually graduated with a BA in English and Creative Writing

Thursday., Feb. 25 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)
Stephanie Kohler, reading her poetry

Stephanie spent most of her life in the New Jersey suburbs outside of Philadelphia and relocated to the Boston area this past year. Her memories of home, especially of her many childhood adventures exploring the woods on the Delaware River, often serve as inspiration for her writing. She studied English and Writing Arts at Rowan University, where she worked as a writing tutor to her peers, served as poetry editor for the literary magazine Glassworks, and published several of her poems. Though she considers writing a hobby, Stephanie often reads at open-mics and is always looking for opportunities to become more involved in the writing community.



Thursday., Mar. 10 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)



Thursday., Mar. 24 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)


Thursday., Apr. 14 at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111)
Kimberly Hula - reading
(very) short stories

Kimberly Hula is a Boston-based writer who specializes in deeply developed characters and rich sensory experiences that explore the self as an individual and the self as part of a larger community. Her writing has been featured in The Chicago Tribune and WGN Chicago News as part of her "Year of 52 Adventures" campaign, a blog in which she challenged herself, friends, and strangers, to commit to a new adventure every week for one year and write about it (her personal challenges included a trapeze act, skydiving, an icy plunge into Lake Michigan, and a public performance of her poetry). Kimberly grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Missouri with a BA in English Comparative Literature/Creative Writing and Sociology. Her careers have included congressional campaign staffer, Disneyworld ride operator, and English teacher in Japan. Currently, she works at MIT as a Fiscal Officer while also pursuing her Masters of Social Work at Boston University (Spring, 2017), with a focus on narrative family therapy. She is currently at work on her first novel, Middle Match.

Thursday., Apr. 28 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)
The Trapelo Players,
will perform a mix of classical and popular music.

Susan Caplan, flute
Lisa Putukian, oboe
Shu Satoh, bassoon
Jeff Stewart, french horn
Georgiana McReynolds, clarinet


Thursday., May. 12 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)

Cindy Woolley, Recital of flute and voice with piano accompaniment






















Thursday., May. 26 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)
tick, tick...BOOM! -concert version- with Amanda Casale, Ryan O'Reilly, and Joshua Wright * Click for Program*

Amanda Casale is an active versatile musical theatre performer throughout the northern New England area.  She recently performed the role of Wendla Bergman in Spring Awakening at the Eastern Massachusetts ACT State Festival Competition, which earned eight Festival awards including Best Ensemble and Best Production.  The production then moved to the 2015 New England Regional Festival, where the cast and crew again took home the Best Ensemble award and placed Runner-Up for Best New England Regional Production.  She also sang the role of Jo March in Little Women: the Musical both in October 2014 and February 2015.  No stranger to playing roles multiple times, Amanda has also reprised the roles of Catherine Hiatt in The Last Five Years and Lily St. Regis in Annie.  She has performed in nearly 30 productions since 2010, and was named one of Pulse Magazine's 13 People to Watch in 2013.  Other favorite roles include Louise in Gypsy and Madeleine Astor in Titanic: the Musical.

          Amanda performs regularly with local cabarets, and is half of the musical cabaret duo "Amanda and Eric: Eric and Amanda".  She received a 2015 ArtsImpulse Award nomination for Best Solo or Cabaret Performance for the Sing Out! cabaret series at Club Cafe in Boston.  She is also regularly involved in Spartan Races, fit modeling, sketch art, and sound engineering and design.  In 2014 she won the EMACT Festival award for Best Sound Design for her backing tracks in Spring Awakening, and there is little she enjoys more than getting to listen to other vocalists for extended periods of time.  Amanda graduated from Tufts University with a BS in Biological & Chemical Engineering and Mathematics, and in 2014 earned her Masters in Statistics from Harvard University.  She works for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by day, and at night is the Operations Manager for the Flyleaf Theater Company in addition to dabbling in all things theatre.

Ryan O’Reilly first appeared on stage at age 8 at his public library, dressed as a rabbit, wearing ears made of construction paper and cotton balls. Since then, Ryan has leveraged his creativity in developing his performance skills, allowing for a variety of opportunities to perform across the Northeast.

           While earning his B.A. in English Literature and Rhetoric, Professional Writing from the University of Hartford, Ryan toured college campuses, performing as a founding member of the ICCA award-winning a cappella group, Mouth Noise. The experience balancing performances and schoolwork taught Ryan the value of prioritizing artistic and creative outlets in his life.

In the last year, while working as a proposal writer at a Boston based software company, Ryan has enjoyed performing in multiple theater productions. Roles include Georg in 2015 New England Regional Festival award-winning Spring Awakening, Jess/Cutter in See Rock City & Other Destinations at Flyleaf Theater Company, and Jamie in The Last 5 Years at Lexington Players.


Joshua Wright is excited to return to tick, tick...BOOM!, with some great friends, after having performed in the Houston area premiere many years ago. Josh has performed professionally for over 13 years in New York, Texas, and Connecticut. Most recent Massachusetts credits include: Flyleaf Theater—See Rock City & Other Destinations (Evan/Rick), Ordinary Days (Warren), The Fantasticks (The Mute), The 39 Steps (Clown); Woodland Theater Company—Titanic (Harold Bride—ArtsImpulse Nomination), Sweeney Todd: In Concert (Tobias), West Side Story (A-Rab), Les Miserables (Thernadier), Into the Woods (Baker) and Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit). His New York credits include Periwinkle National Theater’s Halfway There (Barry, Mime u/s), York Theater’s Maybe One Day (staged reading) and at NYU: Die Fledermaus (Frank), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), The Fix (Graham Chandler), Hotel for Criminals (Judex), Fiorello!, Fiddler on the Roof, and Love’s Fire (Red and Painter). At Connecticut Repertory Theater he was seen in My Fair Lady (with Terrance Mann) and played Mark in Rent. Some favorite roles include: Theater LaB, Houston: tick, tick…BOOM! (Jon), China: The Whole Enchilada (Eric), Gutenberg: The Musical! (Doug), and I Sing! (Alan); Masquerade Theater: Once Upon a Mattress (Jester), A New Brain (Minister), and The Wild Party (Max). Josh is also a professional stage manager (The Bus—off-Broadway and tour and Altar Boyz at TriArts Sharon Playhouse). He received his Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from NYU Steinhardt and BA in Theater from University of Houston. By day he is the office manager and a piano/voice/theater teacher at Jammin' With You! in Wellesley. Josh can be seen next in Open Door Theater's April production of Peter Pan as Smee.

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