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Featured Alumni

Being very successful for over 50 years in the entertainment industry is no small feat. But actor Adilah Barnes takes it all in her stride.

From working in theater at the prestigious American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco to appearing with Julia... [more]

The 2018 Sundance Film Festival just wrapped and many UC Santa Cruz alumni had feature films that were selected to be screened at this prestigious, internationally renowned film festival. Congratulations to all of these immensely talented members of our UCSC family!

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Growing up in the rural town of Petaluma, UCSC Arts Division alumnus Brian Kavanaugh-Jones grew up appreciating the culture and beauty of California while also experiencing what the outside world had to offer.

From his passion for the arts and accompanying his father on... [more]

Santa Cruz native and UC Santa Cruz alumnus, Michael Shipley, found Santa Cruz to be an idyllic place to grow up during the 1970s and ‘80s. It was the place where he discovered his creative passion, eventually leading him to become not... [more]

Dency Nelson

With an amazing career in Hollywood spanning nearly 40 years, Dency Nelson has been the stage manager for almost every major award and event show for the past 25 years, including the Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, and Kennedy Center Honors. On top of that, he also worked on the Opening... [more]

Nick Yarborough

Growing up, UC Santa Cruz alum Nick Yarborough knew early on that he wanted to dedicate his career to filmmaking. His love for films started as a child and developed into a passion when he started writing as a teenager. Now, having written screenplays for over ten years, his... [more]

Julie and Kristen Gautier-Downes

Twin sisters, Julie and Kristen Gautier-Downes both decided to pursue the arts at UC Santa Cruz, graduating in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Julie earned her BA in Studio Art, with... [more]

Christina Dinkel

Costume designer and UC Santa Cruz Theater Arts alum, Christina Dinkel just graduated six years ago but already has a very impressive resume. From designing costumes for top local theater companies, including Santa Cruz... [more]

Ren Klyce

With five Oscar nominations for film sound editing and mixing, UC Santa Cruz alumnus Ren Klyce’s career has taken a sky-rocket climb since he decided to major in music back in 1983. He credits his piano teacher at UCSC, Mary Jane Cope, and her husband of Professor Emeritus of Music, David Cope,... [more]

Michelle Aguilar

Having just graduated in 2015 from UC Santa Cruz’s SocDoc program in the Film and Digital Media department with an MA in Social Documentation, Michelle Aguilar has already led a life dedicated to working for social justice. Since 2009, when she began to travel internationally,... [more]