Drama at Hofstra
Some of our Recent Grads …
- Dorian Brown (Class of ’02)
Is playing female lead in ABC Family show, Roomates; other TV credits include Psych, Las Vegas and NCIS; has been a guest star on Charmed, Burke’s Law, Living with Fran, and One on One.
- Adam Cohen (Class of ’03)
Wrote The Cascade Falls which was performed in NYC (summer ‘07) and directed by Ryan Hemphill (’03); appeared in Truth Be Told, a workshop collaboration by Oracle Theatre, Inc. in Brooklyn; played Bob Dylan in the play Andy and Edie in NYC.
- Mark Diconzo (Class of ’05)
International Broadway tour of The Producers (‘08);Blue Man Group (NYC Training); starring in his first full-length independent feature, New York Lately; was featured in two episodes of 6 Degrees on ABC; various commercial print and spokesman roles; started his own production company: M.R.King Productions.
- Richard Ferraioli (‘05)- Masters in Performance Studies at Hofstra; directed Titus Andronicus at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City, NY(April ‘08) where he serves on the Board; Lysistrata, the Greek comedy, at the Secret Theatre; Atonement, an original play by Joel Shatzky; also directed and produced the 2008 Long Island City One Act Festival; was selected to be a part of this past May's Lincoln Center Director's Lab featuring directors from all around the world, including Zimbawe and New Zealand.
- Erin Fogel (Class of ’04)
Appeared in the film 27 Dresses, opposite Katherine Heigl; featured in magazines such as: Gotham, Life&Style, OK!, 944, Campus Circle and NJ Monthly; starred in the premiere of Barcinda Forest with the Original Intent Theater Company; filmed the role of Charlotte in Jesse Schoem's Homeward Bound.
- Emily Hartford (Class of ‘04)
Made her feature film debut in The Weekend (Warner Bros.); appeared in short film Henry, first in a series of three short films, also appeared in Big Thick Rod, NY International Fringe Festival ’08; A Rope in the Abyss, NYC (April ‘08); Night of Nosferatu, and Land of the Undead , NYC (March ‘07) with Rabbit Hole Ensemble.
- Chris Keveney (Class of ‘04)
Appeared in The Shaughraun at The Storm Theatre, NYC (Jan.-Feb. ‘08); Film: Leave Me Behind, Running on Faith Productions; Ghost Writer, New Wave Film Distribution; The Yard, Saiyan Films; Villains, Footnote Studios; Alabama, Friedman Films; Theatre Credits: The Jeweler's Shop, heading to Australia in 2008 for Catholic World Youth Day; Ghosts, Rabbit Hole Ensemble; tour of Lights on for Louie with National Theatre for Children.
- Julie Miller (Class of ’02)
Assistant stage manager for Lincoln Center Theater, Theatre for a New Audience, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons; Company Manager for New York Stage and Film; board member of Oracle Theatre, Inc., with fellow grads Ike Rathbone, Jen Collins Rathbone, and Joe Hoffman (all Class of ‘00).
- Jennifer Rapp (Class of ‘03)
Had principal role in Broken Flowers (starring Bill Murray) winner of Grand Prix Award at the Cannes Film Festival; principal role in Spinning Into Butter starring Sarah Jessica Parker; currently attached to two features (supporting role in each) slated to start production later this year.
- Kirsten Scoles (Class of ’04)
Recently moved to LA; NYC Theatre: The Cascade Falls, Bat Country Theatre; Hamlet and Servy-N-Bernice 4Ever, BOFA; Pleaching the Coffin Sisters, Ensemble Studio Theatre; The Period Fairy, Young Mirror Rep; Figaro Gets a Divorce Adhesive Theater Project; Charlie's Ghost, Roots & Branches Theatre Co; Film: Calm Like a Bomb, Missing Miss Right, Am I Evil. TV: Guys Like Us (pilot - Showtime).
- Marci Skolnick (Class of ‘03)
AEA stage manager for Folksbiene, National Yiddish Theater, Artificial Intelligence, Acting Company Salon Series, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Gotham Stage, INTAR, HERE, Clubbed Thumb, the 50th Anniversary Production of Waiting for Godot at Tangent.
- Stephanie Stover (Class of ’06)
Is pursuing her post graduate education at Cobalt Studios, a specialty school for scenic art; since graduating she has been freelancing as a scenic artist on various projects in theater, film, and TV including being the charge artist for Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s 2008 Summer Repertory Theater; is also the resident Charge artist for The Secret Theater, an off-off Broadway theater in NYC, where she has the opportunity to work with many Hofstra Alums including Rich Ferrailoi (05'), Kirk Gostkowski (05'), Melissa Smith (05')
- Andreas Tselepos (Class of ‘04 )
Completed his MFA in Theatre Directing at The New School for Drama (Actors Studio Drama School); directed two shows Off-Broadway- The Lover by Harold Pinter and Women in Motion by Donald Marguiles; performed in Bernard Shaw's Man of Destiny (March ‘08); directed a new play by Melanie Marnich, A Sleeping Country, which had its NY Premiere May 7th; at the same time starred in David Adjmi's new play Marie Antoinette.
