Graduate Dani David has a lead role in the groundbreaking film, L: A Story of Genderfluidity. The film delves into an often overlooked and misunderstood community: non-binary people. It explores the life of L, a genderfluid dancer, who becomes the roommate of Will, a cisgender marketing strategist. Read more
Faculty member and alumnus Christopher Thornton will appear in the second and final season of Vice Principals on HBO. The season premieres on Sunday, September 17. Chris also has roles in two upcoming films: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Joaquin Phoenix; and Anything, written by Stella Adler faculty member Tim McNeil.
Alumnus Douglas Bennett has the lead role in the film, Black Cat, currently making rounds at film festivals worldwide. He is nominated for Best Actor at the Sutter Creek International Film Festival, happening on September 28. Other current projects include the film Hyde Park with C. Thomas Howell, Dokumori Mountain, and Chasing the Rain. Past work includes a featured role
Alumnus Piyush Deshmukh plays an Indian mathematician in the film, Dr. Elevator, and was recently nominated for Best Actor at Back in the Box Film Festival. Other Stella alumni in the cast include Maia Nikiphoroff, Francis Cronin, Matt Klarie & Bo Day. The film was officially selected in over 30 film festivals, receiving 14 nominations and wining best short film
Alumnus Declan Michael Laird has been on location in New York since July filming a new TV Series called Big Dogs, the series is based upon the crime thriller novels by Adam Dunn. The series is being directed by both David Platt and Darnell Martin. Declan plays one of the leads, Prince William, for season one. It should be released
Alumna Bahara Golestani stars in a new “inspired by true events” short film called, Hajji. The film also stars The Walking Dead cast member Ross Marquand. The film will begin playing festivals at the start of 2018. Read more here.
Alumnus Tony Garza starred as the antagonist in the TV series, Mariposa De Barrio. The series premiered on June 27 on Telemundo.
Congratulations to student, Mojean Aria, on winning the 9th Annual Heath Ledger Scholarship. He received the award on June 1, 2017 at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood. The award is funded by Ledger’s family and honors emerging talent from Australia. Click here to watch Mojean’s acceptance speech. Past work includes portraying Jake LaMotta in the film The Bronx Bull,
Alumnus Will Hawkes, stars in the short Sun Valley. It was awarded Best Narrative Short at the 2016 Indie Memphis Film Festival. Read more here. Stills from Sun Valley: Will has also guest starred on the hit television dramas, Grey’s Anatomy and Grimm. He also worked on two other shorts, Shocking and Charming.
Alumnus Ernesto Reyes will be Guest Starring as “Mexican Jesus” on the new series, American Gods. The series is currently airing on STARZ and Amazon Prime. The series is created by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green and based on the best-selling book by Neil Gaiman.
Alumnus Ben Robson is starring in the second season of TNT’s drama pilot, Animal Kingdom. Past performances include the History Channel series Vikings and the feature film, The Boy.
Faculty Member Che Walker’s film, Flower, has been selected for the Dances With Films Festival, Hollywood. The festival will take place June 1-11 at the Chinese Theatres in Hollywood. The film features other Stella Adler alumni including Montana Roesch in the lead, Mattia Bartoli and Austin Iredale in supporting roles, Christina Blum as Art Director and December Ensminger as 1st
Alumnus Michael Anthony Spady has recently begun work on the film, Diverted Eden. This will be Michael’s first action crime thriller. He will play Smith Whitaker, the best friend of the lead and Godfather of Eden. Michael also won the Best Actor award at the 2015 Mini Cinema Award Show for his work in the short film, The Championship Rounds.
Alumnus David Gunning will be a recurring character in the five episode installment of LEGO Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape alongside Bryce Dallas Howard. Read more. David also guest starred in an episode of NCIS in 2016 and co-starred on the TNT show, Legends in 2014. David also wrote, produced (alongside Jon Paul Burkhart), and starred in (alongside Gabrielle Christian)
Anything is a new film written and directed by alumnus and faculty member TIM MCNEIL currently in production. It is based on McNeil’s play of the same name. The film also features alumnus MARK RUFFALO as Executive Producer. Read more. Another of Tim’s recent plays, Twilight of Schlomo, received CRITICS PICK from the LA Times during it’s 2014 run at
Alumnus Michael Benzaia just booked a recurring role on the ABC hit, How To Get Away With Murder. He will appear in Season 3 starting Fall 2016. According to Michael, he would not have booked this job if it wasn’t for the dedication of the teachers at the Adler who encouraged him to dig deeper and not settle for the
Ongoing student Tatanka Means recently booked a five episode Reoccurring Role for the new AMC TV Series, THE SON. This is the First Season and other cast includes, Pierce Brosnan According to Tatanka, he felt more confident going into callback and auditions due to the exercises, discussions and techniques he learned in class.
