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Class of 1970s
Mary Burkin (BA ’70) will be published by The Script Co. for Voices, a full-length romantic comedy about grief, murder and the paranormal.
Rudy Loera (BA ’79) retired from Northrop Grumman after 30 years.
Class of 1980s
Inga Ballard (MFA ’81) is an actor and singer who recently appeared as Queenie in Show Boat at Westchester Broadway Theatre. She also has a national commercial, Apple Pay, running with Tina Fey. Ballard currently works as a voice-over artist and is a core member of Quick Silver Theater Company.
Tim Dang (BFA ’80) completed 36 years at East West Players, 23 of which he was the producing artistic director. He recently directed East West Players’ production of La Cage aux Folles. On June 14, the Los Angeles City Council named that date as Tim Dang Day.
Cynthia DeCure (BA ’88) was hired as a tenure-track assistant professor of theatre (performance) at California State University, Stanislaus. She is also dialect coaching In the Heights at Phoenix Theatre in Phoenix.
Steve Taylor (BA ’80, MFA ’83) opened a live outdoor amphitheater in June that features original comedy musicals in the resort town of Lake Chelan, WA. The opening season features two broad comedy farces written by Taylor, twi-lite and The Miserable Phantom of the Op’ry.
Class of 1990s
Edgar Landa (BA ’92) directed Associate Professor of Theatre Practice Oliver Mayer’s play Blood Match at Sacred Fools Theater Company in Los Angeles.
Mykle McCoslin (BA ’96) performed as the lead role of romance novelist Samantha Douglas in the world premiere of Doug Williams and Donna McKenzie’s new play, The Boundary, at the new MATCH performing arts complex in Houston. She is also co-star in ABC’s The Astronaut Wives Club, the owner of Reel Actors Studio in Houston, and is first vice president of the Houston-Austin Local SAG-AFTRA Branch.
Class of 2000s
Boni B. Alvarez (MFA ’07) is currently in Moving Arts’ MADlab. He recently had a workshop of his play Driven at Center Theatre Group with a reading at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. His play Fixed is a semi-finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.
Brandon Bell (BFA ’07) will reprise his role as Troy for the Netflix series of Dear White People, a drama film that premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2014.
Adam Blumenthal (BFA ’07) was lighting designer for In & Of Itself at the Geffen Playhouse.
Jennifer Brienen (BFA ’06) was the production stage manager of Stage Kiss at the Geffen Playhouse.
Erin Carufel (BA ’00) launched her own production company, Irish Rose Entertainment. She has appeared in popular TV shows and films, such as The Lincoln Lawyer, starring Matthew McConaughey, CSI: Miami, Return to the Batcave and Untraceable, starring Diane Lane and Colin Hanks.
Ray Chase (BA ’09) voiced the lead, Noctis Lucis Caelum, in the video game Final Fantasy XV, which will be released in November.
Katrina Coulourides (BFA ’05) scenic and lighting designed for the Brimmer Street Company’s And Then They Fell. She is also a designer at Thinkwell Group.
Chastity Dotson (BFA ’04) plays Keisha Russell of Amazon’s crime drama Bosch and will have recurring roles on Amazon’s political thriller Patriot and the upcoming FOX baseball drama Pitch.
Steve Edlund (BA ’09) was associate director to directors Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks on A Bronx Tale at Paper Mill Playhouse, and to directors Jerry Zaks and Warren Carlyle on Smokey Joe’s Cafe on Broadway. This past year, he was associate director on Shows for Days at Lincoln Center with Patti LuPone and Michael Urie.
Lili Fuller (BA ’09) was recently seen in Showtime’s House of Lies.
Ben Giroux (BA ’07) wrote, directed, and starred in the independent short film Time Travel Romance.
Briga Heelan (BA ’09) stars in the upcoming NBC comedy Great News, produced by Tina Fey.
Vivian Kerr (BA ’05) guest starred on Rizzoli & Isles and Superstore, and is a recurring sketch performer for Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Mayank Keshaviah (MFA ’08) was recently commissioned by East West Players to write for their Theatre for Youth program.
Phil Kong (BFA ’08) was lighting designer for Love and Information at Main Street Theatre in Houston and The Rocky Horror Show on MS Europa 2.
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.
Alexis Roblan (BA ’06, MFA ’09) recently had a staged reading of her play, And It Spins Twice, at The Blank Theatre as part of their Living Room Series.
Janine Salinas Schoenberg (MFA ’07) is a writer for American Crime. She recently participated in the Disney ABC Writing Program.
Kaily Smith (BFA ’05) appeared on the AOL BUILD series to discuss the second season of her pilots festival, SeriesFest.
Ashley Steed (BA ’09) recently performed in Love and Information at Son of Semele, which was nominated for six Stage Raw Awards, including Best Ensemble. She is a producer of the multimedia rock show called Parallel Worlds and Son of Semele’s Solo Creation Festival.
Justine Wachsberger (BA ’06) was recently seen in Now You See Me 2.
Joseph Valdez (BA ’05) performed in Colony Collapse at The Theatre @ Boston Court and Ramona at the Ramona Bowl.
