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Class of 2001

  • Susan Wilder is having a blast as Visiting Assistant Professor of Acting at Emory and Henry College in the breathtakingly beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, teaching all levels of acting and directing Chekhov’s The Seagull and Theresa Rebeck’s The Understudy. Life is good.
  • Marcus Kyd enjoyed an understudy assignment at the Shakespeare Theatre during last year's The Heir Apparent. He played Lord Worthy in The Gaming Table and Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew, both at the Folger Theatre. Meanwhile, he's been very busy with fellow alumni Kimberly Gilbert, Joel David Santner, and Esther Williamson in Taffety Punk. Their newest project is a performance of The Rape of Lucrece featuring choreography and a live band (with Dan Crane on drums!). Marcus is also the education director at Everyman Theatre.
  • Saskia de Vries has been busy taking over New York, not one stage at a time, but one neck at a time! Her hobby-turned-business has blossomed into a full-time jewelry company employing 5 people! Designing pieces made with materials she collects and sources all around the world has drawn customers from all parts of the entertainment world including Queen Latifah, Debra Messing, Jessica Biel and Janeane Garofalo! Visit her website www.sdvdesigns.com to find where you can see her creations in NY. She had a month long stint at Columbus Circle's Holiday market in December 2012.
  • Peggy J. Scott most recently did a second episode of HOUSE OF CARDS, was in a recurring role on THE AMERICANS, did an episode of ROYAL PAINS, and is currently performing the role of Helga in Deathtrap at the Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock, North Carolina.  Love to all the ACA alums!

Class of 2002

  • Ian Gould is in Cleveland opening Merry Wives and Les Mis at Great Lakes Theater, before heading back to The Acting Company for his second season, where he will appear in Macbeth and Jeffrey Hatcher's new version of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
  • Marie Shell recently performed as "Gertie" in 33 Variations (TheatreWorks; Mountain View, CA, directed by Robert Kelley); "Madame" in Lauren Gunderson’s Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight (Symmetry Theatre; Berkeley, CA, directed by Chloe Bronzan); and in the one-woman musical What About Ben? (3Girls Theatre; San Francisco), for which she wrote lyrics and music.  Last year, she was thrilled to sing onstage as a special guest of guitarist Ry Cooder at LaborFest (San Francisco).  Recent Bay Area stage management work includes the world premiere of The Fourth Messenger directed by Matt August, Marin Shakespeare Company and, currently, Golden Thread Productions.

Class of 2003

  • Still recurring as Attorney Delroy on SVU, rescently Paul Nicholas has been directing more than acting. He recently directed Yellowman at Henley Street Theater in Richmond, VA, whose Artistic Director is James Ricks (ACA ‘05). Now he is directing The Water Children starring Mary McGloin (ACA ‘09), which opened 28 Sep at Shetler Studios in NYC. In November, he returned to the stage in The English Bride at Theater Exile in Philly.
  • Sidney Fortner - After closing a successful run as Aemilia in Gallery Players’ Othello last summer, I accepted a position on Gallery’s Board of Directors, coupled with that of Costume Manager.  Shortly thereafter, I was honored by the New York Innovative Theatre Awards with the 2012 Outstanding Costume Design award for Metropolitan Playhouse’s production of The House of Mirth.  Continuing to teach privately, I will shortly introduce a beginning acting class incorporating speech and movement along with acting technique.
  • Rob Najarian - I got an appointment as an assistant professor, full-time, tenure-track at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor teaching Acting and Stage Combat. Just had my first week of classes. One down and who knows how many left to go.... Also, I traveled Asia this past summer teaching Taekwondo at private schools in Seoul and Shanghai and a week long stage combat course for Tainaner Ensemble in Taipei, Taiwan.

