Sunday, November 28, 2010

Holiday Cheer

Celebrate your holiday season by supporting the class of 2010 in all of their holiday performance endeavors!

Madeline Harris(Acting) will be doing double duty as an elf this holiday season, both working at the Grove as one of Santa's Helpers and featured as a hip-hop dancing elf in a holiday Bounty commercial.

Liz Gonzalez(Musical Theater) will be working at Universal Studios Hollywood in her second consecutive show after working with the park over Halloween with their Halloween Horror Nights. Liz is currently featured in Universal's Grinchmas show. Performances are December 11 and 12 and December 18-January 2.

Clay Stefanki (Musical Theater) is currently in Festival of Christmas at Lamb's Player's Theatre in San Diego. You can find out more information about the show here.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Wait List

The Wait List is an improv, short form, and live performance comedy group that has Anne Lane(Acting) and Chris Reinacher(Acting) among its creators. Their films have been in various festivals and won several awards for acting, writing, and directing, including winning the national grand prize for best picture of Campus Movie Fest. They've had meetings with a few different major television networks (Comedy Central, ABC, and others) about creating and being featured in content, and recently made a series of digital shorts for an MTV showcase of up-and-coming talent. They have regular shows at the Improv Space and other venues.

The Wait List has also featured Julie Alexander(Acting), Mikey Hawley(Acting), Emily Yetter(Acting), Kylie Alesso(Acting), and Lesley Holligsworth(Acting) in their work.

Check them out at

Nicolette Robinson

Nicolette Robinson(Musical Theater) has had a very successful post-graduation life! In addition to being a part of the staged musical workshop Post Office at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, Nicolette just finished filming the first season of Perfect Couples, a new NBC sitcom on which she is a series regular. The show premieres January 20th and airs Thursday nights at 8:30 on NBC. One episode will also feature fellow 2010 graduate Kevin Michael Martin(Acting).

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Drew Ruesch

Drew Ruesch(General Studies) is currently working on TLC's Toddlers and Tiaras for Authentic Entertainment, the same company that produces Flipping Out with Jeff Lewis. He is also working in Development for GRB Entertainment, the same production company Irina Khordokovsky(Design) is working for.

Bruins in Singin' in the Rain

Both Jessica Marie Taylor(Musical Theater) and Michelle Akeley(Musical Theater) were in the Norris Theatre's production of Singin' in the Rain this fall. The production also featured 2009 graduate Caitlin Beitel. Michelle also recently completed her training with the Pilates Institue of Southern California and is now a certified pilates instructor.

Katie Boeck in Bullshot Crummond and the Invisible Bride of Death

Aside from performing her own original music in various venues around Los Angeles (including the House of Blues), Katie Boeck(Musical Theater) is currently in the original play Bullshot Crummond and the Invisible Bride of Death at the Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center in North Hollywood.

For more information, go to

Irina Khodorkovsky

Irina Khodorkovsky(Design) is working full time as the executive assistant to the Vice President of development and creative affairs at GRB Entertainment, the two-time Emmy-award winning production company that brings you shows like Intervention and Animal Hoarders. She is also a part-time photo editor for

Equity Membership Candidates

Jack Sale(Musical Theater) and Rachel Lee(Musical Theater) are on their way to getting that little asterisk next to their names in a program! Both of them are now Equity Membership Candidates, meaning they have started to collect points to join Actor's Equity. Jack appeared as a Protean in 42nd Street Moon's production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and is currently a Segway tour guide in Beverly Hills. Rachel was in The Bedroom Window at the Odyssey Theatre (you can hear her on the show's original cast recording) and is currently understudying all female roles in Crimes of the Heart at East West Players.

Rachel and Jack are also the creators of Book It On Broadway.

Lauren Gerenraich

Lauren Gerenraich(Musical Theater) has put her focus behind the table. After working in casting for shows such as Lie to Me, Detroit 187, and the USA pilot Common Law, Lauren is currently the assistant to the head of the youth department at AKA Talent.

Kevin Michael Martin

Kevin Michael Martin(Acting) has been working nonstop since graduation as an actor, producer, director, AND writer. Check out some of his commercial work here:

Papa Murphy's

Making Music

Check out the original music of the class of 2010!

Katie Boeck(Musical Theater)
Carolyn Nicely(Musical Theater)
Colin O'Brien Lux(Acting)
The Trees featuring Zach Maze(Acting), Carly Weckstein(Acting), and Sam Gibbs(Acting/Directing)

Three Sixty Entertainment's PETER PAN

The newest stage adaptation of Peter Pan features three Bruins as replacements for the original London cast. Those actors are Elijah Trichon(Acting) as John, Emily Yetter(Acting) as Tinkerbell, and Johua Kuehl(Musical Theater) as Tootles. The replacement cast for the original London actors was cast by professor and casting director Michael Donovan.

Find out more information at

Carly Bracco in "Tangled" at the El Capitan

Check out Carly Bracco(Musical Theater) in the preshow musical for the Disney movie Tangled at the El Capitan in Hollywood.

Carly's performance dates are Nov. 25, 27, 28, 29 & 30 and Dec. 1, 2, 8, 10, 13 & 14.

Get your tickets here.

Summer in San Diego

The San Diego Theatre scene was full of Musical Theater students from the class of 2010. Clay Stefanki appeared in Oklahoma! at Moonlight Stage as well as Hello Dolly! at Starlight Theatre in the role of Barnaby. Angelica Richie also worked at Starlight Theatre in their production of The Pajama Game. Moonlight's production of Miss Saigon featured many UCLA students, including Klarissa Mesee, Sam Ayoub, and Drew Ruesch.The production was also stage managed by
Tim Jones(stage management).

Lost Tapes

Thanks to the help of teacher and casting director Michael Donovan, many students from the class of 2010 have been featured on the Animal Plant show Lost Tapes. These actors include Reider Larsen(Acting), Ashley Morey(Acting), Joshua Kuehl(Musical Theater), Klarissa Mesee(Musical Theater), and Elijah Trichon(Acting).

Bruins in New York

Elizabeth Boulger(Stage Management) and Angelica Richie(Musical Theater) headed to the opposite coast after graduation and moved to New York. Elizabeth currently works for Walt Disney Theatrical Productions. Angelica is a freelance writer for ESPN Rise -which is geared towards young female athletes- and was recently featured as a dancer for the XBox Kinect release in Times Square. Congratulations to our Bruins working for and dancing on Broadway!

Higher Education

After graduating from UCLA, Scott Patteson (Acting),Adam Rigg (Design), Whitney Ellis(Playwrighting) and John Berardo(Directing) decided to pursue their education further by attending graduate school. Scott is currently in the acting program at University of California San Diego and Adam is studying design at Yale School of Drama. Whitney and John are both at USC's Film School, with Whitney in the acting program and John in the directing program.