Ryan Vincent Anderson (Acting MFA 07) will be performing in the Long Beach Opera  production of Queenie Pie: a jazz opera by Duke Ellington. Performances at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro are on January 26 at 2 pm, February 1 at 8 pm and February 2 at 7 pm.
Hugo Armstrong (Acting BFA 98) is performing the role of Michael in God of Carnage at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts  through February 16.
On February 15, the CalArts group The Collective hosted a night of tributes honoring its late resident director and CalArts visiting artist, James Avery. The event was directed by Jozben Barrett (Acting MFA 12), and included contributions from current students, alumni and faculty from the schools of theater, music and dance.
Brandon Stirling Baker (Lighting Design 10) has created the original lighting design for Justin Peck's Murder Ballades, which premiered at Maison de la Danse in Lyon, France last September and which received its Los Angeles premiere with L.A. Dance Project at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in February. The producer for Ace Performances is David Mack (Acting MFA 08). Baker is also serving as assistant lighting designer for the Broadway musical Rocky.
The new musical, Rocky, based upon the Academy Award-winning film, opens on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre  on March 13. It features set design by faculty member Chris Barreca and video projection co-designed by former faculty Pablo S. Molina. Associate set design was handled by Mary Hamrick (Scenic Design MFA 11), with model building, drafting, graphics, shopping, and additional support by more than one dozen CalArtians.
Nick Benacerraf (Scenic Design MFA 12; Critical Studies MA 10) is associate scenic designer for Queen of the Night , a dinner, circus, nightclub experience in New York, through March 30.
For news on Erica Bitton (Acting BFA 10), see Dorothy Hoover.
Poor Dog Group, the theater company founded by CalArts alumni, celebrates five years of innovative theater with the premiere of Five Small Fires, opening at Bootleg Theater  on March 6 and running through March 29. Conceived and directed by Jesse Bonnell (Acting BFA 07), the show has been created and is performed by Jonathon Ahmanson (Acting 07), Brad Culver (Acting 07), faculty Efren Delgadillo Jr. (Design and Production MFA 03), Andrew Gilbert (Acting BFA 07), Adam Hunter (Acting BFA 07), Catherine Ventura (Acting BFA 08) and Jennie Marytai Liu.
E.B. Brooks (Costume Design MFA 07) is the costume designer for the East West Players  world premiere of A Nice Indian Boy, running through March 23 in Los Angeles.
Ronnie Clark (Acting MFA 96) appeared recently on episodes of Southland and The Mindy Project.
Many School of Theater alumni and faculty have been nominated for the LA Weekly's Best of 2013 in Theatre awards. Caitlyn Conlin (Acting MFA 11) was nominated for Female Comedy Performance in Theatre Movement Bazaar's production of Track 3; former faculty member Bart DeLorenzo was nominated for Comedy Direction for Annapurna, produced by Evidence Room and Odyssey Theatre Ensemble; Juli Figueroa (Management MFA 13) was nominated for Revival Production of the Year for Pacific Resident Theatre's A View From the Bridge, which she produced; Adam Flemming (Scenic Design MFA 07) was nominated for Projection Design for Dallas Non-Stop, produced by Playwrights Arena at Atwater Village Theatre; former faculty member Nancy Keystone was nominated for Adaptation for Alcestis, a production of Critical Mass Performance Group and The Theatre @ Boston Court; faculty member Tina Kronis was nominated for Choreography for Theatre Movement Bazaar's Track 3; Jessica Kubzansky (Directing MFA 94) was nominated for Adaptation for The Theatre @ Boston Court's production of R II; Anna Cecelia Martin (Lighting Design MFA 12) was nominated for Lighting Design for Our Class by Son of Semele Ensemble at Atwater Village Theatre; Allain Rochel (Acting ACT 01) was part of the team nominated for Production of the Year for The Matrix Theatre's We are Proud to Present..., for which he served as associate producer; and Dan Weingarten (Lighting Design MFA 04) was nominated for Lighting Design for Heart of Darkness, produced by Actors' Gang at the Ivy Substation.
USA Network has given a series order to the courtroom comedy pilot, Benched, starring Eliza Coupe (Acting BFA 03).
For news on James Cowan (Acting BFA 13), see Dorothy Hoover.
Adam Flemming (Scenic Design MFA 07) is the scenic designer for A Steady Rain, playing at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble  through April 20.
Andy (Narendra) Gala (Acting MFA 11) is appearing in the East West Players  world premiere of A Nice Indian Boy, running through March 23.
Michael Gend (Lighting Design MFA 09) is the lighting designer for Passion Play at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble  through March 16. Also at the Odyssey , he is lighting designer for A Steady Rain, running through April 20.
Dana Gourrier (Acting 10) is currently appearing as the character Cathleen in a six-episode arc in the HBO drama True Detective. She is part of two projects that have been nominated for group awards this season. Lee Daniels' The Butler, in which she played Helen Holloway alongside a star-studded cast, was nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. And AMC's American Horror Story: Coven was nominated by the Golden Globes for Best TV Movie or Mini-Series. In the third season of the show, Gourrier has had a five-episode arc as Chantal, a hairdresser in voodoo queen Angela Bassett's hair salon, Cornrow City.
For Mary Hamrick (Scenic Design MFA 11) see Chris Barreca.
In January, the CalArts student organization, The Collective, collaborated in San Francisco with American Conservatory Theater and the African American Shakespeare Company on three plays: staged readings of Aleshea Harris's (Writing for Performance 14) plays Road Kill Giant, directed by Marina McClure (Directing MFA 12) and Slow Drift, directed by Tyrone Davis (Acting MFA 12) and The Depth of Black Art by the late visiting artist James Avery and directed by Jozben Barrett (Acting MFA 12). Twentyone CalArtians collaborated on the projects.
Face of Love, a feature film starring Ed Harris (Acting BFA 75) and honorary degree recipient Annette Benning opened in New York and Los Angeles on March 7 with a wider release on March 14. Variety calls it "A compelling psychological love story." On the NPR show All Things Considered  on March 8, Harris was featured in the series "My Big Break."
A three-week residency by Dorothy Hoover (Scenic Design MFA 12) at the Highland Park theater known as PAM  will culminate in an original performance piece called The Hits Just Keep on Coming on March 14 and 15. The show features performances by Erica Bitton (Acting BFA 10) and James Cowan (Acting BFA 13).
Asta Hostetter (Costume Design MFA 12) designed the costumes for Pinkolandia at Two River Theater  in Red Bank, N.J., running through March 23. Jeanette Yew (Lighting Design MFA 06) designed the lighting for the production.
The improv troupe and creative collective Tall Grande Venti , featuring Casey Jackson (Acting MFA 13), Sarah Shoemaker (Acting MFA 14) and Michael Yichao (Acting MFA 13) won the College Improv Tournament national competition in Chicago in early March. TGV came in first out of 136 troupes in the nation that competed. The group has been invited this year to improv festivals in San Francisco, Seattle, and Honolulu.
The Institute of Memory (TIMe), written and directed by faculty Lars Jan (Directing MFA 08) will have a workshop production in Butler Building ll at CalArts on February 14 and 15 at 8 pm. More details can be found here .
Jeremy Kinser (Acting BFA 12) is performing in Drive Theatre Company's production of The Rite of Seymour, produced by Kathleen Reinbold (Producing and Production Management MFA 12), with costumes by Lynne Marie Martens (Costume Design MFA 12), and lighting by Anna C. Martin (Lighting Design MFA 12) at Son of Semele  theater from March 15-30. Kristin Showalter (Scenic Design MFA 13) and Caity Schmidt Watson (Scenic Design MFA 13) are scenic artists and Fred Fitzgerald (Management MFA 13) is the stage manager. The show runs from March 15-30.
Peter Ksander (Design and Production MFA 01) designed the set for This Was The End at Chocolate Factory Theater  in Long Island City, with performances running through March 8. Christopher Kuhl (Lighting Design BFA 05) designed the lighting and Keith Skretch (Scenic Design MFA 12) created video for the production.
The online journal Eater reports that Dustin Lancaster (Acting BFA 02, who operates several restaurants in Los Angeles, including Bar Covell, is about to take over the now-shuttered El Conquistador, the landmark Mexican restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, with partner Tyler Bell and chef Spencer Bezaire.
Dan Leigh (Scenic Design 73) left his position as production designer on CBS's Person of Interest and will design the feature film Tracers for Temple Hill Entertainment.
For news of David Mack (Acting MFA 08), see Brandon Stirling Baker.
David Kay Mickelsen (Costume Design MFA 83) is the costume designer for Noel Coward's A Song at Twilight at The Pasadena Playhouse  from March 18 through April 13. Use code ALUM20 for a 20% discount on tickets.
Cricket S. Myers (Design and Production MFA 03) is sound designer for Above the Fold at Pasadena Playhouse  through February 23.