Class of 2004

  • Robert Leembruggen is appearing in the Keegan Theatre's production of The Woman in Black, directed by Mark Rhea and Colin Smith. The show opens Oct 31st and closes Nov 30th. For more information visit www.keegantheatre.com.
  • Susan Felder worked at Indiana Repertory Theatre last spring in Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels.  She then verse coached for Montana Shakespeare and taught and verse coached for Notre Dame Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  Her original play Wasteland opened at Chicago’s TimeLine Theatre last fall with a three month run.
  • Kent Burnham is a DAD!! The best role ever! Also, has been in 5 plays in the past year; in CO, MA, NH, and NY. Wittenberg at Chester Theatre was a highlight, as well as a one-man Edgar Allen Poe piece for Cap Rep. Assistant Directed two plays also; at Adirondack Theatre Fest and Chester Theatre.
  • Robert Leembruggen - Robert's going to Hollywood! The Henchman's War, my first full length feature film, will play a limited engagement at West End Cinema in Washington DC from September 20-26 and then a limited engagement at Arena Cinema in Hollywood from November 8-14! Tickets will be available Sept 13th at the box office (202-419-3456). More info and film trailer see "Coming Soon" at www.westendcinema.com. Robert  will also play the role of Arthur Kipps in The Keegan Theatre's production of The Women in Black which opens October 31st, 2013. For more information visit www.keegantheatre.com
  • Jjana Valentiner most recently appeared in Coriolanus (dir. David Muse) at The Shakespeare Theatre Company with fellow alum Brian Russell (ACA ’03).  Earlier this year she performed her one-woman show, Funeral Potatoes, for a second Washington, DC run to sold out crowds.  Jjana will next be featured in Our Suburb, a world-premiere at Theater J directed by Tony award winner Judith Ivey.  She also continues to work as a professional makeup artist throughout the region.

Class of 2005

  • Yaegel Welch will be touring two shows this year, Of Mice and Men and As You Like It. Both with The Acting Company. He completed The Brothers Size at Seattle Rep and The Everyman Theatre in Baltimore. He returned to Everyman in the spring to perform in The Beaux’ Stratigum.
  • Babs George as Mrs. Alving from Henrik Ibsen's, Ghosts, directed by Graham Schmidt of Breaking String Theatre in collaboration with Penfold Theatre, Austin, TX
  • Lynn McNutt played Ruth in Pirates of Penzance directed by Terrence Mann, and Eulalie Shinn in Music Man with Barrett Foa and Courtney Balan at Connecticut Repertory Theatre.  She also play Patricia Fodor in Crazy For You at Alhambra Theatre.  This will be her fifth year teaching the Music Theatre Intensive at Arena Stage.

Class of 2006

  • Steven Eng is enjoying another year teaching voice and speech at NYU. This year, he gets to specifically teach Shakespeare! 2012/2013 -- Directed a production of Oliver! at Weathervane Playhouse in Ohio with a cast of 38! Performed in a workshop of Heading East with BD Wong for LaJolla Playhouse. Performed in a developmental reading with Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire in their new musical Behind the Painting in NYC. Played Mr. Snow in a one-night-only performance of Carousel in NYC and got to chat with Mary Rodgers who attended! Performed in a reading of Gold Mountain by Jason Ma (ACA ‘02) as part of Actors Equity Association's celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Produced a two-nights only performance of Hello, Dolly! in NYC directed by Lee Roy Reams. Gave separate presentations on the Mandarin Accent and Danish Accents at the national conference of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. Became a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®.

Class of 2007

  • William LeDent had a lead role (Jason) in "American Haunting" which aired last November on Destination America (Discovery Channel). He also has done voice overs for the Environmental Protection Agency, Philadelphia Convention Center, and City Hall. He recently starred as Billy in the feature length, independent film "Bare Knuckle", which was written and directed by Joel Santner.
  • Gene Gillette is currently touring the States, Canada and Japan with The National Theatre of Great Britain’s War Horse. In the past couple of years, he has been fortunate enough to play Thurio in The Two Gentlemen of Verona at The Shakespeare Theatre Company, he produced and performed in Anna Christie on an early 20th Century barge in Red Hook alongside fellow Alum Rahaleh Nassri (ACA ’07) and he has had roles on The Good Wife, Person of Interest, Law and Order: SVU and Ringer. www.genegillette.net
  • Magdalyn Donnelly - Currently living in NYC. Just completed Off-Broadway show for World Wide Lab's Story of an Hour directed by fellow classmate Gene Gillette's wife, Laura Tesman Gillette and currently running Speakin' Easy, an Off-Broadway 1930's musical directed by Stephen Wayne.

