Alumni Biographies Q-T

Tom Recktenwald - Stage Manager - Broadway: Curtains, Mary Poppins, Coram Boy, Little Mermaid, Tarzan. Regional: St. Louis MUNYGuthrie Theatre.

Stephanie Richin - after working with Manhattan Theatre Club in New York, moved to Charlotte, NC where she is a special events director forKomen for the Cure Charlotte Affiliate. Stephanie coordinates events such as Laugh for a Cure, Race for a Cure and Tee Up for a Cure.

Ellie Rodriguez - Actress - Reporter - Producer - joined WSVN's Deco Drive in October 2006.From 2004-2006, Ellie was a member of the Telemundo/NBC family as the host of Keepin It Reel on Mun2 (now NBC Universo), Telemundo's cable network. She also co-hosted and reported their entertainment variety programs, FuZion and The Report. Ellie hosted 18 & Over, a national video countdown show on Mun2. She has covered numerous feature film premieres, award shows, and musical events, and even hosted the 2005 and 2006 Latin Billboard All Access Show, which gave the audience an up-close and personal look at red carpet arrivals and one-on-one interviews with their favorite artists. She was also a presenter at the 2006 Latin Billboard Awards. Upon graduation from UM, she launched her own clothing line, Not Your Average and co-founded a non-profit theater company, Fresco Productions. In 2005, she was featured in Ocean Drive magazine as one of Miami's most ambitious young, professional women. Ellie was also featured in the July 2006 issue of Maxim En Espanol. Ellie currently serves as a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Golden Key International Honor Society.

Miguel Romero - Actor - has worked regionally at Seaside Music Theatre, at the North Shore Music Theatre in Miss Saigon and throughout the country in various productions and a tour of A Chorus Line as Paul. He has also performed in various productions and the European Tour ofWest Side Story as Chino. Most recently he played Bernardo at the 5th Avenue Theatre's West Side Story. Also on the west coast he appeared in a production of The King and I with Debby Boone. In New York, he performed in Take Me Out and will on Broadway in Lone Star Love starring Randy Quade.

Bill Roudebush - Director - has been directing for over thirty years at such theatres asActors Theatre of LouisvilleThe Cleveland Play HouseSyracuse Stage, Theatre Virginia, The GeVa TheatreWalnut Street TheatreFlorida Studio TheatreMum Puppettheatre, The Miami and Palm Beach Opera Guilds, and many others. In New York he was artistic director for the Ten More By Noonan series at the John Houseman Theatre, as well as directing for Ensemble Studio Theatre, The American Folk TheatreThe Mint Theatre Company, The Actors Outlet, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, The Samuel Beckett Theatre and the Village Gate.. Bill has been based in Philadelphia for the past twelve years, where he works as a freelance director/writer. His 2002 revival of Equus was nominated for eightBarrymore Awards and won five including Best Overall Production of a play, Best Ensemble and Best Director. His recently published book Acting By Mistake is available by logging onto XLIBRIS.COM.

Ernie Sabella - Actor - Broadway: Curtains, Man of La Mancha, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumGuys & Dolls, Sweet Charity; TV: The Practice, That's So Raven, Seinfeld, Providence, Annie, Perfect Strangers; Film: In & Out, Mouse Hunt; Voice-Acting: The Lion King -Pumbaa, and more.

Saundra Santiago - Actress - was last seen on Broadway in the Tony award winning revival of Nine, starring Antonio Bandaras. She made her Broadway debut in Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge starring opposite Tony LoBianco. She also starred in the Broadway musical version of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Chronicle Of A Death Fortold,directed by Graciela Daniele, who also directed her in SMILE and the Off-Broadway musical hit Hello Again at Lincoln Center.

She's created roles in such Off-Broadway plays as Bedfellows at the Flea Theatre, young girl and The Monsoon at Playwrights Horizons, Bandito at the Mark Taper Forum, Once Removed at the Long Wharf Theatre, Spike Heels at Second Stage and starred as "Eva Peron" in the National Tour of Evita.

On the big screen, she was last seen in Spike Lee's 25th Hour, and in the indie, Garmento. She's also played in High Life directed by Roger Hedden, Nick and Jane directed by Robert Morrow, Carlito's Way directed by Brian DePalma, Beat Street produced by Harry Belafonte, and The Pope Of Greenwich Village directed by Stuart Rosenberg.

On television, guest starred in Law And Order. She had the recurring role of "Jean Cusamano" and twin sister "Joan" on the hit HBO series The Sopranos. She also played series regular "Detective Gina Calabrese" on the ground breaking show Miami Vice for five years. She's guest starred on TV shows and movies of the week such as To Sir With Love Pt. II, NY Undercover, Edna Buchanan, Bill Cosby Mystery Movie, With Hostile Intent, Law And Order, Summer Stories and Mother Country.