Some of our Alumni …
- James Barbour
Leon Czolgosz in Assassins, Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre, Officer Lovestock in Urinetown, on Broadway. Toured with National Company of The Secret Garden. Played The Beast in Beauty and the Beast (Los Angeles and Broadway). TV: Sex and the City, Just Shoot Me and The District.
- Johnathan Brownlee
Host of international cable TV show Johnathan Brownlee’s at Home, TV: Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show. Films: Father’s Day and Mad City.
- Nancy Cassaro
Appeared on TV series Nothing Personal and Civil Wars. Conceived and performed in off-Broadway production of Tony ’n’ Tina’s Wedding
- Margaret Colin
Played Jacqueline Kennedy on Broadway in Jackie. Appeared on TV in Edge of Night and As the World Turns. Starred in Now and Again, Foley Square and Legwork. Films include The Devil’s Own, Independence Day, Three Men and a Baby, True Believer and Pretty in Pink.
- Francis Ford Coppola
Academy Award-winning writer and director. Best known for The Godfather saga, Apocalypse Now and John Grisham’s The Rainmaker.
- Robert Davi
Film actor. Major roles in the James Bond film License to Kill, Die Hard, Goonies. Featured roles in Wiseguy and made-for-TV movie Contract on Cherry Street. Starring role in The Profiler.
- Elizabeth Dennehy
Numerous TV commercials. Appeared in segments of Judging Amy, Gideon’s Crossing, Seinfeld and ER. Played Blake Fitzgerald on The Guiding Light and Shelby in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- Peter Friedman
Appeared on Broadway in Twelve Angry Men, Heidi Chronicles and Common Pursuit. Starring role in the Broadway musical Ragtime. (Tony nomination); off-Broadway in The Loman Family Picnic. Recurring role in TV series Brooklyn Bridge.
- Rick Gray
Senior production development manager for Cirque du Soleil; Former associate professor, Department of Theatre, Penn State University. Director of entertainment production for Disneyland Resort, Las Vegas. Technical director, Xerox Pavilion, 1992 Expo, Seville, Spain.
- Charles Grieco
Assistant sound engineer for Nine on Broadway; Assistant sound designer, Playwrights Horizons, NYC; production engineer, Spoleto Art Festival, SC.
- Dan Ingram
A prominent disk jockey for MTV, WCBS-FM, New York.
- Madeline Kahn
Tony Award-winner for Best Actress for The Sisters Rosensweig. Twice nominated for an Academy Award. Films include: Paper Moon, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and High Anxiety. Regular on The Cosby Show.
- Lainie Kazan
Featured in film and TV versions of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, film and Broadway musical versions of My Favorite Year (Tony nomination). Appeared in films The Crew, The Cemetery Club and One From the Heart. Popular singer appearing extensively on TV and at major supper clubs in the U.S.
- John Leone
Played Marius in Les Miserables on Broadway. Starred off-Broadway in Avenue X, TV: Law and Order.
- Irene Lewis
Artistic director, Baltimore’s Center Stage. Directed The Skin of Our Teeth with John Goodman, NY Shakespeare Festival.
- Charles Ludlam
Playwright, star and director of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, one of off-Broadway’s most acclaimed organizations.
- Linda Marcello
Assistant stage manager for national tours of The Producers, The Lion King and The Sound of Music. Production assistant on Broadway: The Weir, Time and Again. Assistant company manager, Richard Frankel Productions.
- Tom McGowan
Featured roles on TV sitcoms Everybody Loves Raymond, Judging Amy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, ER, King of the Hill and Frasier. Films: Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Sleepless in Seattle and As Good As It Gets. Off-Broadway in The Food Chain, and on Broadway in La Bête, Ivanov and Chicago.
- Joe Morton
Featured in films Bounce, Forever Young, Speed and City of Hope. Starred in NBC-TV movie Y2K. TV series: Tribeca and Equal Justice. Narrated PBS series The Great Depression and Africa. Starred in Broadway’s Art.
- Brett Oberman
With Keith Sherman and Associates, an entertainment PR company whose notable accounts include the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards.
- Joel Oliansky
TV/film writer and director. Wrote/directed The Competition. Emmy Award for The Senator. Writers Guild Awards: The Law and Masada.
