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Christian Bradley, Applewild class of 2012, was a 2017 recipient of the Robert Fisher Oxnam/Ensemble Studio Theatre Award in Playwriting from Drew University, where Christian is currently in his sophomore year. To be in the running for winning this distinguished award, Christian submitted an original play. As the award recipient, his play was given a professional staged reading by the Ensemble Studio Theater.
A reflection of the incredible and innovative foundation Applewild students receive in public speaking, presentation literacy, and the performing arts, alumni can be found center-stage at their secondary schools, colleges, and beyond having emerged from Applewild as confident, dynamic thespians. Christian began his performing arts career at Applewild, and carried this passion with him throughout his secondary school experience at Cushing Academy. At Cushing and other secondary schools – both private and public - you'll find Applewild’s alumni excelling in their academic and extracurricular endeavors. Christian and many of his Applewild classmates began singing and playing an instrument under Applewild teachers Erin Schlesinger and Frank Bonanno. Many continue to nurture and pursue these interests after graduating from Applewild. Now at Drew University as a theater major, Christian's time is filled with trips to NYC shows and exploring course work in theater, directing, and learning to become a playwright.
In the last year, four of Applewild's alumni were featured during Cushing Academy’s Winter Musical, Godspell. Andrew MacDonald ('13), Madison Lessard and Lily Tammik (both '14) with Brianna Coppinger ('15) all credit their foundation in the arts and interest in theater to Applewild School.