Performing Arts Alumni Accomplishments
Shenyse Harris is attending her first year of the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA program in Rhode Island. She is currently performing in Every 28 Hours, a play concerning the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
Curtis Williams is attending his first year of the MFA acting program at Yale Drama School. He is currently playing the lead in the Yale Cabaret Show, Gentrification.
Michael Pepp is attending his first year of the MFA acting program at Louisiana State University. He played Silvius in As You Like It at the Swine Palace, a professional theater in Baton Rouge, LA.
Jade Scott Lewis is attending his first year of the MFA acting program at New York University. He is currently playing in The Odyssey.
Porscha Shaw is attending her first year of the MFA acting program at the University of Washington. She has the lead role in a new play, Sons.
RJ Henkle Jr. landed a recurring role on GRAVES, the Nick Nolte series being filmed in Santa Fe, NM.
Rochelle Esquerra is an Entertainment Technical Manager for Norwegian Cruise Lines, London.
Kyle McAnally, current staff at SFUAD, has spent several seasons as lighting technician with Carnival Cruise Lines, sailing out of New Orleans. He was lighting designer for Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco production: River of Light.
Alan Littlehales is currently playing Flutter in the 18th century play, The Beaux’ Stratagem at the American Conservatory Theatre. This summer, he played Touchstone in As You Like It at the Livermore Shakespeare Festival in California.
Maia Rychlik is attending her second year at the UCLA MFA actor training program. She is performing in Life on the Praça Roosevelt, a German award-winning play.
Michael Phillip Thomas graduated from SFUAD in 2013. He is currently playing Tom in The Great Gatsby at Hilberry Repertory Theatre in Detroit.
Carey Cox is in her final year of the MFA acting program at the University of North Carolina. She will play Natasha in Three Sisters at the PlayMakers Repertory Company.
William Hodgson recently graduated from the MFA acting program at University of California, San Diego. He last played in a California tryout of Disney’s Broadway bound musical, Hunchbacks of Notre Dame.
Aaron Lopez is a graduate of the Ohio State MFA acting program. His most recent project was working with autistic children at the Royal Shakespeare Company, London.
Michelle McGregor graduated from Yale Drama School in 2014. She recently played in Hatful of Rain at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.
Julien Seredowych graduated from the Yale Drama School in 2014. He recently co-starred on the television dramas Blacklist (NBC) and Elementary (CBS).
Andrea Salaiz graduated from the University of Washington MFA program in 2014. She was the lead in the webisode Off the Record. She is currently performing in an alumni production, Cradle Will Rock, at the University of Washington.
Kevin Clutz is the Production Stage Manager at The New School.
Actress Charlotte Kate Fox (’08) was the first non-Japanese actress selected to play the lead role in a Japanese morning drama series. The show, “Massan,” is based on the true story of the founder of Japan’s whiskey industry.
Alumni Mary Beth Lindsey and Malcom Morgan performed at the Santa Fe Playhouse’s “BenchWarmers 13” from Feb. 7 to March 2.
Alumna Liv Lombardi’s CD, “Self-Medicate,” was named Best Pop CD in the state of New Mexico at the 26th Annual New Mexico Music Awards (NMMA). It was recorded, mixed, mastered on campus and produced by Lombardi and Contemporary Music Program alumni Daniel Siuba (’12) and David Badstubner (’13). In September, her music video was chosen as an Official Selection in the Williamsburg International Film Festival (WILLiFEST) in Brooklyn, NY. The music video was shot on the SFUAD campus and around Santa Fe by other alumni and current students: director Eric Fulcher, cinematographer Jehad N. Khateeb, producer Freedom Hopkins and editor James Merrick.
William Jackson Harper (’03) plays Stokely Carmichael alongside Bryan Cranston in Broadway’s political drama “All the Way,” which chronicles President Lyndon B. Johnson’s efforts to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
New York-based actor/singer Heather Refvem made her television debut in “Celebrity Ghost Stories.” Refvem portrayed actress and athlete Dot Jones (“Glee”) in Episode 65 “Victoria Rowell, Dot Jones, Carlos Mencia, Linda Blair” directed by Charles Mysak. The episode aired Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9PM/PT on The BIO Channel.
Lisa Hamilton (’88) was featured in the play Frank Women at Stage Left Studio in New York City in August.
Lauren Klein has performed throughout the country at renowned regional theatres, including the Denver Center Theatre Company, the Guthrie Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Cleveland Play House, American Conservatory Theatre, and the Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. She recently served as an understudy in Other Desert Cities, which was presented by the Lincoln Center Theatre.
