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initially printed: 11/22/2022

(NEWTON, NJ) — The newly established Alpha Arts Institute at Sussex County Neighborhood Faculty will maintain its inaugural Artist Lecture Sequence as a part of its interdisciplinary initiative, that includes skilled artists within the visible, performing and literary arts. The Alpha Arts Institute welcomes Broadway actress Charissa Bertels, who will share her experiences as an expert artist.  

Professor James Jeffreys, Coordinator for the Alpha Arts Lecture Sequence, will host the lecture sequence that may characteristic a Q & A session following the lecture. The occasion is free and open to the general public. The lecture shall be held on Monday, December 5 at 12:30pm, on the faculty’s Performing Arts Middle, situated at One Faculty Hill Highway in Newton, New Jersey. A Grasp Class shall be held at 10:30am previous to the lecture. To attend the Grasp Class or for additional inquiries in regards to the lecture sequence, please contact Jeffreys at

Charissa Bertels is a Broadway actress and champion of latest musicals. She has carried out on Broadway and at Madison Sq. Backyard in A Christmas Story and toured the nation within the first nationwide tour of If/Then, starring Idina Menzel, La Chanze, and Anthony Rapp. As a member of the singing ensemble for New York Metropolis Middle Encores’ productions of Gents Want Blondes and Woman Be Good, her work may be heard on the next forged recordings, that includes Megan Hilty and the legendary Tommy Tune.  Charissa acquired rave critiques for starring in her authentic one-woman musical, My 80-Yr-Previous Boyfriend, at Merrimack Repertory Theatre (IRNE award for Greatest Solo Efficiency), Arizona Theatre Firm, and the Human Race Theatre Firm (Greatest Main Actress in a Musical). 

Bertels’ latest collaboration, The Uncivil Ones, options unheard feminine, non-binary, and BIPOC voices from the American Civil Struggle and garnered the 2019 Particular Point out for the Girls in Arts & Media Coalition Collaboration Award. Along with her personal writing and producing initiatives, she is presently a professor at New York Movie Academy’s Skilled Conservatory of Musical Theatre, a current MFA recipient from the College of Idaho, and a proud member of Actors’ Fairness and SAG-AFTRA.  

“The Alpha Arts Institute at Sussex County Neighborhood Faculty is a brand new imaginative and prescient taking form with plans to host artists and students in residence, together with strengthening our theater arts and gallery exhibitions, internet hosting an artist lecture sequence, and launching an annual movie competition and an annual arts competition,” remarked Daniel Cosentino, Assistant Professor and Coordinator for the Visible and Performing Arts at SCCC, and Director of the Alpha Arts Institute.   


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