Juan Parada (Acting MFA 12) is joining the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Education Department as a teaching artist.
Leah Piehl (Costume Design MFA 06) has created the costumes for The Light in the Piazza at South Coast Repertory  through February 23. Faculty Lap Chi Chu has designed the lighting.
Blood on the Cat's Neck by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, with Michael Pignatelli (Acting MFA 12) and Tatiana Williams (Acting BFA 11) will be performed on March 8 at Goethe Institut  Los Angeles at 4 pm and 8 pm.
Fox's 13-episode series, Hieroglyph, set in ancient Egypt, has tapped Condola Rashad (Acting BFA 08) to star as Nefertari, the half-sister to the Pharaoh. Rashad recently completed the Broadway run of Romeo & Juliet, which Screenvision and BroadwayHD brought to movie theaters nationwide in mid-February.
Sandy Simona (Acting MFA 13) has curated and performs in Zay Gezunt!, an Eastern European and Jewish visual and performing arts festival at Highways Performance Space  in Santa Monica on February 21 and 23 at 8:30 pm.
For news of Keith Skretch (Scenic Design MFA 12), see Peter Ksander.
R. Christopher Stokes (Lighting Design 10) is the lighting designer for Cinnamon Girl, produced by Playwrights' Arena  in association with Greenway Arts Alliance at the Greenway Court Theater in West Hollywood. The musical, with Anne Yatco (Acting MFA 09), opens on March 15 and runs through April 6. He was also the lighting designer for Nocturne, which recently played at The Other Space @ The Actors Company  in West Hollywood.
Cecily Strong (Acting BFA 06) is interviewed in the February 9 issue of The New York Times Magazine  about comedy and her life on Saturday Night Live. The interview includes a reference to her college theater experience.
Catherine Sullivan (Acting BFA 92) is included in the Whitney Biennial , which opens on March 7 and runs through May 25. The show also includes the performance group My Barbarian, featuring faculty Jade Gordon.
Carolyn Thomas (Management MFA 09) is project manager for 20th Century Fox in Location Based Entertainment. One of its latest projects is a 25-acre Malaysian theme park--the company's first--called Twentieth Century Fox World. It has received wide media coverage. including reports in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and CNN .
Michael Vanderbilt (Management MFA 11) was hired as Gil Netter's assistant at his production company, Gil Netter Productions (Life of Pi, The Blind Side, Water for Elephants).
Ben Womick (Technical Direction MFA 12) is the technical director for The Ugly One at Ensemble Studio Theatre LA  through March 24.
Automata  is presenting From Photographs, an installation/performance by Peiyi Wong (Scenic Design MFA 13), with direction and performance developed by Miriam Jones (Scenic Design MFA 12), Alexis Macnab (Film/Video MFA 13) and So-Ok Kim. Performances are on March 15 and 16 at 8 pm.
For Anne Yatco (Acting MFA 09), see R. Christopher Stokes.
For news of Jeanette Yew (Lighting Design MFA 06), see Asta Hostetter.
Lianna Arnold (Scenic Design 10) is assistant production designer for A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Julie Taymor for Theatre for a New Audience  in its new digs in Brooklyn's BAM cultural district. The show runs from October 19 through January 12. Jake Horowitz (Acting 16) plays Lysander.
Work by three members of the CalArts community appeared on Tlaloc Rivas' list of 101 Plays by The New Americans, or on Latinidad : Quality by Elaine Avila (Writing for Performance MFA 04), Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary by faculty Marissa Chibas, and blu by Virginia Grise (Writing for Performance MFA 09).
Brandon Stirling Baker (Lighting Design 10) designed the lighting for the world premiere in September of the ballet Murder Ballads at Maison de la Danse in Lyon, France, followed by a UK premiere October 2-4 at Sadler's Wells Theater in London. The dance was commissioned by Benjamin Millepied for his company, L.A. Dance Project.
On December 9, the Los Angeles theater company The Speakeasy Society  will present Ebenezer: An Immersive Christmas Carol, featuring the work of more than 20 School of Theater acting and design alumni. The show, based on the Charles Dickens classic, was adapted by directors Matthew Bamberg-Johnson (Acting MFA 13), Genevieve Gearhart (Acting MFA 13) and Julianne Just (Directing MFA 12). It is produced by John Henningsen (Production 14). The venue is Golden Road Brewing in Atwater Village.
On September 15, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented the Creative Arts Emmys, and Robert Barnhart (Scenic Design BFA 87) won the 2013 Emmy for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special as part of a team that created the design for the Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Starring Beyonce (CBS and the NFL Network). The Creative Arts Emmys are largely dedicated to technical disciplines and the behind-the-scenes trades that are essential to television production.
The New York theater company Nicu's Spoon  is in its 13th year of award-winning productions, led by Stephanie Barton-Farcas (Acting BFA 84). The company is currently being filmed as part of a documentary produced by the SocDoc (social documentary) program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. For the second consecutive year, the company has been named "Best in Manhattan" in the field of performing arts by the Best in Manhattan nonprofit site.
As part of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Creative Arts Emmys handed out on September 15, Daniel K. Boland (PADT BFA 95) was part of a lighting team for the NBC series The Voice, which won the Emmy for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series. Boland served as lighting director.
Elizabeth Brooks (Costume Design MFA 07) recently designed a feature film called Higher Power and has also designed Hospital, a co-production of Los Angeles Poverty Department and Wunderbaum as part of REDCAT's 2013 Radar L.A. festival. She and Kate Fry (Costume Design MFA 13) also designed the costumes for the world premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of Wait Until Dark at the Geffen Playhouse . Faculty member Jimmie McDermott is the production stage manager for the show, which runs until November 17. For more on Brooks, see E. Martin Gimenez.
The nominations for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced on December 11 and Don Cheadle (Acting BFA 86) was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for the role of Martin "Marty" Kaan in House of Lies. He also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy TV Series for the same role. This marks Cheadle's third Golden Globe nomination and ninth SAG award nomination. He has won two Golden Globes (The Rat Pack, 1998 and House of Lies, 2012) and two SAG Awards (Traffic, 2000 and Crash, 2005).The award winners will be announced on January 18. Cheadle is also making his directing debut with Kill the Trumpet Player, a film that he also co-wrote about the transformative "silent" period in the life of jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. Cheadle will also play the part of Davis, with production set to begin next June.
The Ghost Road Company recently presented its production of Pantofelnik's Suitcase by Malgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk at the Korczak Festival in Warssaw, Poland. Ghost Road consists of several CalArtians, including Ronnie Clark (Acting MFA 96), Katharine Noon (Acting MFA 90), Brian Weir (Acting MFA 95) and Ronald Wingate (Acting MFA 98). The stage manager on tour was Andrew M. Lia (Management MFA 13). The company was also invited to present its latest ensemble-devised work, The Bargain and the Butterfly.
USA Network has picked up the pilot Benched starring Happy Endings alum Eliza Coupe (Acting BFA 03). The single-camera comedy focuses on Coupe's character, named Nina, a corporate attorney who has a public nervous breakdown after getting passed over for a promotion and then finds herself working as a public defender.
Robert Cucuzza (Directing MFA 11) is directing Pierce College Theatre's production of The Fantasticks , with performances from October 25 through November 3. Scenic design is by Michael Gend (Lighting Design MFA 09) and lighting is by Ellie Rabinowitz (Lighting Design MFA 11).
Michael Cudlitz (Acting BFA 87) has been cast in season 4 of AMC's The Walking Dead in the role of Sgt. Abraham Ford, a pivotal character from the Robert Kirkman comic book series.
Marsian DeLellis (Scenic Design MFA 09) performs with and has created puppets for the production of Homecoming Queen's Got a Musical  at The Cavern Club Celebrity Theater from October 25 through November 10.
Several CalArtians are involved in What Kind of God?, running through October 20 at the Lillian Theater in Los Angeles. The cast includes Emily Faris (Acting BFA 13), lighting design is by Michael Gend (Lighting Design MFA 09) and sound design is by Cricket S. Myers (Design and Production MFA 03).
Fred Fitzgerald (Management MFA 13) is production manager for the Department of Theatre and Dance at Pomona College.
Adam Flemming (Scenic Design MFA 07) has designed the video and R. Christopher Stokes (Lighting Design 10) is lighting designer for a production of The Normal Heart at Fountain Theatre  through December 15. Flemming has also designed the video for the Playwrights' Arena  production of Dallas Non-Stop, from November 16 through December 9. The play features Anne Yatco (Acting MFA 09).
Jenny Foldenauer (Costume Design MFA 12) was costume designer for Amy Tofte's (Writing for Performance MFA 11) FleshEatingTiger at Highways earlier this year and is costume and properties designer for R II, the new production of Shakespeare's Richard II at The Theater @ Boston Court  in Pasadena. The production, conceived, adapted, and directed by Jessica Kubzansky (Directing MFA 94), co-artistic director of Boston Court, runs until October 13.
