Alumni Achievements

Katie Atkinson (Drama, 2010) became the Corporate Giving Manager at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Travis Ballenger (Drama, 2004) was appointed Associate Producer of The Drama League, NYC.




Liza Bennett (Drama, 2006) has been a recurring character on CBSís Elementary and NBCís Chicago Fire. She also appeared in The Free State of Jones, starring Matthew McConaughey.




Nicole Beharie (Drama 2003) finished her work as lead of Foxís Sleepy Hollow and will appear in the upcoming remake of the film, Jacobís Ladder.




 Danielle Brooks (Drama, 2007) received a Tony Award nomination for her performance as Sofie in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple alongside Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Erivo. She has also appeared as the beloved character Taystee in the Netflix original series Orange Is The New Black and in Aziz Azariís Master of None.



Brandon Hall (Drama, 2011) graduated from The Juilliard School in 2015 and has appeared in Unforgettable, Broad City, and Rookie. Most recently, Brandon has been cast as a series regular in the new TBS comedy Search Party, and will play the Mayor of New York City in an upcoming ABC pilot produced by Hamiltonís Daveed Diggs.



Susan Heyward (Drama, 2001) played a recurring character in the HBO series Vinyl and a lead in Sony Playstationís first original series, Powers. She appeared in The Purple Lights of Joppa, Illinois, a new drama written and directed by Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp.



Patina Miller (Drama, 2002), Tony Award winner for her lead turn in Pippin, portrayed Commander Paylor in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2, and press coordinator Daisy Grant in the second season of CBSís Madam Secretary. She currently stars in the PBS Drama, Mercy Street.



Teyonah Parris (Drama, 2005) played the lead in the Amazon film, Chi Raq, directed by Spike Lee. She continues in her regular role on the Starz series Survivorís Remorse.




Andrew Pastides (Drama, 2002) appeared in the Magic Theatre (San Francisco) production of Sam Shepardís Fool for Love, the first actor to play the role there since Ed Harris originated it.




Jacob Perkins (Drama, 2007) won the Emerging Playwrights Contest for his play The Third Rail. He was also accepted as a member of the 2016 Project Playwrights Group.

John Reese (Drama, 2006) was accepted into the prestigious Yale School of Drama MFA Acting program with a full-scholarship shortly after finishing a run of A Taste of Honey at the Pearl Theatre (NYC).

Grace Ann Roberts (Drama, 2012) is a Humanities Program Assistant at the Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C.

Wrenn Schmidt (Drama, 2001) has appeared in the film 13 Hours, and I Saw The Light, alongside Tom Hiddleston, and is a series regular in Outcast.