Alumni News by decade


Barbara Bernardi, 2017 — After a sold-out Public Reading and a Special Off-Broadway Performance, "This is Me" begin its National Tour. Penned by 2017 Graduate Barbara Bernardi, the show received direction by Award-Winning director and 2010 graduate Yudelka Heyer. Bernardi calls the play "A comedy that shows that who you are as a human being is what defines you, and not how you look or how you were born." Academy alumni involved in the production include Darby Bixler, Sydney K. Holts, Ayesha Hughes, Karen Johal, Katherine Lieblang, Gabriela Lopez Hernandez and Maeve O'Haire. Catch the show August 7th through the 10th, 7 PM at the Mannie Greenfield Theatre in New York. See more
Donald Paul, 2011 — Donald Paul gets a recurring part on season 4 of “Queen of the South”. The show tells the sorry of Teresa who flees Mexico after her drug-runner boyfriend is murdered. Settling in Dallas she looks to become the country's reigning drug smuggler and to avenge her lover's murder. The show began its fourth season on June 6th. Donald will be playing the part of Cedric. Previous credits include ABC's "Quantico" and the Barack Obama biopic, "Southside with You." You can catch him next on the upcoming Netflix series “Raising Dion" releasing in 2019. See more
Rachelle Lynn, 2012 — Written and directed by Rachelle Lynn (2012), "Movie Night" is accepted by its sixth Film Festival. The film stars Lynn across fellow talent Michael Jaynes. The hilarious and relevant comedy takes a look into a movie night gone sour, as Melissa (Lynn) reveals her disdain with being unmarried, despite her recent engagement to Daryl (Jaynes). Previous credits include "American Crime Story" and original work "Silenced." See more
Thomas Puckett, 2019 — Company Director Betty Karlen directs 2018-2019 company members; Oscar Fleming, Matt Torczon, and Katrine Fenger, Celine Rosalie, Theresa Philomena, and Emili Owen, in Marc Camoletti's famous farce "Boeing Boeing." The play is set in the 1960s and centers on bachelor Bernard, who has a flat in Paris and three stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard's life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay, and complications such as weather and a new, speedier Boeing jet disrupt his meticulous scheming. Soon all three stewardesses are in the city simultaneously, and catastrophe looms. This hilarious, romp of a farce is put on with excellence by former Academy students and is something you don't want to miss! The show will be put on at The Flight Theater at The Complex Hollywood, located at 6476 Santa Monica BLVD, 90038, with street parking. The show opens July 19th at 8:00pm and Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm. Additional shows on Sunday at 7:00pm with the exception of July 20th at 3:00pm. Tickets are $10 with an 80% discount for students and alumni - $2. See more
Georgie Storm Waite, 2018 — Comedy Duo and Academy Alumni, Stef Beaton and Georgie Storm Waite create new series of short films titled "The Lost Girls." The series looks into a group of young women working through the ups and downs of adult life. Already receiving nominations for four awards, the series continues to gain recognition. The duo can also be seen in "Getaway," a horror feature written with Alum Devan Schoelen. The duo is excited for what the future holds, as they will continue to work together on projects. See more
Alia Guidry, 2011 — Graduate of the 2011 class, Alia Guidry is featured in the world premiere of Gina Fermia's "The Virtuous Fall" at The Flea Theater in New York. "The Virtuous Fall" runs in repetition with Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure," with cuts by Phoebe Brook. Catch Guidry in CBS's "The Bull" and TBS's "The Last O.G." See more
Chris Lanceley, 2010 — Lanceley played the character of Jonathan in the off-Broadway run of "The Play That Goes Wrong" at New World Stages. Originally created by Mischief Theatre members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields with direction by Mark Bell, "The Play That Goes Wrong" depicts a drama troupe putting on a 1920's murder mystery. At the title suggests, it doesn't go so well, and the accident-prone thespians fight against all odds to make it through the performance to final bows. The production concluded its Broadway run at the Lyceum Theater on January 6th. See more
