Theater Alumni/Alumnae

Since the renovation and naming of the Lillian Theater in 1993, the CDH Theater Department celebrates graduates who are studying, working, and performing in theaters around the world.

Angie Haigh, 1995
Angie is a local professional actor, and has been seen at Park Square, Chanhassen, and Illusion Theatres.

Mary Karcz, 1995
Mary is a professional stunt coordinator in Hollywood, CA. Her work has been featured on iCarly, Desperate Housewives, and many films. She was also the first female fight captain for the Minnesota Opera.  She recently finished the Conservatory Program at The Second City Training Center Hollywood.

Ian Anthony Dale, 1996
Ian has appeared in movies such as The Hangover, and TV shows such as 24 and The Event. He is currently on the TV series Hawaii Five-0, and is currently staring in the new series Murder in the First.

Eric Wallin, 1999
Erik is the general manager of St. Anne’s Warehouse, a performing arts venue, in Brooklyn, New York.

Dillon Cody, 2000
Dillon graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a Technical Theatre degree. He has travelled around the country and the world with several Broadway tours in the past 5 years. Currently, he works as the Production Audio Engineer for the national tour of Evita and A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder on Broadway. AGGLM was recently nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including "Best Musical."

Aaron Cook, 2000
Aaron is a local professional actor, who has performed with Park Square, Illusion, and Chanhassen Theatres.

Katie Herron, 2000
Katie is a company member and office manager at Pangea World Theater in Minneapolis.

Christopher Hill, 2001
Chris graduated with a Theatre major from Columbia College in Chicago.  He is the current improv coach for CDH and a performer for the improv group Polar Bear Centric in the Twin Cities.

Pat Tracy, 2001
Pat performs in the improv group Polar Bear Centric in the Twin Cities.

Chandler Poling, 2002
Chandler studied theater at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He  has worked as a properties designer on the set of Heroes as well as for NBC Universal.  He currently owns White Bear PR in Hollywood, CA where he represents artists for Emmys, Oscars, Golden Globes as well as film festivals.

Napolean Tavale, 2003
Napoleon graduated from Whittier College with a BA in Theatre.  He then received an MFA in Acting from the University of Virginia.  Napoleon recently co-starred on Hawaii Five-0 and is currently working at Universal Studios and as a theatre instructor at Santa Ana College in Orange County, CA.

Ali (Franklin) Hourigan, 2004
Ali graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2008 with a BFA in Acting.  She is currently a team member of Comedy Sportz Twin Cities and Brave New Workshop's Student Union.

Christopher Peltier, 2004
Christopher is a graduate of the BFA Guthrie Theater program, 2008.

Nick Pitera, 2004
Nick is currently an animator for Pixar, has had 3 million YouTube hits, and is a frequent guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. He released his first self written single, “Better Days” in December 2012.

Matt Riehle, 2004
Matt studied Music - Performance at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. He is a local musician who performs with his band regularly around the Twin Cities. Matt has also been seen as an actor at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre and with other local theatres.

Andrew Winecke, 2004
Andrew majored in Theatre at Saint Mary's University in Winona, MN.

Cameron Cylkowski, 2005
Cameron graduated with a BA in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. He lives in the Twin Cities where he pursues stage, improv, commercial, and film work.

Amy Schneider, 2005
Amy graduated from Drake University with a BFA in Technical Theatre/Design. She completed her Masters in Technical Production at Florida State University. She is currently the Technical Director for Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, NY.

Ali Fisch, 2006
Ali graduated from Saint Mary's University in Winona, MN, with a Theatre major. She currently resides in the Twin Cities where she performs improv with The Brave New Workshop, as well as music with her band Ali & the Scoundrels.

Bob Galligan, 2006
Bob is a graduate of the BFA Guthrie Theatre program, 2010.

