Alumni News by decade


Christine McKenna-Tirella, 2007 — Known for her extensive resumé, Casting Director McKenna-Tirella is launching a class geared toward working actors looking to improve audition skills and develop their own material. Casting credits include: Spongebob The Musical (First National Tour), Waitress (Non-Union National tour), Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief (Broadway/National Tour), Elf the Musical (National Tours), Sound of Music (National Tours). Christine also aided in the casting for the Broadway production of Chicago The Musical (Broadway/National Tour), Hadestown (Broadway), Goodspeed Opera House, AIDA Cruise Lines. Off-Broadway projects include A Clockwork Orange (New World Stages), As You Like It (Classic Stage Company), Curvy Widow (Westside Theatre), Stuffed (Westside Theatre), Dirty Dancing (National Tour). See more


Connor Delves, 2016 — Announced as one of two founding Artistic Directors for the Australian Theatre Festival in New York City. Delves and fellow Company alumni Jillian Guerts will launch the Festival in May 2020. The Festival will feature Australian theatre, live music, visual art, and an industry panel. Catch the festival from St John’s In the Village from May 21-24, 2020. See more
Jade Santana, 2017 — After starring in Open Fist Theatre Company's production of "Anna in the Tropics," Santana has earned a nomination for Featured Actress in a Play. A Company graduate, Santana has dedicated much of her time to learning her craft and deepening her ability to bring characters to life. See more
Mike Bingaman, 2015 — Graduate of the 2015 Los Angeles Company, Mike Bingaman recently starred as Romeo in the Group Rep's production of "Romeo & Juliet." Bingaman has been nominated for Leading Actor in a Play for the BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards. The production was set in pre-World War II, Berlin where Romeo is a German boy and Juliet is a Jewish girl. See more
Mary Ann Penzero, 2019 — Penzero is hard at work in the New York theater scene. She is busy teaching acting for the City of Yonkers Recreation Program, choreographing a production of "Guys and Dolls", and performing in "The Nutcracker" with the Allegra Dance Studio in Connecticut. 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: See more
Maija Anttila, 2011 — Producing play, "MsTRIAL," cast by Judy Henderson ("Homeland"). General Management will be done by Perry Street Theatricals, with Christine Evangelista from ("Arrangement," "Walking Dead"). The play is currently set to premiere at New World Stages, December 4th. See more
Abigail Stewart, 2019 — Cast in the new Netflix series, "Hunting Jessica," based on the popular series of novels by Elizabeth St. John. Stewart plays the lead; Jessica, a girl set on finding what "vicious thing" roams in her hometown of Devil's Bend, Oklahoma. Jessica unearths ancient vampirism and hellhounds along with her monster-slaying team. See more
Bobby Burkich, 2018 — Cast in Netflix's "13 Reasons Why." Burkich's role has been revealed as a co-star for the fourth season, marking his first major role in a series. He is represented by Eris Talent Agency and managed by Dino May Management. Burkich has been working in the theater and film scene in Los Angeles since graduation. See more
Austin Rising, 2012 — Co-produces Off-Broadway musical "Only Human." The pop-musical stars Gary Busey in a lead role. Previews begin October 8 at the St. Clements Off-Broadway. The limited engagement will formally open on October 21, and is set to close on January 5, 2020. Tickets start at $39. See more
Ozzy Ejike Agu, 2011 — BFI London Film Festival recognizes "Walking With Shadows" this October. The film features Ozzy Ejike Agu ('11) in the lead role. The film is one of two films he stars in for the Festival, the second of which is "The Lost Okoroshi." The films will run from October 2nd-13th. See more
Claire-Monique Martin, 2018 — This past year, Martin's play "Dora Versus Picasso," was read at the Actors Temple in Midtown Manhattan, to resounding success. The Off-Broadway theater is a recognizable beacon of New York's closely knit history to the theater. Martin's play will premiere this November at the Tate Modern in London. Tickets are available at, for a limited-engagement of November 26-30. See more
James Williams, 2013 — In London, three Academy alumni produce Amiri Baraka's "Dutchman," a one-act play about race, class, and gender. Their company, Outer Gaea Company, are dedicated to bringing classical theater to the modern stage, and create thought-provoking contemporary works. The show runs October 8-26th, and marks their West End debut. Previous works include "The Ballerina for New York's Theaterlab in January. See more
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 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 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