Olivia “Liv” Lombardi (’12) self-released her debut album Self-Medicate in July. Currently based in Santa Fe, the singer/songwriter wrote the album based on her experiences in
John O’Connor (’12), Harmony McGivney (’11), Tiernan O’Rourke (’11), Paige Reilly (’11), Garth Fitzpatrick (’10), Joe LeConte (’08), and Laina Smith (’07) acted in the film Blood Soaked, which was released in May 2012 by filmmakers Peter Grendle(’08) and Tyler King (’08).
Annie Lederman (’09) writes and hosts weekly video recaps of the show The Bachelor for The Daily, the newspaper delivered via iPad. Her work was featured in the article “The Roses! The Romance! The Roasts!” which appeared Feb. 12, 2012, in The New York Times.
Kelcie Beene (’08) produced The Bad and the Better, performed by the Amoralists theatre company at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater in New York City. The play, which ran through July 26, is a riveting detective noir about two policeman brothers.
Mary Beth Lindsey (’07) and Matt Puett (’09) starred as Emily and George in Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town at the Santa Fe Playhouse March 29 through April 15, 2012.
William Jackson Harper (’03) co-starred in the comedy Modern Terrorism, or They Who Want to Kill Us And How We Learn to Love Them, a controversial play by Jon Kern, which opened Oct. 18, 2012, at off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre. He also recently starred in the musical The Total Bent, part of the 2011–2012 Public Lab season at the Public Theatre in New York City Feb. 24 through March 18, 2012. The musical, about a black gospel prodigy and a white music producer, is framed by divine inspiration and fantastical visions.
Madeline Brown (’01) (formerly Heather Diane) played Maud Allan in Mark Jackson’s Salomania at the Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley, Calif., this summer. This winter, she will take on the role of Marie in the West Coast premiere of Tom Waits and Robert Wilson’s rendition of Woyzeck at Shotgun Players in Berkeley.
Rebecca Noon (’01) is a member of the theatre company Strange Attractor, which is based in Providence, R.I.; Juneau, Alaska; and Philadelphia.
Michelle McGregor (’11) was accepted into Yale University’s graduate acting program.
Harmony McGivney (’11) was nominated by the 2011 BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in Cinderella Skeleton, the Musical. BroadwayWorld is a website devoted to theatre across the globe. She currently works in the box office at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, Conn. Read the full announcement.
Julien Seredowych (’11) was accepted into the graduate acting program of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Benny Briseño (’08) performed the title role in Rancho Pancho at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, N.M., in the summer of 2010. Currently a Los Angeles resident, he is also a member of the Long Beach Shakespeare Theatre Company, where he recently appeared as Juan Julian in Anna in the Tropics.
Lynn R. Camilo (’96) is the assistant stage producer for Love, the Cirque du Soleil show at the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas that celebrates the musical legacy of The
Laura Fine Hawkes (’95) is the lead designer at DesignHawkes, a design studio she established in 2003 with her partner, Chris Hawkes, to create set designs for opera and theatre and to offer art direction for museum exhibits, events, concerts, and theme parks.
Eric Norris (‘95) is the moving light programmer for the current Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Melissa van der Schyff (’95) played the leading role of Blanche Barrow in the musical Bonnie and Clyde, which ran on Broadway in the fall. She has been part of the cast since the show’s La Jolla premiere in 2009.
David Anzuelo Martinez (’89), actor/fight director and playwright, is a member of LAByrinth Theater Company and is the Artist-in-Residence at INTAR Latino theatre in New York City. David has acted in a wide array of stage productions. His TV and film credits include Law & Order, The Sopranos, One Life to Live, Prime, Remember Me, and Man of the Century.
Denise Poirier (’88), best known for her voice work portraying the title character in the groundbreaking MTV animated series Aeon Flux, will appear as Verloona Ti in the audiocomic release of Starstruck, soon to be released in CD and MP3 format.
Sean Pratt (’88), who has more than 25 years of experience as a working actor, launched the company Sean Pratt Presents in 2006 to teach, motivate, and inspire actors on a
variety of topics related to acting. He brings workshops to high schools, colleges, universities, and associations around the country.
William Salyers (’87) will appear as George Goldberg in the short film Raincheck Romance and as Al in the film In a Parallel Universe. He is also featured as the voice of the character Rigby in five full seasons of the television series Regular Show, currently running.
Liz McDermott (‘06) was a wardrobe supervisor for the Arizona Theatre Company’s 2008–2009 season.
David Stallings (‘00) is the artistic director and resident playwright at Maieutic Theatre Works, New York.
Erik Neergaard (‘95) is the art director, entertainment experiences, for BRC, where he was the creative lead on attractions including the WillisTower.
Ray Buktenica (‘68) has acted in The Sopranos, NYPD Blue, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.