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Class of 1980s
Inga Ballard (MFA ’83) appeared as the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet at The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.
Cynthia DeCure (BA ’88) was hired as a tenure-track assistant professor of theatre at the California State University, Stanislaus, in Fall 2016. Her works include Balm in Gilead at the college and is dialect coaching In the Heights at the Phoenix Theater in Arizona.
Tate Donovan (BFA ’85) can be seen in the film Blame, which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.
Joni Ravenna (BFA ’84) saw her dark comedy Blinded perform at Brickhouse in North Hollywood.
Class of 1990s
Philip G. Allen (BFA ’95) sound designed the recent production of Zoot Suit at Center Theatre Group.
Michelle Blair (BFA ’99) was the stage manager for Center Theatre Group’s revival of Zoot Suit.
Ali Alexander Kahn (BA ’99) host of the TV show Cheap Eats on the Cooking Channel in which he travels the country to find the best budget meals.
Edgar Landa (BA ‘92) returned to Wyoming for the third summer in a row to direct this year’s production of The Tempest at Off Square Theatre/Thin Air Shakespeare. SDA Professor of Theatre Practice Andy Robinson performed as Prospero and Kendall Johnson (MFA ’14) as Ferdinand. Landa was also recently nominated for a Stage Raw Award for Fight Direction for his work in That Pretty Pretty, or, the rape play by Sheila Callaghan at Son of Semele Ensemble.
Bari Newport (BFA ’97) is in her sixth year as producing artistic director of Penobscot Theatre Company, a 43-year-old professional theatre in Bangor, Maine.
Danny Strong (BA ’96) wrote and directed the new film Rebel in the Rye, starring Nicholas Hoult and Kevin Spacey.
Robin Veith (BFA ’96) is set to pen the televised adaptation of Mary Beth Keane’s novel Fever and will serve as an executive producer alongside Moss, Morrison, and Annapurna’s Sue Naegle and Megan Ellison.
Class of 2000s
Boni B. Alvarez (MFA ’07) received a world premiere of his play Bloodletting, which sold out during its initial five-week run in November 2016 and returned to Playwright’s Arena at Atwater Village Theatre in January for four weeks.
Jennifer Brienen (BFA ’06) was the production stage manager of At Home at the Zoo a co-production with Deaf West Theatre at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
Kate Cannova (BA ’03) recently presented, through her production company, a reading of a new musical, Trails, at Pearl Studios in New York City. It was stage managed by SDA alumna Jennifer Wheeler Kahn (BFA ’04) and the cast included fellow alumni James Snyder (BFA ’03) and Donald Webber Jr. (BFA ’08).
Ray Chase (BA ‘09) voiced the lead, Noctis Lucis Caelum, in the video game Final Fantasy XV, which released in November 2016.
Chastity Dotson (BFA ‘04) plays Keisha Russell of Amazon’s crime drama Bosch and had recurring roles on Amazon’s political thriller Patriot and the Fox baseball drama Pitch.
Ryan Eggold (BFA ’06) made his feature-length debut at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival with his romantic comedy Literally, Right Before Aaron. He wrote and directed the film, which is an adaptation of his short film of the same name.
Meghan Finn (BA ’02) directed the world premiere production of Charleses by Carl Holder and produced by The Tank in New York City. She previously directed the critically acclaimed The Offending Gesture.
Lili Fuller (BA ’09) is a writer and executive producer for The Cut, a dance-themed drama series being developed by Fox.
Ben Giroux (BA ‘07) wrote, directed, and starred in the independent short film Time Travel Romance.
Elizabeth Ho (BA ’06) co-stars on a new Netflix comedy series Disjointed, starring Kathy Bates and co-created by Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men).
Meghan Hong (BA ’06) was associate lighting designer on God Looked Away, starring Al Pacino and Judith Light, at The Pasadena Playhouse.
JP Karliak (BA ’03) voices the iconic roles of Wile E. Coyote in The New Looney Tunes and the Tin Man in Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. He is also the voice of Willy Wonka in the new film Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Phil Kong (BFA ’08) was associate lighting designer for the Golden Fairytale Fanfare and Tomorrowland Stage, both at the Shanghai Disney Resort.
Alex Lubischer (BA ’09) will see his original play Bobbie Clearly premiere in March at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, presented by Roundabout Theatre Company.
Reynaldo Pacheco (MFA ‘09) was nominated for an Imagen Award for the Best Supporting Actor for his work in the feature film Our Brand is Crisis.
