Theatre Alumni

Carolyn Casselman
Adjunct Assistant Professor, '03 - Carolyn J. Casselman is an attorney in the Entertainment Department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP, where she represents a variety of clients in the media and entertainment industries. Her practice ranges from counseling Broadway producers and not-for-profit theaters to negotiating license agreements in connection with film, new media and other entertainment-related ventures. She also assists clients with copyright and trademark registration and portfolio maintenance.
('08SOA) - Rachel Chavkin is two-time Obie Award-winning and Drama Desk nominated director, and the founding Artistic Director of the TEAM. She has directed/co-authored all the company’s work, and loves this family.
('92SOA) - Kia Corthron's A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick premiered at Playwrights Horizons in spring 2010.
('12SOA) - Kate Croasdale is a freelance stage manager based in New York City. Her Broadway credits include: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Ghost The Musical, Relatively Speaking and Dead Accounts. Other New York credits include: Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life (at New World Stages), The Band Wagon (City Center Encores!) and When January Feels Like Summer (Ensemble Studio Theatre).
('03SOA) - Bathsheba Doran’s play Parents’ Evening received its world premiere at The Flea Theater in April 2010, directed by Jim Simpson. Her play Ben and The Magic Paintbrush premiered at South Coast Repertory Theater in June 2010.
('97SOA) - Julie Dubiner is the associate director of American Revolutions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. American Revolutions is a commissioning project with the goal of creating 37 new plays concerning moments of great change in US history.
('96SOA) - Liz Engelman is a freelance dramaturg who splits her time between Whidbey Island, WA, and Ely, MN. She has served as the literary director of the McCarter Theatre; the director of new play development at ACT Theatre in Seattle, Washington; literary manager/dramaturg at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre; and assistant literary manager at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.
('97SOA) - Shirley Fishman is the director of play development for the La Jolla Playhouse, where she has also served as dramaturg on Carmen, The Deception, Most Wanted, The Wiz, Culture Clash's Zorro in Hell, The Scottish Play, Palm Beach, Eden Lane, When Grace Comes In, Adoration of the Old Woman, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, Diva, I Am My Own Wife (2004 Pulitzer Prize) and Dracula, The Musical.
('06SOA) - Ashlin Halfnight’s plays include Second Life (2012 O’Neill Playwright’s Conference Finalist), A Hard Wall at High Speed (Directed by May Adrales, APAC, Nominated for Outstanding Premiere Production of 2011, NYITA), Balaton (Nominated for Best Play of 2009, NYITA), Good Pictures (Outstanding New Play – 2008 Talkin’ Broadway), God’s Waiting Room (Best Play, 2005 NYFringe), Diving Normal (Plays and
('06SOA) - Pavol Liska, a native of Slovakia, began directing plays after he graduated from Dartmouth in 1995. During this time he cofounded the Nature Theater of Oklahoma, a theater company taking its name from Kafka’s Amerika. After taking a break from directing, he returned to Columbia for an MFA in directing. While a student of the Theatre Program, he directed Kasimir and Karoline and Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters at Classic Stage Company.
('84SOA) - Three-time Tony Award-winning producer Hal Luftig has worked in Broadway and Off-Broadway theatres for the past 20 years. His plays and musicals have garnered 23 Tony Awards, 6 Drama Desk Awards and a Pulitzer Prize.
K.K. Moggie
('07SOA), Adjunct Assistant Professor - A native of Malaysia and New Zealand, K.K. Moggie has worked in both Malaysia, New Zealand and now New York. She moved to New York to attend Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Program. Since graduating in 2007 with her MFA in acting, she has performed in numerous theatre projects.
('98SOA), Adjunct Assistant Professor - Anson Mount received his BA from the University of the South (1995) and his MFA from Columbia University (1998). Mount made his feature film debut in the starring role as “Tully Coats” in the independent film Tully, for which he received critical praise. The film itself won several Film Festival awards as well as several nominations for Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Picture.
Tommy Nohilly
('06SOA) - Tommy Nohilly made his playwriting debut Off-Broadway with Blood from a Stone for The New Group. The play, starring Ethan Hawke, was Nohilly’s first and his thesis play for Columbia. It opened to rave reviews from The New York Times, Slant, and others. Nohilly—an ex-Marine who has also worked as a security guard, waiter, bouncer, and bartender—has also acted in films and TV series.
Diane Paulus
('97SOA) - Diane Paulus is the Artistic Director of the A.R.T. at Harvard University and was selected for the 2014 TIME 100, TIME Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Paulus is the 2013 recipient of the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical (Pippin).
('00SOA) - Ken Rus Schmoll is a theater director who has achieved a string of Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway successes. Recently, he garnered positive reviews with Will Eno’s Middletown (Vineyard Theatre). He won an Obie Award for his direction of Ariana Reine’s Telephone (Cherry Lane), a tryptich the poet adapted from Avital Ronell’s philosophic work The Telephone Book.
Jay Scheib, by Naomi White
('02SOA) - A 2011/12 Guggenheim Fellow, and 2012 OBIE Winner for best Direction, Scheib is a director, designer and author of plays, operas and live art events.
('87SOA) - Michael Stotts is in his sixth season as Managing Director of Hartford Stage. Recent accomplishments include an $11 Million Capital and Endowment Campaign, and the renovation and expansion of the Stage’s theatre facility. In 2010, in partnership with Michael Wilson, he produced Horton Foote’s The Orphans’ Home Cycle which won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, among others. During his three-year tenure as Managing Director at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Mr.
('13 SOA) - Danielle has recently worked as an Entertainment Production Manager for Norwegian Cruise Lines on the Norwegian Star and as a freelance Equity Stage Manager in New York, working with such fabulous companies as LaMama, Waterwell, Off Stage Right Productions, Accidental Rep, PPAS and Musica Nuova. In the Bay Area, she has stage managed with American Conservatory Theater, Marin Theater Company, Shotgun Players, Altertheater Ensemble, Brava Theater and many others.
('98SOA) - Darko Tresnjak was the Artistic Director of the Old Globe Shakespeare Festival in San Diego from 2004 to 2009.  His directing credits at the Old Globe include Cyrano de Bergerac, Coriolanus, The Women, The Pleasure of His Company, All’s Well That Ends Well, Bell, Book and Candle, Hamlet, Titus Andronicus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, A Comedy of Errors, Antony and Cleopatra, The Two Noble Kinsmen, and Pericles.  He received four awar
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