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Congratulations to class of 2002 Alum Trisha Jeffrey on her upcoming role of Celie in The Color Purple at the Mercury Theatre in Chicago.
We are thrilled to welcome back to New York, Class of 2006 Alum Michael Wartella. Michael can now be seen as Boq right next door in the Broadway production of Wicked!
Congratulations to Class of 2013 Alumni Nikki Guevara and John Kish, for a wonderful performance at Broadway Rising Stars!
Jessica Ko – 2006 graduate Jessica Ko is heading to Providence in August to attend Brown/Trinity Rep's MFA Acting program. Besides attending Brown next fall, Jessica is the co-founder and Managing Director of Random Access Theatre, which is in its 3rd season and this June she is adapting Much Ado About Nothing and setting it in colonial Macau, as well as playing Beatrice. They will be at Hartley House in Hell's Kitchen, First Street Green in the East Village, and returning to Brooklyn Bridge Park for its Bard on Pier 1 series. More info will soon be found at their website www.randomaccesstheatre.com She can also be seen in a National Yoplait commercial which has been airing for the past 2 months.
Seth McNeill – 2011 graduate, Seth McNeill is currently working with the American Shakespeare Center touring and performing Love's Labours Lost, The Duchess of Malfi and Twelfth Night.
Kristin Parker – Kristin is a hit in yet another Theatreworks USA production. Check out the NY Times review of The Velveteen Rabbit!
Justin Boccito – Alumni and dance teacher, Justin Boccitto will be playing the role of Ken in Blackbird Theatre COmpany's production of RED in Nashville, TN during October.
Ephie Aardema – Ephie recently concluded the world premiere of A Room With A View at The Old Globe, playing the role of Lucy Honeychurch. She is now starring as Jerusha Abbott in Daddy Long Legs (the musical) at PCPA Theatre Festival and St. Louis Rep.
Jessica Krueger – Jessica is on tour with War Horse!
Maria Eugenia Panero – Maria can be seen on the new Starz TV series Magic City, which premieres tonight at 10pm! She will be playing June Cohen during the 6th eposode which airs on May 11th. Please like Magic City on Facebook and comment on her character!
Jonathan Lapaglia – Jonathan Lapaglia stars in "The Slap" on Direct TV's Audience Network as Hector.
Michael E. Knight – Alumni and former All My Children star, Michael E. Knight, is starring in the new play The Cost of the Erection. The play will have it's West Coast Premiere at The Blank Theatre in Hollywood, California and runs February 4th through March 18th. www.theblank.com
Kevin McGuire – Former student and guest teacher at Circle in the Square, Kevin McGuire, was recently sceen in Capital Repertory Theater's production of Man of La Mancha, along with alumni Scott Wakefield. Kevin McGuire is also currently directing at Short North Stage, a new theatre company in Columbus, OH.
MICHELLE WALKER – Sean "The Visionary" Clark and Michelle "The Artist" Walker are hosting Leo Love ..with Me and My Booboo. Search LEOLOVEWITHMEANDMYBOOBOO and help them last. Watch a new episode every Tuesday @8pm.
KRISTIN PARKER – Is currently on tour with TheatreworksUSA in their production of A Christmas Carol. She will also be playing Natalie in Next to Normal at Arkansas Rep and The Kauffman Center in the Spring ('12). Congratulations Kristin!
We are pleased to announce that two of our alumni, Walker Hare and Kane Prestenback, were selected to take part in the 2010 TS Eliot US/UK Exchange, a program developed by The Old Vic Theatre to nurture the best young British and American theatre practitioners. Throughout the week-long exchange, the artists participated in a challenging mix of masterclasses, networking opportunities, rehearsals, meetings with senior industry representatives and theatre trips, also creating new work with their peers. The program is supported by the T.S. Eliot Estate.

LAByrinth Theater Company, headed by Circle in the Square Theatre School graduate Philip Seymour Hoffman, recently celebrated the legendary playwright Tennessee Williams with “TENN 99”, a one-of-a-kind, a nonstop, 24/7 marathon three-day weekend event, March 26-29, 2010, a celebration of the works of Tennessee Williams. In service to the community, LAByrinth Theater Company endeavored to do as many readings of Tennessee Williams' work as possible – back to back, from start to finish – on the occasion of his 99th birthday; including plays, screenplays, adaptations, essays, personal letters and interviews.

Participants included: Leslie Bibb, Ellen Burstyn, Bobby Cannavale, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jesse L. Martin, Ana Ortiz, Sam Rockwell, John Patrick Shanley, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Eli Wallach, and Yul Vázquez. Circle in the Square Theatre School faculty member, Alan Langdon read the role of D.H. Lawrence in "I Rise in Flame Cried the Phoenix". Bob Kruse, Lydia Medeiros, Jeff Todesco, and Aaron Weiner, all Circle alumni, also participated.