Juan Pablo Mendive, 2018 — Juan Pablo Mendive recently performed in the play "Rapina" at The Tank in New York's Times Square. "Rapiña: Four Short Stories Of Love And Predation" is an original play by Argentinian playwrights Mariana Topet and Leandro Airaldo. See more
Amanda Toan, 2018 — Amanda Toan has been cast as the animated character "Aurora" in Neon Tide, a new interactive video game based on a cyberpunk visual novel. Developed by Skyride Studios, Neon Tide will be launching in Summer 2019. See more
Benjamin Anderson, 2018 — Founded and run by Academy Alumni and faculty member Adam Chambers, The LOFT Ensemble is one of the most famous and well-renowned Theater Companies in Los Angeles. LOFT consistently features Academy Alumni in title roles and looks to create shows which experiment and innovate. Recently, graduate Benjamin Andersen was seen starring in "Blues For Mister Charlie." The production was a resounding success, running over one month with praise from critics and audiences alike. See more
Taiana Tully, 2016 — Los Angeles Alumni Taiana Tully booked a guest star role on the CBS's "Hawaii Five-O." Taiana has made a name for herself in several independent films, numerous commercials, and actively working as a character performer for Disney. Upcoming productions include "Water Like Fire" and "Aloha Surf Hotel." Catch her on Season 9, Episode 17 in "Hawaii Five-O." See more
Jillian Geurts, 2014 — Jillian Geurts stars in play Holy Day. The play was be directed by Academy Company Co-Director Barbara Rubin and former Head of Movement Heather Benton. The cast was a really special group of artists featuring four Academy alumnus in the cast and Indigenous Australian actor and rising-star Chenoa Deemal. See more
Francisca Lozano, 2017 — Francisca stars in the new slasher film 'Romina' recently released on Netflix. 'Romina' tells the story of a shocking assault inspires horrific violence when a group of teens encounters a girl from their school while camping in a remote spot. See more
Blu Hunt, 2015 — Blu will play Danielle Moonstar in the upcoming Marvel film 'The New Mutants' set for release in 2019. 'The New Mutants' is the first X-Men film to step into the horror genre as it draws influence from 'New Mutants No. 18.' See more
Sabrina Kern, 2015 — Sabrina Kern played the titular role in the 2019 feature film 'St. Agatha.' Set in 1950's Georgia, a pregnant con woman on the run seeks refuge in a convent hidden in deafening isolation See more


Larissa Bonaci, 2007 — Larissa Bonaci wins her Best Actress Award at the Festival de Cine en Corto Ciudad de Vera for her role in the short film 'FEAR' directed by Juan Jose Serrano Olmedo. See more
Georgia Sidell, 2015 — Hailing from Britain, Georgia Sidell is a recognizable force on stage and screen. Acting and training since she was a young girl, Sidell found a passion for acting quickly. After graduating the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2015, Sidell played the title role of Jane Austen's "Emma." She is currently working on a new interactive film alongside Dermot Keaney. See more
Robert Beddall, 2009 — Robert Beddall recently completed a very successful run of King Charles III at the Pasadena Playhouse. He also recently completed filming for the upcoming TV show 'Sneakerheads' with Michael Rapaport and Directed by Dave Myers. He was part of "Noise", a short directed by Michael Aloyan which premiered at the Austin Film Festival this year to great acclaim and his TV show pilot episode of Patriots goes into production in 2020 with Goosemango Films. See more
Ishan Morris, 2002 — Ishan Morris graduated from The Academy in 2002 and since has been gaining consistent work in features and series alike. Find him in such productions as "Taken (2018)," USA's "Suits," and "Supernatural" amongst others. Recently, Morris landed a recurring role in the CW reboot "The Lost Boys." The series is set to premiere sometime in early to mid 2020. See more
Burt Grinstead, 2009 — Burt Grinstead is set to play Dr. Jekyll in a new production of the classic novella. Grinstead collaborated with Anna Stromberg in this newly adapted tragic-comic. The Off-Broadway production will play at the SoHo Playhouse between April 17th and May 26th. You can find Grinstead in "9-1-1," "Death Race 2050," and many theatrical productions. See more
