Drama News & Alumni


Drama News & Alumni

Jesuit Drama is proud of all of its alumni!  Please drop us a note and tell us what you’re up to…on or off stage.


Riley’s Possessed

This spring, Riley O’Toole (Three Musketeers, Frogs) stars as Jason/Tyrone in Hand to God, Robert Askins’ Tony nominated “Best Play” at the Salt Lake Acting Company.

This wild comedy “explores ideas of faith, morality and human nature with the help of a hand puppet named Tyrone.”

Break a leg, Riley!


Chris Wraps It Up

Congrats to Chris Sullivan on his fantastically successful run in Season 1 of the hit NBC show This Is Us.

We can’t wait for Season 2!

John Sanders (far left)

John’s Stayin’ in NYC

Jesuit Drama alum John Sanders (Macbeth, Ten November, My Fair Lady) has a featured role in the American premiere of Groundhog Day: The Musical, a London import based on the popular film of the same name

If you’re in New York, check John out as “Ned Ryerson!”


Kelsey’s “Got Trouble…”
"...Right here in River City!"

See Kelsey Magana (Grizabella in our production of Cats) as the love-struck librarian, Marian, in the classic American musical The Music Man later this spring at the Stapleton School of the Performing Arts.

Congratulations, Kelsey!


Jon’s Rockin’ Out

Jon Wagner is back on Broadway having recently returned to the Andrew Lloyd Webber hit School of Rock.

Way to go, Jon!


Riley’s in Print

Check out the American Theatre magazine article that features Riley Shanahan playing Ernest Hemingway in Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theatre adaptation of Hemingway’s novel A Moveable Feast.

Congrats, Riley!


Andrew’s Dreamin’

See Andrew Perez as Pedro, the barber, in the classic musical Man of La Mancha at A Noise Within.

Break a leg, Drew!


JR’s Being Funny

Drama alum JR De Guzman (Batboy) just landed an NBC deal for his stand up comedy.

Check out what he’s been up to by reading the Sac Bee article “No joke: He’s about to see his career go big” here.


Scott’s at the CMT helm

Congratulations to Jesuit Drama alum Scott Klier who was just named Producing Artistic Director of California Musical Theatre (CMT), one of the area’s largest non-profit arts organizations that produces the Broadway Series and Music Circus.

Please read the Sacramento Bee announcement that’s linked below.

Also, check out the CMT website.


Matt’s Doing “Live Radio”

Congratulations to Matt Huffman on making his Lincoln Center debut this month!

From the Lincoln Center website:


John’s on Broadway

John Sanders is currently on Broadway in the smash hit musical “Matila” playing “Mr. Wormwood,” Matilda’s father, a used car salesman with a few scruples loose.

Click below to visit the Broadway site.

Break a leg, John!


Brian’s on Tour
See Brian Rivera in "The King and I"

Click below for more information.

Congratulations, Brian!


Riley’s Got Sense
PCPA's "Sense and Sensibility"

“I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy;
but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.”

Congrats, Riley!


Xanadu’s Record-Breaking Run
2016 Winter Musical sets records for attendance & box office

Our 2016 Winter Musical, Xanadu, set attendance and box office records and became the first production in our forty-nine year history to completely sell out eleven performances.

A great show performed by a wonderful and goofy cast, designed and supported by an outstanding and hard-working crew, and lead by a talented and dedicated staff made for late-winter, “craptastic” magic in the Black Box.

Congratulations to all involved, and a heartfelt thank you to all of our audiences and patrons!


Tim’s at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival Helm

Jesuit Drama alum Tim Orr ‘91 (Moonface in Anything Goes, R.P. McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods, to name just a few roles) is currently at the helm of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder Colorado as their Producing Artistic Director.

Click on the links below to read more about Tim and about what he does!


Riley’s at Arts West

In Seattle?  Go see Riley Shanahan in Paul Downs Colaizzo’s edgy, contemporary play Really Really, opening January 21st.

Congrats, Riley!

Click on the link below to read more about it.


Andrew & Connor at Cap Stage
See them in "The Behavior of Broadus" this winter

Jesuit Drama alums Andrew Perez and Connor Mickiewicz can be seen in Cap Stage’s winter production The Behavior of Broadus, a new musical about the incredible, sort-of-true story of John Broadus Watson, father of Behaviorism and modern advertising.

To find out more about the show, click the link below.


Jesuit Drama Goes to the Circus!

This summer, many Jesuit Drama alums, current students and staff “joined the circus” and worked at California Musical Theatre’s Music Circus.  Celebrating its 65th anniversary season, this nationally recognized company (and local fan-favorite) has quite a few Jesuit Drama folks:


Greg’s Selling Cars & Improv-ing
Jesuit Drama alum Greg Sabin hones his comic & improv craft

You may recognize the face:  it’s “Newton Carruthers,” fictional, local television spokesperson, performed by Jesuit Drama alum and improv talent Greg Sabin.

Check out Greg’s act at the Sacramento Comedy Spot where he has performed and taught since 2003!  (Click on the link below…)


Greta’s Talking Movies

Sac Bee interviews Greta Gerwig about her new film, “Mistress America”

Click on the link below to read Greta’s recent Sacramento Bee interview on her critically acclaimed film that just came out.


Brian’s on Broadway
Brian Rivera in Lincoln Center's "The King & I"

The Sacramento Bee interviewed Brian Rivera about his role in Lincoln Center’s The King & I:

Rivera got hooked on theater after seeing a Jesuit High production of “Into the Woods.”

“I was completely amazed by their production and so I started trying out for the shows,” Rivera said by telephone from the Mime Troupe’s San Francisco office.


Andrew is a Party Animal

Andrew Perez writes . . .