Cristina Frias (Acting MFA 11) is performing the roles of Guildenstern and Marcellus in the Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Co. production of Hamlet at the Odyssey Theatre  in Los Angeles, running through October 27.
Roz Fulton-Dahlie (Lighting Design MFA 08) is assistant professor of lighting design and technology at University of North Carolina School of The Arts.
Ian Garrett (Lighting Design MFA 08) is the Sustainability Coordinator for World Stage Design 2013, a celebration of international performance design, running from September 5-15 in Cardiff, Wales. As part of his duties, he curated the People/Planet/Profit  program, he is leading the sustainable initiatives in the presentation of the festival for its certifications and impact reports, and he was the head of the selection committee for the Sustainable Theater competition . ITV Wales  recently ran a report on the sustainable theater constructed for the Cardiff festival. Garrett is Assistant Professor of Ecological Design for Performance at York University in Toronto and is Co-Director with Miranda Wright (Management MFA 09) of The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts. For more on Miranda Wright, see below.
The groundbreaking production of the experimental opera Invisible Cities , featuring contributions from several CalArtians, was featured in a recent article in The Los Angeles Times . E. Martin Gimenez (Sound Design MFA 09) is the lead sound designer, while Elizabeth Brooks (Costume Design MFA 07) is costume designer of the show, produced by David Mack (Acting MFA 08) with Mitch Colley (Acting BFA 11) serving as marketing and outreach coordinator. Michael Yichao (Acting MFA 13) is associate house manager. The 11-piece orchestra is conducted by music faculty member Marc Lowenstein. The show runs through November 8.
Jon Gottlieb, head of sound design at CalArts, is the sound designer for Twelve Angry Men at The Pasadena Playhouse  through December 1. The play features faculty member Adam Smith. Gottlieb was also the sound designer for Smokey Joe's Cafe-The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, which appeared recently at The Pasadena Playhouse.
Virginia Grise (Writing for Performance MFA 09) was one of 10 writers to receive the 2013 Whiting Writers' Award, receiving her $50,000 prize for playwriting. Previous winners include faculty member Douglas Kearney (Critical Studies MFA Writing Program MFA 04) and former dean of the School of Theater Erik Ehn. Grise is currently a Time Warner Fellow at the Women's Project Lab in New York. For more on Grise, see Elaine Avila.
Cracking Zeus, written and directed by Christopher Hampton (Acting 10) will have a workshop production on December 13 through December 15 at the Attic Theatre in Los Angeles. The play, which uses a backdrop of the mythical Greek gods, revenge and the 1980s crack epidemic, features performances and other contributions from numerous CalArtians. An Indiegogo campaign  to support the production is currently underway. The production is part of the Imaginese Arts Festival .
Simon Harding (Scenic Design MFA 12) is the associate set and video designer for Platonov, a production adapted from Chekhov's first full-length play combining film and theater at the Without Walls Festival  at the La Jolla Playhouse. Among his many other projects, he's also designing the set and video for Tyson vs. Ali, a touring show that imagines a boxing match between two former champions.
Asta Hostetter (Costume Design MFA 12) is the costume designer for the Flea Theater  production of Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love, in New York through December 6.
Cindy Im (Acting MFA 04) is a 2013 Theatre Communications Group (TCG) Fox Acting Fellow  with TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, studying Shakespeare, voice and text at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and Le Jeu and Clown at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris. She will be appearing in San Jose Rep's The Snow Queen  in November and December.
Saxon Jones (Acting BFA 12) will appear as a guest star on CBS's Criminal Minds on December 11.
For Michael Jung (Directing MFA 94), see Laura Youngkin.
Becca Kessin (Sound Design MFA 07) is assisting ACME sound for the world premiere of the musical The Black Suits at the Kirk Douglas Theatre  in Culver City through November 24.
For news on Jessica Kubzansky (Directing MFA 94), see Jenny Foldenauer.
At the 2014 Ovation Awards on November 3, Christopher Kuhl (Lighting Design BFA 05) won Best Lighting Design for a Large Theatre for his work on The Nether at the Kirk Douglas.
Caitlin Lainoff (Scenic Design MFA 08) is designing Sarah Flood in Salem Mass at the Flea Theater  in New York. It runs through October 27.
Yanda Li (Management MFA 13) runs TinHouse Productions with offices in Beijing and Shanghai. Among other operations, the company brings international theater, dance and music performances to China and takes Chinese productions on tour around the world.
Ben Lipitz (Acting 84) is continuing his run as Pumbaa in Disney's The Lion King, which will appear at The Pantages Theatre in Hollywood from November 20 through January 12. After the Los Angeles engagement of Julie Taymor's Tony Award-winning musical, Lipitz will return to the Broadway company. Since 2003, he has played in both the North American national tour and the Broadway production in more than 4,000 performances. He has also starred in Mel Brooks' The Producers, and the 2009 Tony Award-winning best play, God of Carnage, both for the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, where he also serves on the Board of Trustees.
Giao-Chau Ly (Scene Design MFA 11) worked as an art department assistant on five episodes of TNT's Mob City, which premiered on December 4.
Honest Ghosts, directed by Alexis Macnab  (Directing 13), described as a site-specific Hamlet installation set in a sprawling mansion overlooking the Hollywood Hills, will be presented on October 30 at 7:30 pm at Castle Ivar. It features Christine Harms (Acting MFA 13), Nils Jansson (Acting BFA 12), Gilbert Molina (Acting MFA 12), Jocelynn Suarez (Acting BFA 13), and Paul Turbiak (Acting MFA 08).
Aly Mawji (Acting MFA 08) had a role in a recent episode of Parks and Recreation.
David Kay Mickelsen (Costume Design MFA 83) was nominated for a 2013 Ovation Award for costume design for Fallen Angels at the Pasadena Playhouse. He has also designed the costumes for Death of a Salesman at the Denver Center Theater Company, and will be designing the costumes for A Song at Twilight at the Pasadena Playhouse and Other Desert Cities at St. Louis Repertory Theater.
Faculty member Anne Militello and the CalArts lighting program were featured in an article on LED lighting in Live Design .
Daphne Mir (Lighting Design 13) is working as a creative consultant for Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment.
Cybele Moon (Costume Design MFA 11) has been appointed assistant professor of costume design in the School of Theatre and Dance at East Carolina University.
Cricket S. Myers (Design and Production MFA 03) is the sound designer for Sebastian Barry's The Steward of Christendom , running from November 26 through January 5 at the Mark Taper Forum. For more on Myers, see Emily Faris.
Costume designer Leah Piehl (Costume Design MFA 06) has been active this fall, desiging the costumes for The Most Deserving at the Denver Center Theater through November 17; The Steward of Christendom with Brian Dennehy at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles from November 26 through January 5, A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City from November 24 through December 30; and The Light in the Piazza at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa from January 24 through February 23.
Condola Rashad (Acting BFA 08) is appearing opposite Orlando Bloom in Romeo & Juliet, running through January 12 at the Richard Rodgers Theater  in New York. Rashad was "Person of the Week" on ABC News , and was featured in the September issue of W  magazine. Rashad was also recently profiled in the Los Angeles Times , including reflections on her days at CalArts.
Paula Rebelo (Acting BFA 13) has created the props and Jamie Westfall (Costume Design BFA 12) is costume designer for the production of Civilization (All You Can Eat) at Son of Semele theater through November 4.
Gabriella Rhodeen (Acting BFA 12) is appearing in Layla Means Night  at ODC Theater in San Francisco from October 30 through November 3.
Watts Village Theater Company has launched an indigogo campaign  to support the world premiere production of Riot/Rebellion, written by Robert Jolly and directed by Barbara Roberts (Art 71). The play is about the times and circumstances around the 1965 Watts Riots. If you donate at least $25 to the campaign, you will receive two free tickets to the October 3 performance at the Kirk Douglas Theater of Rodney King, created and performed by Roger Guenveur Smith, plus an invitation to a VIP talkback and reception with Smith.
Faculty member Shannon Scrofano (Scenic Design MFA 06) is the scenic designer for the Cornerstone Theater Company production of Love on San Pedro , appearing at the Los Angeles Mission through November 24.
Deena Selenow (Directing MFA 13) is directing nat & EM at Company of Angels  from November 8 through November 24. The play features Melissa Donaher (Acting BFA 12), Emma Zakes Green (Acting 13) and Christopher Hampton (Acting 10). Costume design is by Jackie Gudgel (Costume Design BFA 11).
Keith Skretch (Scenic Design MFA 12) is projections manager and onstage video maestro and Austin Switser (Scenic Design BFA 04) is production and video designer for the Radiolab Live tour.
Brian Stanton (Acting MFA 00) will be performing his award-winning solo play Blank at the Dance Mission Theater  in San Francisco on October 27 at 7 pm.