Mindy Shoshana Leanse, 2009 — Mindy Shoshana Leanse makes her Off-Broadway debut in a brand new play called "Then They Forgot About the Rest" in spring 2019. The play is a southwest femmetasia in which an ad agency, The Rest, struggles to stay afloat in a new competitive media market. As they get ready to accept their new client, Alleviate (or "the forgetting pill"), members of the agency question the moral implications of selling the drug, while a bereaved mother undergoes trial for it. A frontier futura funk piece with elements of noir. See more
Arturo Castro, 2007 — Arturo Castro stars in the new sketch show "Alternatino With Arturo Castro." Based on his own experiences as a Latino millennial in the United States, Arturo both stars and executive produces the show. Castro is also known for his starring roles in Comedy Central's "Broad City" and Netflix's "Narcos." See more
Angelica Briones, 2007 — Angelica Briones stared in Sinister Minister, which aired internationally in June of 2018 and it still airs at least once a month. See more
Arturo Castro, 2007 — Arturo stars as "Miguel" on the CBS series 'No Activity' also starring Will Ferrell and Tim Meadows. See more
Naomi McDougall Jones, 2008 — Writer, actress, and producer Naomi MacDougall Jones' TEDTalk, 'The Women in Film Revolution Begins with You,' has reached over 1.2 million views after being posted on the homepage. Naomi is the Founder & Chief Impact Officer of The 51 Fund, a new venture capital fund dedicated to financing films written, directed, and produced by women. He new film, Bite Me, is due for release in Summer 2019. See more
Justin Bell, 2004 — Justin Bell and his wife have opened a Theatre Five-One in a local community of Lake County, IL. Their first show premiered on December first with a second show following not too far behind on December 15. It was an improve night and was similar in flavor with the show: "Who's Line Is It Anyway?". In February they hosted their first non-improve show, this time it was a children's show directed by Mr. Bell himself. In March and April Mr. Bell taught acting classes for beginners which was sponsored by the theater. Opened a Theater - Theatre Five-One in Lake County, IL See more


Cedar D. Wolf, 1998 — Wolf is currently working as Production Coordinator for Dorcon Film's upcoming horror flick "The Bitter Taste." Bitter Taste began filming in April and is set to wrap in September. After that, Wolf is directing the crime drama "Razzmatazz," and the feature "Four Seasons" alongside three female directors from different countries; Germany, France, and Bulgaria. Another project in development is the sci-fi comedy series "Die Wahren Hausfrauen von Habenhausen (The Real Housewives of Habenhausen)." See more
Kim Marie Jones, 1994 — "Floor Is Lava" was written by Alex Riad and Directed by Glory Kadigan. It plays at the La MaMA Downstairs Theatre - 66 East 4th Street between Bowery and 2nd Ave. See more
Taylor Mac, 1996 — Alum and playwright Taylor Mac will receive special honors at the 85th Annual Drama League Awards on Friday, May 17, at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York. Mac, whose upcoming "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus" will star Nathan Lane and Kristine Nielsen, shall be honored with the Unique Contribution to the Theater Award. Mac was a 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama for A 24-Decade History of Popular Music. See more
Kevin Sussman, 1991 — Kevin has been a series regular in the hit show 'Big Band Theory' for the past eleven years in addition to his numerous roles in Film in Television. See more
Jeremy Davies, 1990 — Jeremy provides the voice of Baldur in the game 'God of War.' Jeremy Davies is known for his role as Private Upham in 'Saving Private Ryan' and as Daniel Faraday in the hit TV series 'Lost.' See more
Eion Bailey, 1996 — Upon graduation from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1996, Eion Bailey has made a name for himself in character roles to leading men. His work includes Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous," David Fincher's "Fight Club," HBO's "Band of Brothers," and Amazon's "Once Upon A Time." Recently, Bailey landed a guest-star role in Amazon's "The Last Tycoon." Bailey can be found in Sam Shepard's "Fool For Love" at the Soulpepper Theatre Co in Toronto. See more