Class of 2008

  • Molly Hood (ACA ’08) and James Ricks (ACA ’05) had a great night at 6th Annual Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards. James won Best Director for Henley Street's production of Julius Caesar, and Molly won Best Supporting Actress for her turn as Adriana in Richmond Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors (which also won for Best Play)!
  • During the past year Sheila Landahl played the Queen & Belarius in a seriously urban fringe adaptation of Cymbeline for the Riff Collective’s inaugural Chicago production;  Ava in the premiere of The Party in the Kitchen for Clockwise Theatre, Waukegan, IL;  Hilde (u/s) in the premiere of Elegy at the Richard Christiansen Theatre, Victory Gardens, Chicago, opening November 2013. Sheila also served as Dialect Coach for Boeing Boeing with Nora Dunn at Drury Lane Theatre, Oak Brook, IL and The Woman in Black, Slaughterhouse-Five, Trip to Bountiful & Dracula all for Theatre of Western Springs celebrating their 85th Season with new Artistic Director Rick Snyder, Steppenwolf Theatre Company Member.
  • Matthew R. Wilson is now a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors. Last fall he acted in Taking Steps with Constellation Theatre Company and directed/adapted A Commedia Christmas Carol for Faction of Fools.
  • Adam Fristoe is starring in Venus in Fur by David Ives at Actors Express in Atlanta, Georgia.  He recently shot Guest Starring roles in his 3rd season on MTV's Teen Wolf and on BET's The Game.  He serves as Co-Artistic Director at Out of Hand Theater, where he creates original theatrical events that tour internationally and teaches Acting at Emory University.

Class of 2009

  • Tristan Vaughan ('09) and Morgan Duke Vaughan ('09) are teaching Shakespeare workshops at the John Drew Theatre in East Hampton, and also starting up Round Table Theatre Company & Academy. Round Table's first show was Macbeth in January 2013 at LTV Studios in The Hamptons, and included Jeff Keogh ('12) as Macbeth, and Dan Stearns ('09) as Macduff. Both Tristan and Morgan have also had lead roles at Hampton Theatre Company, including Clifford in Deathtrap and Margaret in Good People.
  • In the past year, Will Cooke is currently cast in Baltimore’s Center Stage production of AMADEUS, which opens 9/18.
  • Mary McGloin has started a production company in NYC and is produced and played the lead in the 2012 version of The Water Children by Wendy Macleod. J. Paul Nicholas (‘03) directed
  • Darrell James just completed a day of shooting on the set of the new Marc Meyers feature, “How He Fell in Love”. The film stars Matt McGorry from “Orange is the New Black”, Amy Hargreaves from “Blue Ruin”, Britne Oldford from “American Horror Story”, and Marc Blum from “Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost”.
  • Dan Sterns - After two years of living in Staunton, VA, we followed my wife's career back to Chicago this summer. While in VA, I did three shows in Richmond. I played Alan in God of Carnage at Virginia Rep, directed by Bo Wilson, in a cast that also included Susan Sanford, wife of Foster Solomon (ACA '02). That cast received the award for best ensemble from the Richmond Theatre Critics' Circle. In Summer 2012, I played Master Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor with Richmond Shakespeare, directed by Shirley Kagan, and Molly Hood (ACA '08) was our text coach. This past winter, I played Brutus in Julius Caesar with Henley Street Theatre, directed by James Ricks (ACA '05). I also had a day of work on "Killing Kennedy," the adaptation of Bill O'Reilly's book, which will broadcast in winter 2014 on National Geographic TV. Look for me as the TV reporter hounding Oswald as they move him through Dallas Police HQ.

Class of 2010

  • Dave Bobb was cast and has just debuted on film in Luc Besson's The Family (2013) with Robert DeNiro and has shot 6 other TV episodes as well. He was seen most recently on stage in the off-broadway production of Peccadillo Theater Company's The Man Who Came To Dinner with Tony winner Cady Huffman and directed by Dan Wackerman ,and in the lead role of the 2012 Drama Desk Nominated The Ryan Case 1873 with Live In Theater directed by Carlo D'Amore.
  • Kurt Elftmann’s new company, Tonic Theater Company, based in DC, is presenting out very first reading and they're very excited. Their first offering is Darwin at Down by Gino DiIorio. The play deals with Charles Darwin's decision to publish "On the Origin of Species" and the conflict that decision creates. The reading featured class of 2010 alums Laura RocklynJennifer J. Hopkins (Tonic co-founder), and Kurt. Find them at http://www.facebook.com/TonicTheater
  • Megan Emery Gaffney has been in several plays in New York this year: Betwixt Them Made at NYTW's 4th Street Theater, Kharma Kharms at the Bushwick Starr, Untitled Play About Brecht's Girlfriends & Boyfriend & Wife at Foxy Films Performance Space, and HMLT with InExtremis Theatre. She just closed her husband Frank Boudreaux's professional playwriting debut at Incubator Arts Project entitled ...Other Elegant Lies. This October she will perform in Missing Person(s) at Dixon Place, and later in the 1Yiddish play, Dukus at The Brick.
  • Laura Rocklyn is continuing to perform with classical companies in the DC metro area and beyond!  She just completed a run as Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream with Baltimore Shakespeare Factory and is now playing Elmire/Dorine in Annapolis Shakespeare Company's production of Tartuffe.  Upcoming shows include playing Miss Wells in Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's production of Dracula (October 4th to October 31st, 2013), Lady Percy and others in Adirondack Shakespeare Company's productions of Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 (March and April 2014), and Pallas Theatre Collective's production of She Stoops to Conquer in May of 2014.

