Marquee - Fall 2015 List

Thomas Anawalt (MFA ’14) can be seen as Tim in the show 99 Percent Gang and recently performed in Dunsinane at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts.

Robert Baker (BFA ’02) is seen in The History Channel’s epic 10-hour miniseries Texas Rising. Directed by Roland Joffe, Baker joins an all-star cast including Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Brandon Barash (BFA ’02) has a recurring role on TNT’s Major Crimes since 2013. He also performed in General Hospital as Johnny Zacchara from 2007 to 2014.

Chasen Bauer (BA ’10) recently performed in Dunsinane at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts.

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McKinley Belcher III (MFA ’10) was seen in David Simon’s Show Me a Hero and is featured in the upcoming PBS series Mercy Street, starring Josh Radnor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Gary Cole.

Jennifer Brienen (BFA ’06) is currently a design manager at Thinkwell Group. She is teaching at the School of Dramatic Arts this semester.

Roland Buck III (BA ’15) plays Greaser in the feature Sleight, opposite Dulé Hill. He was also cast in a new Lisa Kudrow project, Shitty Boyfriends, and was one of seven finalists in the ABC Discovers Talent Competition.

Khalia Davis (BA ’10) played Lil Inez in Hairspray! at the Berkeley Playhouse. She also recently performed in The Book Club Play as Lily at Center REPertory Company.

Michael J. Despars (BFA ’05) received the Theatre Leadership Award from the California Educational Theatre Association for chairing the CETA High School Theatre Festival and serving as the Director of the Orange County Cappies Critics Program. He also serves as the Vice President of Public High Schools on the CETA Board of Directors.

Jesse Einstein (BA ’10) is seen in Dial a Prayer with Brittany Snow, William H. Macy, Glenne Headly and Kate Flannery.

Wyatt Fenner (BFA ’07) performed in Bent at the Mark Taper Forum.

Kate Williams Grabau (MFA ’13) recently completed the national tour of Camelot.

Briana Henry (BFA ’14) has a recurring role on the NBC comedy Undateable, and is also starring in The Prodigal Daughter (a movie for television, opposite Torrey Devitto for PiXL network). Henry also guest starred on an episode of the ABC Family series Stitchers.

Allie Jennings (BA ’15) was featured in the film Once I was a Beehive.

Kendall Johnson (MFA ’14) recently performed in Dunsinane at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts.

Natalie Johnson (BA ’15) started full time at Saatchi & Saatchi in the social media advertising department for Toyota.

Donald Jolly (MFA ’08) saw his play Riot/Rebellion produced and performed at the Los Angeles Theatre Center by Watts Village Theatre Company, in association with the Latino Theater Company.

Jennifer Wheeler Kahn (BFA ’04) is assistant stage managing the Broadway revival of Spring Awakening at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

L. Zane Jones (MFA ’92) directed a new play by Thea Cooper for Civic Rep at New City Theater last summer, and directed/produced a critically-acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams at New City Theater in Seattle. She is currently Artistic Director for Civic Rep in Seattle, and Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Drama, where she teaches acting in the graduate and undergraduate programs.

Eric Ladin (BA ’01) is featured as Glen in the HBO series The Brink. He recently played Scott Zoellner in Stephen Belber’s The Power of Duff at The Geffen Playhouse.

Edgar Landa (BA ’92) directed the Thin Air Shakespeare outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Jackson Hole, WY, which featured SDA alum Malika Williams (MFA ’11) as Titania and current graduate students Gabriela Garcia (MFA ’16) as Hermia and Adam Lebowtiz-Lockard (MFA ’16) as Lysander. He will also direct Culture Clash’s Chavez Ravine for Loyola Marymount University (he assistant directed and understudied the original production at the Mark Taper Forum and he assisted in the recent revival at the Kirk Douglas Theatre). He is an instructor of stage combat in the School of Dramatic Arts and stages havoc and mayhem for theatres across Southern California and beyond.

