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,  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)

Bree Murphy (M.F.A./Acting '14) is currently an ensemble member and understudy on the national tour of LES MISERABLES. For more information, visit the tour website.
Grace Byers (M.F.A./Acting '10) is set to star in the second season of the FOX Network's Marvel drama THE GIFTED. For more information, visit
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
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

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