Beginning September 28, there will be a new personality in an important TV news anchor's chair—at least TV comedy news. Saturday Night Live's Cecily Strong (Acting BFA 06), who joined the cast last year, will become a new anchor for the show's Weekend Update desk, joining Seth Meyers. And she may eventually become the sole anchor, according to reports .
Catherine Sullivan (Acting BFA 92) has been included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, showing in New York from March 7 to May 25. Also included is faculty member Jade Gordon, part of the My Barbarian performance group. It will be the last Whitney Biennial at the museum's Madison Avenue location.
Chris Tani (Management MFA 13) is a services coordinator in the Technical Services Department for the 2014 Olympics in Russia.
At the 2014 Ovation Awards on November 3, Jeff Teeter (Lighting Design BFA 06) was presented with an Ovation Honor, which recognizes outstanding achievement, not among the standard theater award categories, for his video design for On the Spectrum at the Fountain Theater.
For news on Amy Tofte (Writing for Performance MFA 11), see Jenny Foldenauer.
Justin Townsend (Design and Production MFA 03) is the set and lighting designer for the new Broadway musical, A Night with Janis Joplin . It opens October 10 at the Lyceum Theatre. He is also the lighting designer for Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play at Playwrights Horizons in New York, running through October 20. Writing in The New York Times, Ben Brantley called it "Downright Brilliant."
Paul Turbiak (Acting MFA 08) is appearing in the Actors Co-op  production of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde at the David Schall Theatre in Los Angeles from October 11 through November 17. For more on Turbiak, see Alexis Macnab.
Angi Ursetta (Costume Design MFA 13) is the costume designer for Sheet Cake Sliding by Stacia Saint Owens at Theatre of Note  in Los Angeles. The play runs through October 19.
Bresha Webb (Acting BFA 07) has the lead role of Imunique Jefferson on Love That Girl , a comedy series on TV One.
Peiyi Wong (Scenic Design MFA 13) is one of nine artists from Los Angeles County to receive a 2013 Fourth Quarter Artists' Resource for Completion grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation. Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle (Art and Writing MFA 12) also received a grant. The ARC program provides rapid, short-term assistance to enahance work for a specific, imminent opportunity that may significantly benefit an artist's career.
For Alex Wright (P.A.D.T. MFA 94)) see Laura Youngkin.
Center Theatre Group has selected Miranda Wright (Management MFA 09) as the winner of its prestigious Richard E. Sherwood Award competition. The award was presented at the Ovation Awards ceremony on November 3. Los Angeles Performance Practice, a producing organization and artists network founded by Wright is producing two projects that are featured in this year's RADAR LA Festival : Manuel Orjuela's You Should Have Stayed Home Morons and Janie Geiser (faculty) & Erik Ehn's Clouded Sulphur (death is a knot undone). And through Live Arts Exchange/LAX , she's producing a full lineup of contemporary performance at the Bootleg Theater. Events take place from September through early October.
For Anne Yatco, see Adam Flemming.
Several CalArtians are involved in creating an Avatar-themed attraction scheduled to open in 2017 in the Animal Kingdom park at Walt Disney World in Florida. Laura Youngkin (Management MFA 10) has been working as a producer on the project, while Michael Jung (Directing MFA 94) and Alex Wright (P.A.D.T. MFA 94) are also working on the expansion of Animal Kingdom.
Yelena Zhelezov (Scene Design 10) is presenting The Bibliography at Automata  in the Chinatown District of Los Angeles through November 16. The storefront window installation and series of performances are part of her nomadic exhibition P-E-D-X-I-N-G. The Bibliography includes video, drawings, activated sculptural objects and a collection of books all referencing a path once traveled from the Russian Jewish Autonomous District in a far corner of the former USSR to Los Angeles.
Cady Zuckerman (Acting MFA 10) is appearing as Lysistrata in The Unknown Artists presentation of Lysistrata: A Re-Imagining through November 9 at Grove Theater Center  in Burbank.
Several School of Theater alumni and current students are part of a team that is developing a web series called Zombie Apocalypse 101, about two college students with a passion for zombies who take a class on zombie fiction, only to come face-to-face with real zombies. The producer is Jozben Barrett (Acting MFA 12), who also acts in the series, and the writer/director is Anthony Castillo (Acting MFA 11) who also acts in the show. Other CalArtians acting in Zombie Apocalypse 101 are Ajala Bandele (Acting 10), Sam Breen (Acting MFA 11), Christian Gibbs (Acting MFA 11), Whitney Rodriguez (Acting BFA 11), Sarah Shoemaker (Acting 14) and Michael Yichao (Theater MFA 13). The series is shooting through July in Orange County, will go into post production in August, and will be presented on YouTube in September. A co-production of 38:17 Productions and Creative Pulse Co., Zombie Apocalypse 101 is in the middle of an indiegogo campaign  to raise funds to film four episodes.
Several CalArtians from the School of Theater are involved in the production of That Poor Dream, a play inspired by Charles Dickens's Great Expectations, which opened June 26 at the New Ohio Theatre  in New York. The Assembly Theater collective's production is part of the Ice Factory Festival. Marisa Blankier (Theater BFA 12) is the stage manager; Justine de Penning (Acting BFA 10) is the producer; Lizzie Eggert (Technical Direction MFA 12) is the technical director; Shelly Rodriguez (Lighting Design MFA 12) is the lighting designer; and Ray Sun (Scene Design MFA 12) is the video designer. In addition, Nick Benacerraf (Aesthetics and Politics MA 11) is the set designer.
Pamala Buzick (Design and Production BFA 01) of Maven Label  in New York recently returned from the Cannes Lions Festival where a project she was involved in won the Titanium Grand Prix, the highest international honor in advertising. Buzick had helped connect the director of the Dove  ad to the project, which has received wide praise for its treatment of the subject of beauty.
Nominees for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced in July and among the nominees is Don Cheadle (Acting BFA 86), who received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Showtime's House of Lies . This is Cheadle's sixth Emmy nomination, and the second for his portrayal of the management consultant Marty Kaan in the show. And two CalArtians received nominations for Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special. Harrison Lippman (Lighting Design BFA 08) has been nominated for his work on CBS's The 55th Annual Grammy Awards and Robert "Bob" Barnhart (Scenic Design BFA 87) has been nominated for two shows: PBS's Andrea Bocelli: Love in Portofino and ABC's The Oscars. Emmy winners will be announced live on Sept. 22 at 5 pm on CBS.
Jennifer Elise Cox (Acting BFA 91) was recently featured in an article on examiner.com  discussing her experiences at CalArts. Cox, who appears regularly on the Showtime series Web Therapy , was part of a panel of the talent and production team from the show, appearing at the Paley Center for Media.
Jeff Gifford (Management MFA 88) has been hired as director of production at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
The experimental L.A. opera company known as The Industry is close to completing its $25,000 Kickstarter  campaign to stage Invisible Cities, a collaboration between the company and L.A. Dance Project, which will open on October 19 at Union Station. E. Martin Gimenez (Sound Design MFA 09) is the lead sound designer of this innovative project in which eight singers will be located throughout the historic station while audience members listen to the music on wireless headphones. Based on the novel by Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities' music and libretto are by Christopher Cerrone and the 11-piece orchestra will be conducted by Marc Lowenstein, faculty member in the Herb Alpert School of Music. David Mack (Acting MFA 08) is general manager of The Industry. The Kickstarter campaign ends on July 6.
Dana Gourrier (Acting 10) appears in The Butler , the new film by Lee Daniels that stars Forest Whitaker as a White House butler who witnesses many historical events during his 34-year tenure. Gourrier plays the role of Helen Holloway, the wife of James Holloway, played by Lenny Kravitz.
Alcestis, a play appearing at The Theatre @ Boston Court  in Pasadena about a woman who volunteers to die to save her husband's life, features contributions by numerous CalArtians. The cast includes Christopher Hampton (Acting 10), Danielle Jones (Acting BFA 07), and Kalean Ung (Acting MFA 12). Costume design is by Sarah Brown (Design and Production MFA 03), lighting design is by Adam Frank (Lighting Design MFA 12), and Casey McGann (Management 10) is the production stage manager. The play runs through July 28.
Tunisia Hardison (Acting MFA 05) is appearing in the role of Hillary in the West Coast premiere of Women are Crazy Because Men are A**holes. The show opens July 25 at West Hollywood's Macha Theatre  and runs through September 25.
As part of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the CalArts Festival Theater, in its 10th season on the Fringe, is presenting at Venue 13 three shows: Whispering in the Dark, developed and performed by Kaiso Hill (Acting 14), Kat Ortiz (Acting BFA 13), and Caitlin Teeley (Acting BFA 13), Mask by John Michael Johnson (Theater 15), and Goose by Michael Yichao Wang (Acting MFA 13). Many other CalArtians are participating in these productions. For more information, click here .
