Selected Alumni Bios
John Patrick Shanley
John Patrick Shanley (‘77) won an Academy Award for his original screenplay, Moonstruck (1987), followed by the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Drama Desk Award, and the Tony Award for Best Play for Doubt: A Parable (2005). In 2008, Shanley directed the film version of Doubt starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman; and in 2012, Shanley wrote the libretto for an opera version of Doubt: A Parablethat premiered at the Minnesota Opera in January 2013.
Ken Leung (‘93)is an actor best known for his role as Miles Straume in the ABC television series Lost, and roles in such films as Shanghai Kiss, Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand and Saw. In February 2013, he appeared regularly on Zero Hour, an American conspiracy television series created by Paul Scheuring for ABC. He also appeared regularly on Deception,an American prime time drama airing on NBC, and on the popular crime drama, Person of Interest, on CBS.
David Kilpatrick (’00,’02) is the Theatre for Young Audiences manager at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. He is particularly focused on overseeing the program’s national touring initiative, but also assists with the Kennedy Center’s script development efforts and contributes to season planning, including bookings, commissions, and New Visions/New Voices. David was formerly Education Outreach Coordinator at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, coordinating a local touring company that reached more than 40,000 students each year in schools across the Delaware Valley. He spent two years as an Education Associate for The New Victory Theater and worked with the Jim Henson Legacy, a non-profit organization committed to celebrating the work of the world-famous Muppet creator.
Sandy Faison (‘03) is a veteran stage, film, and television actress who made her Broadway debut as Grace Ferrell in the original production of Annie. She currently serves as head of the Drama & Technical Theater Departments at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan.
Alex Sarian (‘06) currently works for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the world’s leading performing arts center, where he serves as the Director of Finance & New Business for its education division, Lincoln Center Education. Prior to Lincoln Center, Sarian was the Director of Education & Outreach at the award-winning MCC Theater in New York City. As an international consultant, he founded Affinity Arts Group, with whom he’s worked with institutions of higher education, government agencies and cultural organizations on three continents. In addition to his leadership positions and serving on several national funding panels, Sarian is one of fifteen national arts education advisers to Americans for the Arts, the largest nonprofit in the United States dedicated to promoting the arts and arts education.