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Class of 1970s
David Sharp BFA ’78 is a professor of spirituality and the arts at Fox Institute in Boulder, Colo. He also wrote Power For Life: Inspiration Guidance for Daily Living, published by Woodlake Books.
Class of 1980s
Inga Ballard MFA ’83 can be seen in a Trulicity national commercial and her voice can be heard in a spot called “American Rivers.” She is also a company member of Quick Silver Theater Company.
Todd Black ’82 is producer for the Amazon Studios film Troupe Zero, starring Viola Davis and McKenna Grace.
Cynthia DeCure BA ’88 served as dialect and vocal coach for the fall world premiere of the play El Huracán at Yale Repertory Theatre. She also co-edited the book, Scenes For Latinx Actors: Voices of the New American Theatre, by Smith and Kraus publishers.
Cynthia Guastaferro MFA ’80 is a youth and teens program manager at Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon. She worked alongside many USC students and alumni as a member of the Theatricum Repertory Company.
Grant Heslov BFA ’85 produced the film Suburbicon, as well as the upcoming miniseries Catch-22 and film Red Platoon.
Marguerite MacIntyre BFA ’84 wrote for season five of The Originals.
Mark A. Nichols BFA ’81 is the new technical director for Bainbridge Performing Arts.
Forest Whitaker ’81 plays Zuri in the Marvel film Black Panther.
Class of 1990s
Stacy Latham Alley BA ’96 was appointed as director of musical theatre at the University of Alabama, where she won the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award. As a director and choreographer, recent credits include Virginia Samford Theatre, Forestburgh Playhouse and SummerTide Theatre. Alley serves as vice president of the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance.
Kristin Carey BFA ’91 appeared in the television series Bull and Speechless, as well as The Fifth Quarter and Too Old to Die Young, and the films The Price of Silence and Philophobia: or the Fear of Falling in Love.
Edgar Landa BA ’92 directed The Tempest at Off Square Theatre/Thin Air Shakespeare in Jackson Hole, WY, with Kendall Johnson MFA ’14 as Ferdinand. He was fight director for Center Theatre Group’s Water by the Spoonful at Mark Taper Forum and co-directed Associate Professor Oliver Mayer’s Yerma in the Desert, which starred Anthony Bryce Graham MFA ’10.
Mykle McCoslin BA ’96 will star in indie drama Run with the Hunted (2019) with Ron Perlman, Michael Pitt and William Forsythe. Written and director by John Swab, with Jeremy M. Rosen producing under Roxwell Films.
Jason Peck BFA ’97 and Jonathan Winn BFA ’96 formed Thrown Stone Theatre Company, a professional company dedicated to new work in Ridgefield, Conn. Their production of the U.S. premiere of Ross Dunsmore’s MILK was named on the top 10 list of best equity productions in the state.
Shawn Pelofsky BA ’93, actress, producer and professional stand-up comedian has her first one-hour comedy special, Stretch It Out, available on Amazon, iTunes and On Demand.
Satiar Pourvasei BFA ’99 and Zachary Grant BA ’15 starred in Skylight Theatre Company’s production of Hostage with Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx BA ’11 as associate producer and Edgar Landa BA ’92 as fight choreographer.
Lani Shipman BFA ’94 is in her 21st year as co-founder and owner of Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts (YADA) and artistic director of Third Street Theatre, both in Los Angeles.
Warren Skeels BFA ’98 is creator and executive producer of MTV’s Siesta Key.
Anthony Sparks BFA ’94 was promoted to co-executive producer and writer on Ava DuVernay’s critically acclaimed television drama Queen Sugar. Sparks has also recently sold his television drama, The Deep Clean, to Viacom/BET Networks and will serve as the pilot’s writer, executive producer and showrunner.
Danny Strong BA ’96 has been named one of “Hollywood’s 50 Most Powerful TV Show Runners” for 2017 by The Hollywood Reporter for FOX’s Empire.
Stephanie Temple BA ’95 saw her play, Anasi, an African Folktale, performed for the New Conservatory Theatre Center Family Matinee Series.