Joe Sofranko (BFA ’09) is a writer and executive producer for a dance-themed drama series currently being developed by Fox, known as The Cut.
Ashley Steed (BA ’09) was named the new editor-in-chief for the rebranding and relaunch of Better Lemons, an online arts and culture publication dedicated to supporting, covering and inspiring artists and audiences in Los Angeles.
Class of 2010s
Megan Breen (MFA ‘10) wrote the play Lecherous Honey, a contemporary, multimedia adaption of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts. It was commissioned by the company Cock and Bull, and premiered in October 2016 in Chicago.
Inda Craig-Galván (MFA ’17) co-wrote Celestial Blood, an eight-episode series that played on the radio station KCRW. Her play Black Super Hero Magic Mama was selected for inclusion in the 2017 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference.
Andrew Dits (MFA ’10) recently workshopped God Looked Away opposite stage legends Al Pacino and Judith Light.
Margaret Ivey (BA ‘11) starred in the comedic, music-filled play The Legend of Georgia McBride at the Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati.
A.J. Helfet (BA ’14) was seen in HBO’s All the Way — starring Bryan Cranston, directed by Jay Roach and executive produced by Steven Spielberg.
Connor Kelly-Eiding (BFA ’11) performed in the play Dry Land at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as a part of Center Theatre Group’s inaugural Block Party program.
Jennifer Kranz (BA ’14) appeared in the lead role of Jolene Oakes in Musical Theatre West’s production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels after finishing the workshop for the new musical, Recorded in Hollywood.
Grace Korkunis (BA ’16) started a professional L.A. based sketch comedy group, TR!FECTA, with other SDA alumni Dom Bournes (BA ’16), Marc Rosenzweig (BA ’16), LaRose Washington (BA ’16), Katie Baker (BA ’16), Kevin Phan (BA ’16), Portia Henry-Warren (BA ’16), Isaac Jay (BA ’15), and Jay Lee (BA ’15).
Chelsea Lloyd (BA ’13) was selected as one of Jewish Women’s Theatre’s NEXT @ The Braid Arts Council fellows in November 2016.
Michael Malconian (BA ’15) is a voice actor for Unsolved Murders and Remarkable Lives, Tragic Deaths podcasts, which are produced by Parcast.com.
Molly McGraw (BFA ’10) was featured in American Theatre magazine’s “Roll Call” as one of the theatre workers to know.
Kelly Merritt (BFA ’16) was a PA for Center Theatre Group’s revival production of the musical Zoot Suit.
Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx (BA ’11) was named associate producer of Skylight Theatre Company and was elected to the Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles Leadership Council. At Playwright’s Arena, he produced the Ovation Recommended-production Bloodletting by Boni B. Alvarez (MFA ’07) and a reading of Thisability by Gabriel Rivas Gomez (MFA ’07). He is also a new member of the Latinx Theatre Commons and directed a site-specific production of Here We Are by Eric Loo at Chalk Repertory Theatre.
Chantal Nchako (MFA ’16) worked opposite James Franco, Camille Belle and Summer Phoenix in the film The Mad Whale, and performed in a workshop of the play BLKS by Aziza Barnes for the Ojai Playwrights Festival. She is currently a member of the 2017 Williamstown Festival non-equity company.
Brandon Rachal (BA ’13) played Romeo in the Texas Shakespeare Festival’s Roadshow tour of Romeo & Juliet and starred as Cory in Fences at the Long Beach Playhouse.
Daniel Rashid (BA ’15) can be seen in the comedy feature You Can Choose Your Family.
Zury Ruiz (MFA ’13) recently had a staged reading of her play, What a Piece of Work is Man, which was developed at the School of Dramatic Arts. The reading was part of Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA’s Winterfest.
Pallavi Srinivasan (BA ’16) was associate choreographer for the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company and also played the roles of Alice in Henry V and Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Sedale Threatt Jr. (MFA ’15) starred in the west coast premiere of Little Children Dream of God by Jeff Augustin and directed by Andre Barron.
Charlotte Mary Wen (BA ’13) guest starred on an episode of Young and the Restless on CBS and performed in Mamma Mia! at the Hollywood Bowl in July.
Colin Woodell (BFA ’14) performed as a lead role in Long Day’s Journey opposite Alfred Molina and Jane Kaczmarek.
Last updated Sept. 1, 2017.