Several of our alumni, Anne Dyas ('04), Blair Taylor ('06), and Collin Ware ('07), have been working regularly at the Metropolitan Opera through B.H. Barry.

RYAN BARRY – Played the role of Dirk in B.H. Barry's TREASURE ISLAND off-Broadway. No Relation!
JEFF BERG – Played the titular role in the New York International Fringe Festival production of I WAS TOM CRUISE. Jeff can also be seen as Luke in the beloved SLINGS AND ARROWS, finally available on DVD.
THOMAS BERGwww.thomasaskeberg.com
STEVEN BIDWELLwww.stevenbidwell.com
JUSTIN BOCCITTOwww.justinboccitto.com
JOHN BOLGER – After a short return to GENERAL HOSPITAL and Port Charles as Mayor Floyd, John was on the National Tour of DIRTY DANCING playing Dr. Houseman (Baby's father).
RACHEL BROADWELL – Is currently on tour with A Christmas Carol, the Musical. Congrats, Rachel!
GREG BRYK – Winner of the Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in POOR BOY'S GAME with Danny Glover, Greg Bryk also starred as Peter Fonda's son in the mini-series THE GATHERING. He is currently shooting the horror film SCREAMERS 2 in Newfoundland.
KEVIN CAHOON – Delighted as the Child Catcher in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG and originated the role of George in the Broadway musical THE WEDDING SINGER. Kevin's band, Ghetto Cowboy, has released their latest CD, DOLL, available now in stores.
MATT CAMPBELL – Was in the Goodspeed Opera House production of Gilbert and Sullivan's THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE.
SARAH CLARKE – Everybody's favorite "24" gal, played Christine Chambers in the series finale of "Commander in Chief." Sarah can also be seen in her latest film, THE LATHER EFFECT, which premiered recently at the LA Film Festival.
EMILY COKER – Has written a book that's been picked up for publication. It's called Ladies of Market Street, by Emily Lear (her pen name). It is being published by Xynobooks and will be on sale early in the new year. For more information on the book, please visit http://whitwriter.webs.com.
FRANK DE JULIO – Co-wrote a play called UNNATURAL ACTS. There will be an Off-Broadway run at Classic Stage Company beginning June 14, 2011, which Frank will be acting in as well!
RAINBOW DICKERSON – Is currently working on the premiere of WHITE BUFFALO with Jeff Daniel's theatre company "The Purple Rose". Understudied the role of "Johnna" in AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY on Broadway.
ALEX DICKSONwww.alexdicksonactor.com
JAMES DICKSON – Was the standby for the role of "The Fonz" in the new musical, HAPPY DAYS, based on the popular television show. The show was written and directed by series creator, Garry Marshall, with music and lyrics by Paul Williams.
LAUREN ELDER – Was in HAIR on Broadway. Lauren has recently being doing a number of concerts with up and coming musical theatre writers.
MICHAEL ELLISON – Was seen in a sweeps week episode of LAW AND ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT. The episode was ripped from the headlines about the death of Anna Nicole Smith. Michael played a character based on Anna Nicole's son, Daniel, opposite Kristy Swanson.
HUGH FITZGERALDwww.hughfitzgerald.com
JENNIFER GAMBATESE – Recently starred as Jane in the Broadway production of Disney's TARZAN and will play the role of Mary in the upcoming production of PRAIRIE, a musical based on Little House on the Prairie at the Guthrie Theatre. Enjoy an interview with the popular "diva" by clicking here.
ITZIK GIULIwww.yasmeengodder.com – Was Artistic Consultant and Dramturge for Yasmeen Godder's dance theatre piece "Strawberry Cream and Gun Powder" presented with The Bloody Bench Players at the Lincoln Center Festival.
OLIVIA GOODE – Has just finished the national tour of THE PRODUCERS. She is currently employed by Bally's Jubilee in Las Vegas.
STEPHANIE GOULD – Was recently appeared in "Monsters Inside Me" on Animal Planet, a short film called "Brooklyn Asylum", and two upcoming episodes of "Rescue Me.".
AMANDA GREEN – Keeping busy with appearances at Birdland and provided lyrics for the Broadway musical, HIGH FIDELITY, based on the Nick Hornby novel and Touchstone Pictures film.
GEORGE GRIFFITH – Was featured, along with MATTHEW LILLARD, in "FROM THE HEAD", a web series produced by Circle alum JEFFREY DOORNBOS and GEORGE GRIFFITH's production company "Alpha Rat Productions".
ALLISON GUINNwww.allisonguinn.com – Was in HAIR on Broadway and is currently touring in the HAIR national tour.
