Alumni News by decade

2020s

Linda Kerns, 1977 — Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Kearns teaches "Singing for the Musical Theatre," and spoke at Graduation in 1982. Credits include: Broadway; "Nine: The Musical," "Big River," National Tour; "Beauty and the Beast," Wicked," "Les Miserables" (Madame Thenardier, 3rd National, l988-l989), Off-Broadway; "Smoke on the Mountain," "Regional: Gulf View Drive," "Into the Woods," Film; "Titanic," "Mrs. Santa Claus," "Miranda's Marionettes," Director; "The Man Who Came to Dinner," "Pride and Prejudice," "I Do! I Do!," "The Fantasticks," "Going to St. Ives." See more
Arianna Wellmoney, 2016 — Starring in “La Santera” - a new TV Pilot that tells the story of a Dominican girl who opens up a Pandora’s box when she decides to use her mother’s Santeria to protect her younger sister. Wellmoney will play the role of Melissa, the girlfriend of the protagonist. The Pilot is set to be released later this year. See more
Kelly Love, 2013 — "That's My Time," a short film produced by Love's production company - ToeNale Productions - is in its final stages. The company is run by Love and her husband, who directed the film and had a supporting role, while Love wrote, produced and starred in the lead role. Fellow alumni, Deanna Psilopoulos ('13) also stars. See more
Karen Johal, 2016 — Hi, I have recently been cast as the lead in a thriller feature film for Kill the lion films. It is called "Victimhood" and is directed by Cody Clarke. It is going to be filmed in late 2020 in New York. I was also featured as the lead in "Man on the Phone" by Nicholas Aquilino and the film has won three awards including an award at the Canada Shorts film festival. More recently the film "Frank's Plan" has become available to stream from Amazon prime video and I starred as the lead role "Kathy". Cast as the lead in a thriller feature-film for the production company Kill The Lion Films. The film "Victimhood," directed by Cody Clarke, will film late 2020 in New York. Johal was featured as the lead in "Man on the Phone," by Nicholas Aquilino, which has already won three awards. Most recently, Johal played the lead role Kathy in "Frank's Plan," which is available to stream on Amazon Prime. See more
Claudia Dolph, 2000 — Live Variety Show called C&C: Variety Hour that's been running in the Los Angeles area for 8 years. A LatinX Superhero Podcast called "Soldadera," will make its debut in the coming months for the FutureX Network. Currently in post for several short films and host/produce backyard concerts in the LA area. Co-founder of Geek Girl Authority, and can be seen regularly on a variety of new media/digital platforms as well as Comic Conventions throughout the US. See more
Darius Journigan, 2017 — Acting course offered by acting coach Darius A. Journigan, followed by a live showcase for industry professionals, as well as family and friends. Lessons are designed to expand awareness of self, create complex and multi- dimensional characters, and become equipped with advanced techniques that translate to stage and screen. Members will workshop two contrasting monologues and one contemporary scene - the scene will be filmed and edited professionally. See more

