Alumni

 

Caddo Magnet’s drama students have been active in ITS for many years traveling yearly to State and National Festivals.  For the last 10 years, yearly each of our graduating theatre students average $750,000 in college scholarship offers.

Our alumni have graduated from The University of Oklahoma, Howard University, Texas Christian University and prestigious conservatories like CAP 21; The Academy of Dramatic Arts in both Los Angeles and NYC and The New York Academy of Dramatic Arts, to name a few.

Some of these alumni have gone on to graduate from Law School (11 and counting) and have successful law careers while others have taken the plunge and are working actors in Los Angeles, NYC, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, D. C. and Dallas.

We train our students to be successful in the the world and especially the world of the ARTS.

                                                       CLASS OF 2007

Stephen Bailey  Is in the movie “Pitch Perfect” opening this weekend.  It was filmed on the LSU campus while he was working in the scenery shop.  He got a small role as one of the members of the boy group the girl’s are competing against.  He has his BA from LSU and is living in Los Angles now.  He has worked professionally in theater in Florida as well.  I know he got his SAG card and an agent.

                                                           CLASS OF 2008

Kait Stinchcomb Stage Manager, Berkshire Theatre Group, Conn.

Mark Rozeman is a writer for the TV series, The Good Doctor.  He has written 24 episodes.

CLASS OF 2009

Tyler Krieg – Graduated TCU.  Studied theatre at the University of Westminister in London during fall 2011;

Received one of TCU’s highest academic honors.  The John V. Roach Honors College designated him as the highest-achieving student.

Selected as the Outstanding Theater acting major by the TCU Guild–only one award given to all Senior Class members (not just an award but honored with a scholarship)

Selected by the TCU faculty to direct a major project for the Spring, 2013 semester…only one student is selected from all theater majors

Selected for the lead role, Benjamin, in “Yellow Boat”, a true story written by a father about his young son dying of aids

Graduated from TCU

Artistic Associate at  Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, North Idaho’s Professional Theatre

Assistant Production Manger Seattle Repertory Theatre

Maria Latiolais – is currently in Austin, Texas where she is an understudy at the Zach Theatre.  She is currently involved in a production of Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves at Hyde Park Theatre.  She graduated from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virgina in 20113 where she earned her BA in theatre.

Danna Leary – is currently in North Hollywood, CA. doing that artist thing. She is working as part time server to pay the bills, while myself and my fellow filmmaker boyfriend create shortfilms through our production company Dual Nature that we use to create our own content. Still relatively new, so we haven’t released anything yet, but we have made several Shakespeare themed shorts and we are currently in pre-prod for an short based on Edgar Allen Poe’s Tell Tale Heart.
 
We both operate as writers, editors, and producers for our content and hire out for other positions we may need.
 
Whenever I write, I remember that the first script I ever wrote was when I was in Ms. Patti’s Drama I class as a Senior in high school, and she was the first person I let read it. She was so encouraging and gave me feedback that I’ve held in mind for every script I’ve ever written ever since. (Namely, that the audience isn’t dumb. Let them have fun making discoveries with you instead of spoon feeding them the answers. A problem that I still see in many films and television shows that don’t do so well in theatres or on t.v.) So, thank you. A million time thank you.
 
I am still acting. Studied theatre and film at Centenary before transferring to Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
 

Marion Patton – graduated from Centenary College and was in Laura at the Emmett Hook Center. Living in Los Angeles and pursuing an acting career.

Cameron Martin Winner of the Hoboken International Film Festival Award for Best Unproduced Screenplay.

Andrew Wood (deceased)Graduated Centenary College.   Andrew spent last the summer at Harvard studying with The Moscow Art Theatre.  He attended graduate school at the famed Stella Adler.

His films include:  Tetrafusion music video “Monologue”; the Hawk in The Hummingbird; and Man in he Gift of the Magi.

Participated twice in the KCACTF Region Festival

Twice nominated for the Irene Ryan Award.

Brilliantly (this comment provided by Ms. Patti) played Loeb in Never the Sinner

                                                        CLASS OF 2010

Alex Akers – graduated from  St. Mary’s University and has his SAFD certification in Stage Combat.  He spent a semester in London studying British Theatre.  He recently played Polonius in a modern 90’s rock musical version ofHamlet.  Roles he has played include Mitch Mahoney in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Michael James Flaherty in John Millginton Synge’s Playboy of the Western World; he has played East, Randy and Dave in John Cariani’s Almost Maine.

