Category Archives: Alumni

Mojean Aria

Mojean Aria

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,

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Will Hawkes

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.

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Ernesto Reyes

Ernesto Reyes

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.

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Che Walker

Che Walker

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

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Michael Anthony Spady

Michael Anthony Spady

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.

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David Gunning

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)

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Tim McNeil

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

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Michael Benzaia

Michael Benzaia

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

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Tatanka Means

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.

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