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Featured Alumni

Greg Neri

He didn’t always have his heart set on being a writer, but as he prepares to complete his 15th book for young people, UC Santa Cruz alumnus Greg Neri is getting used to what he refers to as his “third career”.

Adam Kubota

Inspired at the age of ten by the irreverent funk/rock group the Red Hot Chili Peppers, UC Santa Cruz Music Department alumnus Adam Kubota was destined to push musical boundaries.

Tom Franco

Three huge clay sewer pipes carved by alumnus Tom Franco and a team of artists are now gracing Danville’s art gallery in an exhibit curated by a fellow Slug.  Marija Nelson Bleier and Tom Franco watched as a crane lifted the colorful, 800-pound sculpture 30 feet into the air. The piece, carved... [more]

We Are Not Princesses by UC Santa Cruz alumna Bridgette Auger

We Are Not Princessesthe first feature film by UC Santa Cruz alumna Bridgette Auger (SocDoc ’11) will have its world premiere on November 14 at DOC NYC, the largest documentary film festival in the United States.

Stephanie Allain

Stephanie Allain is a rare gem in the film industry.

Music Editor Bill Bernstein

Having been the music editor on over 60 outstanding films during the course of his career, Bill Bernstein’s musical talent is epic.

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones

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.

Adilah Barnes
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.
Sundance Film Festival '18

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!

Michael Shipley

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.

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.

Nick Yarborough

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.

Julie and Kristen Gautier-Downes

Twin sisters, Julie and Kristen Gautier-Downes both decided to pursue the arts at UC Santa Cruz, graduating in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Ren Klyce

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.

Michelle Aguilar

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.

Over 100 UC Santa Cruz Alums in Hollywood

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

Scott Lord

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]

Growing up in Danville, California, Emmy Award-winning comedy screenplay writer and UC Santa Cruz, Porter College alum Anne Flett-Giordano got an early start on how to tell enthralling stories.

As a Porter College student at UC Santa Cruz, Jennie Morris knew that she would have an interesting career someday.

After graduating from UC Santa Cruz in 2005 with a degree in Film and Digital Media, Jaime Gonzalezknew that he was destined to become a filmmaker.

Visual artist and UC Santa Cruz alum (Porter 1995) Fritz Chesnut was exposed at an early age to art, especially since his mother earned her PhD in art education and his father, who has a Master’s in German, also studied music.

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]

You just never know where being a student at UC Santa Cruz will take you. Just ask Emily Heller, who was a History of Art and Visual Culture major in the class of 2007, and is now on a very successful track in the entertainment world as a stand-up comedian and comedy writer in Los Angeles.

Growing up in Palo Alto, Calif. into a gifted artistic family, it seems natural that Tom Franco would want to pursue a career in art.