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Theatre Alumni Achievements

David Brownstein ’78, Personal Manager/Producer, Art/Work Entertainment, Los Angeles.

Maury Chaykin ’72, actor, has appeared in over 150 films and television episodes, including Dances with Wolves, My Cousin Vinny, and The Sweet Hereafter, as well as HBO’s The Sopranos and Entourage.

Bobby Collins ’73, American Comedy Award winner for Best Male Stand up, has hosted VH-1’s Stand Up Spotlight, A&E’s An Evening at the Improv, and Showtime’s A Pair of Jokers, and has opened for Frank Sinatra, Julio Inglesias, and Dolly Parton, among others.

Elizabeth L. Dribben was the first woman broadcaster in Buffalo and one of the few in the country at that time. From 1972 to 1993, she worked at CBS News, where she produced Mike Wallace At Large, Dan Rather Reporting, and Charles Osgood’s Newsbreak.

Christine Dunford, actress, has appeared in almost 50 films and television episodes, including the Oscar-nominated film Ulee’s Gold, opposite Peter Fonda.

Hollywood film director James Foley ’74 has directed over a dozen films, including Reckless, At Close Range, Glengarry, Glen Ross, and Confidence.

Documentary film producers Chana Gazit ’82, and David Steward ’79 together have produced more than 30 documentaries for public and commercial broadcast, including the PBS series The American Experience.

Shep Gordon ’68 is co-chairman of Alive Films and President of Alive Enterprises, an independent music/film/television and management organization. He has guided the careers of such musicians as Blondie, Deborah Harry, and the Gypsy Kings, and has managed Alice Cooper since the start of his career. As co-chairman of Island Alive and Alive Films, Shep was involved in the production and/or distribution of such innovative films as Koyaanisqatsi, Oscar winner Kiss of the Spiderwoman, The Moderns, and the Oscar nominated Betty Blue and Marlene.

Rosalind Jarrett ’69 is Executive in Charge of Publicity for the Screen Actors Guild Awards® and has contributed to expanding the audiences for the SAG Awards telecasts on TNT and TBS since 1999.

Kristin Tripp Kelley ’96 serves as the western region chair of the New York State Theatre Education Association and is chair and theatre teacher for the Upper School Arts Department at the Nichols School, Buffalo.

Ted Kryczko ’76 is Vice President of A&R Catalog for Walt Disney Records. He is a 14-time Grammy nominee and 2-time winner (1995 & 2008), with more than 70 gold and platinum records to his credit.

Robert Lamoreaux, has written and produced some of the most popular animation series for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and ABC Family including “Totally Spies,” “Hey Arnold!,” the Annie Award-nominated “Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi” and “Catdog.” Robert has also worked on the generation defining animated hit, “Spongebob Squarepants.”

Richard Lawrence ’67 is president of Rubaloff & Lawrence, a preeminent LA-based talent agency.

Rob Lieberman ’71, Emmy and Clio Award-winning director, has shot over 2,000 commercials for clients such as McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Sprint, Merrill-Lynch, Burger King, Budweiser, AT&T, Hallmark, Michelob, Kodak, Ford, Coors, ABC, Disney and Blue Cross, and has directed or produced 27 television films including Stephen King’s The Dead Zone, as well as 4 feature films.

Jim Mohr, actor, Steppenwolf

John Patterson ’67 is an Emmy Award-nominated television director for TV series such as Six Feet Under, Family Law, Providence, Sins of the City, The Practice, Profiler, and The Sopranos (including the season finale).

Linda Phillips-Palo, MA ’75, BA ’72, is a casting director who won the Artios, the highest casting honor, for Sophia Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides.” She has worked with Francis Ford Coppola on John Grisham’s “The Rainmaker,” Jack,” “The Secret Garden,” “Wind,” “Jeepers Creepers II,” and “The Young Black Stallion” for IMAX/Disney.

President and CEO of A&E Television Networks, Abbe Raven ’74 is responsible for programming, marketing, publicity, public relations, educational outreach and brand development as well as overseeing the day-to-day operations of the network.

As Senior Broadcast Producer of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, John Reiss ’81 was responsible for the editorial content of the entire show.

Veteran actor Peter Riegert ’68 starred in such films as Animal House, Local Hero, Crossing Delancey, The Mask, The Baby Dance, Traffic, and Bojangles, and appeared many times on The Sopranos and Law and Order.

John Scherer is a Broadway actor.

Parry Shen ’95, actor, has appeared in over 40 films and television shows, including MADtv, Criminal Minds, Without A Trace, NCIS, and recurring roles on FX’s critically acclaimed Thief and ABC’s Brothers & Sisters.

Ron Silver ’68, actor, radio host, and political activist, appeared in over 80 films and television shows before his death in 2009. He starred in Reversal of Fortune opposite Jeremy Irons and Enemies: A Love Story, and played recurring roles on West Wing, Veronica’s Closet, and Chicago Hope.

Renowned Author/Journalist Alan Steinberg ’68 is best known for his sports interviews and biographies, including Michael Jordon, Joe Montana, Mickey Mantle, Billie Jean King, Dennis Rodman, Reggie Jackson, Andrea Jaeger, and Don Murdoch.

Alan Zweibel ’72, Emmy Award-winning writer/producer/director, was one of the original writers of Saturday Night Live from 1975-1980, and the creator of It’s Garry Shandling’s Show.