A bow to our extraordinary alum
Sofia Alicastro, SFFilm. Sofia is the Artist Development Manager of Filmmaker Programs. She runs the year-round residency program for Bay Area-based filmmakers and produces monthly programming including talks, workshops, mixers, and more for the local film community. She is currently on the jury that selects the films that receive funding through grants and fellowships.
“Now more than ever we are feeling the power of film to provide comfort to communities around the world as well as ignite social change. It is incredibly thrilling and rewarding to be able to support artists from San Francisco to Macedonia and beyond in an impactful way.“
Andre Amarotico, actor, teacher. If you took in a recent summer production of the SF Mime Troupe you would have seen Andre perform. From the Troupe’s amusing, satirical take on Treasure Island, the SF Examiner calls Andre Amarotico, “terrific in a variety of roles." A 2012 high school grad with degrees in theater and political science from Stanford University, Andre has performed with Throckmorten Theater Company, Cutting Ball Theater, and New Conservatory Theater Center.
Dan Hoyle, actor, writer, creator of journalist theater. His off-Broadway hit production of Border People returns to the Marsh Theater in Berkeley. Dan is an artist-in-residence at Columbia University and Trinity College, Dublin. Read the recent profile.
Allason Leitz, Arts Administrator, including Operations and Programming at the nonprofit Maysles Documentary Center and coordinator of the Harlem DocFest. Read the latest profile, from our school and Columbia University.
James Freebury, Director, Performer, and Dramaturge. James possesses recent credits with several local companies including the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, We Players, and Collected Works. James earned a BA from the University of Santa Cruz in European History, where his Senior Focus was on the Bronze Age Mediterranean. He holds an MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago.
The Living Odyssey, Freebury’s primary project, brings “to life Homer’s Odyssey through memorizing and performing the text in flexible form and in collaboration with other artists.” The show has been performed around San Francisco, from Sutro Park and Baths to our own Dakin Hall.
Trevor Sargent, Scenic, Lighting, and Projection Designer. Trevor earned a theater tech degree from Lewis and Clark College and is now based in Portland, Oregon. His work has been seen at Shaking the Tree Theater (Sale; Macbeth; The Caucasian Chalk Circle; Come to the Table, Mike Pence; Head, Hands Feet). He’s served in lead technical roles for Third Rail Repertory Theatre (The Angry Brigade; The Nether; The Flick), Imago Theatre (La Belle), and Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble (Deception Unit; Procedures for Saying No).
Photo of James Freebury: Jamie Lyons