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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 only a very talented photographer and... [more]

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]

Growing up, UC Santa Cruz alum Nick Yarborough knew early on that he wanted to dedicate his career to filmmaking. His love for films started as a child and developed into a passion when he started writing as a teenager. Now, having written screenplays for over ten years, his... [more]

Twin sisters, Julie and Kristen Gautier-Downes both decided to pursue the arts at UC Santa Cruz, graduating in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Julie earned her BA in Studio Art, with... [more]

Costume designer and UC Santa Cruz Theater Arts alum, Christina Dinkel just graduated six years ago but already has a very impressive resume. From designing costumes for top local theater companies, including Santa Cruz... [more]

With five Oscar nominations for film sound editing and mixing, UC Santa Cruz alumnus Ren Klyce’s career has taken a sky-rocket climb since he decided to major in music back in 1983. He credits his piano teacher at UCSC, Mary Jane Cope, and her husband of Professor Emeritus of Music, David Cope,... [more]

Having just graduated in 2015 from UC Santa Cruz’s SocDoc program in the Film and Digital Media department with an MA in Social Documentation, Michelle Aguilar has already led a life dedicated to working for social justice. Since 2009, when she began to travel internationally,... [more]

If we inadvertently left your name off the list, please forgive us and contact 
Erica Gerard Di Bona, Kresge '73-'75
    edibona@ucsc.edu 

STEPHANIE ALLAIN Producer Beyond the Lights, Dear White People

AXEL ALONSO Editor... [more]

Thanks to his voracious love of reading combined with some stellar Trivial Pursuit game skills, UC Santa Cruz alumnus and generous supporter of the university’s opera program, Scott Lord was destined to put his knack for knowing a bit of something about almost... [more]

UC Santa Cruz Film and Digital Media alum Erik Pearson will be directing the upcoming play Marqués, a loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, which was written by UC Santa Cruz graduate students,Stephen Richter and Mónica Andrade, and is set in the shady world of drug... [more]

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