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Remebering Tom Wyroba

We are so sorry to say that beloved NWSA art teacher Tom Wyroba has passed away.

"Tom Wyroba's dedication to mentoring young student artists spans over 25 years. His dedication to the visual arts students at New World School of the Arts was unprecedented." These were the words of NWSA Dean of Visual Arts Maggy Cuesta as she solemnly shared the sad news of Mr. Wyroba's passing this weekend.

Mr. "Y", as his students lovingly called him, devoted long hours encouraging and guiding students to achieve their highest creative potential. From the beginning he was often heard telling parents how important their support is and for the next four years to be prepared to make the walls of their home an artist studio. He received numerous awards and recognition for the excellence of his students. In 2012 he was awarded the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts Teacher Award.

"There will never be another 'Y'," said Evonne Alvarez, Principal of the NWSA High School. "He was passionate about his students and changed and molded the lives of so many that were fortunate to know him. He will be truly missed by the NWSA Family."

Jeffrey Hodgson, Provost of New World School of the Arts echoed that sentiment when he commented, "The legacy of creativity and passion for the arts that Tom passed on to his students will forever live on through those changed lives. We were lucky to have Tom as part of the New World family and he will be deeply missed."

"He leaves a long legacy of student success, evident in the Alumni achievements. His commitment to teaching will be difficult to match," continued dean Cuesta.

A memorial will be held this weekend to commemorate the life and work of Mr. "Y". In addition, to continue Tom Wyroba's legacy, the Wyman Scholarship has been established to offer a scholarship to students from NWSA and DASH. Contributions should be made to New World School of the Arts, and sent to NWSA, attention Visual Arts Division, Dean Maggy Cuesta.


New World School of the Arts has selected a new dean to lead its award-winning music program. Dr. Daniel Andai, an internationally acclaimed professor and performer, will begin in his new post this August when classes resume at the renowned arts conservatory. Dr. Andai brings a wealth of artistic, academic and administrative experience to NWSA, having held leadership positions across the nation. As the Dean of Music, Dr. Andai will serve as the chief academic and artistic officer for the Music Division of New World School of the Arts, overseeing administration of both the high school and college programs in Music. "As an alumn and former violin professor at the New World School of the Arts, I am honored to have the opportunity to once again work with my wonderful colleagues and the talented high school and college students as Dean of Music," says Dr. Andai. "Being a native of the great City of Miami, I am proud of the values NWSA has shared with the community for over a quarter century, and I am committed to inspiring our future graduates to embrace those values and share them with the community for years to come!"


Cheyenne Nicole Hardy, a NWSA high school senior was awarded with the Mad Cat Theatre Company's third annual Nine Lives Scholarship Awards. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship and an engraved crystal award, which will be presented during the opening night of Mad Cat's summer production at the SandBox at the Miami Theater Center on August 16, 2014. The Mad Cat Theater Company's 9 Lives Scholarship Awards was founded by Artistic Director Paul Tei and Ann Kelly Anthony, Executive Director, to offer South Florida students an opportunity to continue advancing their art through theater education and performance. "Cheyenne is so deserving of this scholarship award from Mad Cat Theater and I am delighted that she has been recognized for her work in theater. This year she was also the recipient of the NWSA Theater Dean's Award for her outstanding contributions to the department. She has been an incredible role model to the younger students at New World School of the Arts, and has demonstrated an incredible mature and professional work ethic. Cheyenne is strongly committed to her work as a young artist, who never wasted a minute of her four years at the school. She was always seeking ways to perform and to hone her craft and to get better. As a result, she took advantage of everything that the division offered and more, she performed in Thespians, Studio Productions and on the Mainstage. With each performance she became better and better. What a thrill it has been to watch her incredible growth!" - Patrice Bailey, Dean of Theater, NWSA


New World School of the Arts just completed a weeklong Orientation full of stimulating activities beginning with Parent Orientation and culminating with a Welcome Back Bash for all NWSA students. It began with Parent Orientation where parents and incoming students had an opportunity to enjoy a delightful continental breakfast, an outstanding performance by faculty and students, and a question and answer session to ease any last minute worries. The weeklong Orientation included placement exams, division-specific meetings, academic policies and resources presentation, advisement and registration, workshops, yoga, activities led by our student Orientation Leaders, meeting with Foundation Board members and receiving a super cool cap as a gift, a great community service activity at Zoo Miami, a beautiful day at Venetian Pool and a party, not to be soon forgotten, featuring dazzling DJ Leo. Students scrambled all week to make sure they attended all the activities and got their Passport stamped for a chance to win a $500 scholarship. Zoie Rone, Dance, was the lucky winner. The Zoo Miami Beautification Project was especially enjoyed by all, as the students contributed by pulling weeds, mulching and planting new trees! You can see by the photos that this was a very enjoyable activity. Two scholarships were raffled after the event and Ashton McWhorter, Theater, and Audrey Mercer, Visual Arts, were the big winners. Although a very exhausting week, a week full of excitement, learning, contributing, and most of all building new friendships that will last a lifetime! It could be summed up by quoting Johanna Peña, Visual Arts: "thank you for the wonderful orientation week, it was amazing!!!"


Two NWSA College rising Seniors, Katelynn Draper and Christine Flores, were awarded full scholarships to participate in a three-week Cunningham Repertory Workshop this summer at the Cunningham Studio in the New York City Center building in Manhattan, as a result of Patricia Lent's work here at NWSA teaching master classes and repertory. The final performance, held on Friday, June 6th, was live-streamed on the Internet. "I was very fortunate to participate in the Cunningham workshop this summer, led by Patricia Lent and Jamie Scott. Getting the chance to learn Roaratorio by Merce Cunningham was a fun and thrilling challenge for both, mind and body. In the short three weeks, I was able to receive huge amounts of information from Patricia and Jamie who have performed the work. They told our cast stories of their own experiences working with Merce, and allowed us to put a bit of our own flair into the work to make it our own. It was truly an amazing experience and I hope to take part in another workshop in the future." - Christine Flores