2010s

Lindsay Mushett, 2014 — Since graduating in 2014, Lindsay Mushett has landed roles on stage and on screen. In the New York theater scene, Mushett has appeared in famous plays such as; "To Wong Foo," "Blithe Spirit," and "Othello," to name a few. Mushett has made a name for herself as a frequent cast member of numerous crime dramas, including "Blue Bloods," "The Blacklist," and "FBI: Most Wanted." Most recently, catch Mushett in "Big Dogs," the alternate-reality crime-drama series. See more
Celine Rosalie Zoppe, 2018 — After finishing her training with the Los Angeles Company, Celine Rosalie Zoppe (Class of 2018), has received numerous credits onstage and onscreen. Immediately after leaving The Academy, Zoppe was seen in Hollywood’s Fringe Festival in the farce, "Boeing, Boeing," with a cast of Academy graduates. Zoppe is represented by Pacific Talent & Models, and Naturally Fit Agency LA, and has auditioned for an upcoming production in the "Power Rangers" franchise. Recently, you can find her in "L’Hommage a L’Amour," and the lifetime feature, "Reckless Renegades." See more
Karen Johal, 2016 — After graduation, Johal has secured many leading roles in theater, television, and film, including a production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar to a play centered around the 7/7 London bombings. While in school, Johal was nicknamed "the secret box," a hint at her discovering of things which surprised even herself. Catch Johal playing a wide range of roles in the New York theater scene, from the comedic and endearing-type, to the loud, boisterous types featured in Contemporary American Drama. See more
Braxton Hale, 2017 — Selected to be in the series "100 Humans," a show which casts one-hundred people from varying backgrounds to explore "age, sex, happiness and other aspects of being human." An Academy alumni, Hale is Human #90, an important piece of the puzzle in the series. Of the eight episodes out for streaming, Hale features prominently in the final episode. See more
Andrew Dean, 2017 — Short-film "Distance," written by and starring Andrew J. Dean II (class of 2018), has been accepted to festival First-Time Filmmaker Sessions. The piece was directed by Fabrizio Daniele (class of 2019), and stars Jason Gratias (class of 2019), with a production team including Charlotte Hendrickx (class of 2019), and Oliver Boon (class of 2019). See more
Jonathan Steiger, 2014 — After spending time as an usher for the hit Broadway show, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," Steiger will join the San Francisco cast as Scorpius, the bewildered son of Draco Malfoy. Unlike his father, Scorpius is a sweeter, more sensitive character, with a sense of mischief and mayhem. Steiger refers to Scorpius as "the funny guy who is very relatable to a lot of people." Information and tickets available at: www.harrypotterplay.com/san-francisco 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. The comedy-farce played its final Broadway performance in Spring of 2019. Catch Lanceley on the hit series "Blue Bloods" and as MI5 Agent Simon in CBS's "FBI." See more
Juan Pablo Mendive, 2018 — Juan Pablo Mendive breaks new ground in the new play "Rapiña: Four Short Stories Of Love And Predation" in New York's Times Square. Penned by and featuring Argentinian artists, "Rapiña" delves into trials of the human spirit while bringing new and exciting voices to the arts. Mendive will continue to bring new stories to the arts community. See more
Amanda Toan, 2018 — Recent Alumni Amanda Toan is cast in "Neon Tide," the new cyberpunk video game based on the visual novel of the same name. Toan plays the character Aurora, who works an important and critical role. Developed by Skyride Studios, this new and exciting game will be released August 28th, 2019. See more
Benjamin Anderson, 2018 — Founded and run by Academy alum and faculty member Adam Chambers, The LOFT Ensemble is one of the most recognizable Theater Companies in Los Angeles. Recently, graduate Benjamin Andersen was seen starring in "Blues For Mister Charlie." The production was a resounding success and garnered praise from critics and audiences alike. See more

2000s

Elena Beuca, 2008 — Elena Beuca, a Romanian native and graduate of the 2008 class, has been using social media to create inspiring and motivational content. When she was 27, Beuca moved to the United States to attend The Academy, and after a few years of training, she started to receive consistent work in film and television. Making her directorial debut in 2017 with "D-Love," which was re-released in 2020 under the title, "Talita." Beuca is developing two social media platforms, "El Leil" and "Eclectic," with the purpose of benefiting charities, nonprofits, and communities. See more
Christina Valentine, 2009 — "We Burn Like This," a film which took over four years to make, features Christina Valentine. The film is written and directed by Alana Waksman, based on a short story she penned in college. "We Burn Like This," explores the growing surge of antisemitism in Montana. The film receives notice from audiences for its relevance and passion. See more
Katie Aselton, 2004 — Academy alumna Katie Aselton is set as the female lead opposite Nate Bargatze in his multi-camera ABC comedy pilot, from The Carmichael Show creators Jerrod Carmichael and Ari Katcher, showrunner Danielle Sanchez-Witzel and 20th Century Fox TV. See more
Tegan Summer, 2000 — During the curtain call of Broadways "Mean Girls," Tegan Summer got down on one knee. The cast and crew helped him finally pop the question to his girlfriend. Summer has been working consistently in the New York scene, as well as producing and building up Las Vegas arts. 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 — "Anime Crimes Division" actor Angelica Briones is set to star in the film "The Debt of Maximillian" in 2019. Catch her in her role on "Sinister Minister," which first aired internationally in Summer 2018 that has been consistently re-airs since its debut. See more
Naomi McDougall Jones, 2008 — Writer, actress, producer, and Academy Grad Naomi Macdougall Jones creates TEDTalk. MacDougall Jones' speech titled "The Women in Film Revolution Begins With You" has received over 1 million views on TED.com. Founder & Chief Impact Officer of The 51 Fund, a new venture capital fund dedicated to financing films written, directed, and produced by women. Her new film, "Bite Me," released Spring of 2019 to rave reviews and audience favor. See more

