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“I was welcomed with open arms into this magical community that I truly consider to be a part of my forever family. Wingspan helped me find my voice and, although I didn’t know it at the time, it also helped me to develop my passion for what later became my career.”
– Aneesa Folds, Conservatory Alum ’08
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We are always so proud of our students and their accomplishments! Check some of them out below:
Matt Amira (Wingspan Student 2001 – 2007) has appeared in numerous professional productions since studying at Wingspan Arts. He has starred in Fiddler on the Roof at The Goodspeed Opera House, South Pacific at Asolo Repertory Theater in Sarasota Florida, and Jersey Boys at Ogunquit Playhouse. Matthew also starred as Robby in the National Tour of Dirty Dancing and is currently performing in the North American tour of Beautiful.
Catherine Blades (Wingspan Student 2007-2008) has appeared on Broadway in Round About’s revival of Bye Bye Birdie in 2009. She has also starred at the Goodspeed Opera House in Hello! My Baby and Hello Dolly. Catherine also has made guest appearances on TV’s Blue Bloods, What Would You Do?, and had a recurring role on Season One of Netflix’s Jessica Jones. She can also be seen in the feature film Hard Sell starring Kristin Chenoweth and Katrina Bowden.
Sofia Bryant (Wingspan Student 2012 – 2018) stars as Dina in the hit Netflix show I Am Not Okay With This. She will also be starring in the upcoming film, Mark, Mary, & Some Other People. Sofia has also appeared on television shows such as Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, and The Code.
Annelise Cepero (Wingspan Student 2010 – 2013) has starred in numerous regional theatre productions around the country. She has also made appearances on various television shows and in short films. She will make her feature film debut as Provi in the upcoming Steven Spielberg remake of West Side Story.
Jackson Demott Hill (Wingspan Student 2013 – 2018) has been in several independent films, short films and commercials. He was seen as a Powder Monkey in the Opera Billy Budd at BAM and Jon in A Doll’s House also at BAM. He made his Broadway Debut in Finding Neverland as George and Peter. Jackson has also appeared on numerous television shows, such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Aneesa Folds (Wingspan Student 2006 – 2008) toured the country in Ragtime as Sarah’s Friend. She has also appeared in numerous shows at regional theaters in the Northeast including the Mac-Hayden and the Goodspeed Opera House. She has starred off-Broadway in both Sistas the Musical and This One’s for the Girls. This fall she made her Broadway debut in Freestyle Love Supreme.
Luke Islam (Current Wingspan Student since 2017) was a Julianne Hough’s Golden Buzzer on Season 14 of America’s Got Talent and made it through to the semi-finals. He also appeared on the AGT Champions Season 2. Luke will be starring in the upcomig Disney+ series, The Mighty Ducks alongside Emilio Estevez and Lauren Graham.
Christian Navarro (Wingspan Ensemble Student 2008) starred as Tony Padilla in Netflix’s hit show 13 Reasons Why. He has also appeared in HBO’s Vinyl as well as Amazon’s The Tick. Christian has also worked on the big screen in movies such as Bushwick and Can You Ever Forgive Me, starring Melissa McCarthy.
Patrick Holden O’Neill (Wingspan Ensemble Student 2007 – 2009) has appeared in numerous television series (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Louie, Boardwalk Empire, The Electric Company), films (The Immigrant), and many commercials.
Casey Watkins (Wingspan Student 2015 – 2018) toured the country as Duffy in the Annie National Tour and as Nancy in the A Christmas Story National Tour. She also appeared in an Emmy Award-winning episode of Season 2 of Netflix’s Master of None as Young Denise.
Alexander Weiss (Wingspan Student 2010-2013) was crowned the first ever US Masterchef Jr. While we didn’t teach him how to cook, we are still very proud of this huge accomplishment!
Zoe Wilson (Wingspan Student 2013-2015) has appeared in various webseries, including Nickelodeon’s Roast Beef and Roger. She has also performed in shows at The Broadway Westchester Theater and off-Broadway in The Butterfly’s Day, The Transport Group’s Three Days to See and their concert version of Peter Pan, and in The Pill at La Mama. She also appears in Season 5 of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.
Our students have gone on to study at:
Baldwin Wallace University
Berklee College of Music
The Hartt School
The Julliard School
New York University
Rutgers University–Mason Gross School of the Arts
Shenandoah University Conservatory
Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
University of Buffalo
University of Cincinatti–Conservatory of Music
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
USC Cinematic Arts
And many more!
“My daughter is inspired to express herself in so many ways and it’s fun! We are so lucky to have seen the impact of Wingspan on two of our children and love how Wingspan stretches them and fosters their growth.”
– Afterschool Parent & Scholarship Recipient
“Before Wingspan, I didn’t have a lot of confidence in myself as a performer, but through this program, I opened up more and grew to trust myself and feel encouraged by the loving people around me. Wingspan made me feel like I was special.”
– Lorraine, Current Conservatory Student