Alumni News by decade

2010s

Nelson Lee, 2001 — Starring in the live-action reboot of Disney's "Mulan," slated to release in early 2020. He will play the role of The Chancellor, across from Yifei Liu as the title role. Also, catch him in DC's Stargirl, set to release next year. See more
Charlotte Hendrickx, 2019 — This past weekend, over 50 Academy students saw their film "Skit Row," receive 6 nominations at The 48 Hour Film Project, Los Angeles. The festival challenges filmmakers, and asks them to do something daunting and yet exciting; produce a seven-minute film in under 48 hours. Hendrickx is also an active member of "Boonbox Productions," along with Fabrizio Daniele ('19), Oliver Boon ('19), and Dominic Peloso ('19). "Boonbox," was instrumental in producing "Skit Row," and is currently in development of new material. See more
Kassy Omobono, 2019 — The LOFT Ensemble gains another Academy grad! Omobono understudies Anna Hart in LOFT's new production of "The Sound of Silence," a romance based on the work of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, and set during the silent film era. The production goes up the third and fourth weekends in September, with Omobono performing as Anna on September 21st at 8PM, and playing ensemble roles other nights, this is a production you don't want to miss. Tickets available at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/18808. See more
Daniel Grave, 2014 — Starring in a short mockumentary titled "The Last Christians" which premiered at two festivals. Directed by David Lichtenauer, the film made its US premiere at The Burbank International Film Festival on September 5th, and was followed by a September 19th screening at the KAPOW Intergalactic Film Festival. The humorous film depicts a ragtag militia founded to defeat ISIS in open battle, but as the film unfolds, the characters have to grasp with their own "misguided longing for significance." See more
Edvin Walther, 2019 — Quick to work after graduation, Walther is busy on "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea" with 2018 alumnus Lydia Reynolds. The duo is working alongside director Jana Lee Hamblin (also an Academy faculty member) at Sycamore Tavern - The Dojo of Comedy this fall. Catch the production September 5th, 7th, and 8th, with a 7PM showtime. See more
Luke Neville, 2017 — New York-based actor and recent grad, Luke Antony Neville talks about his training with The Academy and how it impacted his growth as an actor. Neville has become known for his character work and giving nature on and off stage. Find Neville in working in the New York theater scene, or in the recent short film "Real Drag." See more
Lucy Vico, 2017 — Film "My Great British Girl" premieres on China's Iqiyi network. With two other projects releasing this year - "Bend," a BAFTA-qualifying teaser and "Short Ways," a festival-honored short film - Vico is able to be proud of 2019. But she's not done yet, this fall Vico is set to direct a play at the Short + Sweet Festival in Hollywood starring fellow alum Iva Hasperger ('98). See more
London Morrison, 2011 — Wraps filming on "Loudermilk" with star Ron Livingston after having filmed "Bad Times at the El Royale" with Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges. Morrison can be seen across television in the CW series "Arrow," and the lifetime drama "Victoria Gotti: My Father's Daughter." To top it all off, the 2011 grad can be seen in the famous commercial "First Day Fail." See more
Naomi Castellano, 2017 — Lands role of Liz Mortimer in SAG Feature "The Heart Stays." Following production, the feature is set to make its festival run this upcoming season. The drama follows the lives of two Native American sisters as they choose different paths in life, and the struggles that come with it. Previous credits include "The Land," "Kombuchacha," and "Ghost Finder." See more
Sammi Price, 2015 — "Being Human," a new one-woman show created by and starring graduate Sammi Price opens at 53 Above. Price has worked for 10 years developing the poetry, comedy, dance, and stories for the piece. "Being Human" tells heart-warming stories about connection and human rights, all while pondering the ultimate question; "what does it mean to be human?" The show plays exclusively August 21st, 7PM at 53Above in New York City. See more
Oliver Boon, 2019 — Honored in "British Weekly," Boon featured in a frontpage article for the magazine. Since graduating, Boon has been mentioned in several magazine articles in the past few months. Lately, he has been working in shorts, pilots, and plays around LA. This fall he will be a member of the Los Angeles Company. Find the article at https://www.british-weekly.com/?p=24838 See more
Barbara Bernardi, 2017 — After a sold-out Public Reading and a Special Off-Broadway Performance, "This is Me" begins its National Tour. Penned by 2017 grad 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 where you were born." Academy alumni involved in the production include Darby Bixler ('16), Sydney K. Holts ('18), Ayesha Hughes ('17), Karen Johal ('16), Katherine Lieblang ('18), Gabriela Lopez Hernandez ('17), and Maeve O'Haire ('18). Catch the show August 7th through the 10th, 7 PM at the Mannie Greenfield Theatre in New York. See more
Donald Paul, 2011 — Lands a recurring role on season 4 of USA's “Queen of the South”. Beginning its fourth season on June 6th, Paul stars as the role of Cedric. Previous credits include ABC's "Quantico" and the Barack Obama biopic, "Southside with You." You can also catch him next on the upcoming Netflix series “Raising Dion" releasing in 2019. See more
Rachelle Lynn, 2012 — Written and directed by graduate Rachelle Lynn, "Movie Night" is accepted to 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 her original work "Silenced." See more
Georgie Storm Waite, 2018 — Comedy duo and Academy alum Stef Beaton and Georgie Storm Waite create a 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 co-written with alum Devan Schoelen ('17). The duo is excited for what the future holds, and will continue to work together on projects. See more
Alia Guidry, 2011 — 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. Guidry can be found across network television with roles 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. 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
Blu Hunt, 2015 — Los Angeles graduate Blu Hunt lands the role of Danielle Moonstar in Marvel's film "The New Mutants." Based on the "New Mutants No. 18," the film breaks new ground by being the first X-Men feature to step into the horror genre. Hunt's previous credits include "Stumptown," CW's "The Originals," and Netflix's "Another Life." The film is set to release in 2020. See more

