Alumni

Performance Studies graduates

Brad Akin is pursuing an MFA in Directing at Northwestern University and is a member of Steep Theatre Company in Chicago.

Barrak Alzaid recently completed his MA in Performance Studies at New York University.

Sophie Angelson is pursuing an MA in classical European acting at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design/University of the Arts London.

Sophie Angelson

Gary Ashwal received an MA in Health Communication at Emerson College /Tufts University School of Medicine, and is executive producer at c.2K Medical, a Healthcare Communication Company.

Nina Billone is pursuing a PhD in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California-Berkeley.

Nina Billone

Lydia Diamond is an award-winning playwright whose work has appeared at the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and the Kennedy Center. She is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and she has taught playwriting at Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Loyola University, and Boston University.

Dan Hoyle is an actor and writer based in San Francisco whose third solo show, Tings Dey Happen, premiered at The Marsh in San Francisco before running five months Off-Broadway in New York at The Culture Project. The show is based on Dan's experiences as a Fulbright Scholar living in the Niger Delta of Nigeria studying oil politics.

Dan Hoyle

Maggie Killacky teaches first grade at CICS-Loomis Primary Academy in Chicago with the Teach For America Program and makes it her personal mission to integrate creative drama into every aspect of the curriculum. She is also pursuing an MA in the Art of Teaching at Dominican University.

Atley Loughridge is an actress who has performed with Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre Company and at Goodman Theatre in Mary Zimmerman's production Argonautika. She is currently studying film in Singapore.

Lindsay Meck is a business affairs and creative development associate at The Araca Group and an independent theatre/music producer She is chair of NU Works, a developmental reading series for aspiring playwrights.

David O'Donnell earned an MA in Urban Planning at the University of Illinois-Chicago and is currently Deputy Commissioner for the City of Chicago Department of the Environment.

Molly Schneider is pursuing an MA in Critical Studies at the University of Southern California.

Jessica Young is adjunct faculty and an MFA candidate in the Fiction Writing department at Columbia College-Chicago.