1990s

Lisa LoCicero, 1990 — Lisa LoCicero (Class of 1990) has proved herself as a worthy television star, with credits in numerous series throughout the past three decades. Her first major role after graduation was in the soap opera, "Loving," which she remained with when it was spun off into "The City." LoCicero has appeared in numerous "Star Trek "titles; "Star Trek: Voyager," "Star Trek: Armada II," "Star Trek: Bridge Commander," "Star Trek: Elite Force II," and most recently, "Star Trek: Online." It has been in soap operas where LoCicero has made her name, having grown up a fan of "General Hospital," LoCicero has been a series regular on the show since 2008, playing the role of Olivia Falconeri. It was for this that LoCicero was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, in 2015. See more
Tara L. Wilson Noth, 1999 — East Coast premiere of "B.R.O.K.E.N. code B.I.R.D. switching," played at the Stephanie Feury Theatre in Los Angeles this past fall. The play will run from July 9 through August 1, with the Berkshire Theatre Group. 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 new play "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 his work "A 24-Decade History of Popular Music." See more
Kevin Sussman, 1991 — Character actor and comedy talent Kevin Sussman plays the recurring role of Stuart Bloom in the hit series "The Big Bang Theory." His work in film and television include "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp," the hit series "The Mentalist," "Burn After Reading," and many others. Sussman is known for strong characterization and impeccable comedic timing. See more

1970s

Steve Shoup, 1975 — Recently directed the one-act farce, "The Carpenter, The Flood, and the Fart," a contemporary update of one of Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales." The play went up for the 8th Annual February Short Play Festival: Sex! in New York's Greenwich Village. See more

1960s

Mary Jo Slater, 1967 — With over 200 credits to her name, 6 Primetime Emmy nominations, and casting productions such as "The Tudors," "Elvis," and "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," it comes as no shock that "Miracle on 42nd Street," which Slater produced, wins a New York Emmy. The production features Larry David, Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson, and Angela Lansbury, to name a few. Find it available through Amazon and its official website, https://miracleon42ndstreet.org. See more
Danny DeVito, 1966 — Danny DeVito was doubly honored at the L.A. Italia Fest where he received the Jack Valenti Los Angeles and Italia Legend Award. Devito received Italy's highest civic honors at the ceremony, becoming a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. Devito has seen constant success throughout his career, with roles from Penguin in "Batman Forever," and Frank in the hit series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." See more
Sandy Martin, 1969 — Making a name for herself over five decades on groundbreaking work, Martin lands the role of Mama Dixon in the film "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." Her eccentric character work landed her roles in "Napoleon Dynamite," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," and the live action remake of "Dumbo." Martin has been known to direct plays with The Los Angeles Company. See more

1950s

Gena Rowlands, 1952 — Receiving well-deserved recognition, Rowlands will join the 2019 Turner Classic Movie Flim Festival for a screening of her 1974 film "A Woman Under the Influence." Directed by Academy alumnus John Cassavetes, “A Woman Under the Influence” looks into the life of Mabel, a wife and mother struggling with mental illness. Rowlands career has marked six decades of award-winning and audience-admired work from "The Notebook," to the comedy series "Monk." See more
Robert Redford, 1959 — 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

1940s

Don Rickles, 1948 — Legendary comedian and actor Don Rickles voices Mr. Potato in "Toy Story 4." Rickles' extensive career was not limited to comedy however, performing in "Kelly's Heroes," and "Casino," making a name for himself as an Emmy winning actor. An alumnus of the New York campus, Rickles passed away April 6, 2017 at the age of 90. See more