Alumnus Bryan McCoy booked a role on the television series, From Dusk Till Dawn. He will appear in the 4th episode of Season 3.
Alumnus Alexander Chernyshev recently appeared on NCIS:LA. The episode, Matryoshka, Part 2, originally aired on Feb. 22, 2016.
Alumna Alondra Benitez recently starred in the short film, Bloodline, which won Runner-Up Best Film in the 48 Hour Film Project SD. Alondra was also nominated as Best Actress. View the film here: vimeo.com/179975710. Alondra’s past work includes a principal role in the feature film Belzebuth that will release in 2017. The trailer can be viewed here: youtu.be/kvRcVpNYo5w. She has
Alumna Rima Rajan will appear in the recurring guest star role of Nikki Bashir in the second season of ABC’s popular show, American Crime. American Crime is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated show created by John Ridley who won an Oscar for 12 Years a Slave. The new season will premiere on ABC on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Rima’s past
At the recent AFI Fest in Hollywood, CA, alumnus Benicio Del Toro explained that his fist “real” acting break came when he auditioned for and received a scholarship to the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre. He explained that there was a “seriousness for the craft” at Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Los Angeles and a
Alumnus Julio Vargas has had a successful year of Commercial Bookings. Take a look at some of his work: Christmas Honda CR-V Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SPKGMHQkLw Budweiser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW3T-O-_at8 Chevy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uba6pRWWr6o CA Lottery Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymWs533m-EY First National Bank of Omaha: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRZpJy0s94w&feature=youtu.be McDonald’s: https://vimeo.com/139602308
Rene Heger is currently starring as the male lead in the feature film Links of Life, opposite esteemed French actress Marie Bunel. Rene plays Rob, a desperate and mysterious thirty year old American man. You can also see Rene in the movie Circle opposite Julie Benz from Dexter now available on Netflix, iTunes and On Demand. Produced by Scott Einbinder
Student Garrett Wagner played the role of Nick Palmieri, an American soldier at a Japanese internment camp in World War II, on episode four of Syfy Network’s web-series, Haven: Origins. View the series.
Alumnus Patrick Davis has a lead role in the new film, Victor. It will have it’s world premiere in October 2015. He also has a recurring role on the TV series From Dusk till Dawn. This is the first scripted original series on Robert Rodriguez’s recently launched El Rey network. He was also recently featured on the TV show Rizzoli
Kayla Strada’s film recently won Best Short Film and was Runner Up for Best Dialogue at the AOF Film Festival. The film was based on a monologue she co-wrote about her life and disability. The monologue was her performance piece for her High School Certificate in Australia. She has now brought the heart felt story of “Chelsea Johnston” to American
ALUMNI NEWS: Michael Mulkey appeared as a co-star on the Michael Bay produced show, The Last Ship. The episode is called “Cry Havoc” and aired on Sunday, Aug. 30.
Shvan Aladin has a part in a current drama series in Sweden called Blå Ögon (Blue Eyes). The series explores how racism is growing in Sweden and Shvan plays the part of “Sharyar.” The series was recently nominated for the best drama series of the year in the “Kristallen” awards, the Swedish equivalent of the Emmys. The award show is
Alumna Charlene Amoia recently appeared on the TNT series Major Crimes. She will also appear in a supporting role in Vacation with Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Christina Applegate, Chevy Chase. National Lampoons 5th installment which opens late July 2015. Charlene’s other work includes NCIS: New Orleans, Bones, Switched At Birth, and the feature films, Live Evil, Scribble and American Reunion.
