Alumni

With more than 15,000 graduates, the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts has a vast alumni base. Many of our alumni have gone on to extraordinary achievements within their chosen fields. Some of our recognizable alums and former students are actors Jeffrey Tambor (The Larry Sanders Show, Arrested Development), S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order), Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Tony award for Seven Guitars, TV's Castle) and Lily Tomlin (The West WingMurphy Brown). Other alumni include radio host Casey Kasem, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Mark Fritz, Emmy Award-winning composer Joseph LoDuca, opera singer George Shirley, jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell, choreographer Garth Fagan (Tony Award for The Lion King), master ceramist John Glick, illustrator and cartoonist David Small and sculptors David Barr and Sergio DeGiusti.

Join us as we explore The Business of Art:

To delve into the intersection of business and entrepreneurship in the arts and communication, CFPCA created The Business of Art, a series of symposia geared toward alumni but open to students and the community. Visit the Business of Art's home page often for information about upcoming events and resources available to alums.

Looking for the Wayne State University Alumni Association?  

Visit the Alumni Associations Home page for all the information you need about the University's Alumni Association.

Spotlight on

Guest Artist Residency - Adam McGaw

Adam McGaw, Freshman Repertory Guest Artist

Residency dates: January 13-18, 2019

Adam McGaw holds a Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree in dance from Wayne State University. As a freshman student, Adam's choreography was the recipient of the prestigious Maggie Allesee Copperfoot Award for Choreographic Excellence. In his Junior Year, Adam received the Harriet Berg Endowment for Choreography from Wayne State University's Maggie Allesee Dept. of Theatre & Dance. Adam premiered six choreographic works in his four years at Wayne State University and has shown work twice at the American College Dance Association (ACDA). Adam has had the opportunity to work with Dwight Rhoden, Doug Varone, Julie Bour, Nathan Trice, Sonya Tayeh, Ron Todorowski, Jae Man Joo, and Nicholas Leichter amongst others. Adam has also performed with Ron DeJesus Dance, a Chicago based Company headed by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago veteran, Ron DeJesus. Aside from his work in the concert dance field, Adam is currently a faculty member for The Dance Sessions and ELEVATE-The Dance Experience, as well as teaching and setting choreography at studios throughout the country. 

Adam's work as a Guest Artist with the Freshman Repertory will premiere at the Bonstelle Theatre on March 1, 2019 as part of the 90th Annual Spring Dance Concert.

Tickets to the Spring Dance Concert can be purchased here.

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