EMILY GUNYOU HALAAS – Is in the Minnesota Fringe Festival's productions of "Strong" by Dominic Orlando July 31 - August 9, 2009. Upcoming performances include the title role in "My Name Is Rachel Corrie", taken from the writings of Rachel Corrie and edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner in September 2009, and "A Christmas Carol" at The Guthrie Theatre from November 19 - December 31, 2009.
JONATHAN WALKER HARE – Was in FLANAGAN'S WAKE at the Soho Playhouse.
JENNIFER HECHT – Was recently in the new Richard Greenberg play, THE HOUSE IN TOWN, at Lincoln Center Theater. The production was directed by Doug Hughes.
ANDAYE HILL – Was nominated for a 2006 New York Innovative Theatre Award in the Best Featured Actress category.
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN – Academy Award Winner for Best Actor, Hoffman also won the BAFTA and Golden Globe for Best Actor (Drama) for his performance as Truman Capote in CAPOTE. Recent appearances include being seen escorting Terry Hayden into a cab in Greenwich Village.
WINNIE HOLZMAN – An Emmy nominee, Winnie can be heard on the IFC's original series, HOPELESS PICTURES. Her Tony nominated libretto for WICKED is enjoyed nearly every night by thousands all over the world.
FELICITY HUFFMAN – An Emmy winner for DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, Felicity garnered rave reviews, received an Academy Award Nomination and nabbed a Golden Globe as Best Actress (Drama) for her portrayal of Sabrina "Bree" Osbourne in TRANSAMERICA.
TIM INTRAVIA – Was recently a swing in TONY N' TINA'S WEDDING. Tim was recently featured in a Backstage article about how he landed his role.
MERRITT DAVID JANES – After appearing in the national tours of THE WEDDING SINGER, SWEENEY TODD, and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, David is back out on the road as Lord Farquaad in the national tour of SHREK.
TRISHA JEFFREY – Just finished her third Broadway show in three years, RENT, and is followed that with the National Tour of Rent starring Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal.
DENIS JONES – A continual presence on Broadway, is back in CHICAGO at the Ambassador Theatre. Denis also recently was choreographer for the Actor's Benefit productions of ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY and IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, as well as working as Associate Choreographer on DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS.
JUSTIN JONESwww.justinjones.biz – Recently moved to L.A. and has already been in productions of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE with Sally Struthers and THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA as Giuseppe. Upcoming is KISS ME KATE with Reprise Theatre Company ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY and IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, as well as working as Associate Choreographer on DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS.
JUSTIN KIRK – Emmy Nominee and Obie winner, starred in the new independant film FLANNEL PAJAMAS. Justin also returns for a second season as Andy Botwin on the series, WEEDS, airing on Showtime starting in August. The first season is already available on DVD.
CANDACE LaRICCI – Did a TheatreWorks USA National Tour of CHARLOTTE'S WEB. She can also be seen as a featured stewardes on the TV show Pan AM!
KECIA LEWIS-EVANS – Was recently on Broadway as Trix in the Tony winning THE DROWSY CHAPERONE.
MATTHEW LILLARD – Was featured, along with GEORGE GRIFFITH, in "FROM THE HEAD", a web series produced by Circle alum JEFFREY DOORNBOS and GEORGE GRIFFITH's production company "Alpha Rat Productions."
ADRIENNE LOVETTE www.adriennelovette.webs.com
Is currently Head of Theatre at Camp Weequahic www.weequahic.com.
ALEC MAPA – Is currently hosting TRANSAMERICAN LOVE STORY on the LOGO Channel. It is a reality show featuring a transgender woman being courted by potential suitors. For more information on the show click here.
LUBA MASON – Dazzled as Velma Kelly on Broadway in CHICAGO once again. Her album, "Collage" is available through P.S. Classics.
KATHERINE McCLAIN – Appeared in Musicals Tonight's production of "Irene" and "Ernest in Love". She recentley relocated to Louisiana.
LIZ MCKENDRY – Was recently a swing in the multiple Tony-winning Broadway company of THE PRODUCERS.
IDINA MENZEL – Starred in the Disney film musical ENCHANTED, scheduled for release in July 2007. Currently, she can be seen on the hit TV show GLEE.
AL MIROwww.almiro.org – Recently had roles in episodes of Fringe (Fox) and Psych (USA Network).
ERIC WILLIAM MORRIS – Wrapped up MAMMA MIA on Broadway and was in a concert featuring the work of Joe Iconis. He is currently on the small screen in a prominant recurring role on BLUE BLOODS.
SUMMER MOORE – Was nominated for and won a 2006 New York Innovative Theatre Award in the Best Featured Actress category.
ELLA JANE NEWwww.ellajanenew.com
KEN OLIN – Is not only the director of the hit television show, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, but he has also had a recurring role on the show opposite his wife, Patricia Wettig.