Alex graduated Law School at the University of Minnesota

Christopher Mazen  – Christopher grew up in the black church(Galilee Baptist Church-Shreveport) where his love for his culture and God began. After graduating from Magnet High in ’09, he attended Ouachita Baptist University, where he majored in Worship Arts(church music degree). It was through this institution that Christopher became acquainted with Urban Doxology, a songwriting internship for urban city multicultural churches in Richmond, Virginia.  The instructor, David Bailey, stressed the importance of creating a new cultural symbol for this socioeconomic and multiethnic church. During his  last semester, as he was preparing for his piano recital, his advisor Dr. Rob Hewell suggested that Christopher apply for an internship as the music intern for the International Baptist Church of Stuttgart, Germany. In July of 2013, Christopher moved to Stuttgart to work as the music intern and would end up staying there for three years. Whilst leading this congregation in worship every Sunday, Christopher also participated in music mission trips with GTM(Gospel through Music) ministries. GTM simply connects IS artist with European choirs. It served as a great experience of exposing him to the people of Europe and their spirituality. Because of this organisation, he had the privilege of ministering in countries such as: Italy, Poland, Norway, Sweden, and Russia. A trip to Italy left a deep impression on him for music and missions. Towards the end of his time in Stuttgart and after a music mission trip to Italy, Christopher began searching for a masters program in Arts in Mission in Europe. This led him to All Nations Christian College in North London. The school is entirely devoted to mission training. Christopher’s project consisted of helping an urban international church create its own urban doxology through youth songwriting workshops. From these workshops, the youth wrote three songs while the young adults participated in writing one. The end result was powerful: a service formulated around songs that reflect the unique identity, voice, theology, experiences, convictions, and emotions of this church. Having finished his masters, Christopher is in hot pursuit of the next adventure God has for him.

Sydney Normand May – Has been married for almost a year to her best friend. She moved back to Shreveport after living in Baton Rouge for 6 years. She worked as a toddler teacher, a nanny (once for a British tv director), and a receptionist at a dental office. She is now a “specimens management technician” at Willis Knighten in the lab.

Jonathan Slocum – actor at The Shakespeare Forum

Jonathan Weber – is at UNO, majoring in film. He is working on creating music. He wants to work as a musician for his career.

Kiana Washington – graduated Spring 2017 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a B.F.A in Performing Arts with a concentration in theatre. She is currently working as photographer independently while looking for film and commercial work in Louisiana and Texas. She is engaged to marry her best friend and plan a big move within the next year.

Kaylah Williams – graduated from LSU Baton Rouge in Anthrolopgy and minor in French. She lived her senior year abroad in Poitiers, France. She’;s currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area and is an international flight attendant for United Airlines and pursuing my Masters in International Relations while working.

 CLASS OF 2011

Madison Taylor Edwards –  He won Best Actor at OU and is a competitor in regionals for a chance to perform at the Lincoln Center. this summer he played in King John at Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park as Prince Louis, the Dauphe.  He won an outstanding ensemble member award for the original play And When We Awoke There Was Light and Light.  He was in The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui.  He jus wrapped a short film titled Helpless – he played the main character, John; this won best film at the Red Carpet Film Festival in Norman, OK.

Graduated OU currently residing in NYC; played Hamlet in Hamlet, off-Broadway; director for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Isaac Haas –  Graduated from CAP21 in NYC.  Isaac was a part of a reading for a new musical called Boys, Boys, Boys.  Isaac also sang in the chior for Marvin Hamlisch’s funeral; Lead in Peace, Love and Cupcakes (off-Broadway) Lead, Legend of Jim Cullen at Heartwood Regional Theatre Company, Newcastle, ME.

National tours include Once and Cabaret.

Jessie Mahon – graduated from Oklahoma University where she played Aouda in Around the World in 80 Days and inThe Vagina Monologues. She was a finalist in the Irene Ryan Awards.  She performed in Applause for the Cause, a benefit concert promoting Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS. Not only is she an awesome artist but  she did the Williamstown Theatre Festival.  Was in Kaufman and Ladner’s June Moon and directed an intern project The Wedding Play which premiered at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville.  She ran spot for Fool for Love starring Sam Rockwell (Way, Way Back and Green Mile); Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur Tony Winner) and Christopher Abbott (HBO’s Girls).