Maria Tsaroucha, 1997 — Maria Tsaroucha's book "The Universal Actor: Infinite Lives, Infinite Characters, Infinite Frames" has been published in Greek with huge success by the Hellenic Physicist Association and is being translated in English. She is currently working on finding the best publishing company to publish the book in the USA. The book concerns the method taught in the Academy as a starting point on the future of the super-conscious actor. See more


Dan Remmes, 1987 — Actor and writer Dan Remmes' original work; "Grumpy Old Men: The Musical" will be premiering at the La Mirada Theater on September 20th, 2019. The production is set to star Hal Linden and Cathy Rigby, with music and lyrics by Neil Berg and Nick Meglin. Dan has worked with Oscar, Tony, and Emmy-winning performers. "Grumpy Old Men" runs until October 13th. See more
Hélène Cardona, 1989 — Hélène Cardona has been busy since graduating: she's played the French Engineer in Star Trek Discovery, the French Newscaster in The Romanoffs, and guest-stars in the pilot of the new series Palomino & Swissy. See more
Jason Bassett, 1984 — Shortly after Mr. Bassett graduated he took a few survival jobs as a stage manager in LA. Eventually, he moved to NYC in 1992 where he continued to take survival stage manager jobs. In 1998 he landed his first Broadway show, and now 22 years and 20 Broadway shows later he is the Production Supervisor for Hamilton: An American Musical. He was the original stage manager on Broadway and then began supervising all other productions in the U.S. and London. Currently, they are in pre-production for two other productions around the world. See more
Stewart J. Zully, 1980 — Stewart's memoir, MY LIFE IN YANKEE STADIUM; 40 Years as a Vendor and Other Tales of Growing Up Somewhat Sane in the Bronx, is now available on Amazon and at The book not only covers his time as a vendor, but also his career in show business, including tales from his days at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In addition, Stewart can be seen in Vice, the Oscar winning film about Dick Cheney. Stewart plays Mark in the closing credits, getting into a fight during a marketing focus group scene. See more
Jocelyn Forgues, 1989 — Jocelyn Forgues' first feature as writer-director, "Noël en boîte (Christmas in a Box)," a romantic-dramedy, gets BEST FILM at the Objectif Cinéma Desjardins Film Festival - Orléans (Ontario) CANADA. The film is about a television star who finds out compromising photos of her are about to be released. She invites the photographer to spend the Christmas holiday with her at a home in northern Ontario, hoping the exclusive will entice him to give her the pictures. See more
Douglas Carter Beane, 1980 — Douglas Carter Beane premiered his new play, 'The Closet at Williamstown Theater Festival' starring Matthew Broderick in 2018. Broderick plays an employee that pretends to be gay, betting that his company’s fear of being accused of homophobia and discrimination would outweigh its desire to fire him. See more
Stewart J. Zully, 1980 — Alumn Stewart J. Zullycan be seen in the Oscar-nominated film "Vice." Stewart' has also landed a role in 'Speed Kills' starring John Travolta along with a number of television appearances. See more
Carrie-Anne Moss, 1988 — Carrie-Ann Moss has proved herself as a versatile performer of stage and screen. Upon graduation from The Academy, Moss began a career in modeling and found consistent work in television. Most known for her roles as Trinity in "The Matrix" and Natalie in "Memento." Moss has found work in big-budget films and television, and can most recently be found in Netflix's "Jessica Jones" with alongside costar Krysten Ritter. See more
Mary Ann Penzero, 1984 — Matty Ann Penzero has been invited to teach theatre arts, improv and theatre for Special Needs with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. She is using the innovative techniques taught at the Academy. She has also been invited to direct a play entitled "Angel's in Paris" for a theatre program in Westchester N.Y. See more


Steve Shoup, 1975 — Steve Shoup ('75) just directed the one-act farce, THE CARPENTER, THE FLOOD, AND THE FART - a contemporary update of one of Chaucer's bawdy and ribald Canterbury Tales, for the 8th Annual February Short Play Festival: SEX!, at the Players Theater in New York City's Greenwich Village. See more
