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Department ofTheatre and Dance

Life after SCU


Meet our Alumni

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

John Brown: Actor in Chicago (was head of equity in Chicago)

Claire Calalo, artistic director, for change dance collective; teacher

Tony Campisi: Actor, both in Los Angeles, NYC and Regional theatre (Buffalo, Cleavland and Cincinnati) as well as film and television

E. David Cosier: Scene Designer, NYC Signature theatre and others

Eva Fredrickson: Costume Designer Television

Tom Gough: Director of the Conservatory program at Foothill College theatre Conservatory

Hope Hannafin: Costume Designer particularly film and Television

Ron Lagomarsino: Director, Theatre (Driving Miss Daisy nominated for Drama Desk Award) and Television/Film (Thirty Something, Homefront, Picket Fences (nominated for Emmy), among many others)

Joan Langley: Education Director for many years at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Nikki Long, Dance Captain, Aladdin on Broadway and Casting Associate, Disney's Aladdin National Tour

Michael X. Martin: Actor NYC been in both National Tours and on Broadway. shows include: Kiss Me Kate, Les Miserables, Oklahoma, Ragtime, It Should Have Been You

John Merriman: founded and runs Model Team Model Management, New Jersey

Hugh Nees: Actor in Washington DC at The Shakespeare Theatre and The Arena Stage

Joseph Patrick O'Malley: Actor centered in Los Angeles has done theatre and Film

Jonathan Rider: Fight Choreographer (also a fire fighter)

Vilma Silva: Actress for many years at Oregon Shakespeare Festival but also Theatre Works, San Jose Rep and ACT

Karen Simpson: Artistic Director for Penninsula Youth Theatre (PYT)

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

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

Rachel Zampelli: Actress in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia and NYC

Adam Zotovich, Producer, Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway

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's Role Call - 6 Theatre makers to Watch in October 2015 and graduated from Yale's MFA program in 2018.

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