“For the month of April, I will be touring with The Party Animals as we perform for the kids and families on Armed Forces bases overseas. I feel crazy lucky to have this opportunity and to get to give even just a little bit back to the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.”

Click on the link to see Andrew at work!


Peter conducts “A Chorus Line”
Working in the arts in NYC

Peter Hodgson (Achilles in America, Urinetown, Sweeny Todd) is currently studying at NYU’s Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program on scholarship.  He is a graduate from NYU Steinhardt with a degree in Music Theory and Composition where he studied with Grammy Award winner Herschel Garfein.

His latest project is with RoundTable Theatre, coordinating the music for their upcoming production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Chorus Line.

For more information about the project, click on the link.


Kelley goes to Carnegie!

Jesuit Drama alum Kelley Jakle (The Princess Bride, Heaven Can Wait, Urinetown, Move) will be a soloist at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, March 29th at 2:00pm.

Since graduating, Kelley has worked in film (Pitch Perfect, 42), television (The Sing Off!), and theater (Spring Awakening).

To find out more about the concert, please click the pdf on this page.

Congrats, Kelley!


Sing with Dr. Anne-Marie
Jesuit Drama alum teaching and performing in Sacramento this winter

Click here for more info on taking a master class with Anne-Marie Dicce who will be performing with the Sacramento Baroque Soloists this winter.

Great to have you back in Sac, Anne-Marie!


Sac Bee shout-out for Jesuit Drama
2014 highlights in theater in the Sacramento region

Congrats to Jesuit Drama and Ed Trafton ‘84 for their shout-out in the Sacramento Bee’s recent “2014 highlights” article.

Read Bee theater critic Marcus Crowder’s full article which is linked below.


Chris Sullivan in NBC’s “Peter Pan” Live
Jesuit Drama alum in holiday broadcast

Tune in to NBC this December 4th to see alum Chris Sullivan in Peter Pan Live!

(He’s the pirate on the right; once a Marauder, always a Marauder…)

Congratulations, Chris!


Sac Bee “Performances of the Year”
Jesuit Drama alums featured in 2013 theatre wrap-up

Congratulations to Kiera Anderson (“Best Ensemble”), Connor Mickiewicz (“Best Performance,” “Best Ensemble,” “Most Satisfying [Theater Experience]“) and Andrew Perez (“Best Performance”), all of whom were prominently featured in the Sacramento Bee’s 2013 Theatre Year in Review!

Click on the link to read Bee Theatre critic Marcus Crowder’s article.


Alum Spotlight: Greta Gerwig
"Oz's" Dorothy is "Starry-Eyed"

Greta Gerwig, “Dorothy” in Jesuit Drama’s 2002 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, is featured in the book Starry Eyed: 16 Stories that Steal the Spotlight, an anthology of personal anecdotes from “some of today’s most celebrated performers.”  The collection highlights “the troubles, hopes, failures and triumphs of young aspiring singers, dancers, actors, actresses and performers.”

Greta most recently starred in the 2012 film Frances Ha.


Alum Spotlight: Actor Matt Huffman in NYC Premiere

Jesuit Drama alum Matt Huffman (Into the Woods, Reckless, Ten November) is currently appearing opposite actress Eve Danzeisen in the U.S. premiere of Australian playwright Ross Mueller’s new two-person play Construction of the Human Heart at the Access Theater in New York City.  For more information about the production and to see production photos, click on our link to  Congrats, Matt!


Alum Spotlight: Andrew Perez’s latest role profiled in Sacramento Bee
"Thrills, Spills and Slamming Racism"

Jesuit Drama alum Andrew Perez, who fight-choreographed the ninja piece “Park” for last season’s Move2, is featured in the Bee’s Arts & Entertainment cover story about his role as a professional grappler in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, a popular new play running at Cap Stage.

Click below to read all about it!


“Pirates!” @ Jesuit
2013 Summer Academics Plus

Jesuit Drama welcomes back alums Joanna Glum ‘12 and Riley Shanahan ‘10 as instructors of this summer’s Academics Plus Drama Program in the Black Box.

Jo and Riley will be teaching two sections of a new three-week, performing arts class for Jesuit’s summer program as well as co-directing their play Pirates!”which will play during the day on July 19th.


Alum Spotlight: Jon Wagner ‘95
Working and Playing in Chicago

Jon has spent the last 12 years traveling the country as a writer, actor and musician. Favorite roles include “Barry” in High Fidelity, “Mercutio/Gary” in The People vs. Friar Laurence and “Jaime” in The Last 5 Years. Improv credits include Baby Wants Candy, I Eat Pandas, ComedySportz, Infinite Sundaes, one of The Second City’s National Touring Companies, and two years serving as the music director for the Chicago Improv Festival. Jonathan is a faculty member at Chicago’s legedary Second City Training Center.


Alum Spotlight: John Sanders ‘95 on Broadway

Please join us in congratulating Jesuit Drama alum John Sanders ‘95 on his recent Broadway opening in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s hit musical Matilda.

Since Jesuit, John has worked and toured all over the country, appearing in such productions as Mamma Mia!, Cymbeline, Spamalot, The Real Thing, Miss Saigon, A Minister’s Wife, and most recently Peter and the Starcatcher (his first Broadway outing).

“Move2.” Harlem Shake

“Move2.” Harlem Shake

Last weekend of shows! Click here to buy tickets.

Hope to see you in the Black Box!

Photo Credit: Kelly Christoffersen

Theater review: Strong cast shines in campy ‘Shop of Horrors’
Andrew Perez '05 stars as Seymour in Sacramento Theater Company's production

Andrew Perez ‘05 stars as Seymour in Sacramento Theater Company’s production

From the Sacramento Bee

By Marcus Crowder

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