Class of 2011

  • After understudying for Court Theatre's production of both parts of Angels in America last winter and spring, Kelly Lynn Hogan went on to perform in 3 outdoor Shakespeare productions: Twelfth Night (Maria), Romeo and Juliet (Lady Capulet), and The Tempest (Alonsa). Several other projects are in the works in the Chicago area!
  • Rafael Untalan played the title role in a word premiere adaptation of the Hindu epic, The Ramayana. Since graduating from the ACA, he has played Orsino for Austin Shakespeare, has taught for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Summer Seminar for High School Juniors, and has played Henry V for the OSF's School Visit Program.
  • Suzanna Fox recently relocated to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and will be appearing in Assassins directed by Bruce R. Coleman at Theatre Three in Dallas, TX.
  • Adam Donshik booked the off-broadway play Falling at the Minetta Lane Theatre under studying the role of Bill. Earlier in 2012, he shot a Diet Mt. Dew commercial with Dale Earnhardt Jr. And, in March 2013, he got married!
  • Mary Candler, Adam Donshik, and Gwendolyn Kelso - These 3 ACAers launched a new ensemble-based theatre company in New York City this year: Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre. Please join us for an evening of Tennessee Williams on October 21 at TACT Studio in New York City. More information on our website at www.hedgepigensembletheatre.org.

Class of 2012

  • Tommy Foster played Dr. Madden in Next to Normal at the Music Theatre of Connecticut in October 2012, and is developing a movement class for musical theatre actors based on his work at the ACA.
  • Alexander Sovronsky - After spending a summer season designing sound, music and fights in the Berkshires for Shakespeare & Company and The Wharton Salon, Alexander is currently playing the title role in Hamlet in Milan, Italy at the Franco Parenti Theatre with NYC's Hyperion Theatre Company. Alexander will be resuming his work this year with the ACA as a guest teacher, leading a series of workshops on the Dramatic Functions of Music in Shakespeare's Plays. Also on the horizon, he will be marrying Jessica Zivny on August 31 of 2014. As always, for a good time, check out www.AlexanderSovronsky.com
  • Conrad Schott moved to New York, where he appeared in King Lear at American Bard Theatre Company, and was working with fourth and fifth graders at an after-school program in Manhattan.
  • Stephanie LaVardera is living in DC and appeared in Zorro at Constellation Theatre, directed by Eleanor Holdridge. She was also in a reading of a new play by Norman Allen at Theatre J last October!
  • Caitlin McColl signed with Capital Talent Agency in December, and had a speaking role on VEEP in May (Season 2 Episode 6 "Andrew," as Girl 1, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, directed by Chris Morris). In September, she played Daphne in a staged reading of LOVE GOES TO PRESS, at the DC Actors Salon, directed by Shirley Serotsky. In November, she'll be playing Trisha in the DC debut of APPROPRIATE, at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, directed by Liesl Tommy. She's also engaged to her lovely boyfriend who moved with her to DC so that she could attend the ACA.

Class of 2013

  • Rebecca Swislow has a couple of exciting upcoming Shakespeare projects coming up! She will be playing Lady Macbeth with Annapolis Shakespeare Company this Oct-Nov (with fellow ACA alum Brit Herring (’09) as Mackers and Stephanie LaVardera (’12) as one of the Weird Sisters) Rebecca will also be playing Regan in a new SAG film production of King Lear shooting in DC this upcoming January/February.