She currently resides in NYC.

Tori Smith – graduated CAP21 in NYC and is now attending The New School. Recently seen in the play Hey! Ho! for the New Perspectives Theatre Toxicity Festival ini NYC.  Originated the role od Clara Learner in Sympathetic Frequencies; Pop Rock Project and Urinetown at CAP21.

Her modeling profile is http://www.exploremodeling.com/?torilynnsmith376

CLASS OF 2012

Madeline Hiers –  She  participated in a staged reading of the new play Spill, based on the BP Oil Spill written by the authors of The Laramie Project. Graduated from BPCC was the lead in the show (Turn of the Screw) that WON Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival .

LisaAnn Kemper – Graduated from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Theatre Arts, Musical Theatre Focus. While attending Saint Mary’s she performed in six mainstage productions, as well as made her international debut on the London stage in a Saint Mary’s production of “Some American’s Abroad.” Fun Fact: In the first semester of her senior year alone, she was the crew head of eight different production crews. She is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, Nu Delta Chapter. The theatre honors fraternity. LisaAnn has continued to comeback to Shreveport each summer to perform in the Shreveport Little Theatre’s summer productions.She hopes to continue to do theatre in Shreveport throughout her year home and then move to either Chicago or New York City.

Loren Reese – Has an agent in LA for his writing.  He has been given the opportunity to write a screenplay for Columbia Pictures. He is was picked from many entries as one of the five writers to write a script for Tim Burton’s new movie.  Loren recently published his first book, Child of the Moonlit Leaves available from Amazon!

Taryn Shaver – Taryn graduated from Louisiana Tech with a degree in Business Management, and now works at Walt Disney World!

CLASS OF 2013

Anthony Benedetto – is currently living in San Diego pursuing a career in music and film.

Julieanne Bigham – graduated Harding University as a Theatre and Speech Education major.  She has been involved in many productions throughout college, onstage and off, most recently directing Tennessee Williams’ The Case of the Crushed Petunias at Harding’s one act festival.  Summer of 2016, she had a taste of her dream job as the education intern at Stages St. Louis.

Martin Delo – is currently in the navy on the USS Boxer getting ready to go to Vietnam with DPAA Recovery Team 2 as their communications officer to search for the remains of fallen servicemen from the Vietnam war.   He will be transferring to the navy reserves next summer and heading back home.

Nic Ferguson graduated from Northwestern State University where he designed several sets for the theatre program including Hedda Gabbler.

Jasmine Moore attended Louisiana College of Lafayette.  The Creative Director of Black Girl Magic.

Aidan Poling graduated from Centenary College. He has starred in numerous productions in Shreveport including recently the lead in Newsies (2019) and Avenue Q.

Wallace Rakoczy graduated CAP21 in NYC  Since then Wallace has been auditioning and performing in Cabaret’s in NYC along with working with up and coming composers.

Kiana Washington –  graduated Spring 2017 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a B.F.A in Performing Arts with a concentration in theatre. Kiana is currently working as photographer independently while looking for film and commercial work in Louisiana and Texas.

Chris White graduated Point Park Conservatory with a $20,000 scholarshop per year scholarship. Was signed by an agency in New York City. At the end of his senior year he sang with the All American Honor’s Choir at Carnegie Hal!!! Chris studies at State University of New York (SUNY) in a Masters program in Theatre (Acting concentration) with a full paid graduate assistantship.

CLASS OF 2014

Joey Bills – graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Los Angeles.  He designed 4 sets for the upcoming season with Loft Ensemble in Sherman Oaks and will be assistant directing Romeo and Juliet this winter. He is currently in Set Design; Assistant Director:  Loft Ensemble in Sherman Oaks, CA

Mickayla Blue – graduated from  NSU at the end of this year.  She has earned the title of Actor Combatant – she’s certified in stage combat for knife, single sword and rapier/dagger.  She came back to Magnet in 2019 and was the fight choreographer for Othello.

Grant Rogers –  is well known in Shreveport for stage management.  He has worked for Shreveport Little Theatre and professionally for River City Repertory Theatre. He has received training in multidisciplinary stage management from The Boston Conservatory and theatre stage management training from Florida School of the Arts. He has completed both levels of Broadway Basics Stage Management Workshops taught by the stage managers of Wicked Broadway and attends The Broadway Stage Management Symposium and the Southeastern Theatre Conference each year. He is a member of the Stage Management Committee for SETC as well as a proud member of the Stage Managers Association.

