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Harvey Jordan (MA 1979)

owns the American Blues Theatre, 2337 Pacific Avenue on the Miracle Mile in Stockton, CA.. This spring Harvey plays George in the American Blues Theatre Company’s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

Sue Murphy (BA 1979)

Now living in Los Angeles, was nominated for a 2001 American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup. She has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, HBO, and many times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Catch her act in her own half-hour comedy special on Comedy Central.

Michael Allen (MFA 1978)

is the chair of the Department of Theatre at Adrian College, Adrian, MI. He also serves as president of the Board of Trustees of the historic Croswell Opera House, the oldest theatre in Michigan.

Don Gilleland (MFA 1977)

has been teaching in Taiwan and working with local groups, including the National Opera, and occasionally does workshops at Thai TOSEL. His Soochow University group, Love’s Labour’s Lost, were finalists in the Hong Kong Shakespeare Festival at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In Fall 2006, Don’s current work-in-progress was a production of Much Ado About Nothing set circa Shanghai in the 1930’s.

Roberto Pomo (MFA 1977)

is the chair of the department of theatre and dance at California State University, Sacramento, and also served as interim Director of the School of the Arts, which brings together more than 100 professors and nearly 1,000 majors in the CSUS departments of art, design, music and theatre and dance.

Mark Knego (BA 1976)

wrote, designed and directed Return to Angkor (Exit Theatre, 1994), a piece about a young Cambodian American woman returning to her homeland to look for a long lost sister. He teaches art as a recreational activity to Cambodian refugees in San Francisco, but works primarily as a sculptor.

Louis G. Friedman (BA 1975)

is an independent producer who runs his own company, Production Logistics. His job entails reading a movie script and translating it into a workable production budget and shooting schedule. He estimates a picture’s cost in time, labor and money, and then hires the best crew he can afford to help realize the director’s vision. “There’s really no school for this craft,” he told UCD Magazine in a 1997 interview. “You have to learn by observation, experience, and through osmosis.” Friedman has worked over the years as a film editor, assistant director, production manager, production executive, line producer and producer. He has more than 60 films to his credit, including the sequel to American Graffiti, Return of the Jedi, Starship Troopers, Titanic and American Pie. “I enjoy the challenge of making the impossible possible.”

John Vickery (MFA 1975)

originated the 1997 role of Scar in Julie Taymore’s The Lion King on Broadway and reprised the role in the 2000 Pantages Theatre production in his home town of Los Angeles. He was forced to take a break to have back surgery. The Scar costume weighs 36 pounds, John told the Los Angeles Times, which “may not sound like that much, but it’s not ergonomically distributed around the body, and I carry it around for three hours at each performance.” John was nominated for a 2001 Ovation award for his performance in the show. Most of John’s career has been spent on stage, but he has also appeared in television mini-series and series, including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5, LA Law, Early Edition, and Judging Amy. His film work can be seen in Patriot Games, Big Business, Dr. Giggles, Rapid Fire, and Out of Bounds.

Jack de Golia (BA 1974)

retired from government service in 2008, where he worked as the public affairs officer for the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest. He has also kept active in drama, such as portraying Rudyard Kipling and his 1889 visit to Yellowstone National Park. He is now semi retired, and active as a voice-over talent, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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John M. McIntosh (BA 1974)

has done the technical direction and lighting design for countless shows since graduation. His first job was at Shasta College in Redding, CA. Later, he worked at Harrah’s Club in South Lake Tahoe, at the Portland Repertory Theatre, the Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Center Stage, the Portland Opera, and the Oregon Ballet Theatre. He has worked on many stellar pop and rock music concerts, including Neil Young, D’Angelo, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Kiss, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin and Sting. Recent projects include The Devils (Portland Center Stage), Carmen (Portland Opera), Ragtime (national tour), Trisha Brown Dance Company, and American Choreographer’s Showcase (Oregon Ballet Theatre). This season’s projects include Portland Opera’s Otello, the national tour of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane dance company, Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker and concerts by Santana and Sarah Brightman. John is chairman of the Portland, OR IATSE Local 28’s Finance and Retirement Committees, and is a member of the Executive Board.

Jackie Schultz (BA 1974)

was named 2001 Arts Executive of the Year by the Arts and Business Council of Sacramento. A founder and former president of the League of Sacramento Theatres, Jackie is, according to colleagues, “a complete theater person from head to to toe and sideways.” Thousands of people have seen Six Women with Brain Death at her 90-seat Studio Theatre. “Six Women turned theater around here,” another Sacramento producer told the Sacramento Bee. “It made us conceive of the long run. Now we know it’s possible.”

Dave Groom (BA 1973)

is the Acting Executive Director of the Office of Public Defense Services in Oregon — a position formerly called State Public Defender. After receiving his Dramatic Art/History degree, Dave went to law school in Oregon. He recalled his “short and intense” time in the department, noting, “I had spent three of my education years at Davis sitting in lecture halls, listening to history lectures. I was a shy kid. I got into drama almost by chance, and it really set me free. To get up on stage in front of people was essential to overcoming fears, and I don’t think I would have considered law school if I hadn’t dealt with those fears.”

Jonathan Estrin (MFA 1972)

has co-authored and co-produced several television films. He received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama series as Supervising Producer for Cagney and Lacy.

Margaret Leonard (MFA 197​2)

is the principal of Field School in Massachusetts.Frances Neustadter (BA 1971) is an English teacher at Casa Roble High School in Orangevale.

J.P. Linton (MFA 1971)

has appeared on Broadway as Von Strack in Amadeus with David Suchet, McBurney in the Royal National Theatre’s Not About Nightingales with Corin Redgrave, and Dudgeon in The Devil’s Disciple with Lee Richardson. Favorite roles Off-Broadway and in regional theatres: Captain Shotover in Heartbreak House (Huntington Theater, Boston), Julian in Communicating Doors (Cape Playhouse, MA) with Rue McClanahan, Walter in The Broken Jug (Lincoln Center), Constable of France in Henry V (Stratford,CT) with Christopher Plummer, Lennie in Of Mice and Men (Canada) with Delroy Lindo, Petkoff in Arms and the Man (New Jersey) with Laila Robbins, Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night (Canada), Sherlock Holmes in Flights of Devils (Long Island), Malvolio in Twelfth Night (New York) and Bernard in Jules Feiffer’s Hold Me (Canada). He has also held over 30 lead and recurring roles in feature films, made-for-television movies and television series, from Law and Order to Cagney and Lacey. His most recent feature film was Girlfight with Michelle Rodriguez. He has also recorded over 250 audiobook novels for the Library of Congress. Mr. Linton lives in Manhattan with his wife, Karin, and their 7-year old son, Bryant.

Sal Viscuso (1970)

is an actor in Los Angeles. He appeared in the films Spaceballs, Jake Speed, Confessions of a Sexist Pig, Fatso, Max Dugan Returns and Gene Wilder’s The World’s Greatest Lover. His television credits include appearances as Father Tim on Soap and as Mary Hartman’s Guru on Mary Hartman.

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