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Masters Students

Abel is pursuing his MA in directing with exploratory research work in digital acting. He graduated from Brooklyn College with emphasis in arts administration. He is devoted to cultivating interdisciplinary collaborations, supporting the actor as a creator and pioneering new work. Previous productions include; “Utopia D2H”, “COLLIDE: GALAXIES IN MOTION,” “The Latina Project”, based upon a 200 interviews, and “Sabanas: Life through Dreams” which was featured in the New York International Fringe Festival.
Natalia Delgado grew up in the heart of Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor’s at UCSC with a degree in Theater Arts and Education. She has been featured in shows such as Zoot Suit, Twilight Los Angeles, and In the Heights. She is pursuing performance and educational outreach with the hopes of utilizing theater as a teaching tool and instilling more passion for the arts.
Claire Ganem grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore. Last spring she graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY with a BFA in acting and was awarded The Baranowski Award for graduating theatre arts students. In her spare time, she is a volunteer staff member for Open Space Arts, a non profit theatre in Reisterstown, Maryland. She is taking this year at UCSC to pursue directing. Her research interests include performance in relation to community building and feminist theories.
After earning a BA in Theater Arts from UCSC Victoria Gardiner stayed on to pursue an MA. Victoria's main focus in theater is dramaturgy, the art of enriching a production with scholarly research, but also occasionally moonlights as a director and writer. Her primary artistic interests are in modern adaptations of ancient Greek and Shakespearean plays. When she's not working in the theater Victoria spends her time working on game design.
Carolina has studied in Bogotá, performed in and organized various festivals around Spain and Colombia. She is a founder member and was a volunteer coordinator of RET - Red de Escelas de Teatro. Currently, she is working on a project staged with UC Santa Cruz students: a bilingual (English & Spanish) play by José Domingo Garzón based on the novel Pedro Páramo.
Tanner Oertel is the Artistic Director for The Barn Theater. After receiving his BA in Theater Arts from UC Santa Cruz in Spring 2017, he immediately began the MA program here. His interests include directing, acting, improvisational comedy, and drag. Tanner is also a member of UCSC's premiere improv team Someone Always Dies. He is currently directing The Memo by Vaclav Havel in The Barn Theater (performs November 17-19 @ 8pm).
Alyssa is a performer, poet, and art-maker who grew up on the Central Coast in Prunedale, California. After receiving her BA with a double major in Theater Arts and Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she is pursuing an MA in Theater Arts. Alyssa has been involved in productions on the UCSC campus as a performer including Lion in the Streets and the Shakespeare to Go production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona in 2017. Utilizing her background as a performer and writer, she hopes to bring theater into classrooms and community spaces as a tool for education that can not only assist students in their academic pursuits, but also help them to better understand their communities and the impact their voice can have on the world around them. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys spending time in the Cowell Press, where she explores book arts and typography.
Ryan is a theater practitioner, musician, clown and poet. He graduated from UC Irvine with honors in Acting, Directing and Sound Design. He also is a part of several companies, such as Synthetic Unlimited, White Wall Productions and ClownMa Dell'arte.