Allison Hannon – graduated from Louisiana Tech University School of the Performing Arts, and starting the student Production Management program this year. Allison has been able to be one of a few Operation Team Members for the Southeastern Theatre Conference for the past two years where she has been able to meet and work with many artists in the industry!

Allison was hired to be a Ticket Office Associate with the Berkshire Theatre Group which has opened many doors for her future. This company is absolutely fantastic and has so many company members including Tony Award winner actress Harriet Harris, Tony Award winner director Kenny Leon, and many more! It has been a great experience.

Hunter Sloan – attended Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara to study photography right after high school and had been gifted with many opportunities since then. While there he was able to intern with world renown photographer Mark Seliger in New York and work alongside many other talented people in my field. During his time in New York he had learned that my school had officially closed down and was faced with the choice of staying or returning to Los Angeles to finish my studies at another college. He decided to move back to the west coast to finish at Mount Saint Mary’s University and now works with Benjo Arwas as his first assistant. His plans after graduation are to stay in Los Angeles and work in the photo industry there.

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Ridley Walker –  graduated from UNC School of the Arts. I will earn my BFA in Design and Production with a concentration in Lighting Design. While there she designed for Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw (October 25-November 5). My past credits at UNCSA have been: Lighting Design; Blue Window by Craig Lucas, Emerging Choreographers, Choreographed by Emily Hopfenburg and Garett Parker, Assistant Lighting Designer; PhotonaPalooza (one night light show), Right You Are (If you Think You Are) by Luigi Pirandello, The Italian Straw Hat (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze) by Nina Rota.

Over the last four years I have studied Under: Norman Coates (known for Off-Broadway shows: “The News” and “Prince of Central Park” and International Tours of “The Who’s: Tommy” and “Camelot”) Al Crawford (Lighting Director for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre) Howell Binkley and his Assistant Ryan O’ Gara (Lighting Designer of “Hamilton”, “In the Heights” “Come From Away” and “Prince of Broadway” to name a few) and finally Mark McCullogh (Lighting Designer for numerous Operas at The Met Opera, Washington Opera, Strasbourg Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, and Designed the Revival of “Jesus Christ Superstar” on Broadway). Over the last few summers I have worked with; The National Black Theatre Festival (Electrician, Spotlight Operator, Board Operator), Light Project LLC (Designer), and Electronic Theatre Controls (Product Assurance Specialist).

I would greatly urge you (if you have the time) to come visit, or send your students to visit. UNCSA is a relatively small school that does wonders with the Technician side (Design and Production) and the Drama side (Drama). The whole school has about 3,200 students including Grad, Undergrad, and High School students.  The Drama program has done remarkably well in the last few years, with Isaac Powell (graduated this past May) recently Cast in the Broadway revival of “Once on this Island” as Daniel. The Campus is magnificent (and much smaller than the University of Nebraska). The School produces over 36 productions a year, so if you (or your students) decide to come visit for a weekend there will almost always be a show (or two) running for you to see.

CLASS OF 2015

Katie Ashcraft – is currently a junior at ETBU, and she is studying Music and Worship in Ministry. she’s  involved in choir and countless worship bands in the music department. She’s also been involved in the ETBU theatre department. This past spring, she played one of the daughters, “Shprintze,” in Fiddler on the Roof. And now, she’s preparing for a play called “The Christians” coming up at the end of September.

Caroline Dopson –  Graduated Centenary College where she starred in Constellations and  Viola in Twelfth Night.  She has studied with Stella Adler, NYC and Gately Poole, Chicago.  Irene Ryan Finalist;  in Graduate School at Florida Atlantic University (founded by David Mamet and William Macy – they only accept 10 students a year to their grad program) Performed in all plays of the season for Theatre Lab in Bocca Raton

Harrison Magner – attended Fairleigh Dickinson University for two years, and now attends LSU in Baton Rouge continuing to study theater performance. He was cast as Nate in the new muzical LMNOP. He is also an aspiring playwright.

Nia Savoy – graduated Howard University 2019 for her degree in Musical Theatre, currently starring in Day of Absence with The Theatre Alliance at The Anacosta Playhouse, Washington, D. C.

During her time at Howard she performed with professional companies including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease, Mamma Mia – Toby’s Dinner Theatre; The Color Purple (Shug Avery) at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts; Aida (Amneris) at Constellation Theatre Company.