On Daytime, Saundra created the role of "Carmen Santos" on CBS's longest running soap opera, Guiding Light.


Jackie Schmillen - Actress - Entertainment Reporter - spent several years after graduation performing on tour and regionally. She is now an entertainment reporter and TV personality on Fox KPTH TV, Channel 44 in Sioux City, IA. She remains active in theater, most recently appearing in the premiere of Michael Luebke's musical Something New at the Lamb Theatre in Sioux City.

Dave Secor - Actor - is featured in the new film comedy Pool Party. He has had supporting roles in Suits on the Loose and In Enemy Hands. On television, Dave has been seen on Boston Public, Days of Our Lives, and as the lead in the pilot D.I.C.S. 

Sylvester Stallone - Actor - Screenwriter - has established worldwide recognition as an actor, writer, producer and director since he played the title role in his own screenplay of Rocky which won the Academy Award in 1976 for Best Picture. Opportunity first came in 1974 when he was cast as one of the leads in The Lords of Flatbush. He also received his first writing credit for "additional dialogue" on this film. Films include: theRambo Series, the Rocky Series, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, Cop Land, Judge Dredd, Demolition Man, Tango & Cash and Cliffhanger. Official Site.

James Stanley (aka Jeremy Quinn), BFA Theatre Performance.

ACTING - NATIONAL TOURS: Color of Justice & Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. OFF BROADWAY: Heavenly Days, Curiouser & Curiouser, Godspell. REGIONAL: Joseph...Dreamcoat, Annie, Sweeney Todd, Little Shop of Horrors, The Good Doctor FILM: River of Stone, Highs and Lows, Delivering Milo, La Florida, Celebrity, Cradle Will Rock, Pollock, andShaft TV: Dellaventura, Falcone, The Sopranos, Now and Again and B.L. Stryker. VOICEOVERS: “Phink” in the Sci-Fi Network’s animated series,Mean Planet + several industrials.

DIRECTING - OFF BROADWAY: Lights & Music, Damaged, Daddy Was The Biggest Stagemother in Texas!, Saturday Night, Sylvia, True West  REGIONAL: Sweeney Todd, TOMMY, Side Show, The Wiz, Aladdin, Footloose, Zombie Prom, Bat Boy: The Musical, Children of Eden, Yeomen of the Guard, High School Musical, Pippin, Big, Starmites, The Crucible, On The Town, Seussical, Once On This Island, Once Upon A Mattress, Oklahoma, The Sound of Music, The Prince and the Pauper, A Christmas Carol (MSG Version).

TEACHING - Adjunct Faculty @ SUNY Dutchess, Guest Director @ NYU Cap21 & St. John's University, 2008 Member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.

Executive Producer/Artistic Director of Outside The Box Productions. Personal Website

Joe Ikey Tompkins - Costume Designer - Film: Dance with Me, Species, Fire in the Sky, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Coal Miner's Daughter (Oscar Nominee) and The Cotton Club, and more.

Cecilia Torres has performed in five Shakespeare plays with New Theatre: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet; Nerissa in Merchant of Venice; Witch in Macbeth; Hero in Much Ado about Nothing; and Perdita in A Winter's Tale.

She was Ensemble/Dance Captainin Irving Belrin's White Christmas at Actor's Playhouse, Anne Dindon/Dance Captain in La Cage Aux Folles at Actors Playhouse and was featured in the regional premiere of I Love You Because at Actor's Playhouse as NYC Woman.

Ceci was recently featured in Side by Side by Sondheim at Palm Beach Dramaworks.

She is working at The Kitchen, a voiceover/voice-dubbing studio as talent and coordinator/script translator. She also provides voice talent for MCX Television Services, Centauro Studios and Chrom Studios.

She is the Voice Discipline Coordinator for the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts this year as well.

Mariand Torres - Actress - off-Broadway: Mona in The People vs. Monaat the Abingdon Theatre. Regional: My Way-A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra for Merry Go Round Playhouse, American Music Theatre'sHoliday Show. Mariand is currently in Michael John LaChiusa's new musical, Giant. Opening at DC's Signature Theatre in April 2009.

Kristian Truelsen - Actor, Director, Songwriter.

Film: The Patriot, Lonely Hearts, My Girl, Flash of Genius. TV: From the Earth to the Moon, Clarissa Explains It All, Welcome Freshmen, Mickey Mouse Club, I’ll Fly Away, Swamp Thing, Thunder in Paradise. Theatre: Regional theatre in US and Canada. Songwriter: Walt Disney World and various theatrical productions.