People: Alumni

2014 Alumni Award recipient, Vivian Fusillo
Vivian Fusillo, 2014 Alumni Award recipient, is pictured here with School of Theatre faculty members Melissa McMillian-Cunningham, left, and Brad Maule.
2014: Vivian Fusillo (M.A. ’65) recently retired (or as she says “graduated”) from Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota where she taught since 1968. She was also the director of the WSU Children’s Theatre and directed over 111 plays. Prior to her time at WSU, she taught at Western Illinois University, Stephen F. Austin College, Florida Southern College and Florida Grade Schools. She was the 2005 recipient of the Oscar Brockett Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in Higher Education Award and the 2006 National Award for Creative Drama from the American Alliance for Theatre in Education. In 2015, Viv received a Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Additional awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award for Arts from the Communication and Theatre Association of Minnesota (2009) and the State of Minnesota Public Service award (1988). She directed an Indian Poetry performance at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, Canada and worked at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford Upon Avon, England.

SFA Theatre Alumni work for some of the nation’s finest theatre companies (“Rock of Ages” on Broadway, New York’s Public Theatre, Second Stage, Mabou Mines and The Acting Company, Chicago’s Steppenwolf and Goodman Theatres, Houston’s Alley Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Dallas Children’s Theatre, Austin’s ZACH Theatre, Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage and Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut, Florida Studio Theatre, etc.). They are accepted into some of the nation’s leading graduate programs (University of Connecticut, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, University of Texas, Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, etc.). Some act in television and commercials (“Glee,” “Better Off Ted,” “All My Children,” “Seventh Heaven,” McDonalds, etc.). Many become leading theatre educators (UTEP, Henderson State University, Kilgore College, Richland College, Crandall High School, Cy-Woods High School, etc.) while others become innovators and leaders in theatre design and technology (Stagelight Inc., Theatre Projects Consultants, etc.). Others thrive as professionals in a wide variety of fields, but all remain valued members of the School of Theatre family, and form a vital network connecting new students to SFA and new graduates to the “real world” of arts, entertainment, media, education and business.

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SFA Theatre Distinguished Alumni

  • 2013: Jules Lauve III, BFA 1975, Principal Consultant, Theatre Projects Consultants (Connecticut).
  • 2012: Richard Robichaux, BFA 1996, actor, “Boyhood,” “Bernie,” “All My Children,” Off Broadway, The Shakespeare Theatre (Washington, D.C.), Yale Repertory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles), Syracuse Stage; master teacher of acting, Penn State University.
  • 2011: Tom Littrell, BA 1970, fixtures product manager, Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc., first operator of the Vari-Lite, the world’s first automated moving light fixtures for performance.
  • 2010: Melissa McMillian-Cunningham, BFA 1979, MA 1980, former educator, Central Heights High School (Nacogdoches, TX), past president and CEO, Texas Educational Theatre Association 2011–12; TETA High School Educator of the Year Award, 2010; lecturer and Teacher Certification program coordinator, Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre
  • 2009: David Lee Dovell, BFA 1994, Operations Production Manager, Cirque du Soleil
  • 2008: Kathy A. Barber, MA 1984, retired Director of Theatre, Kilgore College; former Associate Artistic Director, Texas Shakespeare Festival
  • 2007: Stephanie Cozart, BFA 1994, actor, Denver Center Theatre Company, Virginia Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Capital Repertory, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Paper Mill Playhouse, “Law and Order: SVU,” “The Good Wife”
  • 2006: Brad Maule, BFA 1974, actor in more than 3,000 hours of television including “General Hospital” (two Emmy Award nominations) and “Seventh Heaven,” on stage in “Marry Me a Little” (Drama-Logue Award for Best Actor), recording artist, television and radio host; lecturer, Stephen F. Austin State University Schools of Art and Theatre
  • 2005: Jan E. Jones, MA 1980, late educator, Robert E. Lee High School (Tyler, TX); Texas Educational Theatre Association Emeritus Award winner 2010; TETA Founders Award winner 1991
  • 2004: Frankie Schexnayder, MA 1979, late educator, Sabine Pass Independent School
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