2000s

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
Ash McNair, 2008 — Making directorial debut with the short film "Class," which McNair also wrote. The film features David Krumholtz, Carson Higgins, and Enzo Cellucci. Principal Photography began July 26th in New York City. See more
Larissa Bonaci, 2007 — Wins Best Actress at the Festival de Cine en Corto Ciudad de Vera. A Graduate of the 2007 Los Angeles Company, Bonaci's talents landed her the role of Adele in "Fear," Juan Jose Serrano Olmedo's horror short. Previous credits include "Adormidera," "Saul: The Journey to Damascus," and "13 Hours." Known for her classical soprano, Bonaci consistently finds work in the theater. 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 — After completing a successful run of "King Charles III" at the Pasadena Playhouse, 2009 Company Graduate Robert Beddall began work on the TV show "Sneakerhead" alongside Michael Rapaport. Previously, Beddall appeared in the award-winning short "Noise" directed by Michael Aloyan, and the hit video game "Battlefield 1." Beddall's pilot "Patriots" is set to go into production in 2020 with Goosemango Films. See more
Ishan Morris, 2002 — Ishan Morris graduated from The Academy in 2002 and has gained recognition in countless features and series alike. Find him in such productions as "Taken (2018)," "Suits," and "Supernatural." Recently, Morris landed a recurring role in the CW reboot "The Lost Boys," set to premiere in Summer of 2020. 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
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 — "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

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 — Jones works as Company General Manager on "The Floor is Lava" at the La MaMa Downstairs Theatre. The show ran for two sold-out weekends in Summer 2019. Jones looks to continue work in the theater community of Los Angeles. 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

1980s

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 — Previously seen on "Chocolat," "Happy Feet Two," and Lawrence Kasdan's "Mumford," Hélène Cardona is set to play the French Engineer in the CBS series "Star Trek Discovery." Through her many credits, Cardona has made a name for herself as a versatile and powerful screen actor. See more
Jason Bassett, 1984 — Los Angeles Company Graduate Jason Bassett has worked consistently in theater for the past two decades. He gained recognition for being the original Stage Manager for the Broadway production of Hamilton, Bassett is now set to work as Production Supervisor on all U.S. and London productions of "Hamilton." See more
Stewart J. Zully, 1980 — Stewarts 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 stewartjzully.com. 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. Stewart has a bit-part in "Vice," appearing in the closing credits in an office brawl. See more

1970s

Steve Shoup, 1975 — Another directing job for Steven Shoup! In the backdrop of some of the world's finest theater, Shoup directs the short play "Brian's Poems" in New York. Playing at 2019 LIC One-Act Play Festival, the play has broken into semi-finals and continues to receive critical and audience acclaim. Catch the show as it heads to semi-finals and beyond this season. See more
Mary Ann Hester Schell, 1974 — Wins Audience Choice Award for her work on "Sandwiched." Hesters original work is dedicated to depicting the racism in the criminal justice system. Previous credits include "American Taboo (1984)," "Just Under a Million (2007)," "Adventures in Staying Young (2014)." See more
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

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

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Stephen Peluso, 1988 — After years of working with improv (Some Assembly Required, Gotham City Improv), I finally developed the nerve to try my hand at stand-up. Check out "First-time Funnies" at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank, CA. The program focuses on first-timers looking to start in stand-up. See more