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Portrait of Velina Hasu Houston

Velina Hasu Houston

Award-winning playwright, essayist, poet, author, editor and screenwriter, Houston is Director of the MFA in Dramatic Writing Program.

J. August Richards

J. August Richards

Best known for his work on Joss Whedon’s Angel and in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Richards can also be seen on Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. (BFA ’95)

Grant Heslov

Grant Heslov

Grant Heslov is an Academy Award winner, noted for his work as a director, producer, writer and actor. In 2006 he co-founded Smokehouse Pictures with longtime partner and collaborator George Clooney.

Tate Donovan

Tate Donovan

Donovan is an actor whose credits include the Oscar-winning film Argo, and shows The O.C., 24: Live Another Day, Hostages, Deception, Damages, Friends and The Man in the High Castle. (BFA ’85)

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton is an actor, director and beloved television host, best known for his work on Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Reading Rainbow.

Portrait of Brent Blair

Brent Blair

Brent Blair is a professor of theatre practice at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. He is a Linklater-designated voice instructor and a former Fulbright…