Nia sang with the American Pop Orchestra (2018) as a finalist in thier NextGen: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow.

She was the Inspirational Award Winner in the Michael Feinstein American Songbook.

She sang for President Obama at the Kennedy Center Honors (2015)

while at Howard she starred in Sarafina and Ain’t Misbehavin’

Diamond Smith – is currently at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, majoring in Psychology Pre-Med. She is a Junior with hopes to graduate in Spring 2019. On campus, she has been involved with The Big Event, Peer Mentoring, Powerful Poets, Grief Awareness Association, NAACP, Pre-Professional Society, and The National Society of Leadership and Success. She is teaching voice lessons at the Music Academy of Acadiana.

Leslie Townsend – was recently seen in the top twenty in Film Prize in the film, Saint Ester’s Day. 

CLASS OF 2016

Sarah Alvarez – attends Centenary College as a theatre major.  Most recently stage managing Enemy of the People. 

Aubrey Buckner –  trained at Gately/Poole Conservatory under Kathryn Gately, who is a direct student of Meisner himself. Under her instruction, she learned repetition and really getting in touch with what true emotions and learned emotions are, and letting true emotions shine through your voice instead of holding back.  Aubrey also got to play one of her dream roles, Natalie in Next to Normal!

Aubrey lives in Chicago where she is pursuing her career in acting.

Cassidy Giddens – graduated from Magnet in 2016 and is now at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana as theatre major with a concentration in performance and directing. At NSU, she had been seen in the musical theatre ensemble in the 2016 Christmas Gala and in the fall musical/touring production “Stars of Tomorrow.” She hopes to graduate in 2020 with a bachelors degree in theatre with a concentration in both musical theatre and performance and directing.

Kain Gill – Since Kain has graduated from Magnet, Kain has worked on 7 different shows in his first year. He was Wardrobe crew for the LSU MainStage show and Swine Palace Productions. He worked on Noises Off! and Mr. Burns, and I was Wardrobe supervisor for The Seagulls. Kain also designed costumes for a science tour and three short films. Kain was elected to the Freshmen Film Representatives and participated in Film Committee meetings and events. And in this upcoming year, he has been elected to the Delta Rouge Film Committee and will continue to work on events, films, workshops, and much more in Baton Rouge. Kain has also been considered to costume design a lab show in the Spring on 2018.

Austin Watkins – is at Oklahoma City University in the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment. He will graduate this year. He has danced professionally every summer of his college.  He will be attending graduate school at the prestigious UCD in Dublin for a degree in programming in arts.

CLASS OF 2017

Eric Kirton is currenty in his second semester at KD Conservatory for acting and is currently in three roles: Peter Pan; King Harold, and Guard Number Two in Shrek the Musical.  He has already starred in a leading role for the world premiere of an instructor written play, Chasing Alice as Carl Lewis.  He will conclude his time at KD in September,  2020.  Instagram: @eric_m_k   email  erickirton27@gmail.com

Echo Patriquin– graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC in 2019, and is now in their Company Program.  She has played Diana in Ring Round the Moon and just closed The Big Time, a new musical by Douglas Carter Beane, originating the role of Naomi Goldfarb.  She is currently working on Michaela from The Harvest directed by Hal Brooks.  She will conclude her time with the Academy Company in February of 2020.  Instagram: @echo_patriquin_   Website:  ecopatriquin.com

Joy Rester – is attending La. Tech.  She is currently a senior in their drama department.

                                                            CLASS OF 2018

Samantha Staggs is currently a sophomore at LSU in the Honor’s College double majoring in Theatre and Mechanical Engineering.  She has performed in Our Town and Man Talk, Woman Talk.  She is active in Undergraduate Theatre Alliance and Delta Rouge.

                                                           CLASS OF 2019

Carter Calahan (you know who he is!) is in his first semester at K D Conservatory in Dallas.

Sarah Lord – is a Theatre Major at the Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University.

Brinn McDonald, a May 2019 graduate, is currently in and loving her first year conservatory experience at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC.

Brody Tolliver is a freshman at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.  He is a professional recording artist, studio musician, audio engineer and songwriter working with Sony Music Entertainment and Roc Nation. He is also a performing artist:  the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for In Good Condition, as well as his own solo project where his multi-instrumental talent is highlighted.  Follow his ban oon Spotify and all other social media – @ingoodcondition

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