The Los Angeles-based company Theater Movement Bazaar is presenting Track 3, co-created and choreographed by faculty member Tina Kronis at the Bedlam Theatre in Edinburgh as part of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The show features Caitlyn Conlin (Acting MFA 11) and costume design by faculty member Ellen McCartney, director of Design and Production, head of Costume Design, and the Robert Corrigan Chair in Theater. Based on Chekhov's Three Sisters, the show runs through August 24 before traveling to London and then appearing as part of Radar L.A.  in September.
Brian Maier (Sound Design MFA 09) has been hired as the video supervisor for the Public Theater in New York.
Following its performances this summer at the New Original Works Festival at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, 4Trains/Signaling Arcana  by Christine Marie (Scenic Design MFA 09) will appear at Z Space in San Francisco from September 12-15. Marie and her ensemble of actors and artists create a one-of-a-kind, immersive cinematic shadow theater with stereoscopic 3D effects and an original score. The project explores 19th century American industrialization through the eyes of a young couple.
Jack Morones (PADT MFA 98) has been hired as production events operations manager at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.
The Getty Villa  is getting ready this summer for a new production of the ancient drama Prometheus Bound, presented by CalArts' Center for New Performance  (CNP) in conjunction with Trans Arts and the Getty Museum. The director is Travis Preston, dean of the School of Theater and artistic director for CNP. Other CalArtians participating include set designer Efren Delgadillo Jr. (Design and Production MFA 03), who designed a massive wheel on which the actors perform, and School of Music faculty Vinny Golia, who composed music with Ellen Reid (Music MFA 11). Previews for the show, which was recently featured in the Los Angeles Times , begin August 29.
The world premiere of The Assassination of Leon Trotsky: A Comedy  at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles features Christopher Rivas (Acting BFA 11) in the role of Jesus. The show runs through July 28.
Julie Schworm (Costume Design MFA 06) has recently launched a hat company called Savage Millinery. She is currently a featured artist in the summer issue of Belle Armoire  magazine, and a selection of her hats are for sale online at Bourbon & Boots .
Ann Simmons (Acting MFA 95) is appearing in The Possethsion, part of The Electric Company Theatre's 10th Anniversary Hurricane Season of new plays. The show runs weekends in North Hollywood through July 21. For more information, check the theater's website .
The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival, founded by David Stears (Acting BFA 89), who is currently the company's Producing Executive Director, is presenting Henry IV, Part 1 as part of Shakespeare in the Park  in Santa Clarita's Rivendale/Towsley Canyon Park. Several other CalArtians are involved in the company and the production, including Steven Burkholder (P.A.D.T. BFA 00), Mike Fracassi (P.A.D.T. 98), Mitchell Hampton (Sound Design MFA 13) and Lynn McQuown (P.A.D.T. 92). Current CalArts students involved include Kamran Abbassian (Acting 16), Scott Hamby (Acting 15), Pete Laughlin (Acting 14), Ernie Long (Acting 14) and AJ Schemadovits-Norris (Acting 14). The show opens July 13 at 7 pm.
Bazarov , a new play based on Fathers and Children by Ivan Turgenev is being produced by The Representatives, a New York-based collaboration of playwright Stan Richardson and actor Matt Steiner (Acting BFA 05). Among the cast are Steiner, Dorit Avganim (Acting BFA 05) and Kat Heverin (Acting 10). Performances run through the end of August.
Ryan Vincent Anderson (Acting MFA 07) directed Under The 105 as part of Watts Village Theater Company's Meet Me @ Metro IV: Bringing It Home To Watts , a theatrical presentation of original poetry exploring the subjective theme of "Home" with musical accompaniment. Performances took place in May at two Metro Blue Line stations in Watts. The managing director of the Watts Village Theater Company is David Mack (Acting MFA 08). Anderson recently appeared in Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl at A Noise Within in Pasadena, and is appearing in the film, Feeding Mr. Baldwin , a feature comedy written and directed by Will Prescott.
On May 4, Austin Antoine (Acting BFA 13) broke the Guinness World Record for freestyle rapping on the CalArts campus. Just 13 days before graduation, his feat began at 10 am in The Coffeehouse and ended 16 hours and 31 minutes later, shattering the previous record by more than three hours. Fans from around the world watched him on a live video stream and tweeted in suggestions for him to rhyme.
Several CalArtians were winners at the 44th annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) awards ceremony held in March. Center Theater Group's Waiting for Godot, which featured Hugo Armstrong (Acting BFA 98) as Lucky, won in the category of Ensemble Performance, and also won the McCulloh Award for Revival. Faculty member Ellen McCartney and alumna Leah Piehl (MFA 06) each won an award for costume design. Piehl won the award for her costume design of Intimate Apparel at the Pasadena Playhouse while McCartney-director of Design and Production at CalArts; head of Costume Design; and the Robert Corrigan Chair in Theater-won for Theatre Movement Bazaar's The Treatment.
Following a four-year development process in East Africa focusing on sustained international cultural exchange, the play Cooking Oil  by Deborah Asiimwe (Writing for Performance MFA 09) was recently performed at the Atwater Crossing Warehouse in Los Angeles. Emily Mendelsohn (Directing MFA 09) directed the play, which featured an international cast from Uganda, Rwanda, and the U.S. Performers included Loren Fenton (Acting MFA 07), Sharon Wang (Acting 10), and Renell White (Acting 15). Other CalArtians involved in the production included Oscar Arevalo (Design Technology BFA 07), Christine Bald (Costume Design 14), Kate Eipl (Management 14), Aubree Lynn (Scenic Design 14), Rachel Park (Directing 14), Shannon Scrofano (Scenic Design MFA 06), Jeffrey Teeter (Lighting Design BFA 06), Quentin Warren (Management MFA 13), and Miranda Wright (Management MFA 09).
Creative Pulse, a production company founded by Jozben Barrett (Acting MFA 12) and Nikhil Pai (Acting MFA 12) recently presented its inaugural production, Shakespeare's Richard II at the Wexler Annex in Burbank. The production was directed by Mary Lou Rosato, co-head of the CalArts BFA Acting Program, with original music composed by Christopher Porter (Music MFA 09). The show featured the participation of more than 20 CalArts School of Theater alumni and current students.
Nicu's Spoon theater in New York, founded by Stephanie Barton-Farcas (Acting BFA 84) is now in its 13th season. Barton-Farcas is a director, actor, accent coach and curriculum advisor and lecturer at the University of Hawaii and The Royal Conservatoire in Scotland. She has directed, coached, and acted in numerous off-Broadway and off-off Broadway productions. Barton-Farcas is featured in the film After Midnight, Before Dawn, now in post production. Having won acting and directing awards in New York, she was chosen one of Reviewfix Backstage's artists to to watch in 2012.
CalArts School of Theater alumni took home several awards at the 2013 LA Weekly Theater Awards  ceremony, held in early April. Nick Benacerraf (Scenic Design MFA 12; Critical Studies MA 10) won in a tie for Set Design for Martin Crimp's The City at Son of Semele Theater, in which the action goes from London to a secret war in Afghanistan. In his LA Weekly review, Steven Leigh Morris wrote, "A particular highlight is Nicolas Benacerraf's design of vertical walls of slatted cloth, so that the slats can be torn away, opening the tiny stage piecemeal to reveal hidden depths. The set, like the play, accrues dimension." In the category of Video/Projection Design, Adam Flemming (Scenic Design MFA 07) and co-designer Dan Lund won in a tie for Patricia Scanlon's Death of a Salesgirl at Bootleg Theatre. And Adam Haas Hunter (Acting BFA 07) won the award for Male Comedy Performance for his role as Khlestakov in Gogol's The Government Inspector at Theatre @ Boston Court.
The Antaeus Company  in Los Angeles is presenting Arthur Miller's The Crucible with faculty member Fran Bennett. The production's costume design is by E.B. Brooks (Costume Design MFA 07). Performances run through July 7.
A collection of poetry by Megan Bohigian (Acting BFA 73), titled Sightlines , has been published by Tourane Poetry Press and is available on Amazon . Bohigian—Megan Anderson during her CalArts days—teaches writing at Fresno City College and memoir workshops through the Osher Lifelong Living Institute and other workshops through a grant from Memoir Journal and the Irvine Foundation.
The sixth season of AMC's Emmy Award-winning drama Mad Men debuted on April 7, featuring Alison Brie (Acting BFA 05). Brie plays the role of Trudy Campbell, opposite Vincent Kartheiser as her husband, Pete.
Costume creator and functional artist Laura Brody  (Theater MFA 92) is teaching Fashion on the Fly , a staple draping class, for the City of Pasadena this summer. In August, she will be at the Summerset Festival of the Arts  in Baraboo, Wisconsin, conducting a staple draping workshop, collaborating on a fashion show, and exhibiting her work. Also in August, she will be staple draping before, during and after the Green Art Parade in San Diego. And in September, Bell Arts Factory  in Ventura will exhibit her work on mobility.
