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, email@example.com, or Robert Cohen, firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing about your latest successes in the field.
Recent UCI Drama Alumni Highlights (from the last two years)
|Jenn Colella (M.F.A./Acting ’02) is set to star in Junkyard Dog Productions new Broadway musical COME FROM AWAY starting February 2017. For more information, visit NYTimes.com and BroadwayWorld.com.|
|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.|
|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 Playbill.com.|
|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 TheaterMania.com.|
|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 LiveDesignOnline.com.|
|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 AmericanShakespeareCenter.com.|
Victor Vazquez (B.A./Drama '11) is currently leading The Pasadena Playhouse's project, MI HISTORIA, MI MANERA, an artistic initiative bringing together The Pasadena Playhouse and the Latino communities of the San Gabriel Valley. For more information, visit BroadwayWorld.com.
In addition, the play that he wrote, LA VISPERA (THE EVE), has been commissioned by 24th Street Theatre, supported by The James Irvine Foundation Exploring Engagement Fund. For more information, visit BroadwayWorld.com.
|Beth Malone (M.F.A./Acting '00) is set to reprise her role in the Broadway remounting of FUN HOME. For more information, visit NYTimes.com.|
|Quinn VanAntwerp (B.A. Drama/Honors in Music Theatre '08) will return this fall to Broadway's JERSEY BOYS in the role of Bob Gaudio. Read more at Broadway.com.|
|Misa Moosekian (B.A./Drama/Honors in Acting '14) can be seen December 5 thru 21 at The Hudson MainStage Theatre in their production of ALMOST MAINE. For more information, visit BroadwayWorld.com.|
|Congratulations to Marlena Mack (B.F.A./Music Theatre '14), who has been invited to participate in the first reading of a new one-act play by Allen Davis, THAT OLD FEELING. The reading happens December 13 at Stage Plays Theatre in New York; Marlena will be reading the lead of Goldie in this comedy that explores the relationship of a senior couple on their first date, having met at a party 20 years ago, and questions why they are just getting together now. Marlena met Artistic Director of Stage Plays Tom Ferriter when she was in NY for Showcase. While this first reading is not open to the public, stay tuned for more information as this project develops.|
|Congratulations to Meghan Brown (B.A./Drama '07) and Amanda McRaven (M.F.A./Directing '07) for being honored at the 2014 Ovation Awards. Meghan won best Playwriting for an Original Play for THE PLIANT GIRLS; and Amanda won for best Director of a Play for THE PLIANT GIRLS. For more information, visit Variety.com.|
|Jesse Sharp (M.F.A./Acting '11) will appear as Walter in the national tour of the Broadway musical, ELF. For more information, visit, Playbill.com and ElfTour.com.|
|UCI Drama Professors Dennis Castellano (M.F.A./Drama '84) and Myrona DeLaney (M.F.A./Drama '92), far left and far right in photo, will be serving as pianist and director, respectively, for the production of ONCE UPON A DREAM at Carnegie Hall this fall. For more information, visit OCRegister.com.|
|Sam Zeller (B.A./Drama ’92) is currently touring the country with the national tour of KINKY BOOTS. For more information, visit Playbill.com and Broadway.com.|
|This summer, Stephen Burdman (M.F.A./Directing '95) and the New York Classical Theatre, of which he is artistic director, celebrated 15 years of it's free productions of Shakespeare (and others) in the parks of New York City. For more information, visit TheaterMania.com.|
The 2014 Los Angeles Ovation Award nominations were released in September, and UCI Drama is well represented. Below is a list of nominated alums:
BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY (Intimate Theatre):
ACTING ENSEMBLE FOR A PLAY
PLAYWRITING FOR AN ORIGINAL PLAY
DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
SOUND DESIGN (Large Theatre)
COSTUME DESIGN (Intimate Theatre)
For more information, visit LAStageAlliance.com.
|Ian Parmenter (B.F.A./Music Theatre ’11) is currently appearing in VICTOR/VICTORIA at Theatre Under the Stars in Houston. Earlier this summer, he played Prince Eric in THE LITTLE MERMAID in which he shared the stage with another UCI alumn, Alan Mingo, Jr. (M.F.A./Acting ‘98), who played Sebastian at The North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh. Another recent credit for Ian is the character, Munkustrap, in CATS at The Theatre By the Sea in Wakefield, RI.|
|Jacob Haren (B.F.A./Music Theatre ’13) starred in the leading role of Frank Abagnale, Jr. in the musical of CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, at the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista. CA. For more information, visit BroadwayWorld.com.|
|Rachelle Rose Clark (B.F.A./Music Theatre '14) and Anthony Chan (B.A./Drama) were recently cast in the national tour of ANYTHING GOES. Visit anythinggoesontour.com, Playbill.com, and BroadwayWorld.com for more information.|
|Madeleine Barker (B.F.A./Music Theatre ’13) played the leading role of Rizzo in The Ogunquit Playhouse production of GREASE in Ogunquit, Maine. In attendance during one of the performances was Former President George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush.|
|Lucas Calhoun (M.F.A/Acting '13) was recently cast in the Broadway revival of THE ELEPHANT MAN, starring Bradley Cooper. For more information, visit TheaterMania.com.|
|Garrett Deagon (B.F.A./Music Theatre '11) has landed the role of Rooster in the new national tour of ANNIE. They’ll be at SCFTA in May 2015. For more information, visit Playbill.com and AnnieTheMusical.com.|
|Grace Gealey (M.F.A./Acting '10) was recently cast in the new hip-hop family drama, EMPIRE. The program will air on the Fox Network and is executive produced by Brian Glazer and Lee Daniels. Vist The Hollywood Reporter for more information. View the official trailer on YouTube.com.|
|Jose Cruz Gonzalez (M.F.A./Directing '86) is the writer of a new play commissioned by South Coast Repertory based on the interviews he conducted with the citizens of Santa Ana. Read more at LATimes.com.|
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