Ryan Bannon. Tabitha Perez.
A pair of Hostos student artists, Ryan Bannon and Tabitha Perez, were selected to participate in the Circle in the Square Theatre School’s 2016 Summer Workshop on Broadway.

Held July through August, the seven-week program offers an intensive, professionally oriented curriculum of acting classes. The program attracts students from drama departments across the country and around the world, as well as other professional actors who are perfecting their craft.

The selections came after five Hostos students auditioned at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (Region 1) at Western Connecticut State University at the end of January. While students from Hostos have been involved in this program for a decade and won awards for poster design, sound design, acting and directing, this is the first time students have landed a spot in this prestigious Broadway workshop. This first-time recognition offers the pair of students an incredible opportunity to work with one of the most recognized theater companies in New York City.

We are so pleased with the work our students have done over the past ten years of participating in the festival and their achievements,” said Angel Morales, a Hostos Humanities Professor who is also the Director of the Hostos Repertory Theater. “Thanks to the support of the College and the talent of students like Tabitha and Ryan, Hostos has been one of the CUNY colleges that actively participates obtaining recognition in different areas of theater.”

Hostos Visual and Performing Arts Professor Natasha Yannacañedo worked with the students during their auditions, and added she was proud of both of them and Hostos for offering the opportunity.

I am thrilled that our students have been accepted into this prestigious training program.  Hostos made it possible for our students to attend the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and be accepted into Circle in the Square Theatre School’s 2016 Summer Workshop.  I am proud to be part of a college that supports its students in such a profound way.”
Hostos students were able to attend this festival because of the support of the Hostos Community College Foundation, which is the private philanthropic fundraising organization at the College.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique Student Success Coaching Unit provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.
Named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.