South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa presented the world premiere of Eternal Thou  by Matthew McCray in June, featuring Vonzell Carter (Acting MFA 09) and Jenny Greer (Acting MFA 11). The production's costumes were designed by Ariel Boroff (Costume Design 10), projection was by Adam Flemming (Scenic Design MFA 07), lighting was by Ian Garrett (Lighting Design MFA 08), and scenic design was by Sarah Krainin (Scenic Design MFA 08).
The off-Broadway, award-winning hit play The Irish Curse, written by Martin Casella (Acting BFA 78), was recently published by Samuel French. The show has been performed across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., including a recent award-winning production at L.A.'s Odyssey Theatre. Casella's 2011 off-Broadway jazz musical Play It Cool had a successful run and received a number of award nominations, including nods from GLAAD and the Outer Critics Circle for Best Off-Broadway Musical. His most recent play, Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead, was the winner of Pride Films and Plays' Great Gay Play Contest in Chicago this May. It is scheduled for a production there this fall; an off-Broadway production is being negotiated for next spring. Casella is currently writing the book for the Broadway musical Pop Star!, while working as a consultant on a new British animated film. His feature screenplay Tom's Dad is scheduled to shoot next winter, featuring Will Ferrell, with Oscar-nominee Lasse Hallstrom directing. For the past five years, he has worked at the Harvey Milk High School in the East Village of Manhattan, teaching playwriting to LBGTQ teenagers. It's the thing in life he is proud of most. He currently lives in Greenwich Village, but after 20 years there, he will be moving to a brownstone on a quiet, tree-lined street in Jersey City, where he has heard there are no tourists.
Ronnie Clark (Acting MFA 96) has appeared on episodes of the TNT series Southland and the FOX comedy The Mindy Project.
Jim Eigo (Acting BFA 72), whose work as an AIDS activist was profiled in the recent Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague , was a guest on a panel exploring the messages of the film and its impact on April 24, sponsored by the West Hollywood Library Foundation . The event was a benefit for the Foundation, for the National AIDS Monument and for the planned Dr. Michael Gottlieb HIV/AIDS Information Center. A screening of the film preceded the panel discussion.
Playwrights' Arena presented the world premiere of Janine Salinas Schoenberg's new play, The Anatomy of Gazellas , with Cristina Frias (Acting MFA 11) and Elizabeth Frances Yoakem (Acting BFA 08), and featuring video by Keith Skretch (Scene Design MFA 12). The play ran from April 27 through May 19 at Atwater Village Theater.
Asta Hostetter (Costume Design MFA 12) created the costumes for The Hotel Colors at Bushwick Starr  in Brooklyn this spring. She also designed the costumes for Pinkolandia, which ran through May 26 at INTAR  in New York.
Jasmine Hughes (Acting MFA 12) appeared in The Tonganoxie Project, an immersive theatrical experience exploring the city of Tonganoxie, Kansas and the iconic play that it inspired: Bus Stop, by William Inge. Presented by the Middle Voice Theatre Company at New York's Royal Theatre at the Producer's Club, the project was presented from March 27 through March 31.
Hot Cat, a new work inspired by Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, was directed and choreographed by School of Theater faculty member Tina Kronis at Theatre of NOTE  in Los Angeles. The production this spring featured costumes by Amanda Lee (Costume Design MFA 12).
Dan Leigh (Acting 73) left his position as production designer on CBS's Person of Interest and will design the feature film Tracers for Temple Hill Entertainment.
Jodi Nelson (Acting MFA 03) is completing her PhD in Media/Film at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, specializing in new/social media in participatory filmmaking. In July, she will be costarring in Cross and Star, a film being shot in Brazil and directed by Tiaraju Aronovich. She will be teaching a master class in actors self-taping auditions at the International Festival/Stanislavski Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil in August. In September in England, she will be starring in a short film that she wrote titled To Quote. Her documentary feature Single Girl in a Virtual World: What Does a 21st Century Feminist Look Like, is an official entry in the Monaco International Film Fest. Last year, she published her first book, Confessions of a Working Actor, which is available on Lulu.com and Amazon.com. She wrote, directed, and acted in six short films over the past two years. And she starred in Man. Woman. Blackbird (2009), which has been screened at numerous festivals.
Lighting designer and theater scholar Duro Oni (Scenic Design MFA 83) has been appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor (Management Services) of the University of Lagos in Nigeria, where he has been professor of arts and dean of the faculty of arts. A symposium was held in his honor last December on the occasion of his 60th birthday. Having taught theater design and technology over the past 35 years, Oni has helped shape generations of artists and designers of the Nigerian stage and motion picture industry, known as Nollywood.
One of the major events of the upcoming theater season will likely be the Broadway staging of Romeo and Juliet featuring Condola Rashad (Acting BFA 08) as Juliet opposite Orlando Bloom’s Romeo, set to begin previews August 24 at the Richard Rodgers Theater. The play is scheduled to open on September 19. In early May, Rashad was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for her portrayal of Young Woman on Bus in the Broadway revival of Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful with Cicely Tyson (who won the Tony for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play), Cuba Gooding Jr., and Vanessa Williams. Rashad was also nominated for a 2013 Drama Desk award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for the role.
Kathleen Reinbold (Producing and Production Management MFA 2012) has been appointed Concept Development Manager at BRC Imagination Arts, founded by Bob Rogers (Film/Video 72). Reinbold will be involved in creative project management, creative leadership, scheduling, budget management, problem solving, and the blending of environmental design with technology and story telling. BRC creates and produces visitor experiences for theme parks, museums, corporate brand experiences and attractions throughout the world. Reinbold has been assigned to BRC's office in Burbank.
Leon Rothenberg (Design and Production MFA 02) won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Play for The Nance, by Douglas Carter Beane. The show, at the Lyceum Theatre, also features understudy Matthew Goodrich (Theater MFA 12).
Media theorist and writer Douglas Rushkoff's (Directing MFA 86) new book, Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now , has been reviewed by Janet Maslin in The New York Times  and is available in bookstores, on Amazon, and with other online booksellers. Rashkoff says that the book is the most important of his career, and is about life in a temporal landscape defined by always-on digital techologies and "what it means to live in an era when the past and future seem to have collapsed into the present."
Kegels for Hegel, the conceptual art project co-founded by Alexis Salas (Costume Design 03) is currently working on its first album, F*cking with Philosophers, and is looking for collaborators. Kegels for Hegel recently performed at the University Art Gallery at UC San Diego. Its short films and clips of performances can be viewed at its YouTube Channel .
Meredith Lynsey Schade (Theater MFA 06) is an associate producer of Christopher Durang's comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play and was nominated for five other Tony awards. It won the 2013 Drama Desk award for Outstanding Play and the 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Play and was honored as Best Play by The New York Drama Critics' Circle. The lighting designer for the show, which is playing at the Golden Theatre, is Justin Townsend (Theater MFA 03). Townsend won the 2013 Drama Desk award for Outstanding Lighting Design for David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s Here Lies Love.
Run the Tide , written and produced by Rajiv Shah (Acting 02) won the Grand Jury Prize for Project Catalyst at the 2013 L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival in May. The film is about two brothers who flee their desert home after their mother is released from prison.
New York  magazine has profiled Cecily Strong (Acting BFA 06), a featured player on Saturday Night Live. The article, 85 Minutes with Cecily Strong, appears in the April 15 issue.
The play FleshEatingTiger  by Amy Tofte (Writing for Performance MFA 11), which premiered at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, will appear at Highways in Santa Monica on June 21 and June 22 at 8:30 pm. The cast includes Sam Breen (Acting MFA 11) and Gabriela Trigo (Acting MFA 12), with costumes by Jenny Foldenauer (Costume Design MFA 12), lights by Ryan Bona (Lighting Design MFA 12), and scenic design by Sarah Krainin (Scenic Design MFA 08). The assistant producer is Cady Zuckerman (Acting MFA 10).
Michael Vanderbilt (Management MFA 11) has been hired as Gil Netter's assistant at his production company, Gil Netter Productions (Life of Pi; The Blind Side).
On November 12, 2012, several Calartians were honored at the L.A. Stage Alliance's 2012 Ovation Awards, recognizing the best in Los Angeles' theater community. Winners were selected from nearly 400 productions and included Hugo Armstrong (Acting BFA 98) for Featured Actor for his performance as Lucky the Center Theatre Group's production of Waiting for Godot; Lap Chi Chu (Theater faculty) for Lighting Design of The Convert at Center Theatre Group; and Veronika Vorel (Theater BFA 05) for her Co-sound Design of The Children at The Theatre @ Boston Court.
