Recent Alumni Notes
Updated February 16, 2022
Phil Abrams '83 has been lucky enough to have recent guest star appearances on The Conners, DAVE (Season 2, Ep. 5 on FX/HULU), and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He booked a national commercial with his wife, Dr. Michelle Bitting, as well as two other ads. He is happily coaching under the moniker of The Audition Physician. He continues the challenge of writing a comedy web series and also a period drama set in the late 1920's about Pullman porters, jazz, and formation of the first African American union.
Stacy Keach recently directed and co-starred in the world premiere of Jim McGrath's Vienna, a play about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. The virtual production will return for a limited engagement from Tuesday, February 21 through Friday, February 25 at StacyKeachZoomTheater.com
Admission is free, and donations will benefit The Actors Fund of America.
Haiya Kofler '18 — "I was selected for the 2019 World Series Washington Nationals' in-game entertainment team, the NatPack, and now, am in my rookie season with the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders. These opportunities would not have been possible without the instructional excellence and nurturing environment I received through TDPS. When I took my first class, I was trepidatious to get back into dance and performance at a university level, especially at a university as competitive as UC Berkeley, and following a multi-year hiatus. However, it's rare to find a community of artists as gifted and ambitious, yet genuinely supportive as the students in TDPS who made me believe in myself as a 'talent' again, and to this day continue to stay in contact and cheer for each other's successes as changemakers across the entertainment industry."
Donna Krasnow '73 (Professor Emerita, York University) has been awarded the 2021 National Dance Education Organization Lifetime Achievement Award. Previous awards include Distinguished Alumni Award, School of Music, University of Oregon (2015); National Dance Education Organization Outstanding Dance Researcher Award (2016), the Healthy Dancer Canada Lifetime Achievement Award (2018), and IADMS Dance Educator Award (2020). Her books include Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers (2010), Motor Learning and Control for Dance: Principles and Practices for Performers and Teachers (2015), Dancer Wellness (2017), and Daniel Lewis: A Life in Choreography and the Art of Dance (2020).
Pei-Lan Ku '07 is writing a historical non-fiction book and movie about her Asian American New Yorker community and how they redefine what it means to be Asian American, individually and as a whole!
David Everett Moore '04 continues to work as an actor in the Bay Area and beyond. After a successful run at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company in late 2019, David was blessed to be part of groundbreaking virtual productions of King Lear (2020) and Pericles, Prince of Tyre (2021) for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, where he has been a Resident Artist for the past 8 years. In September 2021, SF Shakes at last returned to the parks for the final installment of their production of Pericles—and David could not be more proud or more glad.
Elkhanah Pulitzer '95 recently directed Birds in the Moon, a traveling chamber opera about migration, immigration and the quest for utopia, as part of a mini-festival in downtown Berkeley in August 2021. Other performances include Calmao, Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, SPARC spoken word performances, and more! She will also be directing Dido and Aeneas with Opera San Jose, performing in November 2021 at the California Theater.