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Theater Arts Alumni

Professional filmmaker and dancer EVAN SHEN ADLER was born in Santa Cruz, CA, and realized his love for dance and movement arts at a very young age.  As a student at Cabrillo College and UC Santa Cruz, Evan began to understand the importance of knowledge and discipline in dance. 

Emmy Award winner ASHLEY NICOLE BLACK was a UCSC theatre arts student from 2003-2007. She delivered a commencement speech at Theatre Arts graduation, which she thought was very good even though her dad fell asleep during it.

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Costume designer CHRISTINA DINKEL just graduated six years ago but already has a very impressive resume.

Dance therapist BIANCA FILLION graduated from UCSC in 2011 with a BA in Psychology. She went on to get her MA in Expressive Therapies: Dance Therapy with a Mental Health Counseling Specialization from Lesley University.

Freelance Lighting Designer SHERRICE MOJGANI arrived at UC Santa Cruz in the fall of 2003. A Merrill resident, she enjoyed an early morning trek across campus to Theater Arts, whether for an 8am class or a light hang.

Dance instructor and performer AMELIA NOMMENSEN studied Marine Biology and Dance at University of California: Santa Cruz from Fall 2010 through Spring 2014.

BRIJANA PROOKER is an award-winning writer, actor and filmmaker at WOOF Productions, her production company inspired by her rescued Golden Retriever-Chow Chow, Woofie.

Dancer JENNA PURCELL attended UCSC 2007-2011, graduating cum laude with a BA in Literature and a minor in Theatre Arts (Dance Emphasis).  She enjoyed the unique, hands-on dance education offered at UCSC, studying and performing with both the Theatre Arts and Physical Education Departments all fou

JOCELYN SHRATTER graduated with a B.A. in the Theater Arts from UCSC in 2009. She completed the Fifth Year Graduate Certificate Program in 2010. She will be starting an MFA program in Dramaturgy at Columbia University in Fall of 2012.

Media and projection designer, GREG TOWLE focused on design and technical opportunities while in the UCSC Theater Arts department. He worked in the scene shop and designed a few departmental shows. He was even able to assist a professor in several professional designs.

Hip Hop performer DANA TURNER had the amazing opportunity to study dance during her studentship, taking classes that allowed her not only to build her skill in dance, but also to develop a care for the craft itself, leaving her inspired to see what she could create. 

Non-profit grant writer CHELSEA WELLS graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2013 with a degree in Modern Literary Studies and a minor in Dance.