After Graduation

IWU has graduated some of the most successful, well-respected theatre professionals working in arts and entertainment today. Our alumni include Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe winners and nominees. Among our graduates are countless performers, directors, playwrights, stage managers and designers who make their living as artists every day.

Alumni Spotlight

Here are just a few of the amazing alumni who have gone on to successful careers on stage, backstage and on screen.

  • Evan Kasprzak '10 has performed on Broadway in Disney's Newsies and Cats. He was the third-place finalist in Season 5 of So You Think You Can Dance
  • Bryonha Parham '07 appeared on Broadway in Prince of Broadway, The Book of Mormon, After Midnight, Porgy & Bess and Ragtime.
  • Bill Damaschke '86 is a Tony Award-winning producer whose many credits include Moulin Rouge! The Musical, The Prom and Shrek the Musical.
  • Frankie R. Faison '71 earned a Tony and a Drama Desk Award nomination for the original Broadway production of Fences. His many TV credits include The Good Wife, Grey's Anatomy and The Wire. Faison has appeared in numerous films including Coming to America, The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal and Red Dragon, True Colors, Freejack and Prey. He earned an honorary doctorate from IWU in 2002.
  • Richard Jenkins '69 appeared in more than 60 feature films. He won the Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series for his role in Olive Kitteride and was nominated for an Academy Award for The Visitor.

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