UAP Life Stories alumnus and Nagler Scholar
Devin Mojica is a Sophomore at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, working towards a major in Drama. He is a proud recipient of a full scholarship from NYU’s Higher Education Opportunities Program and Urban Arts Partnership’s Nagler College Scholarship for artistic and academic achievement. Over the past couple of years, Devin has been heavily involved in the NYC arts scene with a resume that includes: acting in The 24 Hour Plays off-Broadway at the New Group; writing for Montblanc’s and HBO’s Young Writers Program; hosting the Urban Arts Festival along with music greats DMC, Sway, Dres of Black Sheep; participating in Master Classes with notables including Rosie Perez, Chris Eigeman, Ashley Atkinson, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Diane Neal, Craig “muMs” Grant, Kristoffer Diaz; interning for Louie C.K.’s production company and assisting Urban Arts Partnership’s Life Stories theater program (of which he is an alumnus).
Devin won the 4th annual Montblanc Young Writers Program with his play ” Naughty List”. This landed him the opportunity to join Pulitzer and Tony award playwrights to pen one of the plays at the 13 th annual The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway. He wrote for Jordin Sparks, Rosie Perez, Tim Daly and Jay Pharoahe and brought the house down!
Devin Mojica, 2012 Nagler Scholarship Address:
This July I started at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. NYU, the college known around the world for its renowned and successful alumni, contains incredible and seemingly boundless opportunities like study abroad programs, internships, and creating your own major. I chose NYU because I knew that I would be challenged there, and my first semester has proved just that.
I want to reach my greatest potential in life. The people in my family usually don’t strive for the best because we don’t think we deserve it or could ever get it. I wanted to break that way of thinking for myself and the ones that come after me. I did that by applying to a prestigious college- to show it is important to dream, and to work hard in order to achieve that dream. I want to be an example to my nieces and nephews who will see me, and now hopefully think that they too can strive for something greater.
Growing up, I found comfort in films and television shows and later, plays. There is this creative release I get from performing that I simply need to have. It’s like the exhaust pope on the top of an eighteen wheeler truck with the lid on it. Every time life become unbearably stressful, acting opens up that lid to alleviate the stress. Through Urban Arts Partnership I learned that my career doesn’t begin and stop at acting. I can use what I learned to start my own production company, direct my own shows, and start my own programs, similar to Urban Arts itself. In fact, I am starting a small production called King of Spades.
With all of the incredible skills I have acquired and have had the opportunity to experience, I feel most blessed to have been a part of an ensemble of young people. The amount of talent that radiates from the ensemble is inspiring and enduring. At Urban Arts Partnership you don’t make friends for the moment; you make friends for life. Because of them I have learned that my hopes and dreams actually matter and can absolutely become reality if I work hard, because there are people out there who believe in me and everything I stand for. I am the luckiest person in the world to have found them at Urban Arts. And even luckier to have met and be mentored by Niclas Nagler who believed in me, championed me and provided me with a scholarship which is making this dream a reality.