- Jennifer Pearse
Vice president, management supervisor, Saatchi and Saatchi, New York.
- Arturo Porazzi
Broadway production stage manager. Shows include: The Triumph of Love, Victor/Victoria, 42nd Street, Me and My Girl, Jelly’s Last Jam, and Singing in the Rain.
- Charles Repole
Broadway and regional theater actor, director, choreographer. Professor of drama, Queens College. Directed Gentlemen Prefer Blondes on Broadway, Animal Crackers at Goodspeed Opera House and Paper Mill Playhouse. Tony Award nominee and Theatre World Award winner for Very Good Eddie on Broadway.
- Phil Rosenthal
Creator/writer/executive producer of Everybody Loves Raymond. Writer for Coach and Down the Shore.
- Susan Schulman
Broadway director of Little Women, The Sound of Music, The Secret Garden and Sweeney Todd. Off-Broadway credits include Time and Again, Merrily We Roll Along and Allegro. Man of La Mancha at Stratford, Ontario Shakespeare Festival
- Joan See
Major New York film, theater, TV commercial casting director and teacher.
- Leslie Segrete
Designer and carpenter on the Learning Channel’s TV show While You Were Out.
- Kevin Shinick
Writer, Spider-Man special, Radio City, NYC, Boston and London. Head writer for Nickelodeon’s On Air Promo division. Actor in one-man show I Love Paris, off-Broadway. Host on PBS’s Where in Time Is Carmen San Diego?
- Susan Sullivan
Starring role on TV sitcom Dharma and Greg. Appeared on TV series Falconcrest and Another World. Films include My Best Friend’s Wedding. The Fourth Wall, off-Broadway.
Dance Alumni Success
- Christa Cocciole ('92) - Co-founder of Hinter Haus Productions, a performing arts multimedia dance performance company in Berlin, Germany.
- Alexis Melonopoulos ('92) - Director of Dance Program at Miss Porter's School, Farmington, CT.
- Gregg Hurley ('93) - Resident choreographer for Sight and Sound Theatres in Lancaster, PA.
- Larry Keigwin ('94) - Performed with Mark Dendy, Jane Comfort, John Jasperse, Penny Arcade, Doug Elkins, Robin Becker, David Rousseve, Varla Jean Merman and Zvi Gotheiner. Director of his own company Keigwin + Company and producer of Keigwin's Kabaret presented at the Public Theater at Joe's Pub and Symphony Space in New York City. He was assistant choreographer and performed a six-minute solo dance in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of The Wild Party and will appear in this fall's new production of The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera. In 1999, he received a Bessie Award for his performance in Dream Analysis by Mark Dendy and was featured in Dance Magazine's April 2003 issue as one of the 25 dancer/choreographers to look for in the future.
- Jamie Goldberg ('96) - Anita in West Side Story - National Touring Company and Dulcinea (Understudy) for recent revival of The Man of La Mancha on Broadway.
- Stacy Cohen ('98) - Certified teacher of Gyrokinesis, dancer with Liz Buehler
- Nami Kakiya ('97) - Lead dancer Rod Rodgers Dance Company.
- Zakiya Kaalund ('99) - Director of Infinity Dance Company and School, Queens, NY
- Kara Kapers ('99) - Featured dancer with The Vissi Dance Theater.
- Makeda Thomas ('99) - Member of Jawole Will Jo Zollar's Urban Bush Women (NYC), Rennie Harris's Puremovement (Philadelphia), and the Lulu Washington Dance Theater (Los Angeles). Currently, Director of her own company Makeda Thomas Dance Projects for which she received a 2004 grant from Arts International to create a new work for the National Company of Song and Dance of Mozambique and a dance installation for Cape Town, South Africa.
- Melissa van Wijk ('99) - Director of her company, NOWDance.
- Salvatore LaRussa ('00) - Director of Salvatore LaRussa Dance and former lead dancer with Michael Mao Dance Company.
- Nicole Walter ('00) - Dancer with Salvatore La Russa, Fluidbody, Caryn Heilman, and Robin Becker.
- Erica DeJesus ('01) - Danced with H.T. Chen & Dancers, NYC
- Dina Denis ('02) - Artistic Director of Diana Denis Dance former dancer with Robin Becker Dance and the Joan Miller Dance Company.
- Tara Dunleavy ('04) - National Touring Company of Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Production, Twyla Tharp's Movin' Out in Atlantic City.
- Lindsey Leduc ('04) - Member of Gus Giordano Dance Company, Chicago.
- Christina Lynch Markham (’04) – Member of the Paul Taylor II Dance Company
- Natalie Tursi (‘05) –former member of Gus Giordano II and currently, Melisssa Thodos Dance Chicago
- Gregg Youdan (’08) – member of Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble