Alumni

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, esimon@uci.edu, or Robert Cohen, cohen@uci.edu.  We look forward to hearing about your latest successes in the field.

*Doctoral (Ph.D.) Program alumni updates can be found at http://drama.arts.uci.edu/graduate-programs/phd/alums

 

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

Teal Wicks (B.A./Drama/Honors In Music Theatre '05) joins to cast of THE CHER SHOW, with pre-Broadway performances in Chicago before heading to Broadway later this year. For more information, visit Playbill.com.
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 Playbill.com.
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 Broadway.com.

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 CBS.com.

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 NYTimes.com and BroadwayWorld.com.

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 Playbill.com.
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 Playbill.com.
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 Backstage.com.
Allison Case (B.A./Drama ’05) is returning to Broadway and starring as Miss Honey in the hit musical, MATILDA. For more information, visit Broadway.com.
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 Playbill.com.
Ryan Farnsworth (B.F.A./Music Theatre ’09) will be appearing the national tour of BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. For more information, visit Playbill.com.
Jenn Colella (M.F.A./Acting ’02) is playing the title role in PETER PAN at the Sacramento Music Circus. For more information, visit Playbill.com.
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 EW.com and InStyle.com.
Ian Michael Stuart (B.F.A./Music Theare '10) has been cast in the national tour of MATILDA THE MUSICAL. For more information, visit Playbill.com.
Bob Gunton ('68) has been cast as Leland Owlsey in the first Marvel Netflix series, DAREDEVIL. For more information, visit LATimes.com.
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 BroadwayWorld.com.
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 Playbill.com and Broadway.com.


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