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Department ofTheatre and Dance

Life after SCU

 

Meet our Alumni

Recent Graduates

Maura Bonini '16 Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admission, Santa Clara University

Max Pheifer '16 MFA Acting, The Actor’s Studio School of Drama, Pace University

Michael Standifer '16 Senior Financial Analyst, Mozilla

Danielle Velasco '16 Entertainment Costuming Hostess, Walt Disney Company: Disneyland

Camila Biaggi '17 Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Peru (2yrs)

Nina Feliciano '17 Development Fellow, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, CA

Courtney Land '17 Page, NBC Universal, Los Angeles

Daniel Stahlnecker '17 MFA Musical Theatre Writing, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU

Thomas Arniello '18 Costume Designer; Marketing & Development Associate, Molière in the Park, New York

Samantha Pejouan '18 Talent Development, The Collective (boutique sales recruitment firm for startups), San Francisco, CA

Madison Schiffman '18 Medical student, UNC Wilmington

Ella Fogel ’19 National Collegiate Leadership Program, PSAV (corporate event management & operations), San Francisco, CA

Kylie Joerger '19 Artistic Direction Apprenticeship, Magic Theatre, San Francisco, CA

Tiernan O’Rourke '19 Mechanical Designer, Tait (stage technologies), Lititz, PA

Derek Sikkema '19 MFA Acting, Asolo Conservatory, Florida State University

Chloe Townsend '19 Dance teacher, Valley Christian Schools Conservatory of the Arts, San Jose, CA

Dance

Céline Alwyn ’02 Dance and Pilates teacher, previously a Cirque du Soleil performer as “Oceane”, Dralion, and an ensemble dancer Bombay Dreams on Broadway

Lauren Baines ’08 artistic director, Lauren Baines Dance/Theatre; performer, choreographer, interdisciplinary artist, teacher and producer; Assistant Director, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University

Claire Calalo Berry ’07 artistic director, for change dance collective; teacher at Performing Arts Academy of Marin, CA

Erin Lafferty '13 Teaching Artist and Choreographer, New York & CT; Education and Outreach Manager, Goodspeed Musicals, CT

Tara Macken ‘06 Hollywood stunt woman: The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, A Wrinkle in Time, Iron Man 3, After Earth, Suicide Squad, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Star Trek Into Darkness

Rebecca Reuter '05 Co-director, Omega Dance Company, New York; Assistant Director, Community Engagement, The Juilliard School, New York

Callie Tepper '13 Licensed Creative Arts Therapist at Astor Services for Children & Families, Rhinebeck, NY

Nikki Womac ’00 Dance Captain, Disney's Aladdin on Broadway and Casting Associate, Disney's Aladdin National Tour

Adam Zotovich ’97 Broadway producer: The Color Purple, The Addams Family, A View From the Bridge, Driving Miss Daisy, Of Mice and Men, Legally Blonde the musical, Dear Evan Hansen, An Act of God, An American in Paris

Theatre

Jeffrey Adams '10 Actor in San Francisco

Scotty Arnold '08 Musical theater writer and founding member of the Musical Theatre Factory, New York

Elaine Avila '87 Playwright-in-Residence, Quest University Canada; founder LEAP Playwriting Program at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theater, co-founder International Climate Change Theatre Action, Fulbright Scholar, awarded Notáveis dos Açores (Notable Descendant) for her theatre work by the Government of the Azores, Portugal

Chad Eschman '08 Graphic designer, playwright and performing artist, Founder/Creative Director of Trap Street multi-media performing arts company, Los Angeles

Katie Fitzgerald '09 Founder of Teatro Catalina, Villa Catalina, Nicaragua

Julie Garnye '96 Actress, singer, voiceover artist, writer and director; Come From Away National Tour

Monique Hafen Adams '10 Actress in San Francisco, Best Actress--Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle 2018

Camille Hayes '14 Theatre Director

Jennifer Jigour '06 "The Artist with the Golden Paintbrush" -- Visual artist, painter, illustrator, author Secret Agent Moscow graphic novel

Ron Lagomarsino '73 Movie director: My Sister's KeeperRunning MatesDinner at Eight; Stage and TV director, Joan of ArcadiaMy So-Called LifePicket Fences (winner, 1993 Directors Guild of America Award), Driving Miss Daisy, Pretty Little Liars, Switched at Birth, Ghost Whisperers, Baby Boom, Hart of Dixie

Francesca McKenzie '09 Actress in New York and New Orleans

Michael X. Martin '76 Actor on Broadway and on National Tours including My Fair Lady, Kiss Me Kate, Les Miserables, Oklahoma, Ragtime, It Should Have Been You

Jonathan Rider, Fight Choreographer (also an EMT and fire fighter), San Francisco, CA

Karen Simpson '92 Artistic Director for Penninsula Youth Theatre, Palo Alto, CA

Tina Stafford '92 Actress in New York, Off-Broadway: A Song Floating, on National Tours: Once the Musical, Jolson the Musical, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, and in Regional Theatre

Paul Ventura, Commercial Casting Director, Paul Ventura Casting, Los Angeles

Kit Wilder '83 Fight Choreographer, Actor, director around the Bay Area; Associate Artistic Director for San Jose City Lights Theatre

