Notable Alumni

Mike Adamle sports anchor; former pro football player and TV host
Ann-Margret Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actress, film and TV
Warren Beatty Academy Award-nominated actor, Academy Award-winning director, Reds
Richard Benjamin actor/director
Greg Berlanti Emmy-nominated TV and film writer/producer, Everwood, Dawson's Creek, Political Animals
Craig Bierko Tony Award-nominated actor, The Music Man
Bill Bindley writer, director
Jeffory Blackard founder and CEO, Blackard Global
Zach Braff

writer, director, actor for TV and film, Scrubs, Garden State; Grammy Award-winning producer of Garden State soundtrack


Clancy Brown actor, The Shawshank Redemption, Highlander
Charles Busch actor, Tony Award-award nominated playwright
Robert Olen Butler author and winner of Pulitzer Prize for literature
Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow founding general manager of WYCC-TV Channel 20/PBS and Chicago's first female television general manager
Stephen Colbert  Emmy Award-winning and Peabody Award-winning actor, writer and producer, The Colbert Report; host of CBS's Late Show (as of 2015)
Stephanie Shemin D'Abruzzo Tony Award-nominated actress, Avenue Q
Laura Eason playwright, founding ensemble member of Tony Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre Company
Gregg Edelman  four-time Tony Award-nominated actor
Debi Feinman  managing director, Ogilvy & Mather
Barbara Gaines founder and artistic director, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
Frank Galati Tony Award-winning, Oscar-nominated director; writer, actor, and retired Northwestern professor
Barry Gardner professional football player
Ana Gasteyer actress, Saturday Night Live, Suburgatory
Richard Gephardt former House Democratic Leader in the United States House of Representatives
David Gersh president and owner, Gersh Agency
Michael Greif Tony-nominated stage director, Rent and Grey Gardens
Kathryn Hahn actress
Napoleon Harris  member of the Illinois Senate; former professional football player
Deborah Hayes director of audiology, speech pathology, and learning services at the Children's Hospital-Denver, professor
Heather Headley Tony Award-winning actress, Aida and Lion King; Grammy-nominated R&B singer
Marg Helgenberger

Emmy Award-winning actress, CSI, Intelligence

Charlton Heston Academy Award-winning actor, Ben Hur
David Hollander screenwriter and TV producer
Richard Hopple former chairman and CEO, Unicast Communications Corporation
Jordan Horowitz Academy Award-nominated film producer
Laura Innes actress, ER, The Event
Donald J. Jackson founder, chairman, and CEO, Central City Productions
Brian d'Arcy James Tony Award-nominated actor, Sweet Smell of Success
Jennifer Jones Academy Award-winning actress, The Song of Bernadette
Adam Kantor actor and singer, Broadway’s Rent, The Band’s Visit, Fiddler on the Roof
Alex Kent managing director, Symphonic Investments
Richard Kind  Tony-nominated actor, The Big Knife
Ken Kwapis Feature filmmaker and television director
Jeff Kwatinetz founder of top Hollywood agency, The Firm; co-founder of entertainment management and production company Prospect Park
Martha Lavey artistic director of Tony Award-winning Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Sherry Lansing former Chairwoman and CEO of Paramount Pictures
Cloris Leachman Academy Award-winning actress, The Last Picture Show
Harry Lennix actor, the Matrix series
Richard J. Lewis TV and film director
John Logan Tony Award-winning playwright, Red, and multi-Oscar-nominated scriptwriter,The Last Samurai, The Aviator, Hugo 
Shelley Long  Emmy Award-winning actress, Cheers
Tim Louis co-founder, Desert Voices Oral Learning Center
Julia Louis-Dreyfus most Emmy-nominated comedic actress in history; 11-time Emmy winner, Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, VEEP
Stephanie March actress, Law & Order: SVU; philanthropist; entrepreneur
Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex, member of the British Royal Family. Former actress and star of Suits
Marshall W. Mason famed Broadway director and recipient of the 2016 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement
Renetta McCann Chief Talent Officer, Leo Burnett; former CEO, Starcom North America
Grace McKeaney writer and producer for the Lifetime television network
Laverne McKinnon TV drama development executive
Susan Messing performer, teacher, and director at Second City, ImprovOlympic, and the Annoyance Theatre
Seth Meyers actor, Emmy-winning writer, host of NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers
Newton Minow attorney, former FCC chairman
Judi Sheppard Missett CEO and founder, Jazzercise
Jason Moore

Tony Award-winning director, Avenue Q; film director

Megan Mullally two-time Emmy-winning actress, Will & Grace
Dermot Mulroney actor, My Best Friend's Wedding, August: Osage County
John Musial founding member of Tony Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre Company
Margaret Nagle

Emmy-winning writer,Warm Springs and Boardwalk Empire

Patricia Neal Tony Award-winning and Academy Award-winning actress, Hud and Another Part of the Forest
George Newbern actor
Agnes Nixon

Lifetime Emmy Award-winning soap opera developer and writer

Denis O'Hare Tony Award-winning actor
Jerry Orbach actor
Jeff Pinkner producer and writer, Fringe, Lost, Alias
Paula Prentiss actress
Charlotte Rae  actress
Tony Randall actor
Tony Roberts  actor
Tina Rosenberg editorial board, The New York Times; Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author
Jeri Ryan actress
Kate Johnson Santhuff vice president, 3rd Wave communications company
Alexis Sarkisian Emmy Award-winning television producer, international marketing executive
Kristen Schaal comedian, actress, voice artist, and writer
Rebecca Schnur director of communications, Maine Hospital Association
David Schwimmer

Emmy-nominated actor, Friends, and founding ensemble member of the Tony Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre

Melvin Sembler former U.S. Ambassador to Italy
Jon Shapiro IMAX film producer
Peter Shapiro IMAX film producer
Kate Shindle actress; Miss America, 1998
Francesca Spinelli  executive coach, Spinelli & Co.
Joseph Staten writer, creative director for gaming, Microsoft Studios
Peter Strauss actor
Nicole Sullivan actress
Ira Ungerleider producer, writer, Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Mixology
Allison Teichner Wallach president, Jupiter Entertainment
Lois Weisberg former commissioner, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
Jim Weitzer actor
Dawn Westlake  actress/writer/producer; president, Ron de Caña Productions
Kimberly Williams-Paisley actress
Rocky Wirtz Owner and chairman of the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks hockey team
Rachael Yamagata  singer, songwriter
Mary Zimmerman Tony Award-winning director, Metamorphoses, and Northwestern professor