Paper magazine said that Rebecca Naomi Jones was "the girl to call when there's a cooler-than-thou musical in town." Looking at her appearances in some of the hottest rock musicals around, including "Murder Ballad," "Passing Strange," Green Day's "American Idiot," and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” the fact seems hard to deny.
by Caitlin Leffel '94 Creative Director, BeachMint's Lucky Group Eva Chen has been called the first editor-in-chief of her generation. In 2013, Anna Wintour, Condé Nast's artistic director and the editor-in-chief of Vogue, tapped her to take over as editor-in-chief of Lucky, the publisher's fourteen-year-old shopping magazine.
Claude Kelly ’95 has three Grammy nominations under his belt and has written hits for a host of pop stars including Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Jessie J, Kelly Clarkson and Adam Lambert. Music legends Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson have recorded his songs.
Vivian Rosenthal is a marketing whiz with a master’s degree in architecture. She founded Tronic Studio with a classmate from Columbia and spent 10 years creating edgy, large-scale interactive installations, CGI (computer generated imagery) and live action short films, web virals and animated ads for a host of clients including Yahoo, Target, Sharp and HP.
Old friends Andy Bragen and Charlie Linehan, whose lives have gone in very different directions since they were classmates at Grace, remain lifelong friends. The two men, a playwright and an attorney, sat down to interview each other for GCS News.
I attended Grace Church School for two years in the middle of World War II. My mother, my sister, and I were in NYC because of the war. I was born in Washington State where my Dad was a Professor of chemistry.
In 1999, Charles Best ’90 was a history and English teacher at Wings Academy, a public high school in the Bronx. Frustrated that simple learning materials were often missing from classrooms, and thinking that people would be probably be willing to give small amounts directly to particular classroom projects if they knew about them, Charles set out to find a way to make that connection.
A guide to using the Internet that was published in 1997…a book on how to drive, written for a British audience…a spelling primer from the 1920s. What do these books have in common? Not much, except they were all found on the dusty shelves of the library at Park East High School, where I spent last year as an intern as part of my training to become a school librarian.
At 32, Katie Orlinsky has found her stride: she regularly works for the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera America, La Monde, and a variety of international magazines and non-profit organizations such as Too Young to Wed, an organization and campaign to end child marriage around the world.
Historian Valerie Paley ’75, makes history with her work at the New York Historical Society, which reopened in November. GCS caught up with Valerie to discuss her journey from ballet dancer to graphic designer to a doctorate in history, and her work on these new exhibitions.
Zoological Veterinarian Surgery on a goldfish (it needed bladder repair). Mending the wing of a great blue heron (humeral osteotomy). Dental exams and pregnancy checks on endangered zebras. Sterilizing Galapagos tortoises to help restore a delicate ecosystem on Pinta Island. Monitoring the health of Cape buffalo and wildebeests in South Africa. Any of these are all in a day’s work for Emi Knafo ’96.
As adults, we think back to our school years and remember teachers who made a difference; a course of study that made a significant impact on what we decided to do with our lives. When Kit Rachlis, editor-in-chief of Los Angeles Magazine, looks back, it was a GCS teacher who nurtured his talent for writing and daily chancery services that fueled it.
GCS alumni have charted new paths in countless fields; we pay tribute to these groundbreaking alums in an annual installation in the Alumni Display Case at 86 Fourth Avenue. See Trailblazers from past exhibits below.