A. Zell Williams '06 Playwright, Staff writer for Law and Order SVU

Rachel Zampelli '04 Actress in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia and New York

Design, Technical Theatre

Lori Coltrin ’81 Executive Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering, Los Angeles

E. David Cosier ‘82 Scene Designer, NYC Signature Theatre and others

Carol Dacey-Charles, Stage Manager and leadership coach, NY

Steven Fetter ’13 Theatre Production Technician, Palo Alto Unified School District, CA

Eva Fredrickson ‘06 Costume Designer/Wardrobe Crew for Television, graphic designer

Hope Hannafin, Costume Designer particularly Film and Television

Matthew Johns '09 Lighting Designer, Assistant Technical Director, REDCAT, Los Angeles

Kyle Langdon ’15 Theatre Sites Manager, Palo Alto Unified School District, CA

Teachers, Educators

Joan Langley '79, Education Director for 30 years (program closed 2018), Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Tony Asaro '98 Vocal Music Teacher, Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco, CA

Cameron Coulter '15 English Teacher, Jilin City, China

Tom Gough '87 Chair, Theatre Arts department & co-founder, Theatre Conservatory, Foothill College, Los Altos, CA

Duncan Graham, VP Academic Affairs, San Jose City College (retired); previously Dean, Fine Arts & Communication, Foothill College and a Stage Manager for American Conservatory Theatre (ACT), San Francisco

Doug Santana '97 Director of Performing Arts, Archbishop Mitty High School, San Jose, CA

Masters graduates

Jeffrey Adams '10 MFA Acting, School of Drama, The New School

Céline Alwyn ’02 MA Contemporary Dance, London School of Contemporary Dance, UK

Scotty Arnold '08 MFA Musical Theatre Writing, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU

Lauren Baines '08 MFA Dance (Choreography & Performance), Mills College

Claire Calalo Berry '07 MFA Dance, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine

Francesca McKenzie '09 MFA Acting, Yale School of Drama

Nick Manfredi '14 MFA Acting, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine

Gavin Mueller '15 MFA Acting, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine

Sarah Olive-McStay '16 MA Musical Theatre (Performance), Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Callie Tepper '12 MS Dance/Movement Therapy, Pratt Institute

Sonya Venugopal '15 MFA Musical Theatre, Boston Conservatory at Berklee

A. Zell Williams '06 MFA Dramatic Writing, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU

Arts Administration

Maxine Evangelista '09 Booking Agent, Bryn Cohn + Artists, New York; previously Booking Agent & Contracts Manager, Brad Simon Organization, New York

Krista Kuebler '02 Accountant, Disney Productions, Los Angeles

Dani Lencioni '10 Non-profit Arts Leadership Consultant, AdvanceNYC, New York; previously Education Program Manager, Whitney Musem, New York

Sami Manfredi '13 Programs Manager, Artists Striving To End Poverty, New York

Jennifer Poret '01 Booking Coordinator, Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View, CA

 

Outside the Arts

Elizabeth Connelly '15 Stanford Medical School

Amber De Buizer '12 Assistant Vice-President, Development, Santa Clara University

Devin Della Maggiora '17 MSc Political Science, London School of Economics

Harout Dimijian '96 Attorney, Los Angeles

Anna K. Houk '12, Medical Resident, Aurora, CO

Eileen Jao '10 Assistant District Attorney, Santa Cruz D.A.'s office, CA

Tennyson Jones '14 Full Cycle Recruiter for Post Production, Netflix, Los Angeles

Zahra Langford '96 Senior Interaction Designer and User Experience Lead, Harry & David, Medford, OR

Mark Novak, MD '01 Family Medicine, Oakland, CA

Maj. Marc Serra, DDS, FACS '00, Oral & Maxilliofacial Cosmetic Surgeon, U.S. Army

Nick Manfredi '14, Expert Client Advisor, Louis Vitton Hard-sided Luxury Luggage, New York

 

In Memoriam

James Houghton ’81   
Founding Artistic Director, Signature Theatre, NY 1991-2005; Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama Division at The Juilliard School 2006-2015. 
College of the Fellows of the American Theatre 2013; Honorary Doctorate of Performing Arts, Santa Clara University 2013; Special Award for Sustained Achievement, 60th Annual Obie Awards 2015. 
The Pershing Square Signature Center NY won the 2014 Regional Theatre Tony Award.

Lauren Baines '08

Claire Calalo '07

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Francesca McKenzie

How did your studies at SCU prepare you for your experiences in the world of theater (New Orleans) and then grad school (Yale)?

SCU prepared me for the professional world (in New Orleans and now at the Yale School of Drama) by being brave. All my work is undeniably influenced by the Jesuit values and social justice work I did while at SCU. From the Arts & Social Justice class, to starting an after school arts program called Arts Reach at Sacred Heart Community Center, to the immersion trips I took with my collaborators, I have learned that theatre is a tool for liberation and humanizes people that are often othered in society. I've learned to bring my identity to every character I portray, to have my ancestors on stage with me.

Francesca McKenzie was named in AmericanTheatre.org's Role Call - 6 Theatre makers to Watch in October 2015 and graduated from Yale's MFA program in 2018.


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