Mageina Tovah BA ’99 was up for Emmy consideration for her ASL work with Marlee Matlin on The Magicians. Tovah is also known for her award-winning film Hux, as well as work in Spider-Man 2 & 3, American Horror Story, How to Get Away with Murder, among others. For over a decade, she was a collaborator with author Ray Bradbury and his Pandemonium Theatre Company.
Krista Tucker BFA ’95 is head writer and story editor for Disney Junior’s new animated series Fancy Nancy.
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.
Amy Willerson BA ’95 has spent her career working with non-profits to improve arts education and art-integration in academic classes. She conducted research on how new curriculum guidelines for non-arts classes can better provide a lens through which theatre students may see the world.
Class of 2000s
Nathan Agin BA ’03 wrapped the first season on The Working Actor’s Journey podcast as creator and host. The podcast received more than 3,000 downloads in its first 100 days with guests including Robert Pine, Dakin Matthews, Harry Groener, Clyde Kusatsu, Anne Gee Byrd and Armin Shimerman.
Erin Carufel BA ’00 was seen in the HBO series Here and Now, and the film Peppermint.
Stephen Edlund BA ’09 was associate director for Hello, Dolly!, Meteor Shower and A Bronx Tale on Broadway.
Meghan Finn BA ’02 is artistic director of The Tank and will be directing the New York premiere of Pedro Reyes’ Manufacturing Mischief.
Travis Hammer BA ’03 appeared in all seven episodes of Netflix’s Godless.
Taylor Hawthorne BA ’08 and Ashley Steed BA ’09 were featured in The Ridiculous Darkness, a satire presented by the Son of Semele group.
Sarah Hollis MFA ’08, Amielynn Abellera MFA ’11 and Abe Martell MFA ’16 starred in Pasadena Playhouse’s production of King Charles III.
Eric Ladin BA ’01 was a series regular on History Channel’s Six.
Michelle Lema BA ’07 is a content strategist for Oh My Disney at the Disney Digital Network.
Regan Linton ’04 is artistic director for Phamaly, a theatre company formed entirely of people with disabilities.
Alex Lubischer BA ’09 was awarded a residency at Roundabout Theatre Company by the Tow Foundation.
Mike McLean BFA ’08 starred as Captain Von Trapp in the 2017-18 national tour of The Sound of Music.
Kelli McNeil BA ’03 wrote her first book, Sleepy Toes, which was published by Scholastic and named “One of the Best Books for Kindergarten” by We Are Teachers.
Joy Nash BA ’03 portrayed Señorita Dido in the new season of Twin Peaks and landed the starring role in AMC’s new drama series Dietland.
Kevin Marshall Pinkney BA ’05 was stunt double for LilRel Howrey in the film Uncle Drew, and guest starred in ATL Homicide and was seen in the PetSafe/ScoopFree commercial “Catspiracy 2.”
Charlotte-Ann Riffey BA ’03 was cast as the voiceover for the national LinkedIn radio commercial, the national Sketcher TV commercial and Mattel’s My Little Pony books.
Alexis Roblan BA ’06, MFA ’09 won the 11th Anniversary Barbour Playwriters Award for The Andrew Play, and wrote Red Emma and the Mad Monk, which premiered at The Tank’s annual Lady Fest.
Nick Rutherford BA ’06 wrote and stars in The Unicorn, a feature film that premiered at SXSW, and wrote and stars in Dream Corp LLC, an absurdist comedy on Adult Swim that is entering its third season.
Jennifer Sarvas BFA ’06 was stage manager for Kaiser Permanente’s educational theatre show It’s Stop Time.
Stark Sands BFA ’02 stars as Horace Gilmer in To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway and can be seen in the film The Post, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.
James Snyder BFA ’03 performed as Gus in Beauty and the Beast at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
Peter Vack BFA ’09 can be seen in the films The Price and Assholes.
Kaily Westbrook Smith BFA ’05 appeared as Franky in the film People You May Know.
