Where do all those students go? Not all UCI grads, of course, become theatre artists or educators. Some are lawyers, some go into business, journalism, advertising, or other professions. But a very considerable portion DO seek and achieve career goals in the theatre.

Our listings are far from inclusive! We doubtless have failed to mention dozens - or hundreds - of distinguished alumni. Any such seeing this newsletter and failing to find your name, please email your alumni news to Eli Simon,, or Robert Cohen,  We look forward to hearing about your latest successes in the field.

*Doctoral (Ph.D.) Program alumni updates can be found at


Recent UCI Drama Alumni Highlights (from the last two years)

Sepideh Moafi (M.F.A./Acting '13) has just been casted in the new Off-Broadway musical, ONE THOUSAND NIGHTS AND ONE DAY, premiering Spring 2018. For more information, visit
Beth Malone (M.F.A./Acting '00) has just joined the cast of the Broadway revival of Tony Kushner's ANGELS IN AMERICA. For more information, visit

Congratulations to Jenn Colella (M.F.A./Acting ’02) for her 2017 Tony nomination for Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical for her role in the Broadway musical COME FROM AWAY! For a complete list of nominees, visit

Also representing UCI Drama on the production is alum Joel Goldes (M.F.A./Acting '90) who serves as vocal coach.

For more information about the production, visit and

In addition, Jenn was recently featured in Orange Coast Magazine.

Alan Mingo, Jr. (M.F.A./Acting ‘98) is set to take over the lead role of Lola in the Tony Award-winning musical KINKY BOOTS, on Broadway. For more information, visit
Ben Jacoby (M.F.A./Acting '12) has been tapped to take over the role of Barry Mann in Broadway's production of BEAUTIFUL--THE CAROL KING MUSICAL. For more information, visit
UC Irvine Drama alumni Garrett Deagon (B.F.A./Music Theatre '11) and Madisen Johnson (B.F.A./Music Theatre '15) recently returned to their alma mater to discuss their experience on the road with the national tour of ANNIE. Read more here.
A huge congratulations to Beth Malone (M.F.A./Acting '00) who was just nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in the hit musical, FUN HOME. For more information, visit
Allison Case (B.A./Drama ’05) is returning to Broadway and starring as Miss Honey in the hit musical, MATILDA. For more information, visit
Andrew Samonsky (M.F.A./Acting ’03) will be playing the lead in the national tour of BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. For more information, visit
Ryan Farnsworth (B.F.A./Music Theatre ’09) will be appearing the national tour of BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. For more information, visit
Jenn Colella (M.F.A./Acting ’02) is playing the title role in PETER PAN at the Sacramento Music Circus. For more information, visit
The hit FOX Network hip-hop drama, EMPIRE, starring Drama alum Grace Gealey (M.F.A./Acting '10) has already been renewed for a second season. For more information about the show and Grace, visit and
Ian Michael Stuart (B.F.A./Music Theare '10) has been cast in the national tour of MATILDA THE MUSICAL. For more information, visit
Bob Gunton ('68) has been cast as Leland Owlsey in the first Marvel Netflix series, DAREDEVIL. For more information, visit
Jenifer Foote (B.A./Drama '00) was recently cast in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of the classic musical ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, starring Kristin Chenoweth. For more information, visit
Teal Wicks (B.A./Drama/Honors In Music Theatre '05) is once again Broadway bound, having been cast in the new Broadway musical FINDING NEVERLAND. For more information, visit and
David Greenspan (B.A./Drama '78) will premiere his latest work, I'M LOOKING FOR TWELVETREES, at The Abron Arts Center in New York City this March. For more information, visit
Leah Dutchin (M.F.A./Acting '12) is performing in the role of OTHELLO in Titan Theatre Company's all-female production of Shakespeare's play. For more information, visit
Palmer Jankens (M.F.A./Drama '10), sound designer, was recently named the 2014 Young Designer to Watch by Live Design Magazine. For more information, visit
Nathan Crocker (M.F.A./Acting '09) can currently be seen at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA, acting the their 2015 Actors' Renaissance Season. For more information, visit

Victor Vazquez (B.A./Drama/Honors in Directing ’11) is currently serving as the Casting Director and Artistic Associate at Arena Stage, in Washington D.C. where he is overseeing the casting process for all of Arena’s mainstage shows along with their new play development. He also serves as a member of Arena’s Artistic Team which is responsible for season planning and the artistic strategy of the organization.

Victor has also been accepted into a two year part-time graduate program in dramatic writing (for stage and television) at the University of Oxford in the UK.

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