Ohlone Drama Alumni - Theatre and Dance History

Ohlone College Drama Department was formed in the late 1970s by Mr. G. Craig Jackson. Since that time there have been hundreds of Ohlone students that have gone on to successful careers. Some have chosen to stay in the theatre and entertainment business and we have listed them here. If you would like to be included, regardless of your current field, please email Matt O'Donnell your information at modonnell@ohlone.edu.

We are happy to include all past students, graduates, volunteers and others to use this page for information on your friends from the past. Graduates, in the field:

Mark O. Ward performed and worked on several shows in the newly built Smith Center at Ohlone College, and appeared in the 2001 version of A Flea in Her Ear. We recently learned that Mark peacefully passed away from complications from diabetes.

Steven Alvarez played Judas Iscariot in the 1979 production of Jesus Christ Superstar. He also played in the pit orchestra under Phil Zahorsky the following two summers (Man of LaMancha and West Side Story). A San Jose State graduate and is currently working as a musician, stage actor and producer having since performed the role of Jesus and Judas (again), among others. He founded the Theatre Artists United in Anchorage, Alaska, and produces/music directs and at times performs in their annual productions. You can see more about his current gig on the Theatre Artists United Facebook Page. Good going Steven…

Richard Rose, class of 1972, now serving as the co-chair of the Department of Theatre in the School of Theatre, Film and Television at UCLA. Rich lives in Santa Clarita with his wife, Leslie, and their two young children.

Douglas Cattaneo, class of 1970, worked several decades at Cal State Hayward Theatre Department as the senior theatre technician. Doug also served as the head of the Local Stagehands Union #16 for Alameda county. He continued to be associated with Ohlone Drama by loaning props, teaching classes and design work. Doug also worked for the Ohlone PE department, running sound systems for their games. Sadly we have learned that Doug peacefully passed away on November 21, 2013 at home. He is survived by Ruthie his wife and their children.

Larry Barker, student 1978-1981, last show was Fiddler in 83. Also did first Superstar in 1979. Larry says hi to all his old friends, he is currently working in Fallon Nevada as a sports announcer for KVLV Radio, and also works at KWNA in Winnemucca, NV.

Enjoying married life with his wife Tammy. Some of you remember a huge cast party at his folks old victorian house on Mission at Pickering(just north of the campus). It was sold in 1995, and renovated as part of a large low cost housing complex which is all designed to resememble the old house.

Check it out! and say hi to Larry at ldbcalbear@aol.com.

Stan Kimura, here in the early 1980s, technician of the year in 1983 is back at Ohlone working on UNIX studies/intership. Stan finished his BA in Administrative Justice at Sac State and worked in security and management in the Fresno area for several years. He is back living in Fremont while studying and getting further into the computer field.

Mark(es) Rodgers, here in the late 1980s, writes in to say he finished his BA from San Diego State in acing in 1992, working in the theatre in London for a few years and is now a news reporter in Illinois for the NBC affiliate WAND in Decatur.

Tim and Kathy Walton - Despite the dire predictions of most of their friends, Tim and Kathy Walton are still together (Rob Howard, you owe Kathy $200 plus interest). Married since 1978, they are almost finished raising their four children, and work together as a freelance news crew, predominantly for NBC, but they have also been known to answer the call from CNN and ABC. Tim has some documentaries in the works, and Kathy pursues the joys of still photography in her spare time."

Others that we are waiting to hear from…

  • Doug Prazak
  • Thom O'Neill
  • Kathy Bonsall
  • Alicia Marsella
  • Frank Le Doux