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Mason Gross School of the Arts
is the arts conservatory at Rutgers University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey , is the largest institution for higher education in New Jersey, United States. It was originally chartered as Queen's College in 1766. It is the eighth-oldest college in the United States and one of the nine Colonial colleges founded before the American...
in New Brunswick, New Jersey
New Brunswick is a city in Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA. It is the county seat and the home of Rutgers University. The city is located on the Northeast Corridor rail line, southwest of Manhattan, on the southern bank of the Raritan River. At the 2010 United States Census, the population of...
. It is named for Mason W. Gross
Mason Welch Gross was an American television quiz show personality and academic who served as the sixteenth President of Rutgers University, serving from 1959 to 1971.-Biography:...
, the sixteenth president of Rutgers. Mason Gross offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Theater and Visual Arts, Bachelor of Music, Master of Fine Arts in Theater and Visual Arts, Master of Education in Dance, Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts, Artist Diploma in Music, and MA and Ph.D. in composition, theory, and musicology.
Mason Gross was founded in 1976 as a school of the fine and performing arts
The performing arts are those forms art which differ from the plastic arts insofar as the former uses the artist's own body, face, and presence as a medium, and the latter uses materials such as clay, metal or paint which can be molded or transformed to create some physical art object...
within Rutgers and in 1976 became a separate degree-granting institution from the other Undergraduate colleges.
All fine arts departments at the other Rutgers colleges were merged into Mason Gross in 1981 and as of 2005 has expanded to more than 20 buildings, including the spacious visual arts studios at the Livingston campus and the Civic Square Building in the center of New Brunswick and a variety of performing-arts spaces. The buildings are all situated within Rutgers' Douglass College campus with the exception of the Civic Square Building (on Livingston Avenue) and the sculpture facilities (on the Livingston campus). The school is set to break ground on the Robert E. Mortensen Hall in December 2011. Mortensen Hall will house, among other things, a recital hall for dance and music, a choral rehearsal hall, practice suites, faculty offices and a technology studio for sound recording and engineering.
The Blanche and Irving Laurie Music Library houses approximately 15,000 recordings and 30,000 monographs and scores, serving as a research and reference library at all levels.
On average, the school accepts only 19.8% of its applicants per year, making it the most competitive school at Rutgers-New Brunswick for first-year undergraduates.
Notable alumni and faculty
- Emma Amos %28painter%29
- Andrea Anders
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(actress, "Mr. Sunshine," "Joey")
- Alice Aycock
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- Roger Bart
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(Tony-Winning actor, "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown," "The Producers," "Desperate Housewives")
- Bill Bowers
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(mime artist and actor)
- Avery Brooks
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(actor, jazz and opera singer, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine")
- Kevin Chamberlin
- Life :Chamberlin was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and raised in Moorestown Township, New Jersey, moving there as a nine-year old. Chamberlin graduated from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting.- Career :...
(Tony-nominated actor, "The Addams Family")
- Michael Esper (actor, "American Idiot")
- Paul Cohen
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(classical-contemporary saxophonist/saxophone historian)
- Kristin Davis
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(Emmy-nominated actress, "Sex and the City")
- Cristina Pato
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(musician with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble)
- Mike Dawson (cartoonist)
- Tim DeKay
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- Cheryl Dunye
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- Calista Flockhart
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(Golden Globe-winning actress, "Ally McBeal," "The Birdcage")
- Tina Gharavi
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(filmmaker and screenwriter)
- Derrick Gardner
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- Israel Hicks
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's entire 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle.
- Aaron Jackson
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(design producer, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition")
- Sean Jones
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(former lead trumpet in the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra)
- Michael Klein (television producer)
- Roy Lichtenstein
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- Raphael Montañez Ortíz (performance artist)
- Adam Mucci (actor, "Boardwalk Empire")
- Matt Mulhern
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- Tom Nozkowski (painter)
- Nell Painter (artist, historian, author, "The History of White People")
- Tom Pelphrey
-Early years:Born in Howell, New Jersey, Pelphrey graduated from Howell High School in 2000, and from Rutgers University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.-Guiding Light:...
(Emmy-winning actor, "Guiding Light," "As The World Turns")
- Michael Powell (musician), trombonist in the American Brass Quintet
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- Philipe D. Preston (actor)
- Molly Price
-Personal life:Price was born in North Plainfield, New Jersey, and graduated from North Plainfield High School in 1984.She is a graduate of Rutgers University. She is married to a New York City Fire Department firefighter Derek Kelly...
(actress, "Third Watch")
- Matt Rainey (Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist)
- Sheryl Lee Ralph
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(actress, singer, "Dreamgirls," "Moesha")
- Charles Ray (artist)
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- Harry Romero
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- Martha Rosler
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- Rob Jess Roth (Tony-nominated director, Broadway's "Beauty and the Beast")
- Rob Ruggiero (Broadway director)
- George Segal (artist)
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(painter and sculptor)
- Dave Sirulnick
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- Joan Snyder
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- Keith Sonnier
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- Terell Stafford
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- Aaron Stanford
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- Sebastian Stan
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- Terrell Tilford
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- James Tupper
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- Stephen Westfall
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- Wade Williams
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- Xin Zhao (first violin, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra)
- John Yau
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