Mark McCloughan, 2006
Mark graduated from Wesleyan University in Theatre. While at Wesleyan, he founded No Face Performance Group, a collaborative theater ensemble dedicated to the creation of new performance works. He currently lives in Philadelphia, PA, where he is working with Pig Iron Theatre Company.

Timmer O'Phelan, 2006
Timmer studied film at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. He currently lives in Austin, TX, where he pursues and creates film works.

Anna Maria Pitera, 2007
Anna graduated from the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She currently works at Hennepin Theatre Trust in Minneapolis.

Maria Therese Gagnon, 2008 Maria graduated with a Theatre Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She has worked in town with Dangerous Productions, Mixed Blood Theatre, and the U of MN Centennial Show Boat.

James Kennedy, 2008
James graduated from the U of M, Twin Cities, as a Dance major and Theatre Arts minor. He has recently choreographed Hair for Children's Theatre Company. He has performed with Theatre Latte Da and Bloomington Civic Theatre, among other local companies. James currently dances with ColliDE Theatrical, and choreographed St. Olaf's production of In the Heights.   James most recently choreographed our CDH Community Theater production of PIPPIN.

Bobby Sevenich, 2008
Bobby was a Theatre major at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Film Criticism at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. 

Justin Caron, 2009
Justin graduated from Augsburg College with a major in Theatre Performance & Directing/Dramaturgy. He is currently working in the Twin Cities with companies such as Bedlam Theatre, Workhaus Collective, and Sod House Theatre.

Tyler Davis, 2009
Tyler is currently a member of Chicago's newest improv theatre company the pH Comedy Theater.

Brittany Falardeau, 2009
Brittany graduated from Millikin University with a BFA in Acting. She currently lives in LA where she is an intern for Snoot Entertainment, and as a teacher's assistant for the New York Film Academy.

Daniel Novick, 2009
Daniel graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, with a BFA in Acting. He lives in LA where he pursues film & commercial work.

Annie Tuma, 2009
Annie graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in psychology and a minor in theatre. She currently attends the acting conservatory George Brown College in Toronto, Canada.

Matt Schneider, 2010
Matt will be a graduate of St. Mary's University class of 2014 with a degree in Technical Theatre. He just finished a summer with Berkshire Theatre Festival.

Juliet Farmer, 2011
Juliet is a Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature major at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is pursuing a career in screenwriting and film/television production. She will soon be a student at Columbia College's Second City Comedy Studies in Chicago.

Mark Kennedy, 2011
Mark is a double-major in Theatre and Clinical Counseling Psychology at Edgewood College in Madison, WI. He has competed at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Ben Nichols, 2011
Ben is a member of the BFA Musical Theatre program at Columbia College in Chicago. Outside of school, Ben has performed with Chicago comedy theatres such as iO Chicago, pH Productions, and Stage 773. He is currently an intern at Peninsula Players Theatre.

Andrew Nyberg, 2011
Andrew is a student at Drake University where he is pursing a BFA in Musical Theatre. He is also a tech and design enthusiast. He most recently spent the summer as a scenic intern at the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre in Logan, UT.

Lindsey Steer, 2011
Lindsey attends the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and is majoring in Studies in Cinema & Media Culture, with a minor in Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature. She is currently in Prague, Czechoslovakia, where she is a student with FAMU as part of a film intensive program with CET Academic Programs.

Paige Battarbee, 2012
Paige is a BFA student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She is a member of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.

Emma Bjornson, 2012
Emma is currently at Seattle University pursing a double major in Theatre and Creative Writing.

Milo Bue, 2012
Milo is pursuing a degree in Technical Direction & Production at Columbia College in Chicago. He also works with the tech company Chicago Stagehand.

Sam Krey, 2012
Sam is a member of DePaul University's BFA Conservatory Program. His emphasis is acting.

Emily Nelson, 2012
Emily is currently pursuing a BA in Theatre Performance and Mathematics from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Connor Finnerty-Esmonde, 2013
Connor is currently a member of the BFA Musical Theatre program at Illinois Wesleyan University.