Alumni Biographies I-L

David Martin Jacques - Lighting Designer - has designed the lighting for over 300 theatre, opera, television, dance and special event productions. Recent projects include the critically acclaimed productions of Tannhauser for Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Daphne for Teatro la Fenice in Venice, I Lombardi for Teatro Maggio Fiorentino in Florence, Cherubin for Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, and Tales of Hoffman and A Midsummer Night's Dream for Central City Opera. In addition, he recently designed the set and lighting for Los Angeles Philharmonic's The Rehearsal. His designs for television have been broadcast on NBC, A&E, and PBS. Mr. Jacques served as lighting consultant for Walt Disney Creative Entertainment and designed numerous projects for Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios, and Euro Disney. He also designs architectural lighting projects throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. David's Website

Joel Karie - Actor - Broadway: The Lion King. London West End: Saucy Jack & the Space Vixens, Dancing in the Streets. UK Tours: Ain't Misbehavin' Dancing in the Streets. Germany: The Lion King, Aida. New York/Regional:, Skyler's Story, High School Musical, Joseph...Dreamcoat, School House Rocks Live! Radio: Eye of the Cricket(BBC Radio Series). Film: Dreams Can Come True, Saucy Jack & the Space Vixens.

Jason Kennedy is a news correspondent, handling a variety of stories and events for E! News. While attending the University of Miami, Kennedy received numerous awards, including the coveted Associated Press Award for Best News Feature in the state of Florida. Kennedy finally made the big move to Los Angeles in 2004, when he anchored segments for Open Call on the TV Guide Channel. His experience and talent has led him to report on everything from President Clinton's visit to Miami to Paris Hilton's visit to a Beverly Hills spa.

Tom Kouchalakos - Actor - Film: Cop & 1/2, Cocoon: The Return, Police Academy 5, Trading Hearts; TV: From the Earth to the Moon, First-Time Felon, The Cape, The Man from Left Field, Red Wind, and more.

Bruce Lazarus - Producer - Manager - is an Area Developer for Sport Clips Hair Cuts in South Florida. He has also been an entertainment attorney in New York City providing counsel in business transactions and finance for the theatre, film, and music industries. He is the former Director of Business and Legal Affairs for Walt Disney Theatrical Productions Ltd., responsible for The Lion KingAida and the international companies of Beauty and the Beast.

His Broadway producing credits include this season's hit comedy Say Goodnight Graciestarring Frank Gorshin and the emotional drama The Gathering starring Hal Linden.

Bruce also produced the off-Broadway productions Shakespeare's R&J (Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theatre), which has the distinction of being the longest running production of Romeo and Juliet in New York theatre history, Maybe Baby It's You and the hit off-Broadway comedy Only Kidding by Jim Geoghan (Drama Desk Nomination-Best Play). In Los Angeles he produced the musicals Zen Boogie and Tarzana Tanzi.

Bruce also managed the careers of actors Ray Liotta, David Caruso, Troy Beyer and Philip Baker Hall Bruce's Website

Lindsay Levine graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from UM in 2005. Upon moving to NYC, she performed in Closer Than Ever, Enough For All, and Vacation Bible School: the Musical. Then in November of 2006 she joined the Broadway National Tour of MAMMA MIA as an ensemble member and Lisa understudy. She is heading back to the city in July of 2008 to begin work in the casting field and see whats next.

Dawnn Lewis - Actor, Producer, Song Writer, Singer - Best known for her roles on the hit TV shows Hangin' with Mr. CooperAny Day Now and A Different World, for which she composed the shows' theme song. She is also a Grammy Award-winning singer, a multiple ASCAP & BMI Award-winning songwriter, with two Gold records and has her own music publishing company and record label Morning Jewel Music thru which she released her first solo album Worth Waiting For. A sampling of her credits are: Films: Dreamgirls (with Beyonce, Jamie Fox & Eddie Murphy),I'm Gonna Get You Sucka, Under Pressure (with Charlie Sheen), The Poof Point (Disney). Theatre: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (with Matthew Broderick and Megan Mullaly), The Tap Dance Kid (Broadway National Tour), The Marriage (NAACP Image Award winner for Best Lead Actress). Television: Creator/Producer series pilot BLACK JAQfor ABC, NYPD Blue, Dream On!, Girlfriends, Medical Investigation, The 10th Kingdom (mini-series). Animation: Futurama, King of the Hill, Spiderman, Static Shock, The PJ's, Grim & Evil, The Boondock's, The X-MenDawnn's Website

Zack Lezberg - Management - is Associate Director of Business Affairs for The Araca Group, which poduces numerous Broadway shows including Wicked. Zach is also the Producer for Entertainment Industry Expo, the largest gathering of entertainment professionals under one roof.

Ray Liotta - Actor - spent his first years acting in TV: Another World, a TV movie and several short-lived series. He broke into movies with the black comedy Something Wild (1986), which garnered him rave reviews. He starred in Dominick and Eugene, Field of DreamsGoodfellasArticle 99 , Unlawful Entry, Unforgettable, BlowHannibalNarc, Slow Burn,Crossing Over and more. Many college age students will recognize his voice immediately as Tommy Vercetti in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.