Class of 2010s
Claire Adams BA ’15 recently portrayed the titular role in Violet at the Actors Co-op and Medium Alison in Fun Home in San Diego. Other credits include Incognito at Rubicon Theatre Company, The Last Five Years and Lucky Stiff at the Actors Co-op, as well as Hairspray, Assassins and Funny Thing… at the Cabrillo Music Theatre. Film credits include The Remarkable Life of John Weld, Skinny Fat Girl and Slice the Musical.
Kristin Avila BA ’12 performed the role of Bulldozer in the first national tour of the original musical Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site with Bay Area Children’s Theatre. The original production, in which she originated the role of Bulldozer, won six Theatre Bay Area awards, including for best production of a musical and best new work, when it originally ran in 2016.
Bradford Barnes MFA ’14 performed as Lyons in August Wilson’s Fences at the Lone Tree Arts Center in Lone Tree, Colo.
Kat Belinfante BA ’14 hosted the comedy show Too Much Hot Sauce in Atlanta.
McKinley Belcher III MFA ’10 performed as Teddy and Nicholas in Ken Urban’s A Guide for the Homesick at the Huntington Theatre in fall 2017.
Megan Breen MFA ’10 wrote Cynosemma with O-lan Jones and was co-directed by Nathan Singh and Sabina Zuniga Varela MFA ’11.
Roland Buck III BA ’15 can be seen in the National Geographic miniseries, The Long Road Home, based on the book by Martha Raddatz, and the third season of NBC’s Chicago Med as the recurring role of Dr. Noah Sexton. He is also in the Adam Sandler and Chris Rock Netflix movie The Week Of.
Ariana Burrell BA ’12 wrote and directed two one-acts, Ace and Juiceboxes, at Moorpark College in Moorpark, Calif.
Charlie Carver ’12 starred as Cowboy in the 50th anniversary of Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band on Broadway, a play that explores the lives of a group of gay men in 1960s New York City. Carver has also been involved in film, where he has recently played Jude in In the Cloud.
Thomas Chavira MFA ’10 produced a show last spring of 33 Variations, which was nominated for eight Ovation awards, including best play (intimate theatre). He also produced The Man Who Came to Dinner at Actors Co-op.
Inda Craig-Galván MFA ’17 has been named winner of the 2018 Blue Ink Playwriting Award by American Blues Theatre. Her play Welcome to Matteson! will receive further development with there.
Allen Darby BA ’13 was recently admitted into American Conservatory Theater’s MFA in acting program.
Satchel Dennis MFA ’15 was cast in Twelfth Night and August Wilson’s Fences at the Pacific Conservatory Theatre PCPA in Santa Maria, Calif.
Casey Dolkas BA ’10 is a lead in the feature film 50k and the current face of an advertisement for The Sierra Club. He also recently wrapped on a short film and is pitching a pilot.
Liz Frederick BA ’14 directed the production of Fragile Things.
Ellis Greer BFA ’14 and Brandon Rachal BA ’13 were seen in Native Son by Nambi E. Kelley at the Antaeus Theatre Company in Glendale, Calif.
Jacob Grodnik BA ’13 acted opposite John Travolta in the Fred Durst-directed film Moose and began shooting in the film Disturbing the Peace, opposite Guy Pearce. Last year, he was seen in Dear Dictator with Michael Caine, Tiger with Mickey Rourke and End of a Gun with Steven Seagal. The writer-producer just secured life rights to Richard Davis, who invented the bulletproof vest.
Mark Jacobson BA ’11 appeared as a series regular in the Nickelodeon television show I Am Frankie. He starred in the West Coast premiere of Incognito by Nick Payne at the Rubicon Theatre Company and appeared on TV Land’s Lopez and CBS’ Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.
Stephen Jensen BFA ’17 was named a “30 Under 30” by Live Design Magazine, a magazine focused on the entertainment design industry.
Corey Johnson MFA ’14 starred in Denim Doves at Sacred Fools Theater Company.
Moronai Kanekoa MFA ’13 starred in the film Kuleana.
Zachary Kaufer BA ’12 is senior director of professional and international licensing at Theatrical Rights Worldwide, a boutique musical theatre licensing agency in Manhattan.
