Category Archives: Alumni

Laura Leyva

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.

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Bob Crane

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.

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Monica Huarte

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.

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Bruce Katzman

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.

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David Michael O’Neill

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.

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Henry Winkler

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

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