Alumnus Chervine Namani recently appeared on the series premiere of the The Whispers, a new show produced by Steven Spielberg on ABC. Chervine played the role of Dr. Winston. Chervine has also appeared on NCIS:LA, Legends, and Criminal Minds; and in the short film, For the Birds; and in the award-winning short, Red Poppies which includes other Stella Adler alumni
Alumnus Jesse Celedon recently starred in the movie, Soledad, with fellow alumnus Chris Petrovski. The filmed was screened at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood in May 2015.
Alumnus Victor Trevino wrote, directed and starts in the film Spit. The film also features many Stella Adler students and alumni. The film was recently featured as part of Stella Adler Academy’s ongoing Alumni Screening Series. View the trailer:
Alumnus Blake Scott Lewis stars in the new independent film Imperfect Sky. The film was recently screened at Stella Adler Academy & Theatre as the first in their new Alumni Screening Series.
Alumnus Lionell Dalton recently completed shooting a film for Queen Latifah’s production company, Flavor Unit Entertainment. The film also stars Laren Tate and Meagan Good.
Congratulations to alumni Angelique & Jennifer Merchant. Their short film entitled, Two Strangers, earned an official selection at the Equality International Film Festival. It is still in consideration for more than 20 film festivals worldwide. The film is about a teenage girl who has become homeless. View the trailer below: Read their most recent article here.
Alumnus David Pesta is one of the stars of the new film, The Phoenix Project. The film was released theatrically in January 2015. It is also available online and on vod. The film was also recently featured on the IMDB front page. For more information visit: ironwoodgang.com/thephoenixproject
Alumna Lorena McGregor played the role of Sylvia Chavez, the daughter of Cesar Chavez, in the recent film, Cesar Chavez. Lorena also had a recurring role in the first season of The Bridge on FX. She also appeared in an episode of NCIS: Los Angeles and will appear in the film Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha currently in
Faculty member Claudia de Vasco played the role of Petra in the film, Cesar Chavez. She was also the dialect coach for the movie.
Alumna Amy Sanders booked the national BMW Commercial, Sightings. It was aired during the 2014 Winter Olympics. Amy has also worked with other Stella Adler alumni to create the web series, The Red Door. Check it out at thereddoorwebseries.com.
Alumna Siri Blomquist appeared in the Carl’s Jr. commercial, “Great Buns.”She also worked on the films Lost Angels and Disruption.
Alumna Carly Craig has a recurring role on Stephen Merchant’s (co-creator of The Office) show on HBO called Hello Ladies. She is also a series regular on the Emmy-nominated series, Burning Love which airs on E! Network. Carly can also be seen in the movie Flock of Dudes starring Chris D’Elia (Whitney), Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), Hannah Simone (New Girl)
Yaitza Rivera received the Achievement in Directing at the 2013 SoCal Independent Film Festival for the film Red Poppies. Alumni Zulivet Diaz and Chervine Namani were nominated for Achievement in Acting. Red Poppies was written by alum and faculty member, Tim McNeil. Congratulations to all involved!
Eddy Salazar’s film The Insomniac, a psychological thriller which he wrote, produced and starred received amazing feedback in the festival circuit. The film won Best Screenplay at the Breckenridge Festival of Film in September 2013. This is one of three new full-length feature films that Eddy has produced through his company, Welcome Home Productions. The other two films are The
Alumnus Gregory Chandler starred as Richard The Lionhart in Richard: The Lionhart along with Malcolm McDowell as well as the sequel Richard the Lionheart: Rebellion. Gregory can also be seen in an episode of The Vampire Diaries and the feature film Selma.
Diana Busuioc and Teo Celigo, both graduates of the Stella Adler two year program, starred in the film, The Impaler. It was released in October 2013. She also wrote, directed and stars in the film The Second Coming of Christ currently in post-production.
Sky Moran was the lead, Eddy Cox, in the feature film Fizzy Days. The film co-stars Stephen Graham, is produced by Shaheen Schleifer and is directed by Mark Millicent. Past work includes a film for the Royal Shakespeare Company in England and a feature film called Zero.
Alumnus David Jørgensen has a role in the movie, Pioneer. The film was accepted into the Toronto Film Festival. It also was presented at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The movie opened August 30, 2013 in Norway and was picked up for US distribution by Magnolia Pictures.