Kyla Ledes MFA ’16 starred in the short film The Sacred Disease, for which she was named best actress in an international film at the New Renaissance Film Festival Amsterdam. The film won Best International Short Film at the festival and also received a Cinematic Achievement Award at the Thess International Short Film Festival in Greece.
Jacqueline Misaye Lee BA ‘12 starred in Little Women, a world premiere multicultural transposition by Velina Hasu Houston, inspired by the Louisa May Alcott novel, and directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera. It was presented by Playwrights Arena at the Chromolume Theatre in Los Angeles in Fall 2017.
Luke Lenza BFA ’15 co-produced and co-starred in the independent feature film What Are We?, written and directed by SCA alum Jonah Feingold, and produced by SCA alum JJ Rubin. The film cast also included BFA alumni Patrick Reilly BFA ’15, Nikola Balac BFA ’16 and Alex Szemetylo BFA ’16.
Shane Paul McGhie BFA ’16 can be seen in What Men Want, starring Taraji P. Henson, and stars in the upcoming film After.
Dylan McTee BA ’16 stars in the feature film Midnighters, which released in theaters, on VOD and Digital HD. He was also seen on MTV’s Sweet/Vicious, which starred alumna Taylor Dearden BA ’15, and in the indie western/thriller The Wind.
Kathryn Meister BA ’14 was production stage manager for the tour of Hamlet with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and stage manager for a new work being produced at the Professional Performing Arts School with Waterwell Productions, written by Charise Castro-Smith.
Sara Molinar BA ’17 performed as Mary in River Street Theatre Company’s production of The Speed of Darkness.
Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx BA ’11 directed One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at After Hours Theatre Company.
Victoria Pearlman BA ’16, Monisha Dadlani BFA ’16 and Marinela Zubovic BFA ’16 recently directed and produced the Los Angeles premiere of Sarah Treem’s When We Were Young and Unafraid to a soldout house at The New Collective Theatre in Los Angeles. The show also featured alumnus Paul Stanko BA ’13.
Sheridan Pierce BA ’15 was cast as Abigail in Dear White People and as Syd in One Day at a Time, both Netflix original shows.
Pia Shah MFA ’13 starred as Leela in the comedic drama Orange at South Coast Repertory. In addition, Shah’s improvised comedic feature film Grass, which she stars in and co-wrote, is now available online at Amazon, iTunes and Google Play. She also voices Qadira in the video game Indivisible on Nintendo Switch.
Madhuri Shekar MFA ’13 was selected for the 2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival for her play House of Joy.
Charlotte Spangler BA ’14 starred as Olga in Three Sisters at Elysium Conservatory Theatre in San Pedro.
Tiffany Kim Stevens BA ’16 directed Blue Milk, an official selection at the 2018 Beverly Hills Film Festival. She is currently in post-production for her next film, Irresponsible.
Kapil Talwalkar ’15 landed a lead role on ABC’s upcoming comedic soap pilot False Profits.
Sedale Threatt Jr. MFA ’15 stars as Levi in the Freeform drama Siren.
Adrienne Visnic BFA ’14 and AJ Helfet BA ’14 starred in the production Barefoot in the Park at The Lyric Hyperion Theatre. The production was also stage managed by Christina Bryan BFA ’14 and technical directed by Kate Harrow BFA ’14.
Emma Ward BA ’14 recently started on her third project as an associate casting director. She is currently working on Legends of Tomorrow for The CW at Rapaport Baldasare Casting. She has worked on a variety of other casting projects in the last four years, including Famous in Love for Freeform, Lucifer for FOX, T@GGED for Verizon and Beyond for Freeform.
Clare Will BA ’15 plays the lead role of a young neurologist in The Resilient Hearts Project.
Colin Woodell BFA ’14 stars in the television series The Purge and the film Unfriended: Dark Web.
Jordann Rebecca Zbylski BA ’12 was cast in Serena Dolinsky’s piece of movement theatre Red Sand at the Santa Monica Playhouse Physical Theatre.
Last updated Sept. 28, 2018.