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Don Williams, Adilah Barnes, and UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal enjoy a moment of celebration in the chancellor's office last week, where Barnes received the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. (photo by Yin Wu)

Chancellor George Blumenthal gushed like a true fan when he met award-winning actress and distinguished UC Santa Cruz alumna Adilah Barnes on Thursday afternoon. 

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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]

Founder and Artistic Director of The Builders Association, Professor Weems will bring an affiliation with her renowned experimental theater company to the campus.

Marianne Weems, theater and opera director, and co-founder and artistic director of the Obie-Award winning... [more]

Film and Digital Media PhD graduate student Marc Francis seemed destined to be a storyteller. As a child he put his wild imagination to work, dreaming up fanciful stories and movie plots, and even back then thought of becoming a film director and screenwriter.

Francis... [more]

Danette Buie; photo by Julie Rogge

As the first person to be the Director: Student Opportunity, Success and Equity, for the Arts Division, Danette Buie is thrilled about her new role in this recently created position. “I’m truly excited about working at an institution that is committed to student... [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]

Sarah Flores

Over ten years ago, Koret Scholar and UC Santa Cruz Film and Digital Media major Sarah Flores made her way from her hometown in Sacramento, California to San Francisco and at the young age of 20, found herself working in film.

“I fell into a really nice group of... [more]