Alumna and Board Member, Holland Taylor, wrote and performed Ann, about the life of Texas Governor Ann Richards. It was on stage at Broadway’s Lincoln Center Theater. She has appeared in numerous television shows and film including a recurring role on the popular Two and a Half Men.
Alumnus Kristian Van der Heyden had a documentary appear at Cannes Short Film Corner. The documentary was about homeless children from Cheras, a suburb under construction near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.(www.kaskprojecten.be/portactif/semalu/). An AT&T commercial he assistant directed and co-produced and a Coke Zero commercial he produced were screened at Cannes Lions. He has also started his own organization, PORT ACTIF. Its
Alumnus Orlando Chavez had a guest starring roles on the TV series Southland and Major Crimes. He was also featured in a principal role in Teenage Bank Heist on Lifetime Movie Network and the film Our Boys.
Alumnus Matt Burkhart had a recurring role on the BBC America show Copper. His character appeared in Season 2. Matt has also starred in a feature film titled Victory that was released in Summer 2013; appeared in numerous TV shows including The CW’s Beauty and the Beast; and various Canadian shows. Matt currently resides in Toronto.
Alumnus Fernando Aldaz just booked and shot his first television role (Co-Star) for the Nickelodeon show Big Time Rush.
Student Sam Marin and the cast of Cartoon Network’s Regular Show won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program in 2012.
Faculty/alumna Laura Leyva had a recurring character on the TBS comedy, Wedding Band. Laura has also appeared on ABC’s Modern Family. She can also be seen in the SAG feature, The Sound of My Voice, and many commercials including: McDonalds, Home Depot (Spanish), and DeVry University.
Alumnus Iker Amaya (Ian McKelligan) booked a co-star role on Parks and Recreation. He appeared in Episode 10 of Season 5, which aired at the end 2012.
The late Bob Crane, Stella Adler alumnus and father of Adler alum Scott Crane interviewed Stella in the 1960s. The lost footage was recently discovered by Scott, along with Bob’s notes from Stella’s class.
Alumna Monica Huarte received an Imagen Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film for her work in Without Men (Maya Entertainment). In Mexico, Monica performed the play Connecting People as well as a self-produced staging of Gruesome Playground Injuries. She also was the lead in director Diana Cardoso’s war film, Manuela Jacovic’s War.
Alumnus and faculty member, Bruce Katzman, was featured in the movie Battlefield America. He is also known as “Mr. Big Bad Airlines” in a series of Southwest Airlines commercials. In addition, he can be seen in episodes of Justified, Scandal and Castle.
Alumna Olga Seguras can be seen in the movie Cellmates starring Tom Sizemore, Stacy Keach and Héctor Jiménez.
Alumnus Gary Ross adapted and directed the highly anticipated movie, The Hunger Games. The film achieved the third highest grossing opening weekend in history, $155 million US!
Student Jose Perea was recently nominated for a “Best Supporting Actor Award” at Cerritos College for his role as St. Thomas in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.
The film, The Black Tulip, was Afghanistan’s official entry for the 2011 Academy Awards. It was written by Stella Adler-LA alumnus David Michael O’Neill. The film was also featured at Cinequest Film Festival 2012. A film festival held each year in San Jose featuring independent films from around the globe.
Henry Winkler was named an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). He was awarded the honor from the Queen (via British Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald) in recognition of his services to children with dyslexia and special educational needs. Winkler, who was diagnosed with dyslexia as an adult, is also the author of 17 children’s books
Stephan Bosch co-starred a film in Mexico titled Juventud. In September 2011, the film was shown at “Cineteca Nacional,” the most important Mexican cinema center. The film is directed by Jaime Humberto Hermosillo, a well-known Mexican director.
Alumnus Raja Deka recently booked a co-star role on the new, hit series, Blackish. His episode aired in February 2015. Raja’s other recent work includes a co-star spot on Fox’s Arrested Development and a co-star role in Homeland. In addition, he worked on the feature film, G.I.JOE: Retaliation with Bruce Willis and a national Vitamin Water commercial. He also filmed
Alumnus Jonathon James Williams recently worked on a project with James Franco called Don Quixote the Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha. It was a USC project funded by James Franco’s production company, Rabbit Bandini and one of the biggest budgeted university film projects ever.