Class of 2010s
Berfin Ataman (BFA ’13) is assistant costume designer for the 2016 film Max Steel.
Brandon Baer (BA ’14) directed Life on Mars, executive produced by David Isaacs. He also directed Steven Dietz’s Private Eyes at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica.
Sydney Blair (BA ’10) joined Actors Equity this year and completed her first national tour.
D.J. Blickenstaff (BFA ’13) wrote a web series that is currently in production and is a recurring role on the USA’s Colony.
Claire Blackwelder (BA ’15) stars as Kendall Morgan, the Purple Dino Charge Ranger, in Power Rangers Dino Charge.
Giana Bommarito (BA ’10) starred as Daniela in In The Heights at PCPA Theaterfest in Santa Maria and Solvang.
Megan Breen (MFA ’10) wrote the play Lecherous Honey, a contemporary, multimedia adaption of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts. It was commissioned by Cock and Bull and will premiere in October in Chicago.
Roland Buck III (BA ’14) was seen in a Toyota Camry national commercial starring Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Buck can also be seen in the second season premiere of Chicago Med and the 2016 film Sleight.
Amber Coney (BFA ’14) stars as Carolina “Cricket” Diaz in Freeform’s new TV series Dead of Summer. She also wrote the teleplay and acted in James Franco’s remake of Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? for Lifetime.
Taylor Dearden (BA ’15) stars as Ophelia in the upcoming MTV show Sweet/Vicious.
Arielle Fishman (BA ’16) performed as the Princess in The Light Princess at South Coast Repertory’s Theatre for Young Audiences.
Kimberli Flores (MFA ’15) performed as the bride in Blood Match at Sacred Fools.
Emily Goss (BA ’11) stars in the psychological horror film The House on Pine Street.
Marly Hall (BFA ’16) assisted in mounting “The Artistry of OUTLANDER” exhibit at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.
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.
Margaret Ivey (BA ’11) stars in the comedic, music-filled play The Legend of Georgia McBride at the Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati.
Corey Johnson (MFA ’14) will be performing as the prime minister in a new play by Mike Bartlett, called King Charles III, at the Arizona Theatre Company.
Jinwoo Jung (MFA ’16) performed in La Cage aux Folles at East West Players.
Joseph Kennedy (BFA ’12) has been a series regular set costumer for The Mindy Project.
Philip Labes (BA ’15) can be seen in the films Viral and Internet Famous.
Molly McGraw (BFA ’10) was named one of American Theatre magazine’s “Six Theatre Workers You Should Know.”
Dylan McTee (BA ’15) plays Nate in the new MTV show Sweet/Vicious.
Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx (BA ’11) has been selected as a 2016 National Directors Fellowship Finalist and a Los Angeles Emerging Arts Leader Protégé. This year, he served on the California Arts Council grant review panel in addition to directing Lizzy at Ensemble Studio Theatre LA, directing Softer at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and producing The End Times (LA Times Critics’ Pick) at Skylight Theatre Company with Playwrights’ Arena.
Chantal Nchako (MFA ’16) performed opposite James Franco, Camilla Belle and Summer Phoenix in the upcoming film The Mad Whale. She also performed in a workshop of the play BLKS by Aziza Barnes for the Ojai Playwrights’ Festival.
Nahal Navidar (MFA ’14) saw her latest full-length play, Then Came the Fall, about the Middle Eastern identity in a post 9/11 world, developed and culminated in two public readings at Silk Road Rising in Chicago.
Alice Pollitt (BFA ’15) was most recently the production stage manager for Lisa and Leonardo at the New York Musical Festival.
Brandon Rachal (BA ’13) played Cassio in Inner City Shakespeare’s production of Othello. He also had roles in Romeo & Juliet and Twelfth Night with Downtown Rep. He is currently a company member with Story Pirates, performing at schools in New York and Los Angeles.
Patrick Reilly (BFA ’15) played the lead role of Tunny in the La Mirada Theatre production of American Idiot.
Taylor Ruge (BFA ’12) is a project coordinator at Thinkwell Group.
Pia Shah (MFA ’13) stars in and co-wrote Grass, a best feature film nominee at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.
Meagan Smith (BFA ’16) assisted in mounting “The Artistry of OUTLANDER” exhibit at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.
Dee Dee Stephens (MFA ’14) was recently in the west coast premiere of Red Velvet at the Atwater Playhouse.
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 Nights Dream.
Melissa Trupp (BFA ’10) is production stage manager for The Walt Disney Company’s cruise lines.
Megan Guthrie-Wedemeyer (BFA ’16) has joined the costume team for the Starz hit drama Outlander. She also helped mount “The Artistry of OUTLANDER” exhibit at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.
Charlotte Mary Wen (BA ’13) was in the ensemble with student Bella Hicks in American Idiot at the La Mirada Theatre.
Colin Woodell (BFA ’14) costars in the Netflix original film XOXO.
Sabina Zuniga Varela (MFA ’11) performed as Gloria in California Shakespeare Theater’s production of You Never Can Tell at the Bruns Amphitheater.
Last updated Sept. 23, 2016.