Melissa Berger (Acting MFA 86) is a talent agent at CESD , a senior agent in the theatrical department and a top agent in VoiceOver for young talent. She is married to William Martin Brennan (Acting BFA 86), an actor working on television and in commercials.
Pamala Buzick (Design and Production BFA 01) has launched Maven Label , "representing advertising's best talent." Clients include Breed, Coy!, Final Cut, Furlined, Hello! and Squeak E Clean.
Cristina Frias (Acting MFA 11) is currently appearing as Victoria in the West Coast premiere of the hit Broadway show, The MotherF**ker with a Hat  at the South Coast Repertory Theatre from January 6-27, 2013.
Narendra "Andy" Gala (Acting MFA 11) will star in ABC Family's Christmas movie The Mistle-Tones , with Tori Spelling and Tia Mowry airing Sunday, December 9 at 8pm. Andy was interviewed about his role on Fanpop . He is also scheduled to appear in the upcoming television movie, Carriers.
Dana Gourier  (Acting 10) was featured as "Cora" in Academy Award Best Picture nominee Django Unchained.
Jennifer Koblosky (Production and Stage Management MFA 09) has been a production coordinator and assistant project manager at BRC Imagination Arts  in Burbank since 2010. BRC, which was founded by Bob Rogers (Film/Video 72), is one of the world's leading entertainment design companies, with projects including the USA Pavilion and the Information & Communications Pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield, Illinois. Jennifer is currently working on several projects taking her from the Middle East to the Caribbean.
Joel Marshall (Acting MFA 94) has recently released the short film Dark Knight Aurora , addressing the tragedy in Aurora, CO on July 20, 2012.
Duro Oni  (Scenic Design MFA 83) served as the Director/Chief of the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC), as director of the University of Lagos' Centre for Cultural Studies, and as Professor and Head of the Department of Creative Arts at the University of Lagos, where was made dean of the Faculty of Arts in 2009. The University will host a special 60th birthday celebration in his honor on December 15, 2012.
Oni has published extensively and has recently released Stage Lighting Design: the Nigerian Perspective, Technical Theatre Practice in Nigeria and Trends in the Theaory and Practice of Theater in Nigeria. He holds a Master's degree in Theater Arts at University of Ibadan, where he also received a Ph.D.
Stephanie Regina (Theater BFA 12) is performing in Oedipus Rex XX/XY, a new take on Sophocles’ tragedy, Oedipus the King, with the Faux-Real Theater Company  at La MaMa E.T.C.  in New York from March 7 to March 24.
It Came From the ______! A Choose-Your-Own-Play , written and produced by Kathleen Reinbold (Producing & Production Management MFA 12) opened at Son of Semele Theater in
Los Angeles on March 8. The show, a “choose-your-own-adventure”
1950s-style B-monster-movie send-up that follows a team of scientists and their entourage as they hunt down a monster that’s been attacking small-town America, runs until March 16. Actors include Paul Turbiak (Acting MFA 08), Olivia Sandoval (Acting MFA 12), and Jeremy Kinser (Acting BFA 12). The stage manager is Emily Ruth Carter (Williams) (Stage Management MFA 11), lighting design is by Anna C. Martin (Lighting Design MFA 12), and costume design is by Lynne Marie Martens (Costume Design MFA 12).
Christina "Tina" Tangalakis (P.A.D.T. 00), had a successful career as a wardrobe stylist for film and television when she decided to take part in a volunteer-tourism group traveling to Ghana in 2009. Her experiece with local clothing artists led her to launch Della , a woman-owned and woman-run Los Angeles-based fashion line that works directly with a community in West Africa, providing jobs, education and skills training to employees.
Deadline.com  reports that QED International recently acquired Zina Zaflow's (Acting 01) 52 Percent, a new romantic comedy.
Roz Fulton-Dahlie (Lighting Design MFA 08) has been appointed to the Lighting and Lighting Technology faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts' School of Design and Production.
Brandon Baker (Lighting Design '10) is designing the upcoming World Premiere for New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater. His design for Year of the Rabbit is a collaboration between acclaimed singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens and NYCB choreographer Justin Peck. At 24, Brandon is the youngest person to ever design for the company.
Elephant Room  produced by Dorit Avganim (BFA Acting '05) and her company Neighborhood Productions  is showing at the Kirk Douglas Theater August 22nd through September 16th. Marisa Blankier (BFA Stage Management '12) is the stage manager and Chris Kuhl (BFA Lighting Design '05) is the Lighting Designer. Tickets 
Tyrone Davis (MFA Acting '12) is currently serving as artist-in-residence at A.C.T.  for six months and teaching acting at continuation high schools in the San Francisco Unified School District.
Narendra Gala (MFA Acting '11) Has been selected to perform in this year's ABC Diversity Showcase.
Laura Youngkin (Management '10) was promoted to Associate Producer/Imagineer at Walt Disney Imagineering. Laura is also the recent winner of the Women in Film/ABC 2012 Shadowing Initiative Program Competition.
Fontella Boone (MFA Theatre/P.A.D.T. '91) is costume designing Transit at the Tom Bradley Terminal in LAX. The event is open to the public and will take place in the TBIT arrivals Lobby underneath the videostrip.
David O (BFA Acting '92) will be Music Director and Composer for the grand opening of Music Center's new park on Grand Ave on July 26th at 10am. He is also composing for the Getty's new show, Helen.
Hisa Takakuwa (MFA Directing '90) has directed Snow Angel which South Coast Repertory's Teen Players will present at the Nicolas Studio at SCR .
Chad Bauman (MFA Theater '04) will be leaving Arena Stage to take a position as the Associate Director/ Director of Marketing & Membership at the Smithsonian Associates
Darrow Carson (MFA Acting '98) wrote a short film, EMPTY that has been accepted into the Dances With Film Festival
Leilani Drakeford (BFA Acting '06) has been cast as Delia in Lorraine Hanesberry Theatre's production of Blues for an Alabama Sky by Pearl Cleage
Rona Edwards (BFA Acting '77) has recently published her book The Complete Filmmaker's Guide to Film Festivals 
Eternal Thou recived a great reviwew  on Backstage's website. Alums include actors Vonzell Carter (MFA Acting '09), and Jenny Greer (MFA Acting '11). Also Costume Designer Ariel Boroff (Costume Design '10), Scenic Designer Sarah Krainin (MFA Scenic Design '08) , and Lighting Designer Ian Garrett (MFA Lighting Design '08).
Ayana Hampton (MFA Acting '06) Performed in The Morning After Show at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles April 12th-14th.
Cody Henderson (BFA Acting '96) premiered his play The Bewildered Herd in April 14th at the Greenway Court Theater.
David Mack (MFA Theater '08) is the Managing Director of Riot/Rebellion  performance of the Watts Village Theater Company
Marjam Oskoui (MFA Theater '99) is participating in a group show at the Papillion Institute or Art in Los Angeles called the Be Beautiful Project opening on March 17th.
Beata Pilch (MFA Acting '93) artistic director of the Trap Door Theatre in Chicago has most recently been awarded an artist residency at the Cite des Arts Internationale in Paris for the next three months.
Condola Rashad (BFA Acting '08) had been nominated for a Tony for Stick Fly
JP Allen's (Theater '84) film Stephanie's Image was written about  by Christine Ziemba. He also has a new feature film Centaur  opening theatrically March 23rd in San Fransisco at Landmark's Lumiere Theatre.
Olusola Bamishigbin (MFA Theater '11) appeared on ABC Family's new show Design By Jane in her television debut on February 14th in the episode The Teen Model .
In February, Abica Dubay (BFA Acting '09) will appear in Sarah's War  with fellow alumnus Will Green (Acting '09) at Hollywood's Hudson Theater.
Emily Williams Carter (Theater Management '10) reports that she and her husband Vonzell Carter (MFA Acting '09) cofounded a new fight team/production company, Thousand Pounds . Emily is serving as the company's team manager and shares that Thousand Pounds is receiving attention following the release of its short film, Dreamers Fight. The team was recently interviewed by ExtraHype.com .
Vonzell Carter (MFA Acting '09)see Emily Williams Carter.
Will Green - see Abica Dubay.
Jeffrey Hirsch (BFA Theater '74) has been named Frye Art Museum's Deputy Directer, Communications.
John Irving (BFA Acting '02) reports that he and his wife, Nicolle McMillion Irving (Theater '02) have recently launched the Renaissance Center for the Arts in Lancaster, CA. In addition, the two pastor the Holy Renaissance Movement  church. The Irvings, who were married in 2002, now have two sons and twin daughters.
Nicolle McMillion Irving (Theater '02) -- See John Irving.
Glen Miller (Scenic Design '79) reports that he will be included in the CFDA book and exhibition, IMPACT - 50 Years of The Council Of Fashion Designers Of America, which will be available on February 1st. The exhibition runs from February 10th - April 17 at the Museum at FIT on Seventh Avenue at 27th St. in New York.
