message from the dean:
The social mission of the arts and humanities at UC San Diego is
central to a great public university. They teach us how to read and write and
show us ways of teaching others to live fully and creatively in society…
Office of the Dean
Division of Arts and Humanities
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive # 0406
La Jolla, CA 92093-0406
tel: (858) 534-6270
fax: (858) 534-0091
Erik Nielsen, B.A. ’96 (History and Economics)
Christopher Acebo, M.F.A ’98 (Theatre & Dance)
Associate artisitc director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Yareli Arizmendi, M.F.A ’92 (Theatre & Dance)
Actress in "Like Water For Chocolate."
James Avery, ’76 (Theatre & Dance)
Stage, screen and television actor who co-starred with
Will Smith on the hit TV show, “Fresh Prince of Bel Air."
Monica Bill Barnes, Muir '95 (Theatre & Dance)
New York-based choreographer; created 13 evening-length dance works for her own company.
Jennifer Batten (Music)
Michael Jackson’s lead guitarist, now touring with Jeff Beck.
Carol Becker, Ph.D. ’76 (Literature)
Dean of Faculty, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
(first woman dean in the school’s history).
Carmelita Becnel, M.F.A. ’99 (Theatre & Dance)
Production stage manager at Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University.
Bob Berlinger (Theatre & Dance)
Emmy Award-winning director.
Richard Boulanger, Ph.D. ’85 (Music)
Professor at Berklee College of Music.
Bobby Bowman, M.F.A. '96 (Theatre & Dance)
Co-executive producer on NBC's Raising Hope.
Robert Brill (Theatre & Dance)
Scenic designer on Broadway.
Chad Butler, ’97 (History of Science)
Drummer for local rock band Switchfoot.
Article from Alumni Magazine
Ricardo Chavira, M.F.A. ’00 (Theatre & Dance)
Actor, currently plays Carlos Solis on TV’s Desperate Housewives.
Article from Alumni Magazine
Joyce Cutler-Shaw, M.F.A ’72 (Visual Arts)
Award-winning artist of public sculpture and design.
Sandra Dijkstra, Ph.D., ’77 (Literature)
Literary agent who has helped bring authors like Amy Tan,
Susan Faludi and LeLy Hayslip to prominence.
Paul Dresher (Music)
Composer, founder and director of the Paul Dresher Ensemble.
Tom Dugdale, M.F.A. '10 (Theatre & Dance)
Director; won 2012 Princess Grace Award.
Nathan East, ’78 (Music)
Considered one of the world’s leading bass guitarists.
A long time member of the Eric Clapton Band.
Diamanda Galas (Music)
Hollis Gentry (Music)
Jazz saxophonist who has played with Freddie Hubbard, Nancy Wilson, David Benoit, Barry White and Larry Carlton.
Michael Greif, M.F.A ’85 (Theatre & Dance)
Director of “Rent” and former artistic director of La Jolla Playhouse.
Larry Groupe (Music)
Emmy award-winning composer of music for TV and films,
including the popular film “The Contender.”
G.B. Hajim, Muir '90 (Visual Arts)
Cinematographer, producer, director and actor; recent film, Strange Frame
Kelly Kovacic, Marshall '00 (History)
Educator; won 2013 UCSD Emerging Leader Award and 2009-2010 California Teacher of the Year.
Josh LeBeau (Visual Arts)
Filmmaker and technical director for Industrial Light and Magic.
Rusty Preisendorfer, ’78 (Visual Arts)
Rusty (surfboards and apparel) founder; known for worldwide
for his trademark “R", Rusty started shops in La Jolla and
Del Mar to have local retail space for his boards.
Dileep Rao, '95 (Theatre & Dance)
Actor with roles in Avatar, Drag Me to Hell, and Inception
DeAnn Salcido, ’86 (Philosophy)
Superior Court Judge for San Diego County and co-founder
of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
Thom Sherman '88 (Theatre & Dance)
Former President of Bad Robot Productions and Executive Producer of the hit television shows Lost and Alias.
Caridad Svich (Theatre & Dance)
Award-winning, internationally renowned playwright.
Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Ph.D. '11 (Music)
Composer; won 2012 Nordic Council Music Prize.
Igor Vamos (Visual Arts)
Media artist and founder of Artmart.
Rolf Wallin (Music)
Carrie Mae Weems (Visual Arts)
Nationally renowned artist.
Olav Westphalen (Visual Arts)
Featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial.
Paloma Young, M.F.A. '06 (Theatre & Dance)
Won 2012 Tony Award for Best Costume Design.
Link to other UCSD prominent alumni...