Elisabeth Ledwell (BA ’86) is a teacher at independent day school Falmouth Academy on Cape Cod, where she has directed over 70 shows. She recently directed Almost, Maine by John Cariani at the Cape Cod Theatre Project.

Kathryn Lochert (BFA ’12) is a stage manager for American Blues Theater in Chicago, where she has recently become an artistic affiliate. She is also a proud new member of AEA.

Emily MacConnell (BA ’14) is a dancer in the Celtic Fyre show, ranked as the country’s No. 1 theme park show by USA Today, at the Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va.

Kevin Mambo (BFA ’95) starred in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars at Two River Theater.

Mykle McCoslin (BA ’96) was seen on ABC’s The Astronaut Wives Club.

Mike McLean (BFA ’08) performed as Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Kathryn Meister (BA ’14) recently stage-managed The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess at the New York City Children’s Theatre and Merrily We Roll Along at the Astoria Performing Arts Center.

James Morosini (BA ’14) completed shooting the pilot as the lead to a Comedy Central show.

Austin Nimnicht (BFA ’14) is featured in the recent Cisco “Hackers” commercials.

Manny Prieto (BFA ’12) was recently named the executive director of LA Music & Art School.

Jon Rudnitsky (BFA ’12) joins the cast of Saturday Night Live as a featured player.

Shaheed Sabrin (BA ’11) was selected by the U.S. Department of State for the prestigious English Language Fellow Program, an opportunity for highly qualified TESOL professionals.

Janine Salinas Schoenberg (MFA ’07) is currently working on a collective as one of seven female playwrights writing The Hotel Play for the Playwrights’ Arena 25th anniversary.

Jared Sandler (BA ’15) is seen in the film Pixels.

Madhuri Shekar (MFA ’13) saw her play In Love and Warcraft, which was developed at USC, performed at Halcyon Theatre in Chicago, Artists at Play in Los Angeles and Custom Made Theatre in San Francisco.

James Snyder (BFA ’03) stars opposite Idina Menzel in the national tour of If/Then.

Stephanie Swirsky (MFA ’11) won the Israel Baran Award for her play Jew Kamp.

Joe Sofranko (BFA ’09) won best actor at the Vancouver Web Fest and best directing at the Hollyweb Festival for Complete Works.

Anthony Sparks (BFA ’94) worked on staff as producer and writer on NBC’s The Blacklist. He is also an assistant professor of radio-TV-film at California State University, Fullerton, as well as recently taught as a visiting assistant professor at Occidental College and as a lecturer in American studies & ethnicity at USC.

Andrea Syglowski (BFA ’06) performed as Celia in Of Good Stock at South Coast Repertory, and was also seen on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder.

Julie Taiwo Oni (MFA ’09) wrote the play Bunk, which was performed as a staged reading for Ensemble Studio Theatre LA’s LA Fest. Her short play Rioters or Cannibals was selected for a production at Cal Poly Pomona, and her drama Denim was presented during a workshop by MaiM Theatre Company for Son of Semele Ensemble’s 2015 Company Creation Festival. She is also one of seven female playwrights selected to participate in The Hotel Play for Playwrights’ Arena.

Sedale Threatt Jr. (MFA ’15) was cast in the 2016 remake of Alex Haley’s Roots. The mini-series will be produced by alum LeVar Burton (’79).

Patrick Toth (MFA ’13) recently performed in Dunsinane at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts.

Donald Webber Jr.(BFA ’08) stars in the off-Broadway production Whorl in a Loop at Tony Kiser Theatre.

Elissa Weinzimmer (BA ’07) directed the sixth annual Tommy Awards in New York.

Forest Whitaker (’82) is making his Broadway debut in Hughie.

Malika Williams (MFA ’11) played Titania in the Thin Air Shakespeare outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Jackson Hole, WY.

Alexandra Winter (BFA ’13) is performing as Harp/Gretl in the Broadway revival of Spring Awakening.

Sabina Zuniga Varela (MFA ’11) leads in Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles, performing at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Last updated October 1, 2015.