Dalila Ali Rajah (MFA Theater '00) was recently interviewed  about life, LGBT, and being gay and black in Hollywood.
Carolyn Almos (MFA 93), Matt Almos (MFA 93), Jon Beauregard (BFA 91) and Albert Dayan (BFA 94) have a writing and performing partnership called Burglars of Hamm. Their latest work, a Center Theatre Group commission, will receive two public readings at the Kirk Douglas Theatre on September 17th at 8 pm and September 18th at 7 pm. The play is called "The Behavior of Broadus" and is loosely based on the life of John Broadus Watson, the father of behaviorism and modern advertising. David O (BFA 91) will be music directing and Michole Briana White (BFA 91) and Hugo Armstrong (BFA 98) are in the cast.
Josh Chambers (MFA Directing 06) is directing “BIG BRO / lil bro”, a world premiere play at Company of Angels Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. The cast includes another CalArts Alum, Vincent Tula (MFA Acting 07). The set and sound were designed by Jeff Teeter (BFA Scenic Design/Video 06) and lights were designed by Brandon Baker (BFA scheduled for 2010).
The Fifty Year Sword a ghost story by Mark Z. Danielewski was performed on Halloween eve with Christine Marie (MFA Theater '09), Rachel Mestrovich (Theater '10), and Paul Turbiak (MFA Theater '08).
Liz English (Theater '10) and her new theater company A Collection of Shiny Objects, is debuting in the ANT Festival at Ars Nova.
Amy Heebner (BFA Theater '75) preparing for public readings of one of her original scripts in NYC."After the Ph.D." is a contemporary love story about academicians set in New York with some scenes in Europe.The readings will take place on Thursday evening, October 6, 2011, and Friday evening, October 7, 2011, at the Dramatists Guild's Loewe Room in New York City. Readings start at 7 o'clock on Thursday and 7:30 on Friday.
Emily Jackson (BFA Theater '09) performed in Waiting for Lefty a dpression era play on the steps of City Hall at Occupy LA early in October.
Toussaint Jeanlouis (BFA Acting '10) was nominated for Best Actor in the New Orleans Horror Film Festival
Lars Jan (MFA Directing '08) has been selected as a TED Fellow 
Gabriel Marantz (BFA Theatre '09) and Phil Soltanof will be presenting thier site specific piece SITSTANDWALKLIEDOWN  on Friday August 5th at 1:00pm and 4:30pm on Spring Street and the Williamstown Campus in Williamstown, MA as part of the Williamstown Theater Festival.
Tina Tangalakis (BFA Theater '00) is designing for the fabric accessories line Della Los Angeles , known for it's dedication to changing the lives of women and children in Ghana where their line is made
The company of Cooking Oil , a performance and public dialogue initiative written by Deborah Asiimwe (MFA Writing for Persormance '09, has been invited to present at the Centre by Centre Festival in Kigali, Rwanda this summer following successful performances and panel sessions in Kampala, Uganda in October 2010. Asiimwe was the Overall Winner for the 2010 BBC World Service African Performance Playwriting Competition. Cooking Oil involves three other Theater School alumnae, including director Emily Mendelsohn (MFA Directing '09; see Darius Mannino '06), designer Shannon Scrofano (MFA Scenic Design '06) and producer Miranda Wright (MFA Management '09).
Brandon Baker (BFA '10 Lighting Design) will be designing at the Guggenheim Museum Works & Process Celebration of David Del Tredici. This performance features a new ballet by Tony Nominated Choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett. The event takes place March 27th & 28th at the Guggenheim Museum's Peter B. Lewis Theater in New York City.
Vonzell Carter - See Maureen Huskey (MFA '09 Directing).
Check out Leila Ghaznavi's (MFA '10 Acting) mention in Backstage . Her show, Silken Veils,recently toured the Iranian Theatre Festival in New York. She will return to Edinburgh this August to try and repeat her sold out performance this past summer.
Kerry Gibbons (MFA Costume Design ‘10) designed costumes for Red Shark Productions' Macbeth at Wings Theater in NewYork.
E. Martin Gimenez (MFA '09 Sound Design) desgined the sound and projections for The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe at Pomona College in Claremont.
Dana Gourier (Acting '10) appeared in the second episode of Treme , potraying Det. LeRoy, on HBO. Also, she will sing the National Anthem at the New Orleans Arena for the AFL VooDoo Game on June 3.
Selected as the winner of the 2010 Yale Drama competition for blu , Virginia (Vicki) Grise's (MFA '09 Writing for Performance) Rasgos Asiaticos  has been selected for a staged reading at 2011 Asuncion.
Maureen Huskey (MFA '09 Directing) will be directing SHOE STORY at Teatre of NOTE. It previews on Thursday, April 14th and runs through Saturday, May 22. Also involves Sound Design by Brian Maier (MFA '09 Sound Design), costumes by Hunter Wells (MFA '10 Costume Design) and fight choreography by Vonzell Carter (MFA '09 Acting)
Toussaint Jean Louis will appear in Urban Theater Movement's production of Jose Rivera's Massacre (Sing to Your Children)  from April 8 to May 15.
In March, Jessica Kubzansky (MFA Directing '94) directed a CalArts co-production of Tennessee Williams’ Camino Real  with the Boston Court Theater in Pasadena, where she is Artistic Director.
Carla Linton (MFA '10 Lighting Design) is the designer for "Opal" for the Incubator Arts Project
Brian Maier - See Maureen Huskey (MFA '09 Directing).
Darius Mannino (MFA Acting '06) recently returned from Kigali Rwanda, where he was working on a Theater Communications Group/TCG  grant to "enhance ongoing relationships with several Rwandan theater artists through the creation of an original, artist-generated work to be performed in both Rwanda and the U.S." While there, he was able to collaborate on a work with Emily Mendelsohn  (MFA Directing '09), who is studying theater on a Fulbright Fellowship.
Sean McGowan (BFA '00 Theater) is starring in Rockstar Entertainment's newest video game L.A. Noire
Emily Mendelson - See Darius Mannino (MFA Acting '06).
Dave Mickey - See James O'Niel (BFA '75 Theater).
Laura Mroczkowski (MFA '02 Lighting Design) has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her lighting of SPY GARBO.
Cricket S Myers (MFA '03 Sound Design) received a Tony nomination for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo at the Richard Rogers Theater on Broadway, which opened March 31st.
James O'Neil (BFA '75 Theater) is the writer and director for LONESOME TRAVELER's world premiere at the Rubicon Theatre  with Media Design by Dave Mickey (MFA '08 Sound Design).
Kat Ochsner (MFA Acting '04) will appear in Oracle Theater Company's production of Radio Goggles  from June 25 - August 6, where she will get to collaborate with fellow Calartian Max Truax (MFA Directing '03), Oracle's Outreach Director. 
Darren Olivero - See Roland Rosencranz (BFA '91 PDAT).
Michael Perlmutter’s (BFA Acting ’81) world premier of My Perfect Alibi was held at the Bell Arts Factory  in Ventura, CA March 18-27.
Roland Rosencranz (BFA '91 PDAT) has been working as an art director for CSI Miami and Darren Olivero (BFA '09 PDAT) has been a creative consultant.
David Stears (BFA '00 Theater) is directing the New Works Festival at College of the Canyons 
R. Christopher Stokes (MFA Lighting Design '10) designed the lighting for award-winning playright Nick Salamone’s The Sonneteer at the Davidson/Valentini Theater in Santa Monica, CA. He also designed The Crucible at Banshee Theater in Burbank, and Tartuffe at the Actor's Gang in Culver City.
Andre Thompson  (MFA Acting'10) appeared in The Red Fern Theater's production of Mapplethorpe Doesn't Live Here Anymore.
Rainbow Underhill (Acting '97) will perform in Brody Condon, Line Up (After Trisha)  at LACMA on Thursday, April 28.
Ian Verdun (BFA Acting ‘07) stars in and Adam Flemming (MFA 07 Scenic Painting) designed sets for the critically acclaimed play, Daddy , now playing at the Hudson Mainstage in Hollywood through April 10.
Hunter Wells - See Maureen Huskey (MFA '09 Directing).
Filmmakers Sarah Louise Wilson (BFA Acting '01) and Mercedes LeAnza are holding free community screenings of their new film, The Accidental Death of Joey by Sue , on April 2 to benefit Los Angeles' Plaza de la Raza.
Elizabeth Yokem (BFA Acting '08) appeared in Native Voices’ world premier of The Frybread Queen  March 12-27 at the Wells Fargo Theater/Autry Center in Los Angeles.
Laura Youngkin (MFA Producing '10) has joined Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, under fellow alumni Michael Jung (MFA Directing '94) and Matt Almos (MFA Directing '93), Laura is focused on the development of Shanghai Disneyland, which will open in 2015.