Peter Weller, 1972 — A Wisconsin native, the famed "RoboCop" actor is a jack-of-all-trades. Weller used his talent in the arts to direct twelve episodes of the critically acclaimed series "Hawaii Five-O." One episode also featured fellow classmate Graham Beckel as part of the cast. Weller has made appearances on "Star Trek Into Darkness," "The New Age," and "RoboCop 2," amongst others. Known for his passion for the arts, Weller holds a PhD in Italian Renaissance Art History. See more
Jane Shepard, 1979 — Shepard is the writer of a screenplay, produced by Showtime that was nominated for a Writer's Guild Award. She also has a book of short plays being published called KICKASS PLAYS FOR WOMEN (published by Samuel French) which are short contemporary plays, each with two-woman casts. Three of the plays made their Off-Broadway debut in 2016 under the title COMMENCING. See more
Donna Pescow, 1975 — Donna landed a reoccurring role as Dr. Sharon Finkel in season four of CW's hit TV show, 'The Flash.' Shortly after graduating from The Academy, Donna was cast as "Annette" in the iconic film "Saturday Night Fever" which launched her career. See more
Kim Lynette Sandstrom, 1976 — Kim Lynette Sanstorm's play "Unboxing in Atlanta" premiered in February of 2019 at the College of Central Florida. See more


Robert Redford, 1969 — Legendary actor Robert Redford, produces a new movie titled "The Mustang". Robert Redford may or may not be retiring from acting, but he’s keeping busy behind the camera, executive producing an inspiring horse drama starring Red Sparrow‘s Matthias Schoenaerts and also features another legendary actor, Bruce Dern. In "The Mustang," Schoenaerts stars as a violent, unhinged convict who undergoes a unique state-mandated rehabilitation program that teaches him to tame wild horses. See more
Armande Assante, 1969 — Armande was honored as the Garden State Film Festival's 2018 MVP Honoree at an awards banquet at The English Manor. Assante appeared on several soap operas before his breakthrough role in "Private Benjamin" starring Goldie Hawn. See more
Danny DeVito, 1966 — Danny DeVito was doubly honored at the closing ceremony of the L.A. Italia Fest where he received of the Jack Valenti Los Angeles, Italia Legend Award and received one of Italy's highest civic honors at the ceremony by becoming a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. See more
Sandy Martin, 1969 — Sandy Martin played Mama Dixon in the award-winning 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.' Sandy has also directed several plays at The Academy for the Los Angeles Company. See more


Gena Rowlands, 1952 — Gena Rowlands will join the 2019 Turner Classic Movie Flim Festival for a screening of her film "A Woman Under the Influence." Directed by Academy alumnus John Cassavetes, “A Woman Under the Influence” tells the story of Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her mental illness proves to be a problem in their marriage. See more
Robert Redford, 1959 — Redford was nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy in 2019 for the film 'The Old Man & the Gun (2018).' See more
Anne Bancroft, 1950 — Anne Bancroft's biography has been released and is the first publication to cover the entire scope of her life and career, including never-before-published family photos, and material from film and theater archives to present a portrait of an artist who raised the standards of acting for all those who followed. See more


Don Rickles, 1948 — Alumnus and late comedian Don Rickles will voice Mr. Potato in "Toy Story 4." Rickles, an alumnus of the New York campus, passed away in April 2017 at the age of 90 and performed the voice of the surly spud Mr. Potato Head since the series’ 1995 inception. See more
Kirk Douglas, 1941 — Photos of Kirk's life and career were recently featured an article in Town & Country Magazine including images from his many iconic films and his 64-year love story with wife Anne Buydens See more
Grace Kelly, 1949 — Grace Kelly's life has recently been chronicled in the new 400 extraordinary collection of black-and-white and color photograph in 'Grace Kelly: Hollywood Dream Girl.' See more