Ashley Key, 2009 — Guest-starring as Margaret in the new anthology series "Dark/Web," from Felt Films, on Amazon Prime. A black market organ purchased off the dark web yields disturbing side effects for its new owner in segment TRANSPLANT starring Duane Shepard, Hayley Marie Norman, Ashley Key, Kurt Long, and Robert Davi. In addition to stage work, Ashley has produced and performed in the award winning web series, "The Vault," and can be seen in the feature film "Circle," currently on Netflix. See more
Angelica Briones, 2007 — Shot a found-footage thriller, "Dead Voices," this past June. The film is currently being submitted to festivals. Briones also played a lead role in another thriller "From the Depths." Briones also works consistently on television and in the theater. See more
Carolina Groppa, 2007 — Launches podcast focused on producers and careers in the entertainment business that are of interest to Academy students and alumni. The podcast, "Life With Caca," explores intimate and honest pieces of a career in entertainment and the "unglamorous realities behind the title." Guests include Eva Longoria, Alana Mayo, Deniese Davis, Barbara Muschietti, Natalie Qasabian, and Stephanie Allain, to name a few. See more
Adam Chambers, 2003 — Faculty member and graduate, Adam Chambers featured in S.W.A.T. episode, "Funny Money." The episode premieres October 16th, 10/9 central. See more
Christina Valentine, 2009 — "We Burn Like This," a film which took over four years to make, has just wrapped on filming in Montana. 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. 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 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


Paul Rudd, 1991 — The household name earns his first-ever Golden Globe nomination. Rudd has been nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy Series in the Netflix series, "Living With Yourself," which debuted this October. He has always found success, only several years out of school, he landed the role of Paris in the Buz Luhrmann adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, and has since become known for his work in romantic comedies, buddy flicks, and of course, The Avengers. See more
Mary Eileen Morris, 1998 — Currently in rehearsal for a production of Pulitzer nominated "Second Samuel" which will open January 17, 2020 at Boise Little Theater in Boise, ID. Playing the role of Marcela, a strongwilled woman. Catch the play for its limited run in Boise. 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


Stewart Zully, 1980 — Zully has been writing a memoir "My Life at Yankee Stadium," which chronicles his 40+ years working as a vendor at the world-famous stadium. His book has received considerable recognition from the media lately, having received an interview from NPR. The book was published last December to positive reviews and sales. See more


Steve Shoup, 1975 — Alumni Steve Shoup (Class of '75 NYC) portrayed Dr. Frankenstein's Creature in the limited engagement and new production (and original concept) of the Frankenstein story. Having stepped into the role at the last minute, Shoup also stepped into the history books of both theatrical legend and the Frankenstein Mythology becoming the oldest actor to ever portray the monster. Scripted by George Allison, DR. FRANKENSTEIN was produced by The Articulate Theatre Company in NYC and ran from November 8 through November 24. See more
CJ Critt, 1976 — Developing a new musical comedy, "The Pollinators," with collaboration from artists across the country. Critt's writing in the musical farce, "Those Musclebound Cowboys from Snake Pit Gulch," will premiere at the Desert Rose Playhouse in Palm Springs. A new audiobook, "Feel No Evil," will be released Holiday 2020. See more
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
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


M. Emmet Walsh, 1961 — Steals the scene in "Knives Out," the Rian Johnson whodunit comedy. The feature released to strong reviews and a big pull at the box office. Cast members included Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Christopher Plummer, and Ana de Armas. Previous credits include; "Blade Runner," "Blood Simple," and "Christmas with the Kranks." 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


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


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