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Alumni-in-the-News, February '23

Ahmad Maher (‘22)

In under one year of graduating from The Academy, Ahmad Maher (’22) has wracked up numerous credits. So far, he’s been in five plays, three short films, four staged readings, and a VO contract.


Maher has received several accolades for his work on stage. Maher was part of an ensemble that won the Berkshire Theatre Critics Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. He recently worked alongside fellow alumnus Alex Pepperman on Richard III, playing the parts of Dorset and Prince Edward, while understudying Ratcliffe. He did this while working as assistant director alongside Pepperman’s direction.


Upcoming, Maher will star in the titular role of Musa in Pilgrims Musa & Sheri in the New World by Yussef El Guindi, and direction from Christopher Schario. Fellow alumna Aline Salloum (’19) is also playing the part of Gamila.

The show will play March 3-12 at the Public Theatre in Maine. Tickets and more information are available here.


Rudy Solis (’14)

Alum Rudy Solis (’14) was nominated for the OC Theatre Guild Award for Outstanding Lead Performer in a Play. The nomination honors Solis’ performance as Mace in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at the Chance Theatre.


Los Angeles Faculty Member Amanda Zarr served as Assistant Director on the show. The cast has been nominated for the Outstanding Ensemble in a Play award by the OC Theatre Guild.


Rahul Joshi (’22)

Recent grad Rahul Joshi (’22) stars in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, playing at the Hippodrome Theatre in Gainesville, Florida.


The production received considerable buzz after Joshi was injured during rehearsals, and the show’s fate rests on his shoulders. His overcoming of the injury (a broken arm) was worked into the show: he now sports a sling as part of his costume.


Prior to his run in Gainesville, Joshi starred in the two-person play Guards at the Taj by Rajiv Joseph. The show won several regional BroadwayWorld Dallas Awards: Best Direction of a Play, Best Ensemble Performance, Best New Play or Musical, Best Play, Best Scenic Design of a Play, Best Sound Design of a Play or Musical, and Best Supporting Performer in a Play for Joshi’s costar, Dhruv Ravi.

In March, catch Joshi in a production of Queen by Madhuri Shekhar, a role he’s described as one of his “dream roles.”


Nancy Frazen (’76)

Nancy has found success in areas outside of acting. Frazen is in the process of writing a historical novel and currently works as the editor for The Search for Wondla at Skydance Animation.


Ignacio Diaz-Silverio (’20)

2020 alum Ignacio Diaz-Silverio is currently starring in A Bright New Boise at the Signature Theatre in New York.


The Off-Broadway premiere runs until March 12th.


Tickets and more information are available here.


The New York Times covered the show in a recent article, find it, and references to Ignacio’s work, here.


Christopher Rozier (’22)

Catch Christopher Rozier in a new play, Splinter, a romantic comedy based on French drama masterpieces.


Playing at the Krug Community Circle in Illinois, the play will perform on March 4th and 11th at 7PM, and March 5th and 12th at 6PM.


Tickets and more information are available here.

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