DAVID ORDINAS – Has returned to Spain to play the title role in BEAUTY IN THE BEAST in Madrid, which is the Spanish equivalent of Broadway. To view pictures of David as the Beast, click here.
KATE O'TOOLE – Recently finished filming MAN ON THE TRAIN with Donald Sutherland, was featured on HBO's THE TUDORS as "Lady Salisbury", and produced a short film called GOOD LUCK, MR. GORSKI. She is also board chairwoman of The Galway Film Fleadh.
DAVID PITTU – Was nominated for his second Tony nomination in a row. In 2008 he was nominated for LOVEMUSIK, and in 2009 he was nominated for IS HE DEAD?
MELISSA POWELLwww.ucmusictogether.com – Has founded a music program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and the adults who love them in Union County, NC.
STACY AYN PRICEwww.stacyaynprice.com
THOMAS SADOSKI – Starred in REASONS TO BE PRETTY on Broadway and is currently working at Lincoln Center Theatre's Broadway production of John Robin Baitz' play OTHER DESERT CITIES.
TERRY SCHAPPERT – Is the host of the new History Channel series Warriors. Terry brings his Circle training and 14+ years of military experience to Warriors which can also be seen on A&E.
KERI SEYMOUR – Landed the role of Becca in RABBIT HOLE with Center Stage Playhouse's Foster Hall.
JEREMY SHAMOS – Delighted again in the recent stage production of Ernst Lubitsch's classic film, TROUBLE IN PARADISE.
ADAM SHATARSKY – Recently wrapped the SAG Indie Film, "The Invisible Man," filmed in the subways of Washington D.C.
ZACHARY SPICER – Was just cast in the upcoming Broadway production of WIT. This will be Zach's Broadway debut!
ANNA STEPHENS – Was recently in the European Tour of WEST SIDE STORY. Anna played Anybodys.
D.B. SWEENEY – Was in the Spike Lee film called MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA.
JUSTIN TENSEN – Had lead role in an independant film called BETWEEN LOVE AND GOODBYE.
MAURA TIERNEY – Starred in the MCC production of Neil LaBute's SOME GIRL(S) at the Lucille Lortel.
DAN TRUMANwww.dantruman.com
STEVE TRZASKAwww.stevetrzaska.com – Is now an LA-based actor who recently had his first big premiere for a feature family film, playing Quiggleton, the nerdy sidekick of a teenage bigfoot. Steve has a DEX online directory commercial running, as well as a New York New York Hotel - Casino Vegas print ad.
VIRGINIA TULLERwww.virginiatuller.com – After touring with the musical MAX AND RUBY with TheatreWorksUSA, Virginia and her husband welcomed son Alexander Maddox Weiner in June 2010. Alex is a frequent visitor to her Circle office where he if often seen crawling around the lobby amongst the piles of students.
MICHAEL WARTELLA – Recently finished a production of OLIVER TWIST at the American Repertory Theatre and SEUSSICAL for TheatreWorks USA. He is currently in RENT, Off-Broadway at New World Stages.
KATE WETHERHEAD – Has created, directed and produced a webseries called SUBMISSIONS ONLY with creative partner, Andrew Keenan-Bolger. Kate also has a starring role in the series, which is about a group of friends as they navigate the trips and falls, callbacks and trainwrecks experienced while working in this glorious business we call show. The series features a number of Broadway veterans and can be accessed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7ZW-FhJPIA. Kate was also recently back on Broadway in LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL at Broadway's Palace Theatre. Kate joined the show directly from the Tony Award winning THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Circle in the Square Theatre.
CHRISTIAN DANTE WHITE – Was seen on Broadway in John Kander and Fred Ebb's last collaboration, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS. The production was directed by Susan Stroman Off Broadway at The Vineyard Theater before transferring to Broadway. He also recently played the Scarecrow in the City Center Encores Summer Stars production of THE WIZ, starring Ashanti
NICK WYMAN – Is currently on Broadway in CATCH ME IF YOU CAN and is also president of Actors' Equity Association. Nick was in the original company of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Firman) and has appeared in many other Broadway shows including MY FAIR LADY, GREASE, LES MISERABLES, and ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. Notable film roles include: Howard Stern's PRIVATE PARTS, DIE HARD WITH A VENGIENCE, IGBY GOES DOWN, and PLANES, TRANES, AND AUTOMOBILES.
NANCI ZOPPI – Was on the National Tour of two children's shows, THE ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY and FRANKLEY BEN. Nanci relocated to Sacramento, CA and has not stopped working since. Most recently, Nanci was in LaChuisa's LITTLE FISH with the New Helvetia Theatre Company.
MARCO ZUNINO – Played the title role in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR in Lima, Peru. This is Lima's first professional production of the rock opera.
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